The Goal (Off-Campus #4) – Elle Kennedy



Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: New Adult Romance

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 started out as a fun New Adult Romance with a twist, but quickly descended into over used tropes.

The Goal features a driven, headstrong young woman, Sabrina, as she juggled two jobs, a full course load, and aspirations of attending Harvard Law. Sabrina chooses to only hookup with athletes, as they are the group most likely to be able to satisfy her sexual needs without commitment. That is until she meets John.

What made The Goal so appealing was the reversal of typical gender preferences regarding relationships. Sabrina was strictly one-night stands without any consideration for a future relationship. John would also dabble in the one-night stands, but had a more open mind about relationships. John continuously mentions serious relationship goals offhandedly throughout the book. This created an interesting dynamic between the two characters and created atypical characters within the New Adult genre.

What also made The Goal interesting was its timing in regards to the characters’ lives. Both Sabrina and John are about to graduate, so they enter the awkward phase of becoming adults and the responsibilities associated with it.

However, without mentioning spoilers, a typical trope happens that creates an unrealistic situation going forward and typical miscommunication moments. I almost DNF’ed the book at that point, but decided to stick with it in hopes of it improving. It didn’t.

I guess my negative rating and review is overly harsh, but I think that’s mostly due in part to all the interesting and unique aspects that setup the characters and their story. Unfortunately, I can’t rate this any higher than two stars because I cannot stand this particular “plot twist” and it’s resolution.


Overall, The Goal started out as a unique New Adult Romance that changed typical gender portrayals, but ultimately fell prey to annoying, overused tropes.

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