Monday, March 28, 2016

Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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     When I got this book, I knew once I started, I wasn’t going to be able to be productive. And I was right. From the minute I started it, I couldn't put it down because it was captivating and amazing and everything and more I expected from a Toni Aleo book. If you are like me and have been eagerly awaiting Lucy's story, you will not be disappointed. 

     Lucy is an incredible character and I loved everything about her. I loved her sassy, confident, and independent personality because I relate to it, and there aren't a lot of characters like that who don't come across as bitchy. Lucy doesn't like depending on people, but she knows when to accept help. Toni Aleo wrote her perfectly. Lucy goes through a ton of heartbreak and shit thanks to Rick the Dick, but she doesn't give up. She falls, but then gets back up and fights full force for her and for Angie. She is a very very strong female character and she contrasted with Benji perfectly.

     Benji is very different from most of the characters in Toni Aleo's other books. He isn't a character who lives for the spotlight and comes off as commanding and fierce. He's shy and geeky, but confident. He is such an interesting character because he's powerful without being too in your face.  He knew he wanted to get to know Lucy, pursued her, and never gave up on her. He too has been to hell and back, and as the book goes on, he progresses. Toni Aleo is a master at writing emotional change in a character, like was seen in Benji. Benji was the perfect match to Lucy. Whatever pieces of themselves that they were missing, they found in each other. They are the definition of soul mates and their chemistry sparked from that very first parking lot scene.

     The humor in this book is fantastic. All of Lucy's brothers, Jace, Jayden, and Jude, were in the book significantly and all four of them together are so entertaining. Actually, their whole family is incredibly entertaining. Angie is a hilarious. I loved all he scenes that had her in it, especially when she was with Benji and Lucy. One of my favorite things that she says is, "Thank you for Benji, for him cooking for us and picking me up and giving me the best day ever. And maybe, Lord, if you could break him and his girlfriend up so he can marry me–". I am telling you now, it is worth reading the book just for Angie and all the other scenes with the Sinclairs.

     Characters aside, the story line is amazing. It's not overly dramatic, but it's not boring. Like I stated above, it will suck you in from the start. This book will make you laugh, cry, smile, get angry, and get frustrated, but all of that is what you want in a book anyways. If you've read a Toni Aleo book before, you've probably already bought this book and have finished it and are reading reviews. If you've never read a Toni Aleo, clear your schedule and buy her books and fall in love with her characters and their stories.



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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY || SARA EIREW 

COVER DESIGN || REGINA WAMBA

EDITING || LISA A. HOLLETT

MARKETING ||  KELLIE GUNDERMAN

This book is for any single mom who wants to give up.
Just keep being a great mom. And take care of yourself.
Your prince is coming.