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Trying to Score: Assassins Series, Book 2 | [Toni Aleo]

Trying to Score: Assassins Series, Book 2

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.
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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.

©2012 Toni Aleo (P)2014 Tantor

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    Jordy United States 03-01-14
    Jordy United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Another enjoyable hockey romance"

    This is the second installment in the Assassins series by Toni Aleo. Lucas & Fallon’s story is very different than Elli & Shea’s. The author did a great job of making the characters unique. I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Fallon. I could see why she did what she did, but she was a bit of a brat. It took forever for her to find forgiveness. I understood why she did some of the things she did, but it still frustrated me at times. She kept something pretty big from Lucas, and he forgave her, yet it took her so long to get over the past. I adored Lucas Brooks! He was an amazing guy! Loving, patient, swoony and oh so sexy. He knows that he screwed up in the past, but he is being a better man and is willing to do anything to make it up to Fallon. His struggle with addiction and his determination to stay sober, was inspiring. I felt like he needed to go through the consequences of his addiction, so that he and Fallon could be a couple. Without giving anything away, you see how sensitive Lucas is and the relationship he develops with one of the characters made me melt! I love that he was so close to his parents too. Lucas & Fallon definitely have some serious sexual chemistry! This was another great hockey-playing, sexy, tattooed, sweet, cocky, romantic hero and more HOT sex scenes!! Trying To Score is heart-warming, romantic, sweet, sexy, funny and a bit sad. The story had a little of everything. However, it didn't have anything special that makes it stand out but still worth the credit.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-29-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good story, annoying heroine"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Lucas and Fallon (at times) and liked their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I may try more of her work in the future. Obviously, since this is my first book then I didn't read book #1 of the series. I thought this book worked quite well as a standalone. I didn't feel any confusion from not reading book #1 first.

    Be warned…in this review I tell what Fallon’s “devastating secret” is (because it’s pretty much a pain to do a decent review without doing it since most of the story revolves around it…). And when I say witch in the review below...I actually mean it to start with a B.

    Fallon is in PR and works for the family wine company, Rocky Top wines heading up their PR department. When she was in college, she was living in California and fell in love there. Fallon and her boyfriend (Lucas) were together for 2 years when she found him in bed with another woman. Fallon was crushed and broke up with Lucas. She avoided Lucas and ended up moving back home when she discovered she was pregnant with his baby. She knew she should tell Lucas but she couldn't stand the thought of having to see him and ended up not telling him. Her father wasn't very supportive and cut her off from the family money when he found out about her pregnancy and Fallon refused to let him force her to have an abortion. Fallon's only help was her sister, Aubrey, who put her life on hold to help Fallon raise her son, Aiden.

    Lucas is a good guy but he hasn't always made the best choices. Lucas met Fallon and fell for her right off. He was playing professional hockey for a team in California when they met and the best part of his life was hockey and Fallon. Unfortunately, Lucas has addiction issues and drank and popped pills and hid this from Fallon. He didn't even remember sleeping with Fallon's best friend and hated himself for ruining the one good thing in his life by losing Fallon. He eventually cleaned up and has been clean and sober for 4 years now. He ends up on the Assassins, the Hockey team in Tennessee who happens to have Rocky Top wines as one companies that of its sponsors the team. Lucas has never been able to forget Fallon and hopes to see her again (and hopes she’s single).

    When Fallon hears that Lucas has been transferred to the Assassins she’s in shock and seriously considers grabbing Aiden and running. She’s scared of seeing Lucas again and the strong emotions she’s feeling about seeing him again shows her just how not over Lucas she is. Lucas moves in to town with his friend since childhood and persona assistant, Levi. To be honest, I didn't like Levi at all…he behaves like a real jerk from day one (and proves his ability to be a jerk throughout the book). Lucas wants to see Fallon (even though Levi tries to convince him just to get over her) and tries to connect with her but doesn't have much luck immediately. There’s a party coming up though and Lucas bides his time to see her then. Things don’t go well as Lucas tries to be charming and Fallon isn't forgiving of him at all and is freaked out about seeing him. Fallon’s automatic defense reflex is to act like a witch…I mean literally and she even admits it herself and Lucas is quite aware of her tendency to do it. It doesn't make it real easy to deal with though. Lucas tries over and over to get her to give him a chance and in the mean time Fallon's just freaking out about how to tell him he has a son (although she's also freaked out by the fact that Lucas still affects her very strongly). One night when Lucas comes to her place to talk to her, he accidentally (because Fallon was still trying to hide things) sees Aiden. Aiden looks almost exactly like Lucas and he knows immediately who Aiden is to him. He leaves in shock but comes back a couple days later to discuss things with Fallon. Fallon doesn't give in real easily (citing his cheating as a reason for her to be distrustful of his stability as a father for Aiden and remaining in his life long term) but eventually she agrees to let Lucas hang out with Aiden with the promise of telling him the truth after a week.

