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It was pages of good story, and pages of beating a horse to death. Lucas and Fallon meet and fall in love at first sight. Everything's good for two years,then she catches him betraying her and runs away, not to see him again for 7 y After reading all the good reviews, I was pretty stoked about getting a chance to read this book. Everything's good for two years,then she catches him betraying her and runs away, not to see him again for 7 years. I'm sure if you read the synopsis you can figure out what the "big secret" is that she's been hiding for 7 years. Anyway, he gets traded to the Assassins, a hockey team in Tennessee, where Fallon has a close working relationship with the team.

He's still in love with her after all these years, and wants her back. The part I liked about this book,that earned it the extra star, was Lucas. He was a GOOD guy. There are some really sweet romantic parts in this book. I loved the thing he did with the post it notes, and how committed he was to her and building a family.

He never wavered, never stopped saying it, never stopped trying. The part that made me not want to give it ANY stars was Fallon. She was basically a screeching, self centered harpy. Yes, when she was in college,she caught him in a compromising position with her best friend. I understand how that could damage a person and kill a relationship, but and this is where the dead dead horse carcass comes in Her use of the English language deteriorates rapidly every time she gets on a tirade,which is often. About a third of the way through the book, I started to wonder WHY he was so hung up on her.

She acted like a 13 year old hormonal teenager through out the entire book. She was not a likable character. Another thing that bothered me was how ghetto they all sounded in my head during the dialogue. I'm from the south, I use the word ain't a hundred times a day. But in a business setting, I can still speak proper English. Fallon sounded like she was straight out of the trailer park, instead of the disowned heiress who went to Stanford she was supposed to be. It was totally inconsistent with who the author built the characters as, and it made them unbelievable. There were other inconsistencies with the characters as well.

A nice white boy from Minnesota who plays hockey wouldn't have a gun tattooed on his hip pointing at his manly bits, and listen to gangster rap turned up so loud the house he's pulling up to at 7am rattles at the age of 28,either. He was a really great, guy, but the details about him made him sound like a punk kid. The book goes on and on about how Fallon has no money and can barely pay her bills and has to live with her sister, but she's constantly wearing designer shoes. The basic story was good,there were a few really romantic parts in the book,but over all,it was a chore to make myself finish it.

View all 15 comments. You're supposed to feel fulfilled after reading the HEA in the epilogue, right? Then why are my insides churning with annoyance, aggravation, and an overwhelming sense of emptiness and injustice on behalf of the hero? I seriously feel bad for him for being stuck with such a bitch. Most obnoxious contemporary romance heroine I've ever read about. I agreed wholeheartedly each time she and her sister called her a "selfish bitch who doesn't deserve Lucas".

This is another case of "wtf is wron 1 star. This is another case of "wtf is wrong with the hero? I was so frustrated by the third time she flip flopped that I was screaming at Lucas to grow a fucking backbone and not take her dumbass back again. I mean she fucking found out the truth - that he view spoiler [was high and drunk off his ass due to self medicating for his depression AND that he didn't really cheat on her since he 1-was the one who got molested by her slut of a best friend and 2- he never fucked the best friend because he passed out after the best friend kissed him while he was drugged up hide spoiler ] and yet knowing all that, she still fucks with the poor guy AND Adrien's heads by repeatedly treating Lucas like shit, dumping him, then apologizing and begging for his forgiveness.

If I were Lucas, I'd have sued her unstable ass view spoiler [for joint custody of Adrien hide spoiler ] and washed my hands of this toxic drama queen. View all 7 comments. Jun 29, Kristina rated it did not like it. Frankly I'm sick of the double standards in this series. At least this one didn't start out a doormat like all the other morons are.

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She left him! And rightly so. She thought he cheated on her, alrea Frankly I'm sick of the double standards in this series. She thought he cheated on her, already he was on morally shaky ground. That's not a little mistake, that's a major fucking betrayal. Was that the environment for a baby??? Get real people. Drug Addicts who are also Alcoholics don't cleanup overnight, it's a long fucking process and they're in no shape to care for a baby or toddler. So everyone can get off their damn high horses already!!

Seven whole years have passed, why now? Telling Fallon that he was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic did not seem like a good thing to say when trying to get someone back. Samo samo storyline. I just want to smash something, but it goes away before I even get home. You can see the cheating on the wall for this guy. Only a matter of time I say. View all 11 comments. Shelves: reunion-romance , a-sports-romance , flashbacks-to-the-past , baes-got-a-baby , shoot-me , skimmed-paragraphs , hard-headed-heroine , one-time-read. This book could have gotten a rating of 4 stars.

