Saturday, December 31

Review: Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo

Title: Rushing the Goal
By: Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #8
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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.

I hate feeling like a broken record and I feel like I have been broken for sometime, saying the same thing over and over again.  “It was a good book.  The guy was perfection. The girl, however, was just too standoffish and headstrong about her independence.”  That is all I feel like I am saying anymore and it makes me sad.  I want a guy who is willing to bend over backwards for his girl and rearrange the whole world so that she can smile but I also want a girl who has the strength to rearrange her whole world herself but also knows when to let someone step in and in this book, it took a while for that to happen.  Lucy was just kinda straight out mean at first!  While she needed a great man in her life, sometimes I felt that Benji was too good for her and too forgiving to her.  But Angie, Lucy’s daughter, dang, that girl won my heart over.  It was kinda worth all of Lucy’s moments to see how wonderful Angie and Benji got along. 

Now I am not saying that I didn’t like this book – I honestly did like it a lot.  So please don’t let me ruin it with my above rant.  It just feels like this is all I am reading anymore and I just want both of my characters on even ground so they can grab hands and take off running towards a sunset and in a glorious relationship. 

That being said, I thought “Rushing the Goal” was a good addition to Aleo’s series – a series which we have loved from the start.

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