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.
I had been wanting to read about Lucy Sinclair ever since we are first introduced to her in Boarded By Love. When I found out that her book would be Rushing The Goal and would be part of the Assassins series I was even more excited because while I admit I have fallen a tiny bit behind I knew I just had to read it anyways without catching up. Let me step away from Lucy’s character for a little bit. I need to focus on whom, for me at least, made this book. That being Benji Paxton.
Benji will win your heart over from the very start. He is one of the sweetest, kindest guys who has suffered through some serious pain, loss, heartbreak, and struggles. He has overcome then, mostly, but somethings you can never move forward from totally, but you can learn to live again, to heal, to find happiness and to love. When Benji first lays his eyes on Lucy it is like that dark cloud that he has been waiting to life dissipates in front of his eyes, and is willing to not only win over Angie, Lucy’s daughter but Lucy herself.
Angie was sweet; she is a great little girl who I absolutely adored throughout the entire book. I also loved seeing how much her uncles are still very much a part of her life even if some live out of state. She wraps Benji around her little finger almost as quickly as he falls for her mother, from the very start. You can’t help but love this little girl even if you never real the Bellevue Bullies series, and have read about her grown up over the years.
Now this is the part of the review that I personally have been not wishing that I had to do but it has to be done. I now must address my feelings on Lucy. Like I stated I have wanted Lucy’s book since I first read about her in Boarded By Love, she was the sarcastic older sister who loved picking on her younger brothers. With every book though, her personality became more bitter, nastier, bitchier and overall just someone who is never happy about anything. Sadly this attitude didn’t go away in Rushing The Goal, it only got more intense to the point that she made me not like her character at all or feel sympathy for her by the end. I hate to say that, especially when there is so much good in the book, like how Benji tries to do everything to make Lucy and Angie happy. This story could have been an epic love story, but unfortunately was over shadowed by her negative and gloomy attitude.
Overall, Rushing The Goal will have you falling for yet another member of the Assassin team, while still seeing some of our favorites from the previous books along with their crazy families and the women who own their hearts. I am curious to see which player will be getting his book next, I have a couple of ideas but will keep guessing until Mrs. Aleo lets us fans know who will be next.
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EDITING || LISA A. HOLLETT
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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.