The Goal by Elle Kennedy | Good story but expected just a bit more

September 26, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 24 Comments

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The Goal by Elle Kennedy | Good story but expected just a bit moreThe Goal
by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: September 26, 2016 by Self-Published
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sabrina only has one goal: get into Harvard. She’s desperate to get out of where she lives, away from her grandma and her mom’s sleazy ex-boyfriend. Tucker is a guy who doesn’t like much attention, he’s quiet, calm. One night with Sabrina has him wanting to keep seeing her. Unfortunately, an “oops” happens and now they both have to straighten their priorities. Tucker is all in, but Sabrina keeps holding back.

Ever since The Score ended with an opening for Tucker’s story, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on The Goal! Tucker is the quiet one of the bunch and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his story. Let me tell you, it wasn’t what I got! Tucker has a dirty mouth like no other and I was loving it. I’m not a fan of guys who talk dirty in books. I don’t know why, but it puts me off. With Tucker, I wanted all the dirty talk. Somehow, it suited him! It’s the quiet ones everyone needs to watch out for and Tucker is the perfect example for this.

Sex with Tucker is dirtier and hotter than I thought it would be. He doesn’t look like he’d be this way, but isn’t it always the quiet ones?

Not only is Tucker a charmer with his dirty talk, he’s also a great guy overall. He’s the kind of guy you want to go to so he can comfort you. He treats women with respect, especially Sabrina. With the unplanned pregnancy, Tucker really stepped up. He wasn’t sure where it would lead for him and Sabrina as a couple, but he knew he wanted to be there for the baby.

No girl on this damn planet would ever Carrie Underwood this guy and key his truck or bash it in with a baseball bat. He’s too fucking nice. It’s impossible to hate him.

What I loved about this story is that it goes hand in hand with Dean’s story. By this, I mean that both stories are happening at the same time, which is why the very sad scene that was in The Score is also in this one. I admit, I had forgotten about it until it happened. I was shocked completely once again, even though I had read what happened. This time, we get this scene through Tucker’s and Sabrina’s perspective. It was definitely hard to read and I got tears in my eyes while reading this.

I love that once again friendship is very important in this story. Elle Kennedy always gives focus to friendship in this series and I was glad to see it done again, especially with Sabrina. She has two very close friends who I saw as my own friends. One of them, Carin, has to be the best one and she actually acts like one of my friends with her outspoken ways. I was laughing so much with her. She brought so much lightness to the story and I hope there’s a novella or a full-length novel on her because I know it will be a hilarious treat.

“Now that’s what I’m talking about! Well, hello there, Manaconda!” […] “Ladies, I think Spector deserves a slow clap right now, no?”


I wasn’t a fan of Sabrina’s. She would be so cold and…unemotional towards Tucker. She either wouldn’t treat him right or would push him away. Also, I was expecting lots of sassiness from Sabrina since that’s how she is in the other books. In this one, it was toned down a lot! I feel like it would have made this book really fun if her character had that personality.

There wasn’t much romance involved in this book. It was focused more on the physical aspect. I don’t think Tucker and Sabrina got to fully know each other as the other couples in this series, which bummed me a lot. Tucker and Sabrina are very wise for their age so I was expecting conversations with lots of depth, but it was kept superficial.

Overall, The Goal is a good addition to the Off-Campus series. I expected more from it, but it was still sexy, at times emotional, and fun.



About Elle Kennedy

A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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24 responses to “The Goal by Elle Kennedy | Good story but expected just a bit more

  1. TUCKER! That boy was amazing and patient and so romantic. But yes, Sabrina was a really tough cookie for me as well. I never clicked with her and neither did I see what Tucker found so fascinating about her. I also agree with you on the romance. It just wasn’t as great as the previous ones. I don’t regret reading The Goal, but I was overall a teensy bit disappointed. :/ Still, I hope we get a Fitzy book because he’s just so adorable!
    Great review, Gen!

    • NICK! *HUGS TIGHT* I know I just talked to you yesterday but oh gosh, it’s good to see you here.
      Tucker was the best for sure. YES TO FITZY!! That boy will have me swooning like crazy for sure. I just know it. I was already swooning with him in this book and he had barely talked haha

  2. Eva

    Great review! I pre=ordered this but I am bummed by being spoiled as to what is going to happen in this one since it’s my lease favorite thing to happen in books, ugh! I also don’t know how I feel about these new covers

      • Eva

        Yeah I just didn’t read the synopsis before ordering haha! I wish I had because I haven’t read The Score yet but I’m glad at least I’m prepared for when I eventually read this one. It just makes me not want to read it right away

  3. Olivia

    I’ve never really read much NA yet, except for Jennifer L Armentrout books, but I really want to and this seems like it might be a good place to start! I really like the sound of Tucker, he just sounds like an adorable dude with a hidden dirty side, and I mean, who doesn’t love that kind of guy, lets be real! Amazing review!

  4. Great review! I recently read The Deal and really loved it so I’m eager to continue with the rest of the series! Especially now that The Goal has been released, I really want to read more because I already liked Tucker from just the little bit we saw him in The Deal 🙂

  5. I just bought this Monday (err, yesterday??? I’m so lost) so I haven’t read it yet so I skimmed your review a bit. I’m hearing the same thing from other reviewers, too. I did read your “whys” and I’ll have to see if I find Sabrina more of a kitty than an tiger she used be, like you did. And I know Tucker was NEVER one to talk… maybe that’s why no conversation??? I’m kind of excited to see for myself 🙂 Great points!

  6. Huh… honestly now I’m not interested. The words “unplanned pregnancy” will send me in the other direction any day, but throw in a lack of romance (in exchange for the physical side of things), and I’m out. I’ve only read The Deal (and loved it!) so… I’m good. =)

    Wonderful review, Genesis! Wish this could have been more for you. 😮

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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