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.
I loved all of the boys in the Off Campus series! I don’t normally go for sports romance, but I made an exception for these books, because I actually like hockey, and these guys are NOT the typical jocks.
Usually when I read in a book summary that the lead male character is some guy who plays sports of any kind, I pass because I just don’t relate. Elle Kennedy was my exception. I just love her work! This book is the last of the series, and is the perfect one to end on. I don’t think that you necessarily need to read the other books in order, before this one. In fact at the end of The Score, there is a big reveal that sets up Tucker and Sabrina’s connection. Since it’s mentioned above in the summary that Tucker and Sabrina are having a baby, it’s interesting to go into the beginning of a relationship knowing what’s going to happen eventually.
Elle does such an amazing job with these characters. She could easily follow a formula of boy-meets-girl and write characters with similar voices, but she doesn’t. Tucker is a Southern gentleman who was raised by a single mother, so taking responsible is just in his blood. Sabrina is the most stubborn woman I have ever read. She does not trust herself anymore than she trusts anyone else in her life. She is bound and determined to get through her troubles on her own, even though it takes two people to get pregnant. I still liked her though, because she is so focused and smart. She had a very hard life that she needs to get away from, so I admired her determination.
While Sabrina and Tucker’s romance isn’t typical, it still had great heat and humor. Seeing some of the events that took place in the other books from Tucker’s eyes was interesting, and it kept all of the other characters and their storylines connected. I am really going to miss these boys.
“We all hurt. We all love. We’re the same. And your past, who you live with, where you came from, it doesn’t have to matter. You’re creating your own future, and I want to see where the road forward takes you.”
“My goal, once upon a time, was to succeed. I didn’t realize that success wasn’t grades or scholarships or achievements, but the people I was lucky enough to have in my life.
I give this book 5 hat trick stars and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.
***I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy.***
The Off Campus series