Saturday, May 25, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Trying to Score"

Trying to Score by Toni Aleo
Publisher: Loveswept (April 10, 2012)
Series: Assassins, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.



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Fallon decides she can finally let loose.  She just finished the last of her finals of her freshman year of college, now she has her summer in front of her to enjoy before she buckles down for sophomore year; never knowing that her fake id and her trip to the bar would change two people’s lives forever. 

Fallon Parker meets Lucas Brooks a professional hockey player.  Their first kiss rocks Lucas to the core and he realizes there will never be another woman in his life besides Fallon.   The main part of the book happens nine years after the first night they met, seven years after Fallon walked out of Lucas’ life.  Fallon works for her family’s winery and the vineyard is a major advertiser the Assassin’s hockey team, Lucas was just traded to the team. The instant Lucas sees Fallon he is determined to get her back into his life.

I found it hard to rate this book, there were parts I really enjoyed and some that grated on me.  There were character traits in Lucas I liked a lot. He is a gifted hockey player, who lost his dad young and he did not find the best way to cope with the loss. Only after losing Fallon Lucas found a better way to cope. For me this flaw coupled with the dyslexia he was trying to hide made him adorable and believable on the page. Fallon’s character in the prologue was fun and full of life, as the chapters start nine years later we do see a more reserved and mature Fallon; which is what you would expect, however I didn’t feel any life in her character, at times I wanted to reach through the pages and slap her. Yes her disposition could be a way to show how her life changed since she left Lucas; but as their love rekindled her character did not change much, until the final conflict before the promise of the HEA. There are hockey references, but even someone not familiar with the sport should be able to follow the book.

This is the second in a series of books revolving around this hockey team; one of the leads in the next book is Fallon’s sister that we see a lot of in this book. She intrigued me enough to check out the next book in the series. I hope when I get a glimpse of Fallon and Lucas his love of life has brushed off on Fallon.



 3 1/2 STARS!


Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Sounds like you had some minor problems with this one like I did with book 1. Still, like you, I think I will continue this series in the future.

Have you read Toni Aleo? Which one is your favorite book?



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1 comment :

kimbacaffeinate said...

Ooh bummer that the more mature MC fell flat, but Lucas sounds wonderful. I am glad you liked it enough and are interested enough in the next character to try it. wonderful review!