Review: The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy

the-goalTitle: The Goal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #4
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Sheโ€™s good at achieving her goalsโ€ฆ

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 doesnโ€™t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all sheโ€™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, heโ€™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 doesnโ€™t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrinaโ€™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, heโ€™ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

My Review:
The Goal is a fitting end to what’s been an enthralling, panty-melting, sizzling rollercoaster ride of a series.

John Tucker has been the quietest of the Briar boys. Before reading this book, the impression I had of him was that of a gentle giant and somewhat of a momma’s boy. And he is all that – but so much more. Without a doubt, Tuck was the star of this show. You can’t help but fall for his old worldly charm and good manners, mixed with his devilish, naughty side.

I was wary of Sabrina going into this book, and she is one complex lady. No one has really ever loved her so she doesn’t know how to love or be loved. She has this iron-clad wall up, which isn’t easily shattered, but Tuck is oh-so-patient with her, and it only endeared me to him more.

I was warming up to Sabrina when the baby bombshell hit, and I began to hate her for how she treated Tucker. She consistently pushed him away and I intensely disliked how she decided how he was feeling without even asking him for his opinion. Yes, it was her body, and ultimately her choice, but she gave him no part of the decision-making process and that boiled my blood. I wished they had just sat down and talked it through but she was so used to fending for herself that she shut him out and he was too afraid that she’d put her walls back up. I did think he could’ve been a bit firmer with her – it was his baby too.

I also felt like a lot of the pregnancy and their relationship was rushed or glossed over and big chunks swept past without much mention. It disrupted the flow a little for me.

I loved all the glimpses we got into the other couples, and I loved how Sabrina and Dean interacted. The writing was superb as usual, and it was an enjoyable read, but it definitely had a different vibe than the first three books. To be fair, we were dealing with unplanned pregnancy so it was a serious subject matter, but it lacked some of the humor of the preceding books.

Overall, though, it was a great read, just not my fav in the series.

I get a sense there might be a spin-off as there was a hint to a Summer-Fitz potential relationship toward the end. Oh please, let it be true! I am so not ready to say goodbye to these boys or this world. It truly is an incredible series, and if you haven’t read it yet you need your head examined.

Over and out.

Actual rating: 3.75 stars.

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