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Introduced in Toni Aleo’s Bellevue Bullies Series, it’s the Sinclair brothers’ big sister’s turn to find love in the next installment of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series, the Assassins.

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.

And had them both Rushing the Goal to be together.

March 28
Toni Aleo Books
Toni Aleo

Customer Reviews

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I have liked the Nashville Assassins Series from the start, as well as the spin off series Bellevue Bullies. Lucy Sinclair made her first appearance in Book One of the Bellevue Bullies, Boarded by Love, and her character continued to grow throughout the Series.

I have to say I think this is Toni Aleo’s best work yet. She took me on a journey of so many feels in this story. I laughed out loud. I cried. I was angry. I was frustrated. I felt joy. I felt hopeful. This is a true love story from beginning to end.

Rushing The Goal dealt with so many issues! Alcoholism, domestic violence, bullying by a spouse and parent, feeling of helplessness in situations, self doubt in parenting, self esteem issues, the pain of failing at marriage and the challenges of co-parenting with a parent that has their own agenda. Guilt and self doubt in being able to love again after the loss of who you thought was your soul mate and your precious child. I felt the deep and abiding love and care that Benji gave to Lucy and her seven year old daughter, Angie.

Lucy Sinclair is a strong and driven woman. After her divorce she went back to school and got her interior design degree and started a very successful business. She has been divorced seven years and still doesn’t date because she doesn’t want to introduce someone to Angie and then have them walk away. Lucy is not only dealing with the betrayal of her cheating ex-husband, but her beloved father, who has turned his back on his family for the other woman. This has made Lucy a jealous and bitter woman that no longer smiles unless it has to do with Angie. She is jealous of her sibling’s happy marriages and even of her own mother who has found love again. Even through her trials and tribulations, Lucy loves her family fiercely and they are all up in each other’s business (including her sisters-in-law) and have such a sarcastic loving banter. Then she meets Benjamin Paxton, of the Nashville Assassins and her brother’s teammate and everything changes.

Benjamin (Benji) Paxton changes not only Lucy’s but Angie’s world! I want to sing Salt-N-Pepa’s song Whatta Man for Benji Paxton! He is amazing. He is nerdy, sweet and extremely sexy. He is patient and thoughtful. He understands Lucy like no one else can and he is her rock. When he holds Lucy, her world is brought to right! He fell in love with Angie before he fell in love with Lucy and treats Angie like she was his own child. This man is so caring and has a way of steering Lucy in the right direction and giving her the support she needs.

I highly recommend this beautiful love story that deals with so much! Thank you Toni for a wonderful book, I absolutely loved it.

Jmclaug3 ,

Score another winner for Toni!

Holy Moses I loved these two! Benjie and Lucy are so good together. This story was so well written, I felt the angry and happy emotions and laughed and cried at the characters' dialog and internal musings.
Job well done Ms. Toni!

Hayli12 ,


This book is one that will make you laugh, make you cry, and give you hope! I have fallen in love with Benji!! I love the sassiness of Lucy and I just want to eat Angie up! This is by for my favorite series of all time! Toni is absolutely awesome! I literally just finished this one and want the next one right now!

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