Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 26th 2016
Also by this author: The Deal (Off-Campus, #1), The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2), The Score (Off-Campus, #3)
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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.
I’ve been dying to read this since I finished The Score back in January. This is the fourth and final book in the Off Campus series, but thankfully Elle Kennedy is working on a spin-off series next! Though I have to say that The Score is my favorite book in the series, this was still a delightful read. I fell in love even more with Tucker, and Sabrina was much more likable in this one than what we’ve seen of her in the previous stories. I’m sad to say goodbye to this hilarious group of hockey players, but I’m so glad that they all ended up getting an awesome happy ending. Tucker is definitely my boy! I highly recommend this if you’ve read the series, start with The Deal if you haven’t.
Sabrina came off as being this cold girl who was ambitious, but very vengeful and hateful towards Dean. It was interesting getting to learn more about her difficult background. The girl certainly doesn’t have an easy life, but she works extremely hard to get where she currently is. I have nothing but respect for her. However, I wasn’t too fond of some of the decisions that she made when it comes to Tucker. I get that she’s never been in a relationship before so I ignored some of her actions early on, but it got old after a certain point. She was still questioning Tucker and making him wonder if she had feelings for him at all. That happening towards the end of the book just seems wrong to me. I did like her, but I wanted to shake her at times.
Is there a guy out there better than Tucker? I sincerely doubt it. He might have just became my favorite Off-Campus boy, though I loved them all for different reasons. Tucker stands out because he’s a true gentleman. Sure, he’s had one night stands just like Dean and the other hockey stars at his school have, but he’s still a total romantic. He believes in love at first sight and wants to settle down sooner rather than later. He enjoyed his glory days, but he’s ready to find true love, which you got to love about him. I’ve never seen a guy be more supportive when finding out that his girlfriend (or just sexual partner) is pregnant. He’s such a genuine guy with a heart of gold. Tucker truly treats Sabrina like a princess, especially when she doesn’t deserve it and does everything she can to push him away.
Sabrina and Tucker make a fabulous couple, when they are actually together that is. Meaning, Sabrina gets cold feet quite a bit throughout the novel, but I absolutely adored how Tucker never once pushed her. He gave her space when she needed it because he didn’t want to freak her out completely. They made a lovely couple, mostly due to the awesomeness and swoony actions of my dear boy Tucker. The relationship between them is obviously forever altered when Sabrina becomes pregnant.
We saw the announcement to their friends at the end of the last book, but this book starts off on the same timeline that The Score began with. I’m not going to lie, it was confusing at first with Dean being single and hung up on Allie after their first hookup. However, I understand why Kennedy wanted to start there instead of jumping ahead of time. Sabrina isn’t pregnant until about halfway through The Goal. Though I will admit that it was extremely difficult having to see the whole Beau thing go down except through a different perspective. Including the epilogue, this book covers about a three year time period total. Honestly, that seems like quite a bit of time to me, but Elle makes it work pretty smoothly.
While this wasn’t my favorite book in the Off-Campus series, I can’t deny that it was still an amazing read. I really wanted to savor this one, but instead I ended up devouring it all in just one day. As I’ve already mentioned plenty of times in this review, Tucker was way more incredible than I was expecting. He turned out to be a total Southern gentleman, and I love how he showed Sabrina what real love looks like. Sabrina was a decent character, though she can definitely be frustrating at times. I just was more than ready for her to wake up and see what was clearly right in front of her! I’m so glad that I read this one and I can’t wait for the spin-off!