Friday, April 5, 2013

BOOK REVIEW..[ARC] Trying to Score (Assassins #2) by Toni Aleo

In a captivating novel of second chances and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.

Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.

On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Empty Net, andBlue Lines.
Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Loveswept (first published April 11th 2012)
I came into this book not knowing anything about the series or what it was about.  I was too awestruck by the dreamy cover pic and the title. *cough cough*  I mean, who wouldn't pick up a novel with a godly Adonis' body plastered on its cover?  One word -- drool-ish. ;)

A great book for a sports fan -- especially one involving hockey.  If you love the Assassin Series, then you'll love Jaci Burton's Play by Play Series.

The second book in the Assassin Series, Trying to Score, is a steamy novel that follows the lives of Lucas Brooks and Fallon Parker.  How do you describe the relationship between Mr. Brooks and Ms. Parker?  One word -- EXPLOSIVE.  Between Fallon's outbursts and jealousy, Lucas devotion to her, and the crazy sexual chemistry -- everything just adds up to combustion.  

Fallon was how you say -- a little twit.  Sometimes I just wanted to slap her across the face -- especially that scene where she breaks up with Lucas because of something she THINKS happened in before.  Come on woman, unless you have the proof -- get over it.  But then again, after reading into the story I could see her reasons.  Over time though, Fallon does grow up from her childish ways.  

Contrary to Fallon, I admired Lucas, a recovering alcoholic, and his drive to stay sober and reform his life.  I'm also close with my family so I adored the close bond he shared with his rents.  Honestly, I think he could've done better than her but hey... you can't help who you fall in love with.  

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 7
-Characters : *cough Fallon 4* but overall 8
-Cover : 9

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