“The game just got a whole lot more interesting.”
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
”You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me, Sabrina James.”
“No.” She smiles. “You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Yet another winner in what has become one of our favourite sports romance series. Once again, everything we love about these books was there: the friendships, the love, the witty banter, hot hockey players and a hero to completely lose our hearts to, plus some very, very sexy times.
Sabrina James has always been a bit of enigma throughout the books. She’s been mentioned in previous books and through glimpses, we know she’s been the nemesis of Dean who seems to dislike her immensely. She was painted as an entitled cold hearted bitch, so when THAT bombshell was dropped at the end of The Score…you bet we were desperate for Tucker and Sabrina’s story and how THAT bombshell came to fruition.
Now, we were all set to dislike Sabrina and it would’ve been so easy to do so because in John Tucker, Elle Kennedy created such a beautifully sweet, extremely sexy and all round nice guy. He was luscious to say the least so Sabrina had a LOT of work to do to become worthy of his affections. So did our preconceived opinions of Sabrina change in The Goal?
Everything we presumed to know about Sabrina was flipped on its head. We really understood this girl. Sure, she was driven and closed off, but her drive was born out of a desire to better her life and to escape her dire home surroundings. Sabrina was prepared to work bloody hard to get there and she didn’t want any distractions. Sex is fine, just no attachments or anything that might derail her dream of being accepted into Harvard Law. Working two jobs and studying like crazy, she barely has time for sleeping, let alone time for matters of the heart. So yeah, she could be construed as closed off and cold, but we did warm to her and admired her commitment, though she was bloody lucky John Tucker had the patience of a saint because she did test our patience towards the end. We wanted to shake her and show her what she had in a man like Tucker and felt she robbed Tucker of a ‘special‘ moment due to her stubbornness.
‘Sabrina James isn’t used to people loving her. Sometimes I wonder if she even knows how to love someone back.’
John Tucker…where do we start with this guy? Once again Elle Kennedy gave us a hero to die for! Seriously…this guy is kind, charming, swoon worthy, sweet, and hot and a bit of a dirty talker with a heart the size of Texas and a sexy Southern drawl to match. When he drawled…darlin’…. our hearts melted!!!
‘She’s got this hard exterior, but inside she’s as soft as butter. I see flashes of vulnerability in her bottomless brown eyes and I just want to…take care of her.’
We don’t want to expand on anything in the story outside of the synopsis because the beauty of Tucker and Sabrina’s love story lies in experiencing the unfolding events for yourselves and we would hate to ruin that experience for other readers. We’ll just say- to see Tucker in this light….OMG! Swoon on steroids!
Picking up each book in this series really is like coming home and catching up with old friends. We feel so invested in their lives, their loves, their futures and each book giving us a further perspective on previous events. Again we welled up over events that occurred in The Score.
“You’re the only one for me. My sun rises and sets on your smile. My heart beats because yours does.”
The Goal had a different ‘feel’ to the other instalments and whilst it wasn’t our favourite, we really did enjoy it and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. We’re not ready to say goodbye to these guys yet, and on that note….can we have Fitzy’s book next…pretty pweease!
THE OFF CAMPUS SERIES
THE DEAL – BOOK ONE
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
…and it’s going to be oh so good
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
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THE MISTAKE – BOOK TWO
He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.
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THE SCORE – BOOK THREE
He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have towork for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
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