Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Barb's Review... Trying to Score

Trying to Score (Assassins, #2)
In a captivating novel of second chances and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.
Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.
On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

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Well what would you know... Toni has done it again.  I mean… dude...I think this book was made to make you want to strangle the main character until her eyes pop out. Harsh but seriously girlfriend is trippin’ and it’s not the good kind. I usually side with the chicks, I mean seriously, girl power is strong and all but Fallon is one cray cray monster. I felt sorry for Lucas and her poor kid.. gah. (laughs) She needed a swift kick in the pants. Don’t get me wrong I understand her issues. I do. I mean I can relate to a few of the issues that arose in the story for her but.. girlfriend was seriously tapped at times.

When we first meet Fallon Parker, wine enthusiast, single, working mom she is on a mission. She works hard, plays none and focuses her time into work and her son. As she has for the last seven years. Her sister Audrey has been the entire time to help her with Aiden and make sure their lives are running smoothly. But that all sorta gets flipped upside down when her past lover, the one man that owned her heart, body and soul comes skating back into their lives. Lucas Brooks, new member of the Assassins Hockey team is a seasoned pro. The man knows what he wants, sets a goal and gets it done.

Well that is him now. The old Lucas, the one Fallon left was not that strong of a man. But things changed after he and Fallen broke up. He got into the worst slump of his life and it took him almost losing everyone and everything to get him to straighten up. So for four years, well almost 5 he has been sober, attentive to his career and missing the girl that stole his heart. Now being in Nashville his luck may change. Of course the first time he gets to see Fallon he already had it planned out what to say and how to act. Just be himself. But that charm doesn’t get him far…. it gets him a cold shoulder and me wanting to shake them both. LOL

Needless to say, as time passes Lucas makes all the efforts he can to win her back. She of course is steadfast in her efforts to not let Lucas get to her. But things as they do change. Fate is a nasty thing at times. Audrey tries to help Lucas get alone with Fallon so they can talk but as usual she tucks tail and runs. And Lucas chases, chases her right to her house. Fallon internally flips her shit because she knows what could happen. She hasn’t told Lucas about Aiden.. and then he gets a good eye full of him. And that moment turns Lucas’s world upside down, inside out and then stomps on his already fragile, still healing guilt filled heart. Then Lucas walks away. I swear my heart broke in that moment. You could feel his hurt with every word. Though he walks away, he doesn’t stay gone long. He is resilient.

His next face to face with Fallen sets things in a forward motion that they find over time they can not change. Fallon is still hurting from the past. Lucas if hurting from the past because of guilt and now, in today's time from her lack of faith in him. He wants to prove he is a different man but she won't let him. even if fate is a whore.. Fallon and Lucas manage to make progress in their relationship. Through the fights, screaming matches and slaps to the face (her smacking him.. not him hitting her) they manage to remember that they love each other. They find out the past was a misunderstanding and that things were not as they seemed. Fallon learns of Lucas’ troubles and a bridge is crossed.

They can start to rebuild what they have. To be a family for themselves and for Aiden. They can once again be the people that they were meant to be. Haters be damned Lucas Brooks was having the family he wanted with the one person who has always been his one and only. Fallon. She is going to be his and only his from this day forward whether she wants it (which she does) or not.

About the Author:
My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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