Review Tour and Giveaway: Overtime: Toni Aleo

Overtime (Assassins #7)
Toni Aleo
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Expected August 10, 2015

Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away. 

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on. 

In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives. 

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie. 

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After reading Wanting to Forget, it really left me wanting to forget Jordie's horrible behavior. I understood he was hurting and messed up, but I really disliked his choices and I was really worried about reading this one. I was hoping Jordie could redeem himself in my eyes, but I thought it would be an uphill battle.

Jordie has had a rough life with pain and loss. He has put up walls, and numbed his pain with alcohol, women, and poor choices, but never really faced the root of his problem. He has serious trust issues and fears of getting close. Hockey is what he lives for. But now he is realizing what he is missing as well.

His best friend Karsen King got close and so did his sister Kacey. When Jordie was injured  and at his worst, Kacey was there for him. But when things got too real, he pushed her as far away as possible.

Kacey is fierce, feisty, unfiltered, stubborn, impulsive, and loving. She has always liked Jordie and hoped to be the one to fix him. But she was left abandoned and hurt. She is still looking for her happy ever after.

Jordie has a long road ahead of him with facing his demons, making amends, and moving forward. I have to admit I was able to forgive him early on. I felt his pain, remorse, and vulnerability. I wanted him to dig deep, heal, and succeed. And I wanted him to win Kacey back. 

But Kacey is still hurt and angry. Her trust has been shattered and she has no faith in her own choices or his.  She has other opportunities for safer relationships. Jordie just needs a chance and is willing to work for it, but she will take a lot of convincing.

Will they get their second chance or will fears, insecurities, and demons come back and break them both again?

This is a story about making amends, fixing mistakes, believing in yourself and others. They will have to conquer fears, trust issues, insecurities, in order to have hope for love and a life worth living. They have real struggles and plenty of trials and tribulations. But that also gives them opportunities for growth, understanding, forgiveness, and redemption. They both have broken each other, but at the same time they fit together and it is a matter of if they can just keep it all together. Not only do they have each other and something to fight for, but they also have some good people in their corner. I love their relationship with Karsen and Lacey (Laces and Lace) and the King parents, Karl and Regina. I kind of want to be adopted by the King family. I am always glad to see more with Elli and Shea and the whole Assassins team. I liked the addition of Benji, and seeing Baylor Moore and Jayden Sinclair from Clipped by Love. There were also some antagonists that I literally wanted to shake. 

This was one of the more emotional and heartfelt Assassins books It really was a long journey for Jordie to come back from. And I found myself being proud of him too. I was not sure he could become the hero I hoped for, but honestly I adored him. He was a good male lead, flaws and all. He showed tenacity and determination and had a loving heart once he let it show. He needed someone tough like Kacey to infiltrate it and believe in him. And even though she was strong on the surface, she needed him too. I really liked them together.  They had fun rapport and hot chemistry. They had a connection that was not easily broken. I felt all of their pain and triumphs. I laughed, swooned, got frustrated and angry, smiled and even cried. Yeah, Jordie really got to me. It was heartbreaking yet inspiring. I will admit that it was a bit long and sometimes it felt that way, but the characters had a lot to get through. It was not an easy journey, but they took it on with patience, love, respect, and determination.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

They are all about different Assassins players and couples but the characters do cross over.
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Falling for the Backup(#3.5), A Very Merry Hockey Holiday (#6.5), and Wanting to Forget (#6.6) are novellas.

Wanting to Forget is a prequel novella about Jordie and Kacey.

Laces and Lace (#6) is a novel about Kacey's brother Karsen and Lacey so  Jordie and Kacey are also featured in that book. 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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