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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🎧❤️Audiobook Addicts❤️🎧
  • 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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  • Book Bruin
  • 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 Reader
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-20

Real love waits

I was a little nervous but since it was the last book of the series I decided to buy it. I'm glad I didn't wait to get my free credit and bought it. I loved!!! Tucker!!! the story was really good and how he was always there patiently waiting for Sabrina to trust him and let go of her guard and learn to love.

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  • venicelivin
  • 23-05-20

So Whiney

I really wanted to love this book, but it dragged. The last third could have been a chapter tops. The female narrator whined incessantly, which made Sabrina’s character even more annoying than she was written. The male narrator did a huge disservice to Tucker by not performing him with a Southern accent. That was the greatest travesty of this audiobook, because in the previous book, he performed him with an accent, but not this one. Why hire a narrator to perform a character sans accent - whose accent is repeatedly mentioned?

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  • Mel @thevocalromancer
  • 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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  • Brittany Bocchi
  • 26-04-21

The Goal

I read this book in a span of 3 days and then immediately downloaded the audiobook to listen to it on my commute to work. That’s how much I loved this book. The narrators did an A++++++ job, they were both fantastic in their roles for Sabrina and Tucker. I love this series so much and The Goal is easily one of my favorites.

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  • anastacia munoz
  • 16-04-21

Great series

I love all the books in this series every couple has a special place in my heart.

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  • Tiffany
  • 04-04-21

Heart warming

Such a heart warming book! I have read all of this series and this one was the icing! I loved that the father figure ends up being a father and doing what he wants and not letting her push him away!!

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  • Serena
  • 01-03-21

Love tucker!

Tucker just may have become my favorite. He’s sweet and chivalrous and knows who he wants. but why didn’t the narrator have the Southern accent like he should?! that was the only thing that I would change. Story was overall predictable but still a very entertaining listen.

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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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  • Zoe Nobbs
  • 23-09-20

Perfect

Everything about this was perfect. The accents. The pace of the story. The one liners and humour. I can’t get enough of this series.

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 11-02-21

So much angst it killed me!

I really enjoyed the off campus series but I have to say this was my least favourite of the 4 stories.

I absolutely loved Tucker, you just could not fault him at all. He was so sweet and supportive. But I really struggled to connect with Sabrina. She just come across so selfish to me. Tucker was constantly waiting on the side for her to let him in closer but she happily held him at arms reach and took him when she wanted him. Not to mention she never once asked how he was feeling about the pregnancy or asked what he wanted to do. That really got to me, and when he FINALLY told her he loved her she ignored him and literally said she wanted him to say it again at a better time for her. WHAT?! What better time to confess your love then after the birth of your baby. I totally get she was trying not to trap him but the poor guy couldn’t have made it any clearer that he wasn’t going anywhere. I just couldn’t deal with the angst!!!!!

I loved that the story included all the other characters and even gave us a base for what was to come in the first book of the Briar U series which follows on from this series. I have already read ‘The Chase’ but I will be re reading now I’ve realised it comes after the off campus series because there were character references that I’ll understand now!

Over all I’m glad that Tuck & Sabrina finally got their HEA. I loved that all the big burley hockey boys were swooning over their little baby niece after she was born, even Dean!

I listened to the audiobook via audible and enjoyed the performance of the narrators.

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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.