But the heroine Damn I could go on and on about how much I disliked Fallon,but since half of my friends have already pointed out her character flaws in their review,I'm going to let it go,this once. Overall,a frustrating yet at times sweet read. View all 6 comments. Apr 20, Catarina rated it really liked it Shelves: cat-heart-these-books , cotton-candy-romance , perfect-book-boyfriend , girls-like-athletes. Fallon and Lucas used to have the perfect relationship.

They were in love and thought that nothing could bring them apart. Until one mistake ruins everything, leaving them broken and making Fallon deciding to keep a life-changing secret from Lucas. Now, seven years later, Lucas is starting his season in the Nashville Assassins… the hockey team that Fallon is trying to make a deal with regarding her wine business. Life wants them to meet again… and this time Lucas is not wi 4 Second Chance Stars. Life wants them to meet again… and this time Lucas is not willing to let her go and his decided to do everything to keep her in his life for good.

But how can Fallon learn to trust again when her trsut and her heart were once broken? And when Lucas find out the secret Fallon has been keeping from him all these years, how can he trust in her? Rating: 4 Stars. Storyline: Sweet, romantic with some real sexy moments. The amazing thing about this book was how real their relationship felt. The memories, the private jokes, the special moments that no one else would understand, the romantic gestures… it was all wrapped up in a beautiful love story.

Is not easy to make the connection between two main characters feel so real and so emotional, however, Toni Aleo did that to perfection with this book. Flawless and addictive writing. Character Development: I loved Lucas. He was sweet, and loyal with a heart of gold and so, so sexy. They are all whiny, frustrating and sometimes kind of bitch. Steam: Hot moments. HEA: view spoiler [Yes. Apr 27, Wendy'sThoughts rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I had read the first in the series and like a lot of the elements but had some issues with the main female character. Lots of my GR pals mentioned this one was a better read and I should give it a go. It may be a "me" thing, for once again there was an issue with the gal in this tale. We have the set up of college sweethearts; the gal and guy are crazy in love for two years. During this time, he progresses to professional Hockey level and starts with the league She is a year from graduating They have been happy and doing ok with his travels.

He has been away on a long series of games and they both are desperate for each other. He comes back early looking for her Naturally, his sweetheart comes in Drama takes place She finds out she is pregnant Together they raise the child and we learn it is 7 years later. The guy is being traded to the Assassins and the gal who is in the wine business and works with the team is freaking because I have a problem with that. To not allow the guy a chance to be a dad when he is not violent or has other dangerous issues is just unfair to him and to the child in my book.

If he turns away or doesn't behave appropriately then it is on him From my perspective I am not happy with how she handled this. Next in the tale, our gal cannot forgive the guy for what happened in college. They meet and even when he finds out about how he missed out for 7 years bonding with the boy He had drinking and prescription pills issues he hid from her He did a year in rehab and has been clean for more than four years. He lays it out for her The majority of this book is sprinkled with amazing moments of love and care between the new dad and his sweet, charming son.

There were scenes which hit my heart as a parent. I even had a discussion with one of my sons about grand kids There also were other wonderful parts to think about Unfortunately, the bulk of the story was how this woman could not trust this guy It was a continual loop over and over again Our gal has one scene where I wanted to wish her bodily harm as she was close to figuring out how to move on and get with the "family" program So this was a disappointing read for me The franchise is very popular View all 27 comments. Feb 17, Yodamom rated it did not like it Shelves: audio , wish-i-never-read , drama-rama , pathetic-characters.

Hated it, but I finished it anyway The heroine was a snappish, rude, petty, disgusting woman who keep her son from his father because she was angry. She lies, to her son to his father, to her friends and she never drops one damn issue no matter how old and stale is is. When she wasn't cutting somebody down to nothing she was giggling, yes giggling, this author really like her giggles.

I don't think one page went without one. He giggled, she giggled, they all effing giggled! The sex was enough to make cringe, no sexy tingles here. ICK the descriptions, the words used Eewwww. I just wanted it to stop! To think that Fallon the most despicable woman character I've read could get this great guy to be so devoted to her no matter how much she abuses him, is sick.

