Trying to Score: The Assassins Series

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In a captivating novel of second chances and healing hearts from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.
 
Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make...
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Overview

In a captivating novel of second chances and healing hearts from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.
 
Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.
 
On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

Praise for Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins romances
 
“Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series.”—Award-winning author Jami Davenport
 
Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni’s first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can’t wait to read more from her. Don’t hesitate for a moment to grab this book.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling.”—Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score
 
Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn’t just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review
 
“Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines
 
“Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story.”—Blushing Reader

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Praise for Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins romances
 
“Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series.”—Award-winning author Jami Davenport
 
Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni’s first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can’t wait to read more from her. Don’t hesitate for a moment to grab this book.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling.”—Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score
 
Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn’t just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review
 
“Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines
 
“Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story.”—Blushing Reader
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Not since Beautiful Disaster has a book complete taken over my life and completely changed it for the better. Toni had a game-winning goal with Taking Shots, but Trying To Score gives you a overtime win!

Fallon and Lucas had the love that everyone dreams of. Locking eyes across the room at a club, the both go balls to the wall and have the most amazing time of their life. Until the day that it all comes to an end. One mistake cost Lucas and Fallon their chance at happiness, or did it?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 405,179
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Aleo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty 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. Aleo lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.
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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A- rating....

    My Review:

    mmm, I really am liking this series!! I'm just sad at this point that I only have one more to read in my TBR pile. I think Toni needs to write faster. ;o) I'm also discovering that I really like baby-daddy books because I like books where the couple has a history.

    This is definitely a baby-daddy book. Fallon and Lucas were HOT AND HEAVY seven years ago. It was love at first sight and they stayed that way for 2 years until Lucas cheated on Fallon. What neither of them knew at the time was that she was pregnant. And she didn't know how many issues Lucas was having with drugs and alcohol from his partying NHL lifestyle. Now it's 7 years later...Lucas is clean and sees another chance with Fallon. He has NO IDEA he has a son and Fallon is scared and harboring 7 years of pent-up hurt and anger. Yep, there is a LOT of passion and spontaneous combustion in this novel, which translates into...IT WAS REALLY GOOD!

    Fallon is tough. She's a single mom who gave up everything to have her baby. She was a trust-fund girl and daddy took that away when she refused to have an abortion. As a result, she's had to work for everything that she and Aiden (her son) have. Luckily, her sister Audrey stood by her to help support her through all those years. They still live together and are absolute best friends. But Audrey is also the first to jump-ship to Lucas' side because she sees what a good guy he is now.

    It takes a good while before Lucas finds out about Aiden. Before we got to that point, I was falling in love with him, but after his reaction to Aiden...OMG, sigh. I loved him. Most guys first reaction would be anger, but to tell you what kind of guy Lucas is...he was hurt because he thought Fallon kept Aiden away from him because he wasn't fit to be a father. He wants so much to be a good dad to Aiden and there is so much emphasis put on that in this book. This isn't just about him and Fallon and I loved that about the story.

    I love Aiden and what he adds to the story. He's old enough to question things. When he figured out who Lucas was...it broke my heart...for ALL of them, but especially Lucas and Aiden.

    The emotions are REALLY high throughout the entire book. Fallon is terrified. She knows that she screwed up and the most brilliant thing about the book...she isn't devastated for herself. She's devastated because she's hurt the two people that she loves the most in this world. I just love the way that Toni Aleo wrote the story line. It seems so real and true. There's a lot of back and forth in this book as Lucas and Fallon work through so many issues. Every time they move forward, something happens to derail them. They have so many trust issues....both of them. It's almost painful to read sometimes, but in the end it was all so good.

    Just a great, great book. Toni Aleo is an amazing story teller!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    I really like this series and I would likely give the series 4 s

    I really like this series and I would likely give the series 4 stars because it is re readable and all the books tangle well together. This book
     floats between 3 stars and 4 stars for me. Like with the other books I have read by Aleo, I really adore the hero, Lucas. He is
    self reflective, funny, steadfast, and loving. He has grown and continues to grow. He is not perfect but he is real. He owns himself.

    The hero says about the heroine, Fallon, that she has her head up her ass, and I have to say he is right. I kind of like the fact she is
    hot tempered but I don't like the fact that she never fully owns her garbage. She is not self reflective. Her stuff with her dad makes
    me nuts and she is a terrible listener. Fallon states she should have known things about the hero that she didn't late in the book and
     I agree, she should have and really we needed more time in the book while Fallon worked herself through than we got. She is a
    great mom though and I liked her enough to enjoy the book.

    The kid in this book is great as is the chemistry between the leads. I would have liked more time with Fallon changing and more time
     with the couple together but luckily we should get that in the rest of the series.

    I was given this book for my honest review.

