The Goal by Elle Kennedy: Review

Posted September 27, 2016 in review Tags: ,

The Goal by Elle Kennedy: ReviewThe Goal by Elle Kennedy
Pages: 350

Series: Off Campus #4
Genres: Sports Romance
Also in this series: The Score
Also by this author: The Score, Us, Addicted, Midnight Target, Midnight Rescue, The Chase, The Risk, The Dare
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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.

The Goal is the book I have been waiting for since the tease at the end of the Score! Seriously, Kennedy knows how to leave a girl hanging!

I will admit, I was not a big Sabrina fan. I didn’t hate her, but she wasn’t a character I really wanted to have a whole book about.  From the beginning, you get a glimpse into her life and its like “Oh, now I understand her”. And then within the first chapter or 2 she is already having sex in a car with Tucker. This kind of kiss-met between characters is a struggle for me because its difficult to really believe in love blooming over time when their first interaction was meeting in a bar and banging in a car (hey, that rhymed!) But, I digress.

Tucker is perfect. I adored him! I think loving him so much made Sabrina’s wishy-washy behavior even more frustrating. I was frustrated with her until about 92% of the book was done. She finally comes around but by then I was just ready to punch her.


  • POV: Dual 1st
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: surprise pregnancy
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series (overlaps a bit with the timeline of Dean and Ali’s story)
  • Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

Other Elle Kennedy books, Kristen Callahan’s books The Hook Up and the Friend Zone, or Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen…then you will probably like The Goal!

The Goal

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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!

Elle's books range from M/M romance, cowritten with Sarina Bowen, YA romance written with Jen Fredrick as Erin Watt, super steamy futuristic dystopian, and NA sports romance!

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4 responses to “The Goal by Elle Kennedy: Review

    • Ugghh, fail! I had multiple tabs open and put this comment on the wrong post. :facepalm: So sorry, teaches me to post before my caffeine intake. haha! I got this book thru NetGalley and heard some mixed reviews about it so far. Sorry you didn’t end up liking the female MC…that stinks. I hate that! At least you really loved the male MC! It’s worse when you want to smack both of them. haha. Hope you’re having a good week

  1. I’ll have to come back to read your review since I’m reading this book right now but I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to my work day being done so I can snuggle with Tucker again. Yippy skippy!

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