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:
It's so weird to think that this book 8 in the Assassins series and I found this series by total mistake one day. This is actually the first hockey/ romance series that I ever read and once again Aleo sure does know how to keep me interested.
I'm going to start off by saying if you haven't read this series from the beginning you are totally missing out on some really amazing characters. Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, but I strongly recommend starting at the beginning because this book does contain characters from previous books.
One thing I loved about this story was Lucy and Bengi. I thought these two were really great characters not only apart but as a couple. Lucy grew up with 3 brothers who were bound to be in the nhl so I guess she never thought she would end up with her own hockey player to love which is a total ten steps up then her tool of an ex. I love when they first meet and Bengi can't take his eyes off her while Lucy is sitting there thinking he's a weirdo.
For some reason this book felt longer to me then the others and I actually didn't mind one bit. I enjoyed the journey Aleo took these two on. Did they have their ups and downs? Of course they did because these two both had previous marriages but both ending in different ways.
When a series continues after 5 or so books i not only fall in love with main characters but with the secondary ones as well. I also look forward to catching up with the previous ones and how many kids they pop out or where are they now in their career since the series started and I'm only mentioning this because Aleo touches base with every single couple. Reading her stories are not only about love and romance but it feels like coming home to family reunion.
Not only did this story touch me on a emotional level but it had some great humor and funny dialogue that kept it going. I enjoyed the group texts with Lucy and her brothers and the cute banter between Lucy and Benji. I loved how Bengi stood by Lucy and wanted help her even though she was independent. And the way Bengi took to Angie had me already adding him to my favorite Assassians list.
Another thing I loved about this book is how it tied into her other series. I honestly can't get enough of these characters and the amazing writing Aleo delivers. I highly recommend this book and this entire series!