I don't want to read about such crap people dishing out crap and the Do Goods Eating it up. Well, that sums it up. I am not going to read any more books form this author. View all 3 comments. Apr 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: lisa-jayne-easy-peasy-lemon-breezy. By royal bestie decree I'm losing my TA cherry Jun 25, Feminista marked it as never-to-read Shelves: arc , contemporary-romance. Lucas Brooks knew that Fallon Parker was the one for him, the first night he met her. Then he comes back home to her dorm and finds her roommate and best friend there.

It was just a re DNF. It was just a reaction. What sort of a justification is that? And as usual, when anything goes wrong, blame it on the intoxication. I am so impressed with the ingenuity. And of course, even though he knew Fallon was the one, he goes back to the drugs, alcohol and the multitude of women.

He is such a prize! I mean who believes that. In which society is it okay to go sleeping around with every female you see, when you have already found your one and only. It's not okay. There was also blatant double standard. The first night Fallon and Lucas sleep together, she is worried that she is being sluttish. I am sorry? Why the hell is she trying to justify herself to him? What is there to justify? I hope it's the last. View 2 comments. Mar 20, Roobie rated it liked it Shelves: dual-pov , covers-to-burn , romance , contemporary , challenge , part-of-series , standalone-in-series.

I'm pretty awesome, and everybody loves me. But I think I'm not in the right mood for these books atm. I'll probably try the rest some other time. Love is like war, easy to start and hard to stop. Lucas and Fallon were in love. He was playing hockey for the Sharks, and she was going to college at Stanford. They were blissfully happy for two years. Until Lucas screwed up. And Fallon ran, without giving him a chance to explain.

Fast forward seven years later She has a contract with the local hockey team, The Assassins, and she is Love is like war, easy to start and hard to stop. She has a contract with the local hockey team, The Assassins, and she is good friends with the owner, Elli Adler. Fallon finds out that her old flame, Lucas Brooks is being transferred to play for The Assassins. She freaks out. Not only has she not really moved on, she has been keeping a huge secret from Lucas. Lucas has never stopped loving Fallon. He has spent the last seven years getting his self together and battling his demons. He wants Fallon back.

She has a hard time forgiving Lucas. Their relationship is complicated, but they both still have very strong feelings for one another. 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. He could be so romantic The post it notes- omg!

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. Yeah, after a kiss like that, he was looking at the future because he knew he had just found The One. Fallon and Lucas had some major chemistry going on, there was some real steam in this one!

They had an undeniable connection, and you really felt the heat when they were together. Enjoyed getting more of Elli and Shea in this one! And little Aiden! Loved that boy! He was sooo adorable! A great read! View all 9 comments. Bk 2 of this hockey saga with the delish hot hockey player and another h that I detest. More so than in bk 1. Once again I find the story and the H Lucas extremely likeable, his son Aiden absolutely adorable, the h Fallon detestable.

Truly believe this chick is bi-polar. She believes Lucas cheated on her in college and they break up. She holds on to that like a mad dog with a bone for 7 more years. Talk about your drama queen. Poor dope, he sees her flaws but loves her unconditionally. Shea and Elli and several characters from the first bk are also players. So with 2 smackable females here this one was tough to get through. Since Audrey is the focus of bk 3 this saga will continue. Still hoping Toni Aleo can get this formula right, her stories have so much going for her if she can just write about a more worthwhile h.

Once again spell-check and a good proofreader would be helpful tools. May 20, straw rated it did not like it. I could not bring myself to finish this book. It's not poorly written, by any means. However, Fallon the heroine just made me want to crawl into the book to jump onto her shoulders and smack her in the head. How stubborn, selfish and unreasonable can she get?! Yes, Lucas hero made a mistake, and I know her reasons for being mad. But halfway through the book I found myself resenting HER resentment instead.

Getting angry and jealous because Aiden their son seem to like his father's company? Resenting Lucas for his expensive gifts because he wanted to make up for lost time? Lost time that was caused by her? Getting angry with Lucas for pulling their son out of baseball even though she knows that Aiden hates it, but still chooses to get angry anyway because she felt like she was losing control over the situation. To make things worse, she seems to be so indecisive, one moment she's starting to accept Lucas again and the next she's pushing him away.

I couldn't take it anymore and was at a point where I felt like she did not deserve Lucas. That said, Lucas was an amazing hero. Yes, he did cheat on her once, but I thought he more than made up for it. Their six year-old, Aiden, was also a sweetheart. Look, I love the idea of a flawed book character. I understand it. No one is perfect, not even book characters. There I said it. Feelings of hate should be reserved for the antagonists not for protagonists! But this book, and this sorry excuse of a female protagonist just proved me wrong because I hated the heroine.