    While Lucas is getting to know Aiden he stops pursuing Fallon for a bit but soon resumes his suit while seeing Aiden as much as possible. Things with Fallon's father get worse once he finds out about Lucas and I just thought he was a real jerk. Her father treats Aiden well (which is nice but surprising since he tried to force an abortion of Aiden) but treats Fallon like total crap and since he cut her off she’s never had the money to give Aiden everything he should have had. Fallon deals with that but also has to deal with Lucas’ mother, Molly, verbally beating the hell out of her for keeping her grandson for her for 7 years (not that she didn't deserve it). Also, around this time, the legal proceedings for support that Lucas started come in and it gives Fallon loads of money but she doesn't want to take it. Partially I can understand her reluctance (because jerkhead Levi bashed Fallon about her being a gold digger that only wanted a “big check” from Lucas…which is a load of crap because she didn't even want Lucas to know) but it was also partially stupid because part of the reason she didn't want to take the money is because she thought it would mean she needed Lucas. There are a couple of different times when Fallon acts like a witch about something but it’s really just her pride (and an imagined power struggle with Lucas) getting in the way. It happened at sporadic times so it wasn't too overly annoying because it wasn't constant (at first) but when she kept doing it even to the point of refusing to cash her support checks I started getting a bit annoyed. Lucas tries to get Fallon to give him a couple of weeks (when he's off from his traveling for games) to really try to make a go of their relationship. She agrees to think about it and things seem to be headed in a good direction when an argument ends up with Lucas and Fallon spending a blissful weekend together. But then Fallon runs again (and I have no clue why), leaving poor Lucas wondering if he's ever going to get anywhere with Fallon. And well he should wonder because Fallon got to the point where she had me thinking she had bi-polar disorder (no offense to people that suffer from it) because every time things seemed to be going well she'd turn in to a complete witch and mess things up with Lucas again. To be honest, after a while I started feeling bad for Lucas. Fallon ends up basically throwing Lucas' love and efforts at devotions away multiple times (and I mean after their reunion...not part of their initial breakup). In the end, Fallon comes to her senses and goes to apologize to Lucas but since this has been part of her SOP through most of this I can't help but wonder how well she'll keep to her turnaround. I hope she does for Lucas' sake because he deserves a HEA.

    This was a good story. If Fallon hadn't been such a psycho witch half the time I probably would have given this story 4 stars easily. Lucas was great, as was Aiden and Aubrey. Fallon seemed like a decent person outside of her dealings with Lucas. And I could even understand her actions and attitude for a certain amount of time but after a while it got tiresome and got to the point where I couldn't even figure out why she had changed her emotional direction once again. I like the writing style and may try another of the series if I can be assured that next book doesn't have the same type of heroine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kjkoop Washington, MO 03-03-14
    kjkoop Washington, MO 03-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Short story Longggggg!"

    OK story, however, it dragged on and on and on with the same cat and mouse game until the very end. It is the typical guy and girl have sex, girl gets pregnant, guy gets drunk and high and has sex with roommate of girl, girl catches them, girl doesn't tell guy about baby for 7 years. Lucas (guy) was given NO forgiveness from Fallon (girl) even though she was the one at fault, he was just a jerk a long time ago! Anyway, book needed a bit more "action" and not so much negative controversy. 3 stars only!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elantra Illinois, United States 05-19-14
    Elantra Illinois, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.

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    "Not as good as the first, but still good"

    This is the second book in the assassins series. This one was harder for me to get through. The whole time the main female character was winning and being annoying repeating the same argument about why she couldn't be with the man she loves.

    About 2/3 of the book was Fallon saying she couldn't be with Lucas. It was really annoying. I can sympathize with her but it was still annoying. I had to stop and start this book several times. Unlike the first book I couldn't read/listen to it straight through. That was the only negative thing about the book. Other than that it was another amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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