Book four in the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy is another HUGE winner for me. I hoovered this book. Like a bag of chips, I could not put it down.
Sabrina James is a smart, sharp, driven, student. She has no time for relationships, she’s on a mission to graduate with honors and go to Harvard law school. She may also have a slight reputation for being a bitch. Not true. She’s just focused and super busy. She does one night stands. No boyfriends. She’s all business. One and done and back to studying.
Meet John Tucker. Sweet, charming, nurturing, smokin’ hot hockey player who loves his mom. He’s not celibate…no way…he’s a lover boy. But, Tucker’s just getting through college then moving back to his small town to get a job. His dad died and he’s all about helping his mom. Awwww…
Cut to Sabrina and her friends deciding Sabrina needs to blow off steam. She works too hard. She holds down a couple of jobs and is blazing through high grades in college. Sabrina needs to get laid. They head to a bar, one frequented by hockey players. Players like, say John Tucker. It is a bit eyes meeting across a crowded room type thing. There’s chemistry. I love the flirty banter, thank you Elle Kennedy!!! You do this so well.
“I’m not into relationships,” she says bluntly. “If we do this—”
“Do what?” I can’t help but tease.
“This. Don’t play dumb, Tucker. You’re better than that.”
A laugh pops out. “Fair enough. All right…” I wave a hand. “Go on…”
“If we do this,” she repeats, “it’s sex only. No awkward morning after. No phone numbers.”
I give her one last caress before releasing her, letting her read into my silence what she needs to. I highly doubt that one time is going to be enough for either of us, but if that’s what she needs to believe tonight, I’m okay with that.
“Let’s go then.”
Her lips curve. “Now?”
“Now.” I moisten my bottom lip with my tongue. “Unless you want to sit here a while longer and keep dancing around the fact that we want to rip each other’s clothes off.”
She lets out a throaty laugh that goes straight to my balls. “Very good point, Tucker.”
Lord. I love the way my name rolls off those full, pouty lips. Maybe I’ll ask her to say it when I’m making her come.
Omigod. That happens at just 6% into the book. At this point, I am pouring my second glass of wine.
They have a, let’s say… casual relationship. Tucker wants more. Sabrina does, too, but she’s not giving in. Here’s the thing with Sabrina, she’s in a lousy situation at home. Her mom left her years ago She lives with her grandma and her step-dad, who also sleeps with her grandma. Got it? Yeah, now you know why she’s so ambitious. She’s gotta get out of that shit show.
I really loved Tucker and Sabrina.
He’s a natural caretaker and she’s a total boss lady. Just like the rest of the series, The Goal had its share of steamy moments. Who has actually had a college experience like that? I’m SO jealous of you. There were also some tough issues presented and tackled. Hard choices. No one’s life was what they wanted it to be in the end. It’s an HEA…I’ll say that. But, not the one they had planned.
I’m now wondering what Elle Kennedy has planned for the Off Campus series. I think we might be out of hockey players. Not sure. I’m not opposed to other sports. Perhaps she can look at the soccer team next?
I give The Goal an A. Read our interview with Elle Kennedy.