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The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off Campus #4
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
I’m a little late to the Elle Kennedy fan club, but after reading The Score and loving it so much I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Goal. When it finally showed up in my inbox I couldn’t decide if I should read it right away or save it for some strange reason, but in the end reading it right away won and naturally I was happy I decided on that. In the latest installment of the Off Campus Series, Ms. Kennedy brings together two very unlikely matches that had me captivated from the first page and their story was one happily ever after that was sweet.
The Goal takes place parallel to Dean and Allie’s story in The Score which was a big plus for me because while I was reading The Score I had so many questions about Tucker and where he was when Dean was falling for Allie and finally I got my answers and loved seeing a new point of view of everything that was going on.
Sabrina James is known as “the bitch” and that might be true, but she has goals and in order to achieve them she has to work two jobs to save money so she can go to Harvard Law School. Living with her nana and gross step father is just a stepping stone in her life. And having a relationship? Forget it. No time. But hook ups are on her list. After meeting Tucker one night after her girlfriends ask her to come out with them, Sabrina knows it will just be one night and offers Tucker a no strings and no phone numbers relationship. But there is just one problem; after their one night Sabrina can’t forget him and his persistence in dating her is winning her over slowly. In order for Sabrina and Tucker to actually have a shot Sabrina must trust him and trust is hard for her. Can she finally let down her walls and have it all?
John Tucker knows a hockey career isn’t in his future, but he has his own goals. After his father passed away when he was little, his mom did everything she could to make sure he had everything he wanted and once he graduates he is moving back to Texas to start his own business and to help his mom out. But after meeting Sabrina he knows things are about to get interesting. What he doesn’t plan on is how they are going to change completely. Tucker knew he wanted Sabrina at first sight but he doesn’t understand why she won’t agree to at least one date with him, but he can see in order to win her over, he will have to show her he can be trusted and be there for her even when the best laid plans are changed.
Going from The Score to The Goal right away I could see the difference in the male characters. Tucker was definitely more of a nester of sorts. He wants to date and he wants a family when the time is right, sure he speaks about having hook ups at times but in the long run he wants what his parents had and I found him refreshingly sweet. I really enjoyed his persistence in wanting to date Sabrina even though she keeps turning him down but as the story started to progress I wanted to say “Tucker forget her I will take you” because damn this man was just wow!
Sabrina took a little longer for me to really like. After reading about her and Dean I was kind of iffy she was going to be a good heroine but once I started to read more of her story I couldn’t help but start to like her character. Does she come off as a bitch? Sometimes. But I also enjoyed the other side of her. I could see she was driven and caring but couldn’t really let herself go the way other college kids were because of her past and home life. I wouldn’t say I felt bad for her but I did feel for her and was glad Tucker is the one she ended up with in the end.
Sabrina and Tucker really heat up the pages. The first time they are together was explosive and even they were shaken up by their first encounter, but when it was over I was really shocked that Sabrina wanted nothing to do with him again. I mean, when it’s good don’t you want more? It takes some time but these two were opposites and I really liked how Sabrina not only starts to want more of Tucker in the bedroom but looks forward to spending time with him and his sexy southern drawl.
The Goal is written in dual povs which helped with it feeling more realistic. Ms. Kennedy really brought her A -game with The Goal, it was funny, sweet, and really kept me wanting more! The emotional parts really got to me and I was glad this story had those parts because it showed whatever your plan it isn’t always set in stone and Tucker and Sabrina go through it all, but the one thing that stuck was them having each other’s back even though things weren’t easy on either of them.
If you read the previous stories, don’t worry there are many moments when the crew is all together. I really did love this group of friends and how much they cared for one another. This is a group of friends that no matter what life throws at them and the paths that they take they will always be there for one another.
Is this the last book in the Off Campus series? For a moment I thought so but towards the end we learn more about Fitzy and a certain someone who will be attending Briar next year who has Fitzy ready to run for the hills or drink more beer at least. Ms. Kennedy has a plan and for that I am excited since I just started this series and I’m not ready to let go of these characters just yet. Or maybe it will turn into a spin-off series because some of the younger players are added in the mix a little more in The Goal. Either way I know I’ll be reading and that’s why I have to recommend The Goal to everyone.