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 have crazy love for the Off-Campus Series and after the bombshell that was dropped toward the end of The Score, I have been impatiently waiting all summer to finally have answers. Until now, Tucker has been the character looming in the shadows, and somewhat minor compared to the other lead males of the series. Sabrina appears to be aloof and cold hearted, so their possible connection definitely had me intrigued. I absolutely enjoyed their story, and it’s my favorite book of the series since The Deal.
He doesn’t look like he’d be this way, but isn’t it always the quiet ones?
The beginning of the book left me feeling a little uncertain. I don’t often read many NA female leads that are as confident and open in their sexuality as Sabrina. She makes no apologies for her lifestyle. As her backstory unfolds, I came to admire her immensely and wish we saw more NA lead characters with her style. It’s okay to adore a heroine who doesn’t appear to be the “good girl”. My heart ached for all she endured, especially her home life.
“We all hurt. We all love. We’re the same. And you past, who you live with, where you came from, it doesn’t have to matter.”
Not surprisingly, I fell in love with Tucker from the early chapters. He is an all around good guy, but has another side that left me pleasantly shocked. This Texas guy has a heart of gold, but a very naughty mouth. The early chemistry between Sabrina and Tucker is fast and sexy. However, as the story progresses, a slow building and complex relationship unfolds. The story never feels rushed or hurried in anyway, and the ending chapters are my favorite of the entire series.
John Tucker has slid deftly into my life, filling spaces that I didn’t realize existed.
Of course, I can never get enough of Garrett/Hannah, Logan/Grace, and Dean/Allie, and seeing them again was so much fun. I recommend this book and entire series to any college romance fan. It has the perfect balance of angst, humor, and sexiness. I am hopeful Elle Kennedy has more stories to share from this lovable cast of hockey players.
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.