Book Review: Trying to Score by Toni Aleo

tryingtoscoreFallon Parker is finally close to getting what she’s always wanted to achieve in her life, her own successes for her family’s wine company. Landing a sponsor spot for the local NHL team is a huge step up for her. The only problem, the last person she ever expected to see again just so happens to be the newest member of the team. Lucas Brooks is one of the best players in the NHL, but in his day-to-day life he struggles with anger and regrets. Moving to Nashville gives him the opportunity to change some of that though because Fallon Parker, the girl he left behind is there and he’s determined to work it out with her. Of course, that’s assuming their relationship survives the secret she’s kept from him.

Trying to Score was another good story from Toni Aleo’s Assassin’s series. The characters definitely drove the story. Fallon and Lucas were both just so human and easy to like, even if you don’t agree with all of the choices they made. There were definite flaws and mistakes, but the two of them face down those choices and deal with them as opposed to turning a blind eye or going into denial. Also, Fallon’s kid was the coolest. The Feels with that kid, the feels.

The not great. Trying to Score is guilty of the whole unrealistic hockey financials again, this time on a different level, but I was able to look past it and it didn’t take away from the story. One thing that did kind of bother me a bit was that there were things that would be mentioned, but then you’d never hear about it again. It was just kind of like ‘oh, yeah, that happened’ at moments.

All in all, this was a good contemporary/sports romance. It was very much character driven which is what I personally look for. Recommended to anyone who loves character driven stories or is into romance with sports, especially if you read and liked the first book in the series. 4/5 stars.

The Assassin’s Series:

1. Taking Shots
2. Trying to Score
3. Empty Net
4. Blue Lines
5. Breaking Away (To be released 6/10/2014)



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