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The Book Barista Reviews: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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Title:  The Goal

Series:  Off-Campus, #4

Author:  Elle Kennedy

Release Date:  September 26, 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.

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I’ve really loved this series.  I’ve loved the story lines and the characters.  That’s why I was pretty excited to read this one.  At the very end of the last book, the pregnancy bomb was dropped which set up this book nicely.

I have to admit that at first I didn’t much like Sabrina. She just seemed a bit egotistical to me.  As I read through, I found myself understanding her.  She was very driven and had a plan.  A boyfriend didn’t  really fit into that plan.  Life was not easy for her and she worked very hard to be able to achieve her goals. I actually admired her ability to not lose sight of her big picture no matter the hurdles in her way.

That said, I often felt that Sabrina might not be deserving of Tucker.  Tucker has to be the most patient, kind-hearted, beautiful soul to ever exist.  I mean, the guy loves and is good to his mama. *sigh*.  Did I mention his patience?  The man has the patience of a saint.  And through all of these traits, he’s still confident and doesn’t give up on what he wants.  He’s a damn good book boyfriend

I loved their journey together even though Sabrina sometimes made it harder than she should have.

Like the other books in this series, The Goal got five delicious cups of java from me.  I highly recommend this series to everyone.  Especially to anyone that loves a good sports romance.

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Cover Reveal: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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Title:  The Goal

Series:  Off Campus, #4

Author:  Elle Kenney

Release Date:  September 26, 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.

 

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The Book Barista Reviews: The Score by Elle Kennedy

The Book Barista logoTitle:  The Score

Series:  Off-Campus, #3

Author:  Elle Kennedy

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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.

isho-my-opinion2This has been such a great series.  I’ve loved each of the previous books and this one is right up there as well.

We were introduced to both Dean and Allie in the first book in this series, The Deal,  so I was pretty happy to get their stories.

Dean is the consummate manslut.  He  never sleeps with the same girl twice and he’s ok with this.  He’s just going about living his life.  He’s up front with the ladies about it being just sex and this has worked for him so far.  Until Allie comes along.  She’s just broken up with a long-time boyfriend and after a drunken night, ends up in bed with Dean.  She’s not a casual sex kind of girl so she’s pretty convinced that this was a one time thing and it’ll never happen again.

Dean isn’t satisfied with just one time with Allie so he doesn’t give up until she agrees to a “fling”.  What they didn’t see coming was how much they enjoy each other’s company and how much they want to be with each other.  I loved their progression from “fling” status to meaning so much more to each other.  I loved that Dean is so much more intelligent and interesting than he lets people believe he is.  Dean is definitely going on my list of best book boyfriends for 2016.

You may or may not know what a sap I am so I will admit that there were tears in this one for me.  What’s a book without a little bit of angst to get the tissue box out?

I loved this book A LOT and gave it five very hot and gratifying cups of java.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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The Book Barista Reviews: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Book Barista logoTitle: The Mistake

Series: Off-Campus #2

Author:  Elle Kennedy

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ISHO SummaryHe’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 to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

isho-my-opinion2First off, let me say that I LOVED THE DEAL!!! (the first book in this series) so I was just itching to get my hands on The Mistake.

We first met Logan in The Deal as Garrett’s best friend who had a crush on his girlfriend.  This carries on into this book but I couldn’t hate him for it. Logan, despite being a player, really is a nice guy. I love him! Just sayin’.

I really enjoyed Grace as well. She meets Logan and they get along pretty well after a first blunder by Logan but then he messes up again and ends her Freshman year on a bad note. She doesn’t sit and dwell on it. She moves on and comes back to school for her second year ready to go.

Logan can’t believe the mistake he made and won’t let her get away.  It’s fun to see how she makes him jump through hoops to get another chance. The best part is that he’s a willing participant.  Have I mentioned that I love him?!

This book was fun and sexy and truly an enjoyable read. I give The Mistake five of my very favourite Tim Horton’s coffees with triple cream.

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WWW Wednesdays: April 22, 2015

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s where I’m at:

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What I’m currently reading:

Outlaw’s Obsession by Nicole Snow

I love a good biker book so this one seemed right up my alley.  So far I’m enjoying it. I will post my review once I’m done.

What I recently read:

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

I LOVE THIS SERIES! That is all!  My review will post soon.

What I hope to read next:

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden

This is the second book in the Nine Circles series.  I enjoyed the first book so I’m looking forward to this one.

I’d love to know what your W…W…W… are.


WWW Wednesdays: March 4, 2015

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s where I’m at:

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What I’m currently reading:

Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton

This is the ninth book in the Play By Play series.  I’ve been following this series for a long time now and Jaci Burton never disappoints.  She’s very good at writing the sexy athlete.

What I recently read:

Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

I bought this book ages ago and just never got around to reading it until..RAGNAR AND ROLLO.  Yes, I’ve been watching Vikings and loving it.  I really enjoyed this book.  It’s a romance. Not a lot of sexy times in it but oh so very good.  I understand there will be a followup book.  I’m definitely waiting for that.

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The Deal by Elle Kennedy

I can’t say enough about this book.  I LOVED IT!!! I laughed and cried.  I enjoyed it so much I’m trying to force all my friends to read it. 🙂

What I plan to read next:

Out of the Game by Kate Willoughby

I received this ARC from NetGalley and am looking forward to this one.  I read the other two books in the In The Zone series and loved them.

WOW! Looking back at these titles I realize that except for the Viking book, these are all about athletes.  Who doesn’t love a sexy, romantic athlete? Also, that’s a lot of abs!!!

I’d love to know what your W…W…W… are.