Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The Assassins Series is an absolute favorite of mine.

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

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JENN’S REVIEW

** If you are new to Toni Aleo, Rushing the Goal CAN be read as a standalone, but it is my opinion that you would enjoy it much more if you have read the Bellevue Bullies series first. **

We first meet Lucy in Boarded by Love, and to be honest, she’s a b***h. She doesn’t exactly redeem herself throughout the Bullies series, and I was unsure about reading an entire book about her. I said the same thing about Jordie in Overtime, and once again, Toni proved me wrong.

As nasty as Lucy could be, you knew she was that way because her ex-husband taught her that men sucked (and boy, does he REALLY suck), then her father doesn’t do much to change her mind. Her saving grace? Her daughter Angie and her three brothers love her so fiercely, you would think it’s enough, but for Lucy, who is so deeply damaged, it’s not.

Benji Paxton knows heartache and pain, and he has never let himself forget what his actions took from him. He believes he is destined to live a lonely life, until a little girl and her mother give him hope for his future.  Fans of the series know that Assassin’s men are determined men, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. Benji is no different. He is determined to break through Lucy’s iron-clad shield. If he has to push her out of her comfort zone to do it, he will.

I loved so many things about this book! I loved Angie. I have a weakness for men who raise children who are not their own flesh and blood, and Angie and Benji made the perfect team. I loved that we were able to spend time with Jace, Jaydan, Jude, and their wives. The group texts between the siblings had me laughing out loud. The boys may rib their sister, but it would be hard to find someone more loving and protective of her….until Benji comes along, of course.  For me, Benji is a very close third to Shea and Lucas,  my favorite Assassins men. I’m not sure it’s possible to knock those two out from the top spot, but Benji sure gave it his best shot. He knew what he had in Lucy and was determined to make her see it and to fight for her. His love for her shined brighter than all the darkness Rick (the ex-husband) brought to their door.

Lucy and Benji’s story is not an easy one. To get their happy ever after, they have to fight for every inch, every milestone, and every moment, but the reward they are rushing towards makes it all worth it.

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