The Goal

The Goal

Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found hereShe’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...

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Title:The Goal
Author:Elle Kennedy
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The Goal Reviews

  • Sabrina

    After reading this I want to go back in time and smack past-me for ever wanting Sabrina to be with Dean. Clearly they would have been horrible for one another so I don't even know what I was thinking. Tucker ended up being the perfect one for Sabrina and they were the greatest couple.

    I loved seeing them together so much because they were very different fr

    After reading this I want to go back in time and smack past-me for ever wanting Sabrina to be with Dean. Clearly they would have been horrible for one another so I don't even know what I was thinking. Tucker ended up being the perfect one for Sabrina and they were the greatest couple.

    I loved seeing them together so much because they were very different from each other. It was fun to see Tucker try and get Sabrina to just have fun with life. Not that she was overly uptight, but she was very focused on her future and getting the career she wanted. Her way of thinking was that there was no time for relationships, hook ups only. Which left it up to Tucker to chase her and get her to see that she could still have a relationship and get the future she wanted. It was amazing to see the Hero being the one all moon-eyed and going after the heroine instead of the opposite. Honestly I don't think that happens enough in NA books.

    Sabrina surprised me because she was a little uptight the first time we met her so I was a tad worried that she would be an overbearing personality in this book. But I was very wrong. She may have been focused on her career but she still had fun with her friends and was down to earth instead of stuck in her cloud of dreams. I was happy that she started to open up to Tucker's advances and we got to see them together.

    So if you read

    then you know that it ends with a shocker about Tucker and Sabrina, which most people probably know now but I'm going to try and keep it a secret in my own review. I figured

    would open up where that left off and with what we already knew, but instead it went back and Tucker and Sabrina's story ran parallel to Dean's. I really liked that we got to see the beginning of them and didn't miss out on how their relationship started. So I was ecstatic when I realized that and I could just kiss the author for making me so happy.

    Overall, if you're a fan of NA romance with a strong heroine and a sexy as hell Hero you need to read this book. It could be read as a standalone or out of order of the series, but I would recommend reading all the books just because of how good they are.

  • Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    ***I dedicate this review to my homie, Starla. She knows who she is and she knows why***

    Also, SPOILERS.

    I usually don't read too many reviews on a book that I REALLY want - and pretty much

    I am going to read no matter what (which is kind of a given for me when it comes to Elle Kennedy and this series) until

    I've read it - but I broke my own "rule" on this one and read a few.

    #whoops

    Random tangent: I laughed at myself when I typed in "rule" up there...being that I don't see rule

    ***I dedicate this review to my homie, Starla. She knows who she is and she knows why***

    Also, SPOILERS.

    I usually don't read too many reviews on a book that I REALLY want - and pretty much

    I am going to read no matter what (which is kind of a given for me when it comes to Elle Kennedy and this series) until

    I've read it - but I broke my own "rule" on this one and read a few.

    #whoops

    Random tangent: I laughed at myself when I typed in "rule" up there...being that I don't see rules as being

    so much as I see them being...loose guidelines when it come to a lot of things...

    Unless those rules are actually referred to as LAWS.

    And live in large book titled THE PENAL CODE.

    In which case I prefer to fall in line like a good little sheep so as to not end up being Big Barb's 3rd prison wife and end up on

    But anyprisonlove, as I was saying.

    When I broke my "loose personal guideline," I read a few reviews that made me believe I would come out of this thinking that Sabrina was a heinous bitch who didn't deserve Tuck.

    Now, while I feel like that is a subjective and totally fair assessment - and I

    understand why a lot of people felt that way - I personally found myself

    liking Sabrina.

    Though she didn't necessarily

    it until the bitter end, I could feel her love for Tuck throughout the majority of the book. Even though she might not have verbally expressed her feeling for him, I felt like she showed it in other ways.

    She felt guilt because she felt like she had trapped him. And she didn't want him to feel trapped because she cared about him.

    She didn't want him to feel like he

    to be with her just because of you know what.

    So even though it seemed hurtful when she told him to go ahead and date other people if he wanted, I understood it. And I saw that as being the action of someone who was being unselfish and trying to do what they

    was best for someone they love, no matter how much it might hurt.

