The Goal by Elle Kennedy

September 28, 2016 Author Bio, New Releases, Review 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Goal by Elle KennedyThe Goal by Elle Kennedy
Published by Self-Published on 26th September 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mature New Adult, Romance, sports
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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.

reviewReviewed by Shannon

*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*

After reading The Score, I was very curious to read about Tucker and Sabrina, so when I finally got The Goal on my kindle I was jumping for joy…on the inside…of course. The Goal actually took place during the same period as The Score so every so often you see the events of Allie and Dean’s relationship and the events that happened during that book. While some of it was definitely interesting to see from another perspective, I was a little disappointed that it took so long to get to the point where Tucker told everyone he was having a baby with Sabrina. It was at the 62% mark and I felt like that took a long time. The stuff that lead up to that point though was at least interesting, but lately, I just haven’t been as interested in books that take place over the same period as the previous book even though it covered a different relationship. For some reason, I just haven’t found the second relationship as interesting as the first one and some of the events that happen that may not be directly about either couple just wasn’t as impactful in the second book.

With all that said, I still enjoyed The Goal. I think what I liked the most was Tucker though. He was a great character, so patient with Sabrina and a gentleman, I was a big fan of that. Sabrina was a good character, but I was expecting something different based on Dean’s perspective in The Score. I haven’t read The Score since it came out so I don’t remember that much about Sabrina in that book but I did remember that Dean and her did not get along. And I thought she would be a bitch based on what I remember but after reading this book, I think that was just Dean’s perspective of her. In this book, Dean was kind of an asshole for part of it and I was not a fan of that. Luckily, that didn’t take up much of the book. There actually wasn’t a lot going on besides just Tucker and Sabrina. It had a little of the other guys but not as much as I would have liked. It didn’t help that Tucker was the quiet one of the group. Though, I do wish we got more of him being the quiet cook in the house. We got that maybe once. I felt like that was built up more in the other books. Guess that was to be expected when Tucker got a girl, no time for cooking when there was sex to be had. Besides the actual relationship between Tucker and Sabrina, seeing Sabrina’s home life and how she juggled everything was interesting. And I loved how Tucker never judged Sabrina for her home life or how complicated her life was and how hard she had to work to juggle everything. Tucker was just a patient guy who wanted to spend time with Sabrina and that was great to see. Not many guys would have been that patient or understanding.

After the baby secret and their relationship was revealed, there was a lot of awesomeness involving Garrett and Logan. I won’t say what it was but it was definitely one of my favorite things in this book. I thought the ending was going to be a little different but it was still good. Overall, I thought The Goal was good, but the fact we knew Sabrina was already pregnant and having Tucker’s baby from The Score lessened any shock or doubt in the beginning half of this book. It was still good but I think if that part was left out of The Score it would have been better. The other books never needed a hook to get you to read the next book and I don’t think this book needed it either.

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated 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 publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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