Mar 27, 2016

*Release Blitz & Review* Rushing the Goal (The Assassins Series) by Toni Aleo

RUSHING THE GOALnow-available-01Introduced 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.
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.
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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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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.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Few books have resonated with me like Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo. This book is pure beauty from page one. Love comes in all forms, from soulmates making a connection to the love of a parent for a child to the love of siblings who give you hell but with fight every battle for you to friends standing beside you life is at its bleakest. Rushing the Goal captures all the various forms of love and how they heal and restore us.

We first met Lucy Sinclair in The Bellevue Bullies Series and Benji Paxton in The Assassins Series but don't worry if you're an Aleo newbie, Rushing the Goal can be read as a standalone. Both Lucy and Benji have experienced their share of heartbreak and loss. That shared pain makes watching the two characters step out of their comfort zones and risk big for the chance of winning at happiness pure perfection. Cute kids can sometimes take away from a story but not Lucy's daughter Angie. I think I fell in love with her as much as I did Lucy and Benji.

This book touched me on a very personal level. The man I call dad is not the man whose blood I have but he is the man who raised me. I know Lucy - she's my mom, the woman who always put my needs before her own. I know Benji - he's the man who used to take me on dates with my mom and he's the man who walked me down the isle at my wedding. I shed some big fat ugly (but happy) tears reading Rushing the Goal.

Favorite Quotes (I highlighted 28 quotes and struggled with which ones to share. Toni Aleo killed it with this story.):

"Lucy. She's tall, thin, green eyes, brown hair, and she has permanent resting bitch face. She'll look pained."

"She was like a cat. Angry, but he bet he could make her purr."

"Well, how about you fight for what you need to fight for, and I'll fight for you."

"She believed that two lost souls had become a full one, no longer lost but together. And she believed  with everything inside her that nothing could ever break them apart."

Please, please, please do yourself a favor and read Rushing the Goal. This is the best book that Toni Aleo has ever written and I hope it gets all the attention and praise it deserves.

Happy reading.

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