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The Goal

Written by: Elle Kennedy
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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New York Times best seller Elle Kennedy brings you a sexy new Off-Campus novel that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

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 22, 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 be made only with an assist.

Cover design copyright Morten Gorm / Flamingo Books.

©2016 Elle Kennedy (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 31-01-19

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I loved this book. A favorite thing for me is a guy who is happy to become a dad and he's so sweet about the pregnancy and the baby and Tucker was 100% that!!!!! I wish they hasn't waited so long to trust each other with their feeling but their story was sweet and sexy! I'm sad this series is over.

The narration was great, they are both awesome narrators so it wasn't a surprise that they brought these characters to life so perfectly.

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  • bookbruin
  • 10-07-18

I'm Still Swooning for Tucker

Of the 4 Off Campus books, this one seems to be the most polarizing. I almost never see anyone giving The Goal or Tucker any love, so I honestly didn't go into this one with very high hopes. Plus, I wasn't sure how to feel after learning the major plot point of Tucker's story at the end of The Score. Well folks, I completely loved Tucker's story! I've always been firmly #TeamGarrett, but Tucker REALLY gave Garrett a run for his money! Though the book can be read/listened to as a stand alone, it's best enjoyed in order since previous characters do appear.

Tucker was pretty much the perfect book boyfriend. Sweet, loyal, smart, honest, considerate, loving, and an all around good guy. Throw in handsome, sexy, and an alpha personality in the bedroom and holy smokes! There really was so much to love about him and though some will no doubt knock him for being whipped or head over heels for Sabrina, I found all the things he did and said really endearing. I both listened to and read this one and can I just say that Andrew Eiden was absolutely PERFECT as Tucker!? He had just the right amount of sweetness and sexy and don't even get me started on the southern drawl. *swoon*

I really felt like Sabrina got a raw deal in how people perceived her. Just because someone is driven, keeps to themselves, and is not overly affectionate/expressive, doesn't mean they're aloof or a cold hearted b*tch. Her whole life she had to fight and claw her way out on her own, doing whatever she needed to so that she could achieve her goals. I respected the heck out of her. Did she make some mistakes along the way? Yes, but who doesn't? I thought Elle Kennedy did a great job too, with her honest and real portrayal of the major decision Sabrina and Tucker faced. I personally liked Sabrina a lot and though her and Tucker seemed so different in the beginning, by the end, I could see how they actually were really wonderful together.

The epilogue was the perfect way to bring this series to a close and I loved how it brought the books full circle. It was so clever of Elle Kennedy to write the books so that they would overlap at certain times in the timeline. It was awesome to see some scenes from an alternate POV and see how that character experienced and perceived those same events. I always love all the cameos from our previous characters as well. Off Campus is truly a wonderful NA series, and I'm so glad that a spin off series is already in the works and coming soon!

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  • Ndulgent Bloggrs
  • 10-03-17

Reached The Goal

If this is truly the final book in the series, it reached -and exceeded- my goal. Readers who have loved this series must read The Goal to hear the story of Tucker and Sabrina... and to get the beloved epilogue and see how the couples have moved on in life together.

This installment of Kennedy’s Off Campus series was flirtatious, funny, charming, sexy with just a bit of angst. Though more serious than the first three books, Tucker's laidback persona sets the tone for the book. While Sabrina is struggling through her personal life, Tucker is the stabilizer. The push and pull of thier relationship, that first starts with a simple hook up, is the premise so readers get a lot of back and forth with their commitment levels along with some internal dialogue. But this is done so well, details that might normally bother me were blended seamlessly. As always, Kennedy constructed a well written story with a steady pace and moving story line.

The narration is spot on, and adds to the flavor of the story. Eiden nails Tuck's accent and Jones brought across Sabrina's attitude, frustration and confusion so well, readers can relate to her. This narration duo paired with Kennedy was perfection.

NOTE: this book occurs during the same time as book three, The Score, so there are some previously seen scenes now from a new perspective.

I review for the Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

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  • B. D.
  • 10-11-19

A Keeper For Sure!