She was really mean, bitter and sooooo immature, it's not even funny. She fli Look, I love the idea of a flawed book character. She flipped flopped so many times that I lost count. The only reason I gave this two additional star making it three was because of Lucas and Aiden. Lucas was the epitome of a flawed character. He lost his father, started drinking and popping pills and cheated on his girlfriend. He lost everything after he lost Fallon and after hitting rock bottom, he finally sobered up and was making changes in his life. He was traded to the Assassins and it was there where he and Fallon met once again.

Only this time he found out he actually had a son, who for 7 long years was kept from him. I'm not going to go into the inane reasons Fallon has for keeping Aiden but my heart truly broke for him. What I loved about his character was that he actually learned from his mistakes. He did everything he can to win the stupid girl back but the said stupid girl keeps throwing it back in his face.

The scenes between Aiden and Lucas were tender and beautiful especially that time when view spoiler [Aiden offered to teach Lucas how to read. Lucas is dyslexic, FYI. Overall, this book could have been great but the heroine just killed any enjoyment I had for this one.


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I still have that bitter taste in my mouth from when she called Lucas view spoiler [stupid, knowing full well Lucas hated that word because of his dyslexia hide spoiler ]. If you can stomach an unlikable heroine then you might enjoy this book. Another enjoyable hockey romance by Toni Aleo. I actually enjoyed Trying to Score more than the first Assassins book; the storyline and characters seemed more realistic- Shea from the previous book was a bit too perfect and too weepy for my taste.

Lucas and Fallon were a great couple and I'm such a sucker for a hidden baby plot line- their son Aiden was adorable in the book. The relationship between Lucas and Aiden was very sweet and I even teared up a few times. My only complaint is that there Another enjoyable hockey romance by Toni Aleo. My only complaint is that there was too much internal dialogue- I prefer reading action and spoken dialogue. I occasionally skimmed sections that were inside the characters thoughts too long. But overall a great book. If you like sport romance books, you will enjoy Trying to Score.

View all 5 comments. May 06, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary , books-in , new-to-me , may , read-in I downloaded this because the cover is hot and it features hockey players. Sadly it was a disappointing read. I hate secret baby plots unless the heroine has a VERY good reason for keeping the kid a secret. When the kid is 6 and she's refusing to tell daddy because she's all wrapped up in how SHE feels?

That doesn't work for me. At some point you have to say to yourself "this chick is a crazy bitch and I'm wasting my time". He should have reache I downloaded this because the cover is hot and it features hockey players. He should have reached that point around page He never did.

Not in pages. Assassin's Creed kicks off the whole story, but it's a different game compared to its sequels. It's a much slower, more methodical game focused more on recreating a particular period of time than just letting the player feel cool. There's two places to jump into Assassin's Creed. The first is Assassin's Creed II , which switches up of the slower play of Assassin's Creed with the "run like a chicken in a cool hoodie" play that defines the later games.

I'd recommend starting here. ACII is still early in the story of Desmond Miles, a bartender who happens to be the descendant of four Assassin's Creed's protagonists. The beginning of the game has a short recap of what happened in the first game, so you won't be completely lost. Assassin's Creed II is also early enough that there aren't many additional mechanics to muddy the waters, like Brotherhood's additional assassins or Revelations' tower defense system.

Your other option is to jump all the way to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag , which will make it a bit harder to jump back to the older games. In fact, Black Flag lays out a future for the series in which the modern day sections are largely unconnected, unlike the stories of Assassin's Creed through Assassin's Creed III. If you decide to start with Black Flag, you need to realize that it has an entire nautical sailing system that's an integral part of the game.

It's a lot to take in and you may be better starting with Assassin's Creed II and moving forward. Now that you've figured out where to start, where do you go from there? Below I've listed all the Assassin's Creed games in the series with a brief synopsis, their chronological era, their Metacritic Score, and whether or not I think you should play it. You play Altair ibn-La'Ahad, a veteran assassin who screws up a mission, leaving him to demoted. After his demotion, Altair is tasked with killing nine Templars to regain his honor. This game established Assassin's Creed's distinctive look: the white hood and the gauntlet with the Hidden Blade.