    If you like these themes, you might like this book: Spoilers below!

    secret-baby, second-chance, spitfire, mean-fierce-heroine, big-and-tall-hero, addiction, recovery, alcoholic, drugs, single-mother,
    sisters, tennesee, anger-management, angst, learning-disability, illiterate, dyslexia, pro-athlete, difficult-parent, steadfast,
    hero-in-pursuit, resistant-herione, wine, dirty-talk, romantic-gesture-gift, a body-art, betrayal, bicker, blushing, hero loves her booty,
     brawler, character-driven, charmer, children, clothes-whore, contemporary-romance, contemporary-romance-series, cynical-heroine,
     discovered-child, guilt, bearded hero, lack-of-communication, met-in-a-bar

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    While the 2nd book in the series is good, I kind of got tired of

    While the 2nd book in the series is good, I kind of got tired of Fallon and her trust issues. Ms. Aleo seemed to drag this problem on and on and it was getting really annoying! Otherwise the book was wonderful, over 300 pages, with some steamy loving, emotional moments and some funny bits too. So far I am happy with the series but the "problems" seem to last a bit too long for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    I loved this book, although when I first sampled it, I thought t

    I loved this book, although when I first sampled it, I thought that it might be more of a hockey story than a love story, but I was totally wrong. There's enough hockey to make it interesting to a non hockey reader, but Lucas and Fallon are really great characters and you really don't want to stop reading until you've turned the last page. I've got the other Assassin books ready to read and I know I'm going to love them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    I was a little apprehensive when I started reading Trying to Sco

    I was a little apprehensive when I started reading Trying to Score. I mean, Toni wrote a beautiful (and quite hot) story for Ellie and Shea. Both of those characters were embedded into my heart once I finished that book. (And I loved that Toni added them into the story throughout the book instead of shelving them.) So you see why I would be apprehensive right? To think that she could write another story with 2 different characters that would have the same effect on me as the first 2 did. But yeah, I was in love with them to say the least. Did Fallon drive me up the freakin wall with consistent need to push Lucas away? Abso-freakin-lutely! I was ready to throttle the gal.

    Ok here is the deal...9 years ago these two characters, who were quite young at the time, fell in love. Everything is blissful until 2 years later. Lucas breaks Falon’s heart into a million pieces. Fallon cannot forgive him and leaves his life for good. Or so she thinks. When 7 years later they run into each other when Lucas is traded to the Assassins. For Fallon it is 7 years before all over again when she lays eyes on him. For Lucas...well let’s just say he would love to get her under the covers. Flip, dude wouldn't even need a bed, he'd be happy having at it right there on the floor I am sure.

    So there you go. Seven years after it all went down, Fallon is still heartbroken and carrying a secret that is more like a ticking time bomb. Not sure what to do with her current predicament, her mind is left reeling. Lucas is trying to convince her he is not the same man he was 7 years ago. But Fallon is having a hard time believing him.

    Like I said earlier...I wanted to choke the crap out of Fallon about 90% of the book. I mean, good freakin grief...this is hunky Lucas Brooks we are talking about (and yes I do know he is a fictional man, but just go with it ok?) 7 years is a long time to get over something as heartbreaking as what Lucas did right? Maybe? Ok maybe not! But still every step in the right direction that Lucas took, something would happen and send him flying back about 3 more…leaving him to start right back over. I honestly am surprised he lasted as long as he did trying to win her heart back.

    There are lots of wonderful...and some not so wonderful revelations in Trying to Score. Some scenes absolutely broke my heart, some brought a wicked grin to my face and some were...ok, some scenes are too hot to mention. And if you don't mind the F bomb being dropped a few hundred times you should be good. Yes, Toni has a mouth like a sailor when it comes to her characters.

    So there you have it, my review of Trying to Score. I will be following up with Empty Net on 9/10/12 for the tour. So I am really looking forward to that one since I have a good background on Audrey now. Toni I heart your writing and love your books. Thanks for giving me the chance to review your work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

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    I have to say that this is one of the hottest books I have read

    I have to say that this is one of the hottest books I have read lately. Lucas Brooks has been traded to the Assassins and is moving to Nashville. Fallon Parker, also lives in Nashville and her family's wine company sponsors the Nashville Assassins. Fallon and Lucas have a past history together, and she really doesn't want to see him again. It has been seven years since she left Lucas Brooks, seven years since Lucas Brooks broke her heart, but there is another secret that Fallon doesn't want Lucas to find out about, and its a big one. His name is Aiden. Lucas would give anything to have a second chance with Fallon. He does everything he can to win back her trust, only he finds out she has kept a huge secret from him also, and that secrets name is Aiden, and he is 7 years old.

