Friday, August 14, 2015

Overtime by Toni Aleo

Overtime by Toni Aleo

Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away. 

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on. 

In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives. 

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.

"It was time to love Kacey King the way she deserved. And he wasn't going to fail."
- Toni Aleo

     It’s here. My review of the next Assassins novel in my favorite sports romance series. I read Jordie and Kacey’s prologue in A Very Merry Hockey Holiday, and I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like their story. And I am so happy to say that I freaking loved this book. I read it all in one sitting and it was totally worth it.

     This book hit me from the beginning. By Chapter 5, I was already crying. This book was just so perfectly written, I have no critiques to give it. The story line was incredible, but it’s the characters that made this book shine. Let me just say, Jordie is my favorite. I love him so much. He was so different from what I expected him to be like. His background really made me feel for him and he is the only character that has ever made me tear up. I really liked how he opened up to himself and his family, and wasn’t afraid to show his soft side. The will he had to fight against his demons was so apparent, powerful, and inspiring.

     For the first half of the book, my heart broke for Kacey. She was going through so much emotional conflict regarding her feelings with Jordie. She had ever right to never want to see him again, but she still loved him. I loved her personality and she was a really fun character to read about. She had just the right amount of attitude and sweetness. Toni Aleo did such a great job developing Kacey’s character.

     Kacey and Jordie as a couple were phenomenal. They had everything I could have asked for, and are probably one of the best written couples of the series. Not only was their physical relationship electric, but so was their emotional one. It was so amazing to be able to see the two of them understand each other and work together to face life. Even when they were broken apart, it was obvious that their love was more than sex. And Jordie trying to win back Kacey was so much fun to read. It was so hot, fun, and deep. Toni Aleo hit the jackpot with these two.

     Another aspect of the book I loved is that all the other Assassins were in it. One of my favorite things about this book was the relationship that Jordie, Kacey, Karson, and Lacey had. The four of them were so funny and at the same time, they were the best support for each other. And throw them with the parents, and you got yourself a loud, swearing, and embarrassing no-Prius family.

     So, go buy this book. Just stop doing whatever you’re doing, and go buy this book. I didn’t think it was possible, but Toni Aleo’s books just keep getting better, so don’t deprive yourself. Go fall back in the world of the Assassins.