Assassin's Creed also marked the beginning of Desmond Miles' story, the modern day bartender who is kidnapped by Abstergo Industries and forced to relive his ancestors' memories in the Animus. MetaScore: Buy It Here. In a series first, there's no modern day component, so the game takes place entirely from Altair's viewpoint. Unlike its big brother, Chronicle has limited stealth mechanics and focuses more on combat and puzzle elements.

Altair travels to Cyprus to eliminate more Templars. Bloodlines plays largely the same as its home console counterpart, but with some control changes to accommodate the PSP. This game heavily featured Maria Thorpe, a Templar who would eventually go on to become Altair's wife. This is the first game that starred Ezio Auditore da Firenze and it takes place in Italy during the height of the Renaissance. AC II is more dynamic than its predecessor; you'll spend far more time on the move as opposed to waiting patiently.

This game introduced the Monteriggioni, Ezio's villa that you could upgrade and Leonardo Da Vinci, Ezio's friend who creates all of his cool gadgets.

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Desmond's story is picked up here as he's freed from Abstergo and meets up with the modern day version of the Assassin Order. Buy It Here , Here , or Here. Discovery is a 2. Mostly forgettable in the grand scheme of things, but Ezio does meet Christopher Columbus and assassinates Templar Tomas de Torquemada. Yay, famous people!

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Brotherhood picks up right where Assassin's Creed II ends, bringing Ezio to Rome in his ongoing quest to get his revenge on the Borgia family. With the help of assassin Niccolo Machiavelli, Ezio rebuilds the local Brotherhood, allowing him to call on other assassins in-game. A large part of the game requires you to attack Borgia towers to free areas of the city from Borgia influence, a feature that carries on into later games.

In an expansion of his role, Desmond can leave the Animus at any time to explore the modern day Monteriggioni villa. Revelations features an older, wiser Ezio who comes to Constantinople in search of five keys that will unlock Altair's Library, where a relic is kept. While there, he becomes involved with the local Assassin Order, Ottoman politics, and a young Suleiman. Revelations expanded the Borgia towers system with the addition of a tower defense mini-game, where the Templars return to retake territory.

It also adds the new Hookblade tool for getting around the city and the somewhat game-breaking Bomb system, which allows you to craft a variety of grenades with different effects. Ezio meets his future wife, Sofia Sartor, in Revelations. Part of the game involves Ezio delving into the memories of Altair at the end of his life. Desmond, who's trapped in a coma in the real world, spends the game in the Black Room, a safe mode within the Animus. In Desmond's final game, we jump forward more than years from Ezio's era to the American Revolution. The game also adds a nautical sailing system for the first time, with Connor becoming the captain of the Aquila.

Many hate it. Aveline's primary gameplay is based around three personas - Assassin, Lady, and Slave - that allow her to move around different areas with various abilities.

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The next game in the series jumps back to the era of Edward Kenway, Connor's grandfather. During the Golden Age of Piracy, Kenway lucks his way into a ship the Jackdaw and the familiar assassin outfit, only to find himself in the middle of a war between the Assassins and the Templars.

Black Flag integrated the sailing system from Assassin's Creed III into the main game, allowing players to go from running on land to sailing on the ocean seamlessly. It also introduced additional mini-games like diving and whaling. The modern day part of the game places you in the shoes of an unknown, faceless employee at Abstergo Industries, who like Edward, finds themselves in something much larger than they first thought.

The side story follows the exploits of assassin Adewale, Edward Kenway's former quartermaster, more than a decade after the end of Black Flag. Adewale finds himself shipwrecked on the island of Saint Domingue, a French colony in the Caribbean. Being a former slave, Adewale attempts to empower the slaves in the area and bring them to freedom.

Freedom Cry is a relatively short game featuring much of the same gameplay as Black Flag. Even before Edward Kenway roamed the high seas, Alonzo Batilla decided to become the most feared captain alive. Batilla is neither Assassin nor Templar, but he finds himself trapped between both sides.

Pirates features no assassin gameplay whatsoever and is completely a sailing combat and ship management game. It features some story characters from Black Flag, including Blackbeard and Ben Hornigold, but you can skip it. Should You Play It: Skip it. It's solid, but you have to really love Assassin's Creed. This is the old-generation-only release for Players take control of Shay Cormac, a former assassin turned Templar assassin hunter. Shay's story takes place during the Seven Years' War and his quest makes him a contemporary of Haytham Kenway during his rise to power in the Colonies.

The game is developed by Ubisoft Sofia and will utilize an improved version of Black Flag's gameplay.