    I thought this was a very character-encompassing quote about Sabrina, and from Sabrina herself no less:

    I too have always been a more "solitary" person, preferring to spend my time with mostly just my family, my husband, and a few close friends.

    So I felt like I understood and empathized with Sabrina; however, AT FIRST, being that she

    such a strong willed and opinionated person, I did having a hard time believing that she would stand for so many obnoxious comments from people, especially in regards to what she should do about her pregnancy, without telling them to shut right the fuck up.

    Because if Tucker's bitch ass mother (whom I didn't like from the get-go, before her c&*t-worthy behavior even got to the party) had said some of that shit to me her ass would have been making a meal out of the sidewalk pavement I would have drop kicked it so fucking hard.

    But after further reflection, perhaps that is just what I'd

    to think I would do.

    Which brings me to another main point in this story...

    Sabrina's inner contemplation in regards to having the baby or not...and other people's reactions.

    Or as I like to call it: Rude ass people saying rude ass shit about stuff that is none of their rude ass business.

    The things that people say in regards to reproduction and OTHER PEOPLE'S reproduction never ceases to amaze me.

    LOL, "force read." *snort*

    Anyway, here's my personal overshare:

    Yep, you read that right.

    I - a chick - don't want kids.

    And my husband doesn't want kids.

    So guess what...

    WE AREN'T HAVING KIDS.

    No, this doesn't mean I don't

    kids.

    No, I'm not going to "change my mind."

    No, I'm not "just saying that now."

    Because I do, I won't, and I'm not.

    But you would be shocked - SHOCKED - at some of the things people - especially women - feel free to ask or tell me when it comes to children and their thoughts on ME not having any.

    It used to upset me that people would say this shit, but now I just laugh and shake head at them. They seem to take it so personally that I don't want to procreate. Like I'm going to hell and they are trying to "save me" from myself lol.

    Anyway.

    Gee, no I wasn't. But thank you so much for insulting both me AND my parents in one fell swoop. LOL

    LMAO

    Gee, that's great. Thanks for telling me that you think I'm a perpetual half-girl leading an unfulfilled life.

    Lies, Pinocchio...LIES!

    Gee...thanks for

    EPIC serving of Condemnation Soup.

    Hahahahhahaahha!

    Gee, wasn't it you who was just telling me a month ago about how you caught your son pawning some of your shit to support his prescription drug habit...AFTER you sent him to a $30k rehab facility?

    Oh, it was?

    Well, I'm sure he'll change your adult diaper just fine in 20 years...right after he finishes cashing your Social Security check and buying you some off-brand Ensure because he spent the majority scoring some Xanax.

    But AnyNotAnEvilWitchJustCauseIDon'tWantToProcreate, my point here is - there is one I swear - at first I had a hard time buying that people would actually say some of the shit they said to Sabrina and that she would react the way she did.

    When some of the characters told her she should have an abortion, for sure have the baby, or give it up for adoption and she had no response? Which at the time seemed out of character to me?

    I remembered that sometimes normally awesome and great people really CAN be that rude and ridiculous when it comes to the subject of procreation.

    And they WILL say some heinous shit.

    And you literally have NO idea how to respond.

    I apologize, Sabrina, for doubting your characterization there for a moment, because I stand corrected.

    So I liked how this book really captured that struggle.

    I also really liked the connection between Sabrina and Tucker. It felt really palpable to me and their sexy times were hot hot hot.

    As always, Kennedy's writing was flawless. I really love her writing style. It's seamless and engaging and I truly get lost in it. The verbal banter between characters is also phenomenal too, which is something I always enjoy.

    So all in all, I really enjoyed this book. And I am sad this series is over.

    Now to check out this "Royals" thing...

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  • Christy

    is the fourth book in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. This is one of my most favorite NA/Sports Romance series. I love these characters and their stories. As soon as I finished the last read, I was dying for Tucker and Sabrina’s book. Tucker was amazing just as I knew he would be, and I, for one, was pleasantly surprised with Sabrina’s character. I loved her as well!

    Sabrina James is a serious student with some serious goals. Because of the way she grew up and how her life is, she wi

    is the fourth book in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. This is one of my most favorite NA/Sports Romance series. I love these characters and their stories. As soon as I finished the last read, I was dying for Tucker and Sabrina’s book. Tucker was amazing just as I knew he would be, and I, for one, was pleasantly surprised with Sabrina’s character. I loved her as well!

