September 27, 2016 | by Alexis | The Goal

by ​Elle Kennedy on September 26, 2016

Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

The Off-Campus series is hands-down one of the best New Adult series out there. Each and everyone has been a hit for me. But, I have to admit there was just something about The Goal that didn’t make it a 5-star read for me.

John Tucker is literally the kind of guy that all girls want. He definitely brought out the ocelot (a mini cougar, lol) in me. He exudes some serious sexiness yet has this approachable nice-guy attitude. He is the guy that other guys want to be and the guy all girls want to have.

Sabrina was a bit of a hard pill to swallow. She was super-determined and had a one-track mind when it came to her future. Harvard Law School. I mean, I get why she was a bit closed off, her family life was anything but ideal. BUT, I don’t think she treated others the way she should’ve, Tucker included. Well, I think she treated her stepfather properly but he was a disgusting human being.

I think my huge reservation with this book was that these two weren’t really a couple. There were no grand overtures of affections, no discussion about how they felt about each other TO EACH OTHER. Tucker seemed to be the one always doing the chasing and the gestures. It’s almost like I want to say that perhaps he deserved someone better.

Again, I just had issues with that aspect of the book. I still enjoyed the book nonetheless. It was written fabulously as are all of Elle’s other books. I look forward to the next one in this series, and like all others are hoping, I would really like it to be Fitzy’s.