I loved this story! I loved every character in it. I LOVED Susannah Jones narration and interpretation of every character. Her humor and even her male voices were spot on. Andrew Eiden is, as always, the best and honestly there are times when he does a female voice that I forget it’s a male doing the performance. This book is smart, funny, sexy and everything needed in a great romance novel.

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  • melmccally
  • 03-10-19

really enjoyed it!

I grabbed this book and another by Elle Kennedy on sale with a 1.99 audio upgrade and I really loved it! I loved that it was a bit longer than the romances I usually listen to and it took me a few more days to finish, so I really connected with the characters and found myself really rooting for them to have their HEA. Sabrina was stubborn and felt she was undeserving of happiness but she eventually figured it all out. Tucker was quite swoon-worthy and just a solid rock through all their ups and downs.

I really enjoyed the narration. Andrew Eiden is a new favorite of mine, and he was wonderful. Susannah Jones did a fabulous job as Sabrina. I do wish Andrew would have done more of a southern drawl for Tucker, as I felt Susannah did a better job including the drawl in Tucker's speech than Andrew did(southern accent was almost non-existent) But overall, this was so well done and I'll definitely look for them again as narrators.

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  • Lisa Roberts
  • 14-06-19

5 stars

Audio version was just as impressive as the paper version. Narrators were on the money and dragged you into their storytelling.

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  • Mayzone
  • 21-05-19

Gotta love the Southern Gentleman

I loved getting to know Tucker, who knew he was so sweet and such a gentleman. The only part that made me uneasy was Sabrina's home life and that it continued as long as it did. Tucker is one patient guy which made Sabrina frustrating to listen too, almost whiny and annoying. The blend of all the characters from the previous books in the series tied everything up nicely although it would have been nice to see the the girls friendship develop a little more collectively as the guys friendship did. I'm sad its the final book. What am I going to read now for some hockey hotness.

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  • Shay B
  • 10-05-19

The best in the series

This one for me was the best in the series. Tuckers character was just so darn likable and the dual narrators really worked for me, I hate when the girl has to do the guy voice throughout the whole book it gets kind of annoying. Anyways I love this one The deal comes in a close second. The whole series was really good though if you’re thinking of starting the series do it! You won’t regret it.

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  • Lovinghotbooks1
  • 09-04-19

Awesome

Is love this series and the world created by the author is so addictive. I just want to read more, always more....
It’s so good and filled with passion and joy, love and lust.
All the characters is well described with flaws and their own personalities which makes them realistic.
The chemistry between the main characters is sizzling hot and I feel sad for Tucker at some point. He is a patient man 😲
The love scenes is sweet and intense, just as I like it.
Getting to meet all the previous characters from this series is a big bonus. I love them all.

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Good and clear pronunciation and read with feelings so it’s easy to get in to the story.

Dive in to this series if you haven’t already, 5 stars for wonderful entertainment.

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 21-02-19

Tucker!

I thought book 3 was my favorite but obviously it was because I hadn’t listened to book 4. I loved Tucker’s story.
I loved this entire series. Elle Kennedy wrote each book in this series to be about real life situations.
Sabrina was focused and determined to get into Harvard which she did but what she didn’t count on was John Tucker.
Tucker is a down to earth good guy and falls for Sabrina from the start. You’ll definitely walk away from this book loving the series.

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  • Woody
  • 03-07-19

Loved this! Off Campus - book 4

I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t like Sabrina, she sounded very ‘up herself’ to start with but as the story went on I grew to like her more and more. Narrators were good and I couldn’t stop listening!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-19

good but often emotionally painful

I think if I had realised how hard going this would be emotionally speaking I may not have got the book - as I found most of it to be. I did think it was good, real and well read...I just dont find this level of angst appealing, even with a happy a happy ending. it wasnt over the top silly and unnecessary drama, which I find juvenile and really annoying, more that the struggles were just a little too real for too much of the story. I read this genre as escapism, and so was not the escape I was seeking. often sweet and hot, and some good humour thrown in, just not enough for me.