Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 26th 2016
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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 was one of my most anticipated releases this year! I fell in love with this series right from the get go. The Deal is still one of my top favorite books of all time, so I was super pumped that The Score ended leading into Tucker and Sabrina’s story.
Now Sabrina was not very well liked in The Score. When I found out that she was going to be Tucker’s interest I couldn’t wait to see how Elle was going to mold and shape her to take on this southern charmer we know as John Tucker.
From page 1, I got Sabrina. I understood her desperation to get the hell out of what she had lived her whole life. Now I’m not saying that I’m about to reveal this deep, dark, emotional life story of how I over came diversity and triumphed against all odds, but to be honest, I can identify what it feels like to know that you only get one shot. And you better not fuck it up… but what if you do, what do you do then?
I LOVED Sabrina’s character. The way that Elle created this sympathy for Sabrina was flawlessly done. I immediately understood her beef with Dean and couldn’t wait to see how this was going to be resolved later in the book. I just wanted to keep rooting for her to keep her chin up, break down those barriers, screw what people think! I wanted to be her wingman in life.
I loved how we got more of the larger group of previous characters in this book. The banter and humor that we’ve seen in this series carries over tried and true. We see them growing in their relationships, maturing as they are about to graduate, but also being their typical hilarious selves. I don’t want to let them go yet….
I wasn’t prepared to revisit Beau Maxwell. Elle does such a fabulous job at redirecting your attention away from what you’ve learned in the previous books until she plops down a big ole side of Beau Maxwell. And then the heartache begins.
I was totally game for a 4.5-5 star rating until about 75% through. There was about a 15% lull in the story that drug it down for me. I was ready to keep moving forward, but the story wasn’t taking me where I wanted to go. It stayed stagnate and I became frustrated. I was happy with the overall product, but I feel like there could’ve been some cleaning up in the last quarter that would’ve served a much better product.
If you guys haven’t had the opportunity to receive an ARC and are reading this before it’s release, you may be wondering if there’s any hope for a 5th book. All I can say is that I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed….
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**