    As desperately as Fallon tries to stay away from Lucas, she can't. Lucas Brooks is one super smoking hot guy, and he's a charmer. The chemistry and sexual tension between Lucas and Fallon is intense. The romance is passionate and very sexy. I loved the relationship that develops between Lucas and Aiden, and the ups and downs of the relationship between Fallon and Lucas took me from laughing, to crying, to fanning my face...a lot. I fell in love with this couple and found myself routing for their relationship as they faced one hurdle after another. The story kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next, and then having to stop and catch my breath in other parts. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance and I am looking forward to reading more in this series. Trying to Score is a great read and if you like contemporary roman

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    eh

    Liked the story and characters, but not as good as the last one. It seemed to drag at several points. I liked Fallon in the beginning, but towards the middle she was a little much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    My summary: Fallon Parker is finally living her dream of working

    My summary: Fallon Parker is finally living her dream of working in the family wine business. She’s had to put her love life on hold to make this dream a reality. Now her past is coming back to haunt her. She’s working with the Nashville Assassins hockey team. She never expected to run into her old flame Lucas Brooks.
    Lucas Brooks has had a troubled life. He’s lost a parent, struggled with addiction, and lost the love of his life. However on the ice, he’s deadly. Despite his personal struggles, his reputation on the ice is respectable. Lucas gets traded to Nashville where he runs head first into his true love, Fallon.
    Secrets are revealed and old pain resurfaces. Can Fallon and Lucas even be around each other without combusting and will they be able to forgive each other of the past to make a new future together?
    My Take:
    This book is the second book in the Assassins Series and I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved the first book, Taking Shots, and was anxious to see whose story we would see next. I love hockey and sports romance! Hockey players are just so manly and yummy!

    Lucas and Fallon’s story is very different than Elli and Shea’s. Toni did a great job of making the characters unique. I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Fallon. I could see why she did what she did, but she was a bit of a brat. Once she realizes her faults, I loved her! I love the name Fallon too. Neat name. I adore Lucas and want one of my own! His struggle with addiction and his determination to stay sober, was inspiring. I felt like he needed to go through the consequences of his addiction, so that he and Fallon could be a couple. Without giving anything away, you see how sensitive Lucas is and the relationship he develops with one of the characters made me melt! I love that he was so close to his mother and father too. The steam level was high and OH SO GOOD! Lucas and Fallon definitely have some serious sexual chemistry! *Fans Self* Oh and let me just say that when it rains now, I think of Lucas!


    I was thrilled to see Elli and Shea! Love seeing how relationships progress. I am SO excited to read the next story Empty Net, which is Audrey’s story. Audrey is Fallon’s sister and she makes her appearance in this book. She is such a sweetheart!

    One little thing I have to mention is that editing has been an issue and I don't blame the author. When you hire an editor, they should catch errors. Enough said on that. SO, I loved the epilogue and seeing where they were later on. Love the development of the series and can’t wait to read Empty Net! If you like some spice in your Contemporary Romance and sports, check this out! Toni Aleo has become one of my favorite new authors to read! SERIOUSLY! Hope you enjoy the series too! 5 out of 5 leaves

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    how do i get this book out of my library

    How i get books out of mmy library

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    Posted June 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    OK romance but too many side stories

    I feel like the author couldn't decide on one plot so the book includes all of them distracting from the potentially good love story.

    You could probably remove about 1/3 of the extra stuff and it'd be a great book but instead it's obsesively long about a good guy who has his life figured out and a moody, undecisive woman he's in love with.

    The first part is okay and has some nice flashbacks in the main characters' lives but then it seems like the author changed the strategy and added more unnecessary plot twists and stopped doing flashbacks.

    Thought about reading others in the series of books but don't plan on it anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Trying to Score

    Trying to Score

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly Reccomend

    This is a great series. Loved all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Lucas is BY FAR my favourite Assassin. Gotta love his determinat

    Lucas is BY FAR my favourite Assassin. Gotta love his determination. GREAT BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Loved It!!!

    Important to read the four books and the Novella in this series in order. Loved every story starting with Shea and Ellie; Taking Shots,, Fallon and Lucas; Trying to Score,, Audrey and Tate; Empty Net,, Jordan and Aynslee; the novella - Falling for the Backup and finally Piper and Erik; Blue Lines... Characters and story lines were all unique and well done and I read all five books in three days... Lots of smiles and a few tears and Hockey was always in the background... Human emotions were right up front and I loved the series...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Great read

    Awesome series. This is my 3rd book and tgis author is very good!!

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    Fallon and Lucas's story from the Assassin series; there is so m

    Fallon and Lucas's story from the Assassin series; there is so much going on but I could hardly put the book down. Fallon is the lead PR for her families wine company, Lucas is the NHL's leading scorer on the ice, although he has so much anger that affects his attitude for trouble. They have a fantastic chemistry, lots of hot sex, arguments, but eventuallly they find their happy ending. Very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Skip this one-boring & repetitive

    I'm a big fan of the author and find it hard to believe that she wrote this book. The plot is stale and repetitive. Save your money and skip this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Love these books

    Love these books. Read all of them and I have to say they are 1 of my favorite reads, love the storylines and the couples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Love this series

    I really liked this book especially Lucas. I did get tired of Fallon's "issues". Toni Aleo writes with humor, super hot male leads, and interesting characters.

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