[Review] The Goal


This is book 4 in the Off-Campus series.

You can read my reviews of books 1, 2 and 3 to learn a little more about the other couples.

Quick fire review

If you love hockey-based romances, hot boys, hot sex and drama, drama, drama, then you need to be reading this series.

This is book 4 and while I love our main man Tucker, this was a little bit of a let down for me. Overall though still a great read with some fiery moments and some electric chemistry between Tucker and Sabrina.synopsis_resize

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.

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.



You may remember that I powered through books 1 – 3 because hot boys, hot drama and hot sex had me hooked. Of course I was then eagerly awaiting this book…unfortunately in comparison to the other ones, it was a bit of a let down.

Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed reading about Tucker and Sabrina’s love story and it was really cool that we got to catch up with the couples from the precious books, but I think part of the reason I didn’t enjoy this is much is because there seemed to be so much drama and not enough communication.

“Because love is the ultimate goal. It’s not the one I had strived for, but I was lucky enough, so damn lucky, to achieve it.”

We didn’t get to know too much about Tucker in the previous books so I loved being able to get to know him. Tucker is as sweet, strong and wonderful as you’d expect and as a leading man, he certainly ticks all of the boxes. Sabrina on the other hand was a little harder to like. She is feisty, independent and a little bit of a stuck up bitch for most of the book and while there is nothing wrong with that, her frequent attitude got on my nerves a little bit.

One thing you can’t deny is that these two characters have electric chemistry. From their witty banter and constant button pushing to their more tender moments, Tucker and Sabrina fall beautifully in love with the help of some personal drama and a pending baby. Yup, a mini hockey player is on the way. I loved getting to watch these two grow together and it was nice to see these two opposite personalities blend almost flawlessly. In the end they were able to bring out the best in one another and I don’t think you can ask anymore out of a romance.

While I didn’t love this book as much as the other ones, this whole series is fantastic! Elle Kennedy has a way with words and her new adult love stories are simultaneously hot and realistic at their core. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves sports based romances or is looking to dive into the new adult genre for the first time.

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