Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo

Introduced in Toni Aleo’s Bellevue Bullies Series, it’s the Sinclair brothers’ big sister’s turn to find love in the next installment of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series, the Assassins.

Lucy Sinclair was no stranger to pain.

She grew up with three younger brothers, met a bad boy, got pregnant by him, married him, and then suffered through a nasty divorce from him. Pain. That was pain. To top it off, she even had to go through the heartbreaking divorce of her parents. Through it all, she survived. All she cared about was making sure her daughter was happy and taken care of. Despite an ex-husband hell-bent on ruining her life, she fought to overcome. She’s gotten to the point that she’s okay with being just okay. She never cared about herself because she never had the time. It was Angie and only Angie she focused on, but that all changed when Benji Paxton offered to help her daughter on the ice.

Benji knew the moment he saw Lucy, he’d never be the same. Especially when she came with the bundle of crazy that was her daughter. His heart wasn’t ready for them. After years spent sobering up and finding who he was without the alcohol, he never forgot he was being punished for not appreciating the love he had when he was younger. Because of his past, he had gotten used to being alone, a recluse, but even he had to admit it was getting old. He was lonely. Hockey wasn’t enough anymore. He wanted a family; he wanted his true love.

And Lucy and Angie were just that.

They were just two lost souls.

Floating through life with no purpose.

But finding each other gave them direction, a chance at a future.

And had them both Rushing the Goal to be together.

4.5 Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

Toni Aleo's hockey romances never fail to excite me. Rushing the Goal is no exception. Lucy Sinclair is more than a little familiar with the game of hockey. She's the sister of Jude, Jayden and Jace whose stories have all been told. They found their HEA, but Lucy has not been so lucky. She has a douchbag for an ex, Rick, but unfortunately for her, she has to see him on a regular basis. They are both parents to seven year old Angie. Rick is remarried and his wife is as much of an ass as he is-they both make life tough for Lucy. She avoids romantic encounters and puts all her efforts into being a great mom and running her designing business. Money is more than a little tight, but she wants to pull her own weight. 

Benji Paxton plays for the Assassins. Hockey is his life. About twelve years ago he had a wife, Ava and a child Leary. But he let his love for booze come before his family, and they suffered the price. Deep down he has a ton of guilt and even though he cleaned up his act years ago, he still doesn't think he deserves to be happy. 

Benji's friends try to set him up all the time. And he goes. But he must be one rotten date, because why else does he never hear from these women again? He's gorgeous, rich and famous but there seems to be no repeats in his life. When Jayden asks a favor of him to help out his sister Lucy's little girl with hockey he has his first encounter with Lucy. He's been warned that she's about as welcoming as a hornet's nest. And stings just as bad. She is feisty and for the first time in years he feels a real attraction for a woman, not to mention Angie is adorable. 

So she'd watch Benji Paxton...and not because he had a hot ass in those Assassins sweats.

Good Lord, she needed to get laid. 

Slowly, and I do mean slowly, Benji and Lucy get to know one other and then they really get to know one another. But Rick makes sure to throw in lots of pain and suffering as only he knows how to do. Lucy is worried she will lose Angie and Benji is not about to let that happen. I have to say Rick needs to be nominated for nastiest villain in a romance book. He is pure evil and a horrible father. 

"I need to talk to you about that lowlife you have around my daughter."

Angie deserves so much better and Benji is going to make sure this little girl is cherished. Maybe he is worthy of having a family and being happy. 

"Sometimes, it's hard to find words to tell you how much you mean to me. Most of the time, I don't say anything at all because I don't share the way you like to," she said and he smiled, getting lost in her eyes. "But I hope you know that having you and Angie is what I live for."

I adore this series, and I love how the characters keep reappearing in other books. They are like family and I hope this series goes on for a long, long time. 

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