Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: Toni Aleo books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: 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.
Benji and Lucy were just two lost souls.
Floating through life with no purpose.
But finding each other gave them direction, a chance at a future.
And that had them both Rushing the Goal to be together.
Review: What a great book–I feel like I lived the three months of this book with them! It was so intense and painful and emotional and happy… I’m just now reading the eighth in the series and it really makes me wonder if all the others were as much of a rollercoaster ride? I’ll have to go back and glom on the earlier ones, and you know how a reader hates that, right? 😉
Man, Lucy had a sucky life. Like she said, if she didn’t have bad luck she’d have no luck at all. It’s caused her to have a particular skill set that doesn’t really endear her to a lot of people–she’s a self-professed Bitch. She’s angry, with a chip on her shoulder, and she takes it out on the people around her with regularity. I’m guessing the only ones exempt are her daughter Angie and hopefully her customers? She’s an interior designer and her career is taking off, thanks to her great eye and her connections. Unfortunately her ex-husband Rick is a huge freaking jerk, and since they share her daughter, she’s never going to get a break.
Benji had once had it all and then had lost it in an epic car crash. He still had his career but he wasn’t up for trying the whole relationship thing again–he didn’t deserve it, did he? Running into Sinclair’s sister was hilarious–she was totally what they’d all said–TOUGH. But somehow that was endearing to him because he knew that deep underneath that hard veneer was someone who was also damaged. And her daughter was just too cute to ignore. Did it hurt being around another little girl? Yes. Too much to stop? Heck no!
The emotional depth and the growth between these two characters was both hard to read and touching to see. I felt like I’d spent a lifetime with them as they not only battled to have a relationship but to get to the ultimate goal–a family. It’s more than a romance, it’s a life story with an ultimate ever-after that’s sure to please everyone that reads it! Two thumbs up for this great novel!