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Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #8
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Sports
Rushing the Goal is the eighth book in the Assassins series and honestly I can’t believe it. When I first started this series I never dreamed after years of enjoying the most loveable characters I have read that I would still be enjoying more and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon. Yay! This was one of the first hockey romance contemporary series I had ever read and I’m sticking with it until the very end.
This story goes hand in hand with Toni Aleo’s spinoff series Bellevue Bullies where Lucy Sinclair is first introduced, but don’t worry Rushing the Goal could be read as a standalone but why would you want to miss out on starting from the very beginning? Lucy is a single mom and grew up with three brothers who were each headed to the NHL. The Sinclair family is a talented family and while Lucy might not be a hockey professional, she is rising from heartache, a nasty divorce and raising an incredible little girl, Angie.
One of Lucy’s brothers was supposed to help Angie learn to play hockey but when they show up Benji Paxton is the one who takes to Angie and life as they know it will never be the same. While Lucy has her own demons so does Benji and yet his might run a little deeper. When these two met for the first time I just adored how Benji couldn’t take his eyes off Lucy and Lucy is thinking that he is a weirdo. With their funny banter and longing looks these two are in the running for best couple of this series.
This story seemed a little longer than the previous in the series but I actually didn’t mind at all. Aleo not only did this couple justice by having them come together but they learned to love, trust and make it through the demons they were both fighting. They were funny, cute and the way Benji took to her daughter totally won me over. This story was emotional yet it contained lots of laughter and cute moments that I really didn’t want to end. The banter is hilarious and the group texts between Lucy and her brothers were entertaining.
Rushing the Goal didn’t just have a great happily ever after but it had some really hot scenes and by hot I mean sizzling. But the best part was watching Lucy and Benji grow from the very first page until the very end. I loved these two as individuals but when they came together they made not only their bond stronger but themselves stronger. There was some drama but it wasn’t overly done which also was a big plus for me. Aleo concentrated more on the couple as a team even though they were dealing with certain things.
The best part of the Assassins’ series isn’t just the romance that blooms between the two main characters but it’s like attending a family reunion. Aleo touches base with each and every previous couple and blends them into one big family. I can’t get enough of this series and hopefully it will last for many more books to come. If you haven’t started this series you are missing out on fabulously written characters that seem realistic and have real problems.