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Toni Aleo has done it again: made me fall hopelessly in love with another hockey player!!!
Get your hearts ready for Jordie Thomas!!!!
His life was spiraling out of control, and he was about to lose his contract with the Nashville Assassins, thank goodness Ellie was giving him another chance. But she had some conditions he grudgingly followed. After all, it was his fault, and he wanted to stay with the Assassins. It started when he lost the girl, and an injury that has been keeping him off his game. His life was in shambles and it was up to him to bring it back into whole. First he needs to admit that he has a problem.
Kacey’s dream already came true and that is to win an Olympic Gold medal. She should be happy, but how can she be when she’s still nursing a broken heart? All she wanted was him, and yet he didn’t seem to share the same sentiment. She wanted to move on, and go forward with her life.
"I want the guy who's gonna keep me on my toes, make me live, and love me with so much intensity, I feel it everywhere. I want him to f**k me, to make love to me, not to 'plan to get intimate.' I want him covered in tattoos, with a crazy beard, and to play hockey. I want you," she said, her eyes meeting his. "I've always wanted you."
It took some time, but when Jordie finally realizes that he was about to lose the best thing that ever happened to him, he was ready to up his game and be the man Kacey needs him to be. He wouldn’t come to her half-baked – she doesn’t deserve it. But question is: can she or will she wait for him after he broke her heart?
"So while I may not fully know how to love someone, I don't want to try with anyone but you."
Toni made sure I (and the rest of her readers) can relate to both characters by throwing them into realistic situations. It was something you didn’t want to get into, but is happening around you. Emotions were all over the page, and you can’t help but get hooked to it. Every single emotion was felt: Jordie’s difficult road back to his old self, and Kacey’s heartaches. All the feels!!!!!
"I loved the old you, and I love the new you. I think it's just the YOU part that has my heart."
One of my favorite parts was seeing the old characters back especially Lace and Karson who caught my heart in Tangled in Laces! Let’s not forget Ellie and her big part in the story. She truly has a big heart.
Just like the other Assassins novels, this one is another page-turner, emotion and steam-filled romantic story. I always loved second chance romance, and despite the heartache Kacey suffered, I think Jordie made up for it big time. When he was ready to love, he gave more than his heart, he includes his soul. And it was something Kacey was thankful for. Her wait was really, really worth it. He was someone you wouldn’t want to at first, but people change, it wasn’t easy but he made it. He ended up being an ultimate book boyfriend.
"I'm an alcoholic who is standing in front of the woman he loves, asking her to put the past in the past and love him for every single flaw he has because, believe me, I have a lot. But one thing is for sure, I'll love you with everything inside me and more."