    Sabrina James is a serious student with some serious goals. Because of the way she grew up and how her life is, she will do anything to make her dream of being a top attorney a reality. Sabrina can seem a little brash at times, but I loved how hard-working and dedicated she was. I admired that she worked her way to the top with nothing but hard-work and perseverance. Sabrina doesn’t do dating, but she does do athletes from time to time.

    John Tucker is a hockey player and he loves playing hockey, but that isn’t his life goal. Tuck wants to own his own successful business doing something he enjoys. Tucker is one of those guys that everyone adores. He’s sweet, fun-loving and an all around good guy. He’s from the south, he loves his momma and he opens up doors for ladies. You know the type. He’s super charming and great. When he first sees Sabrina, he knows there is something special there. He feels it. One night between them changes everything for the both of them.

    Tucker likes Sabrina. He sees past her tough exterior and starts to fall for her. Sabrina doesn’t make it easy for him. She is hesitant to be in a relationship. She doesn’t do them. She has plans, goals, and doesn’t have the time. But Tucker is the kind of guy that wears her down. It takes time, but he gets under her skin. There are circumstances in this story that change everything for these two. Their lives take a huge turn and they are left to deal with it together.

    If there is any guy you would want to be in a tough spot with, John Tucker is that guy. He’s lovable and dependable. Sabrina is not going to be everyones cup of tea. I respected her for having goals and wanting to better herself. I actually found her to be a strong and likable character. And even though it took some time, I was glad she was able to see what was really important in life.

    Elle Kennedy’s writing is fantastic and sharp. I love this family of characters and I’m hoping we get more from this group (FITZY!!!!!) Although this was missing something to give it that 5 star feel for me, I enjoyed it lots. I loved the story and both of the main characters and give it a strong 4-4.5 star rating.

  • Geri Reads

    There will be spoilers for the previous book, The Score. So if you’re planning to or haven’t read The Score yet, skip reading my review until you do so because some of the events in that book will be discussed here. But if you’re planning on skipping The Score but want to read this book, then go ahead.

    It took me a while to settle on my rating for this book. I was waffling between 3.5 stars to 4 stars. I had some issues but at the same time, I really, really liked the chara

    There will be spoilers for the previous book, The Score. So if you’re planning to or haven’t read The Score yet, skip reading my review until you do so because some of the events in that book will be discussed here. But if you’re planning on skipping The Score but want to read this book, then go ahead.

    It took me a while to settle on my rating for this book. I was waffling between 3.5 stars to 4 stars. I had some issues but at the same time, I really, really liked the characters. It took me days to settle on 4 stars. I liked it but it definitely wasn't my favorite in the series.

    First off, I had some issues with the pacing especially during the first half. The first half kind of lagged a little bit. The second half though was much tighter plot-wise and character-wise.

    The Goal was unexpected in many ways. If you’ve read The Score, then you know that Tucker had gotten Sabrina pregnant. We didn’t know how that happened since Sabrina and Tuck didn’t really interact that much in the other books in the series. This book gives us the story that we were unaware of until Tucker dropped that bomb at the end of The Score.

    Since the first part of The Goal runs parallel to Dean and Ally’s story in The Score, a lot of the events in this book was kind of a rehash of what happened in the previous book. We see them unfold again through Tucker’s eyes as he and Sabrina navigate their growing connection to each other, which is probably why it felt like the first half lagged for me. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed reading how Tucker and Sabrina got together, but the other stuff like Beau's death and Dean’s reaction to it affected the pacing, in my opinion. I understood the intention of putting those events again there but like I said, I’ve read this before so I just wanted it over with and move on to the other stuff.

    I would say that if you haven’t read The Score, then the pacing might not bother you as much as it bothered me because everything would be new and not a rehash of the events of the previous book.

    Pacing aside, what really made this book a 4-star read for me were the characters, especially Sabrina. Now, I know some of you might disagree with me but Sabrina is probably the most complex heroine in this series, and love her for it. She’s definitely the most flawed.

