Sunday, March 20, 2016

Overtime (Assassins #7) ~ 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.

Elizabeth's Review

4 Stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Toni Aleo is an auto read author for me - her books are always fun, sexy, and at least one of her characters is usually just a little bit of a mess (sometimes both). The mess factor makes it easier to relate to these amazingly hot hockey players and their equally hot better halves.

Overtime, focusing on Jordie, is probably the most emotional of Ms. Aleo's books that I have read. Jordie is a hot mess and initially he is almost hard to like as he struggles to deal with the issues that he claims he doesn't have. The family atmosphere behind the Assassins team pushes Jordie to getting help and once he gets the kick in the pants that he needs, it becomes easy to root for him.

Kacey, Jordie's love interest, is interesting, but I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with her. She's an incredibly accomplished woman with a great family, but sometimes comes across as whining. Even though I struggled with liking Kacey at times, I wanted her back with Jordie because it was what he wanted and he had made so many strides to improve himself.

I appreciated the in-depth picture that Ms. Aleo painted of Jordie's recovery process and the fantastic support network that he needed to heal and become a better man.

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