RELEASE REVIEW: The Goal by Elle Kennedy




She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.




Goals – all people have them, but sometimes, life gets in the way of those aspirations and force people to alter their plans, in the most significant or slightest of ways.

For Sabrina James and John Tucker, their ultimate goals place them in much different situations as well as locations, but that doesn’t stop them from creating another life – one that ultimately shakes up every single part of their plans and leaves them with a lasting presence from what was supposed to be only a one-night stand.

Throughout the Off-Campus series, readers have met both Sabrina and Tucker, numerous times, and they’ve witnessed their interactions with the main characters of the other books, gathering information about them and understanding parts of their personalities. Based on those incidences, on the surface, Sabrina and Tucker seem like complete opposites, but it’s exactly their differences that allow them to connect in ways that Sabrina has never allowed another guy to do, and once Tucker eases his way into the parts of Sabrina’s life that she’s willing to give him, Tucker finds himself captivated by her intelligent brain, work ethic, and beauty, which causes him to realign his goals and work towards a new one – one that includes being bound to the two people who easily come to mean the most to him in the short amount of time they’re together.

Sabrina’s worked her ass off for everything she’s achieved in order to escape the life that she was born into – a life that doesn’t include unconditional love or any kind of assistance when it comes to money and comfort. It’s easy to understand why Sabrina is such a solitary person – one who never asks for help or depends on anyone else because she’s only ever had herself to rely on when anything goes wrong. Sabrina can’t afford distractions, in any form, but especially in the form of a sweet, attractive, and honest guy like Tucker because anything that deters her from her path messes up her plans and forces her to endure a set of circumstances that are not solely in her control. Too bad that’s exactly where she finds herself and even though she tries to get Tucker to live his own life by not dragging him down or being a burden, what she doesn’t recognize is that Tucker’s new path is just as important as his previous one and having the added bonus of two people he loves only makes it that much sweeter.

John Tucker is one hell of a southern charmer; he could make any woman swoon by calling her darlin’ and taking care of not only her body but every aspect of her life as well. Tucker’s always been the level-headed, laid back hockey player who takes care of his team and is always there to lend a hand, and he becomes even more swoon worthy when he sets his sights on Sabrina and works to get under her cold exterior and show her exactly how someone’s meant to be loved.

New Adult romances can be hit or miss due to the drama involved and naive or over the top characters, but Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series has consistently produced books as well as characters who go through a series of difficulties that truly define who they are, which is exactly what Kennedy showcases about them. I understand that college characters may go through some unrealistic circumstances and be a little stereotypical, but even with some of those attributes, the heroes and heroines in this series are complex and have aspects about them that make them unique and endearing.

John Tucker is by far my favorite Elle Kennedy hero; there’s just something about him not being flashy or cocky while still exuding confidence that excites every part of me and even though I didn’t agree with Sabrina’s treatment of him or really understand her reactions and decisions, John Tucker was the only man who could prove to her that it’s okay to lean on someone else…give your heart to someone else as long as that person has your back and Tucker definitely is that for Sabrina!

I complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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