Nov 26, 2014

*Blog Tour* Laces & Lace by Toni Aleo

 
NEW YORKS TIMES AND USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHOR TONI ALEO PRESENTS THE NEXT INSTALLMENT IN THE ASSASSINS SERIES
 
Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?
 
Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.
 
Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.
 
Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?
 
Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?
 
Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?
 
Laces and Lace includes the prequel Tangled in the Laces, a dollar of your purchase will be donated to the Nashville Predators Foundation.
 
 
 


 
 
I love epic romance and you can’t get much more epic than soul mates forced apart by a villainous parent in their youth only to reconnect almost a decade later to find their connection alive and as vibrant as it was before their separation. Hero and heroine Karson and Lacey face multiple hurtles in their romance but it only makes their romantic victory so much sweeter. Laces & Lace is book # 6 in author Toni Aleo's stellar Assassin's Series and it is a fresh and worthy addition.
 
For a several wonderful months in college, Karson and Lacey found each other and a love that burned fast and bright. When Lacey's father rips the pair apart they spend almost a decade alone knowing they missed out on something great. A chance encounter in a cab proves the love between them is still there. Can Karson and Lacey overcome a vengeful father, a jealous best friend, rowdy teammates and the dark shadow of cancer to get the life together they deserve?

What I Loved:  Author Toni Aleo does her leads a great service by not making Laces & Lace a will they or won’t they story. The connection between Karson and Lacey is concrete and never really in doubt. The story focuses on the challenges they need to beat as a couple and how much stronger they’ll be together when they overcome every single one. I went into this story knowing I was going to shed a few tears and I wasn’t wrong. But I hade a huge smile on my face by the conclusion of this touching love story touting the virtue of trusting the one you love and never losing hope.

What I Didn’t Love: Lacey’s father Nate Martin may be one of the most hateful characters I’ve ever
read. That said, I understood his brand of crazy but could not get a handle on Lacey’s questionable BFF Rachel. Rachel constantly bashes Karson, openly disrespects Lacey’s feelings for him and tries to plant doubts in Lacey about Karson’s faithfulness because he is a professional hockey player (while Rachel herself is married to a hockey pro). I cheered when Lacey called out her father but was disappointed that her character didn’t go full circle and hold Rachel accountable as well. Excuses are made for the character but I just couldn’t embrace them.

Favorite Quotes:

“I say what I want, and mean what I say. You are fucking gorgeous, and I love you. Those two statements can never be overused on you because they are the truth.”

“Everyone believes in you. Believe in yourself and leave the naysayers in your dust.”

“You bring out the best in me, and I don’t want anyone but you. Every single second of every day I’ll love you, and I’ll never stop.”

Laces & Lace is a moving and beautiful romance that shows the rarity of second chances and the value of embracing them when given the opportunity.  While it can be read as a stand-alone, several Assassins Series couples make appearances in Laces & Lace and having their background adds richness to the hockey universe Aleo has created. I confess I clapped my hands and squealed every time Elli and Shea from Taking Shots appeared.

Laces & Lace is packaged with the novella Tangled in the Laces, Karson and Lacey’s college romance that was originally published in the Seducing the Game anthology. Toni Aleo is donating $1 from each Laces & Lace purchase to the Nashville Predators Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research. One well-written full-length romance, a heart-breaking novella that introduces two unforgettable characters, and the opportunity to help a worthy charity - win, win, win. Don’t miss Laces & Lace.

Happy reading.

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