Monday 16 May 2016

✪ Rushing The Goal (Assassins #8) ✪ Toni Aleo ✪

Introduced in Toni Aleos Bellevue Bullies Series, its the Sinclair brothers big sisters 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 shes 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 wasnt 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 wasnt 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.

ARC received for an honest review

It is no secret that I adore hockey.  I adore hockey books, hockey movies etc etc etc

And I am absolutely and irrevocably in love with the Assassins series.

Is it really already book 8 in this series?   And in my opinion, it has gotten better each and every book.

Rushing The Goal is Lucy Sinclair (sister of the Sinclair boys from the Bellevue Bullies books) and Assassin Benji.

Oh how I love Benji right from the very first word.   I just couldn't wait for what would happen with him next.

Lucy, well she is a different kettle of fish.  I like her but she was quite a prickly character to begin with - though as the story continues I could completely understand why and in the end adored her even more because of it.

But when they got together - my heart just exploded.  They are both so terribly mistrusting and broken, and to see the walls around their hearts disintegrate was lovely.

There are so many funny, sweet, sexy and poignant moments in this book.  I didn't want to put it down.  

But there were also points where I just wanted it to be over - not because I didn't like the story, not at all.  It was all because of one particular character and his actions.  

I very rarely have such a visceral reaction to a character, but OMG this guy Rick made me so angry.  I wanted to throw my kindle across the room.  My body physically stiffened with anger as he came into play.  I wanted to crawl into my kindle and nut punch him!  I wanted the story to be over so that he would be out of it and our lovelies could make their way off into the sunset. 

Then there is the little scene stealer Angie - Lucy's daughter. There is not one thing to not love about her.  She is like a 40 year old woman in a 7 year old's body.  But with all the pure innocence of a child.

I loved that we got more of the Assassins from the previous books and their families.  I feel like over the years that they have become part of my extended family, and I wanted, needed to know a little bit more about them all.

I can only hope that we get more in the future.