Off Campus #4 Kamp til Stregen
Title: The Goal
Series: Off Campus #4
Author: Elle Kennedy
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Kamp til Stregen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: Juni 2020
Genre: New Adult & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 fourth and last I believe in the series. Again, this is a standalone with only few references to the other three, which is where the book fails in my opinion. The author has created such a strong set of characters but ends up barely using any of them to promote this story. I was skeptical about this read due to Dean’s description of Sabrina in the previous book. Must say that he certainly was right about his statement, saying she’s a cold-hearted bitch. It was extremely difficult to like her or feel any sort of remorse. Sabrina isn’t unlikeable due to her past or her current situation at home, but because she treats Tucker like crap on multiple occasions and therefor she doesn’t deserve him. Tucker is a southern saint, and like the rest of the crew in this series, he is amazing.
Even though the heroine in this story is very unlike the other three girls Hannah Wells, Grace Ivers and Allie Hayes, whom all had amazing personalities and humor, the story itself follows a similar time pattern as the other three stories.
Despite my initial feelings toward Sabrina, they do change toward the end of the story where she finally opens up about her feelings, although we had to get to the end for her to convey her feelings. I saw a series once that had an important saying: “It doesn’t matter how much you love someone if you can’t convey your feelings”
This is the worst in the series, but at the same time, it’s not bad it’s just different. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. We get glimpses of the other books in this one, scenes that originally played out in the other books and shown to us from a different point of view! That was very clever and truly amazing. You knew exactly what would happen, since you’ve already read it once, but at the same time, it was new due to the difference in personalities. Tucker experience the Beau situation differently from Dean. Kennedy may have created a less likeable person, but it all came together in the end. I actually cried when I read the last few lines, wishing Sabrina would have shown us who she was much sooner, almost wishing we could see all of the couples again maybe five or ten years out in the future.
This series is one of the best series out there to date. The only one that has a slight edge is The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. So if you have a long summer ahead of you, Haha Summer! Summer Heyward Di Laurentis is the main character in the follow-up series Briar U, also written by Elle Kennedy. Yes, Dean’s little pesky sister. Nevertheless, yeah, if you have some time to kill, and you haven’t read these series, you have 10 books that will rock your world.