RUSHING THE GOALIntroduced 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.
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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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.
4 stars – Would Recommend to a friend
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Rushing the Goal follows Benji Paxton, who we met in Overtime as Jordie’s sober teammate/roommate, and Lucy Sinclair, sister to the Bellevue boys. These two meet when Benji is helping the pee wee hockey team Lucy’s daughter plays for and the sparks fly.
I liked Benji when I met him in Overtime, but fell in love with him in this story. He’s a great character and it’s impossible not to root for him when you know his history and what he’s overcome. It was fun to watch Benji pursue Lucy and then later to watch him manage her when life tried to get the best of them. What really hooked me though was watching how Benji treated Lucy’s daughter, Angie. Kids are fantastic readers of people and seeing them together was the cherry on a sundae.
I wasn’t as sure about Lucy being Benji’s love interest. I’ve only had the chance to read one of the Bellevue Bullies books, but in that reading I wasn’t sure if I liked her. In getting to know her here, it was hard not to be impressed with her and the challenges she’s overcome to be where she is now.
Together, Benji and Lucy are great. In terms of recovering from hard histories, they were in different places in their lives and that colors how they approach their budding relationship. Ms. Aleo does a wonderful job of incorporating their histories and issues without making things over-the-top dramatic. Rushing the Goal is part of the long running Assassins series, but could easily be enjoyed by readers who are new to Ms. Aleo’s work. The supporting cast is on the larger side, but the key players are introduced well enough that a new reader wouldn’t feel lost. Long time followers will be glad to see old favorites appear, even if it’s briefly, to catch up on where they are now. This was a great read and has me looking forward to where the Assassins series will be going next.