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review 2017-06-15 13:20
#Audiobook Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy
The Goal - Audible Studios,Susannah Jones,Elle Kennedy,Andrew Eiden

After the pregnancy bombshell delivered at the end of the previous book, The Goal actually goes back a bit in time and begins when Tucker and Sabrina first meet. Readers/listeners relive certain scenes and moments from the The Score, with a new perspective and focus, as well as several new scenes. 


Tucker is probably the most likable, easy-going guy we’ve met thus far in Ms. Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. He’s genuine, and while he’s easy on the eyes, he’s not all about scoring with the ladies. When he first lays eyes on Sabrina, he senses she is something special. I adore everything about this guy. He’s nearly perfect and has the patience of a saint. He never takes his eye off the end goal of making Sabrina his, but he allows the ebb and flow of life to take its course along the way. 


On the other hand, all we knew about Sabrina before this book is that she is Dean’s educational nemesis, and his perception is that she is a cold-hearted bitch. Ms. Kennedy removes that mantle from Sabrina immediately, by showing us Sabrina’s deplorable home life and the motivations behind her desire to achieve perfection at Briarwood. I fell for Sabrina’s flawed character hard. She’s driven and sometimes too focused, but she has a heart of gold underneath the layers of protection she’s built. 


Sabrina and Tucker make a great couple. There is insta-lust and sexual chemistry big time, creating an immediate interest in the pair. I like that they have time to fall a bit for one another before the baby news comes. I also appreciate that there are several ups and downs. It's very realistic with a happy ending. 


While I enjoyed their story, and I’m thankful to finally have Tuck's book, I was overwhelmed by the amount of focus on the pregnancy/baby storyline. Don’t misunderstand, Ms. Kennedy does an amazing job with the baby storyline; she didn't sugar coat what it's like to be pregnant and have a child. She also didn't minimize the impacts on the parents' lives and their relationship. However, it's too much baby for me. I am just not a fan of baby-romances.


Generally, the narration is good; better than book 3, but still not as great as the first two books. The male narrator, who also read The Score, has great drawl and perfect laid-back attitude for Tuck. At times, I felt certain words held too much of a Boston accent, but overall he is consistent. Mr. Eiden does a great job distinguishing between all characters and has a solid feminine voice. Similarly, the female POV narration is good, especially after I sped it up. (I varied between 1.25x and 1.5x.) I enjoyed her voice for Sabrina right from the start. She gives Sabrina a perky, upbeat air, yet is able to add the weight of life into her voice when called for. My biggest complaint is that Ms. Jones had extremely long pauses between dialogue and paragraphs which became annoying right away. Increasing the listening speed helped with that.


Overall, I enjoyed The Goal, and look forward to hopefully more stories in the Off-Campus series. Although there was too much baby storyline for me, and I missed the laugh-out-loud humor and silly moments found the previous three titles, Tucker and Sabrina make a wonderful couple with an entertaining romance.


My Rating: B

Male narrator A-

Female narrator B+


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text 2017-05-10 06:15
HOT Covers - Cool Deal
In case you didn't hear about it or see it all over social media, the author, Elle Kennedy is resurrecting the original 'abs' covers for the Off Campus series!

Sorry, they're only available this month. That's it.
Then they'll be going away forever!!!
You have been warned....       ahem.
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review 2017-02-19 10:56
Going for the Goal (The Perfect Play Series Book 3) - Sara Rider

This is book # 3 in the Perfect Play series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For your enjoyment, and to better understand the series I recommend reading in order.


Jillian & Nick have quite the past.  Now, as he begs her to be his agent, she does not think it is wise to mix business with pleasure.  Her reputation and future are at risk.


Nick has waited almost a decade to be with his dream woman.  Now, her needs her for more than just the physical.  He needs her to save his career.


This was such a heartwarming and HOT book to read.  I found myself with laughter and tears.  I am hoping the series continues, since it is so good.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2016-12-06 00:00
The Goal
The Goal - Elle Kennedy He de reconocer que al principio me costó un poco entrar en la historia. Creo que fue por el hecho de que no estaba convencida con Sabrina, tenía mis dudas sobre el personaje y eso se mostró en mi disposición cuando empecé el libro.
Pero Elle Kennedy ha vuelto a sorprenderme y, superadas mis dudas iniciales, ha conseguido meterme de lleno en la vida de Sabrina y Tucker.

He barajado durante toda la lectura si darle 4 ó 5 estrellas (duda inexistente en sus predecesoras que fueron de cabeza al podio ganador) decidiéndome por la puntuación máxima porque el desarrollo de la historia lo ha merecido. A partir de la mitad del libro estaba más que enamorada de los protagonistas y cualquier duda que hubiera podido tener se disipó.

Tucker era el gran desconocido y ha sido una grata sorpresa descubrir al personaje a medida que avanzaba el libro: bueno, atento, "hot as hell" y tan divertido como el resto de sus amigos.

Me he leído los cuatro libros seguidos, por lo que estaba totalmente inmersa en la historia y al acabar me ha dado muchísima pena. Ahora sólo me queda esperar al spin off, aunque no sé si conseguirá llenarme tanto como Garrett, Logan, Dean y Tucker.
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review 2016-09-29 00:00
The Goal
The Goal - Elle Kennedy I'm going with 3 stars for this one.

In short: Well written, loved Tucker, didn't hate Sabrina. A bit too much back and forth and there was a long time where nothing really happens. I liked seeing all the other characters again, although I've forgotten quite a lot from the other books.
I'm not a huge fan of this type of storyline, so it could just be me. I felt bad for Tucker sometimes and felt like hitting sabrine with a smelly old fish at other times. I alsp missed some of the banter that I loved in the other books.
But it's not a bad book and Elle Kennedy knows how to write. If you liked the other books, give this one a try :)

I'm looking forward to the spin off. I think it's going to be about Fitzy?
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