When he kisses me, it’s not anything like our previous encounters. Those were rough, hot, and sexually charged. This kiss is petal-soft and sweet as the syrup he ladles onto his words. It feels like he’s pouring tenderness over my head by the gallon. With each press of his hips against mine, he’s repeating his promise to give me nothing more than what I ask for.
And it’s this kiss. This sweet, tender, thoughtful kiss that scares me more than anything I’ve ever felt.
I love this series. Love love love love it!!!
And not because of this quote, but because of everything leading up to it and everything that goes on after it.
John Tucker has been sort of a mystery for the first three books in the Off Campus series. We got tiny glimpses of him throughout Dean, Garrett and Logan’s stories, but didn’t really know much. In book three, though, we learned the little bit that basically got me on pins and needles for The Goal. That cliffy, man…
Tucker’s hockey career will end with his college years, and as a business major he’s looking forward to going back to TX, where his mom lives and open a business. But he meets Sabrina James in a bar and feels this immediate connection to her.
Sabrina James’s goal in life is to become a successful lawyer and never ever live the same way she’s been raised. Having suffered her mother leaving when she was a little girl, raised by her grandmother who is now in an odd relationship with her obnoxious step-father, she often close herself off in her bedroom studying, when she’s not juggling hours in the library and early/late hours in her two jobs. Talk about focused.
That’s what she won’t commit to more than a one night stand, scratching an itch every once in a while. Until John Tucker enters the picture. Tucker is determined in getting more than that first date/hookup with Sabrina. He sees a lot in her that is fascinating him, that makes him want more with her. And he’s got, unbeknownst to him, her two best friends rooting for him.
So he manages to convince her for more than that first night hookup, and they start semi-dating, which is making Sabrina unwind a little more often and makes Tucker grow to enjoy her company more and more with each date. He’s falling for her.
It’s during one of those date he manages to convince her on that they learn she’s pregnant.
So now Tucker has to work twice as hard in convincing Sabrina he’s got feelings for her in a way that won’t scare her off.
The story reaches its peak just months after they graduate, and after Sabrina gives birth. Everything they both worked towards pays off beautifully.
Every little step forward in their relationship, every emotion growing between them is earned. Everything they each get in life, or more accurately make happen, is earned. It’s real and not embellished and it shows life is hard but manageable and through these steps they take and hurdles they face their romance develops. Beautifully!
I can 10000% say The Goal is my absolute favorite in this series.
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.