Monday, March 28, 2016

ARC Review: Rushing the Goal (Assassins #8) 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.

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4 Stars

Rushing the Goal is is the first book I've read in the series, so even though it's the 8th book, I was easily able to catch on.  And I am now an Assassin fan, and will go back and read the other books in this series! 

Lucy Sinclair has been burned by her crazy ex-husband, Rick (and boy--was he a nut job!). But after the messy divorce, she came out of it with a beautiful, rambunctious little girl, Angie--and I love this girl! So the last few years, it's just been Lucy and Annie. As much as the Sinclair family tries to help out, Lucy is stubborn and feels like she doesn't need it. She's determined to raise her daughter as a single mom, without any hand-outs. 

But that all changes, when Benji Paxton, pro-hockey star, ends up helping Lucy and her daughter on the ice. He's immediately connects with the girl and is smitten by the snarky, smart-ass, Lucy. But Lucy can't get the hot hockey player, who loves hanging out with her kid and is willing to be there for her, out of her head. 

Benji and Lucy spend most of the time in a push and pull relationship.They both  are facing their fears of reliving past mistakes. But it takes an adorable seven-year old to hold them together, along with their connection that they both try to deny at first.   

Rushing the Goal has the perfect blend of angst, drama and hot romance! 

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