    Sabrina James grew up dirt poor, but that didn’t stop her from aiming high. She has a plan: graduate college, then go to Harvard and become a successful lawyer. She hadn’t planned on falling for a gorgeous hockey player and being a mother.

    I think Elle did a great job of showing readers Sabrina’s motivation in this book. Her family is the worst literally, and all she has going for her is her brain and her drive to succeed. She is single-minded in escaping her past. She is perceived as a cold-hearted bitch especially when she had the gall to get mad at Dean for getting a grade he didn’t deserve.

    But to her friends, Sabrina is anything but a loving and loyal friend who works really hard for her dreams. She is beyond stubborn and she has a lot of misplaced pride. It can be frustrating to read when a character that desperately needs help would be reluctant to even consider asking for one. But that’s part of her character, and it was consistent with how she was raised. She grew up being told and shown by her own family that they were doing her a favor for raising her somehow. That really marked Sabrina. And yes, it’s one of her flaws and it made her an interesting character to me. I was rooting for her not only to get Tucker but for her to prove the naysayers wrong.

    John Tucker was a revelation in this book. Oh my gosh, what a dirty, dirty boy he is. I mean, this series so far as given an abundant supply of dreamy heroes, and Tucker is his own brand of dreamy. Like Sabrina, his childhood was less than ideal. But he had his mother’s love and support. I just love Tucker’s loyalty. Even before this book, I am struck by how mature he is compared to his other roommates. He’s the kind of guy you want on your side. He’s loyal and protective. But most of all, he’s the perfect foil for Sabrina.

    I don’t want to spill anymore for fear of spoiling everything but The Goal is in a lot of ways different from the other books in the series. The characters are graduating and all of them are embarking on a different kind of journey. It’s bittersweet to see these characters move on from Briar onto the “real world” so to speak.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s not a perfect book by any means, but its characters are just so darn enjoyable and compelling that I just can’t help but care about them.

    Review and rating closer to the release date...

    That ending in The Score had me like...

    Now I am even more excited to read Tucker's book!!

  • Jennifer Kyle

    This is the fourth book in this series and as with the prior installments, this too can be read as a standalone. As for the story, I have to agree with Dean Di-Laurentis (hero from the prior book) on his thoughts about this heroine, Sabrina James. Sabrina is a cold bitch and not even a cool one at that. I think the BIG issue is that the author didn’t plan on a reader not liking the heroine so redeeming her throughout the story wasn’t a concern. The story stayed course and my hopes that s

    This is the fourth book in this series and as with the prior installments, this too can be read as a standalone. As for the story, I have to agree with Dean Di-Laurentis (hero from the prior book) on his thoughts about this heroine, Sabrina James. Sabrina is a cold bitch and not even a cool one at that. I think the BIG issue is that the author didn’t plan on a reader not liking the heroine so redeeming her throughout the story wasn’t a concern. The story stayed course and my hopes that she was redeemable and/or that I’d even liked her never happened. Nor did a Briar school bus hitting her at any point in the story to introduce a new heroine never happened.

    Sabrina is a hard person to like and for me she wasn’t worthy of a great guy like John Tucker. Though I think I was supposed to connect to her from the beginning it just never happened. Tucker is the type that would give you the shirt off his back, is still truly friends with his ex-girlfriends, and is crazy sexy in the bedroom.

    My dislike of the heroine isn’t because she’s poor, has a slimy stepfather, or that she’s super success driven, it’s because she treats Tucker like crap over and over again and is simply too cold for my tastes. She’s not the entertaining bitchy type heroine, she’s the type if Tucker was your friend you would have to say what the hell does she do for you?

    John Tucker is a Texas sweetheart, sexy in the bedroom, with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint. The storyline itself takes a turn that is so very predictable, cliché, and does follow the previous book’s timeline.

    Even when circumstances place these two together it takes the heroine to the end of the book to say how she feels however to me all along she never showed him. For example her recounting all the wonderful things he has done for her and I couldn’t come up with one that she has done for him.

    Overall, this story follows the time line of the prior book but goes further especially in the epilogue. I’m guessing Fitzy’s book will be next with Dean’s sister, Summer? Sabrina and Tucker do eventually get to where he wanted to be all along and if he’s happy who am I too judge?

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