Originality is a word that is rare to find in a book. Especially romance books, but Elle Kennedy has found a way to overcome the definition of originality in The Goal, the fourth installment in the Off-Campus Series because every word that is written in this wonderful story. I definitely recommend it in every way to read this story, release date tomorrow September 26th!
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.
Elle Kennedy has ruined all sports romance books for me, and she most likely will ruin them for you as well if you read The Goal!
First of all, let’s talk about the male protagonist’s name; JOHN FREAKING TUCKER! John Tucker… Tucker, Tucker, Tucker. Does it ring a bell yet? John Tucker? Anyone?
Well, if it did then you are an oldie like me who appreciates a good chick flick every so often. Especially a nice romance chick flick like John Tucker Must Die. Elle has made my outlook for John Tucker change into a positive way, because you will LOVE John Tucker in The Goal. He goes by Tucker, and he has to be my favorite male protagonist by far this year from all the books that I have read. Tucker is such a romantic. He is a hockey player, who comes from a southern family. Learned respect, generosity, love, and most of all how to protect the ones you love. His hockey riches does not defy him, it’s the person who he deeply wants to let go deep inside from his heart, out to the world to see and show off. From the way he moves in the ice arena, to the way he describes Sabrina in a scenery of low maintenance;
“I vaguely register laughter and catcalls and snippets of conversation, but my entire world has been reduced to Sabrina Jones…”
Sabrina Jones… She… well, she is a trooper for sure! She is the definition of what I want to be when I reach her time; be able to obtain two jobs, focus on schooling, get into Harvard Law, and most of all have a hot steamy relationship with an incredibly romantic hockey player as a boyfriend. Her mind is what keeps her from letting her body and her heart to open up to the love she wants to receive, the love that she was not given as a child. Everyone has a history and so does Tucker, and his is one that he wants to share with someone that he can trust. Sabrina is that one person who he wishes he could have met freshmen year of college, date her for the next four years, and then afterwards ask her to marry him. That’s the kind of sweet guy John Tucker is. Even though it didn’t happen like he had it all planned, it happened anyways at a later time with Sabrina.
A wonderful thing that I appreciate authors who keep a story going, a series flowing is the addition of those said characters in their previous book. In this case, I really appreciate how Elle adds the start off story of Carin and Colin, a.k.a. Fitzy. I’m just going to go ahead and call it that Ell will write their story next… and if not next, then maybe someday, but their story will be part of the series for sure, ’cause I honestly don’t want this series to end and I don’t want Elle to stop writing it!
Elle Kennedy also dropped new covers for her previous titles in this series, and these covers are just to-die-for beautiful!
Goodreads Rating: FIVE STARS!