End Game

End Game

by Toni Aleo

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This is going to be Ryan Justice's year. It's his last year of college and his last year as a hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies. He's making all the plays in preparation for achieving his dream of being drafted into the NHL.

This is Sofia Castilleja's beginning. She is starting her college career as a star member of Bellevue's brand-new gymnastics team. She's going to tumble her way to success, first in school and then by realizing her dream of opening her own gym.

Ryan and Sofia didn't see each other coming, but once they meet, they can't look away. Their dreams are destined to take them in opposite directions. But it doesn't take them long to realize that waking up to reality together may be better than dreaming alone.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159160874
Publisher: Toni Aleo
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Bellevue Bullies Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,086
File size: 721 KB

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End Game 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
hopchick More than 1 year ago
It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I got into it I didn't want to put it down. It was so cool to see some of the Assassin kids grown up, and see how Shea and Elli were doing (Ryan's uncle and aunt). This book can be read as a standalone without feeling like you missed something but it's more fun if you've read the Assassins series. I absolutely loved the ending too - not what I expected going in. Sofia was a strong, wiser-than-her-years, lovable character, and other than Ryan seeming a bit stalker-ish at the beginning I liked him too (in his defense if his sister had told him he was bothering Sofia he would have left her alone, and once Sofia agreed to give him a chance he was nothing but a gentleman). I loved that he was free with his emotions and super-supportive of Sofia and his sister Amalia (who I loved as well!) and the rest of his family. Wondering who the next Bullie will be, and hoping for more books about the other Assassin kids!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, as well as the Assassins series but Ryan and Sofia made me laugh and cry and feel everything. Toni scores a huge goal with this one. LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the Assassin's series. I couldn't wait for next book! This new series is very disappointing . Not worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, I’m incredibly impressed by the thought and love Toni puts into her books. She has made these two come to life and I could not stop smiling as I was reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Toni's books and this one just got me! The family, friends and the love! Love the story and can't wait for her next one!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #4, in the Bellevue Bullies series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this fantastic series in order. Ryan is excited to get to the NHL and is working hard to get there. Then he meets someone else just as dedicated but to her own sport. He has to work a bit to convince her it is worth it, and maybe they really have a shot. Sofia is all in when it comes to her future and her career. Why should a guy like Ryan get in her way? The attraction between them literally charges the room when they are in it together. Her roommates brother is worth the chance, if she gives him one. This was a sexy and sweet story. I loved these characters together and their journey is so much fun to read. This is a great addition to the series. If you have been a fan of these hockey books all along - you're going to love the cameo's of some of the past characters. I found this to be a great read. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #4, in the Bellevue Bullies series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this fantastic series in order. Ryan is excited to get to the NHL and is working hard to get there. Then he meets someone else just as dedicated but to her own sport. He has to work a bit to convince her it is worth it, and maybe they really have a shot. Sofia is all in when it comes to her future and her career. Why should a guy like Ryan get in her way? The attraction between them literally charges the room when they are in it together. Her roommates brother is worth the chance, if she gives him one. This was a sexy and sweet story. I loved these characters together and their journey is so much fun to read. This is a great addition to the series. If you have been a fan of these hockey books all along - you're going to love the cameo's of some of the past characters. I found this to be a great read. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
Angela Nelson More than 1 year ago
I never thought that any romance book could compete with Shea and Elli’s story (Taking Shots) in the Assassins series. However, I think End Game ranks right up there with Shea and Elli’s love story. I couldn’t put the book down when reading Ryan and Sofia’s story. I love Ryan’s persistence; his statements of love to Sofia could rock anyone to their core. I find myself rereading Toni Aleo’s books often because they are just that good. End Game will now be one of my go to reread books along with Taking Shots. Keep up the amazing work, Toni! I’m hooked on all things Assassin.
ChillingTaz More than 1 year ago
Ryan Justice can be described as NHL royalty, his uncle is retired god of hockey and his aunt owns the Assassins team. He has been striving his whole life to play in the NHL, it's his senior year in college and he is determine to be in the draft. Sofia is the freshman gymnast who was on track to being an Olympian until injury sidelined her goals. What starts out as a no strings relationship between the playboy and the shelter girls turns into something more. It all comes down to what is more important their dreams or each other. Written in Aleo's style that brings tears and laughter within a few pages. I loved seeing the children of the Assassins we fell in love with over time grown up. I am excited and can't wait to see this new journey Aleo is taking us on.
RebeccaM More than 1 year ago
Ryan Justice is more than the little boy we met in Taking Shots. He is now a man in his senior year in college, hoping to make it into the NFL, much like his Uncle Shea. Sophia, once an Olympic hopeful, finds herself on the new gymnastics team at Bellevue. When these two meet, sparks instantly fly. They are determined not to engage in relationships, both determined to stay the course of their lives, but fate has other plans. This was such an amazing story, one I didn’t want to end. If you haven’t read the other books in this series, you won’t miss anything. I definitely recommend End Game, and it’s one of my top reads this year.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal Read!! I was first introduced to hockey romance a few years ago and found that I absolutely LOVE it. A friend recommended a new author, to me any way, Toni Aleo. OMG, I will be forever grateful. I was gifted with the chance to read an advance copy of End Game. I did not want to go into the series blind, so I binged on her series via audiobooks. I grew to love this series and its characters more and more. I listened to every book I could, then I entered the world of “End Game”. OH! MY! GOSH!!!!! I LOVED EVERY PHENOMENALLY WELL WRITTEN WORD!!! I did not want to put this book down, once I started reading it, but the way my life is going, I did not have time to finish it before release day, for which I must apologize. One of my favorite aspects of a book, how well does it draw on my emotions? How many feelings does the book make me feel? How deep do those feelings go? Does the book make me, for instance yell at one or more characters? In my honest opinion, this book is a total winner, not only did it draw on my emotions, pretty much all of them (however, no anger, which is not a terrible thing). It DID bring out the tears though, both the angsty and happy kind. For example, her mom, and the vault, sorry ladies, no spoilers, let me just say, I cried like a baby at both times. I want a Ryan of my own!!! Over the last 2 months, I have really come to love Ms. Aleo’s writing. Whether or not you like a good sport romance, this book is for you. The romance in this book is over the top. Watching these two, and what they go thru, I just fell in love with both Ryan and Sofia. Thank you for reading my review. Now, what are you waiting for, go hit that purchase button, and enjoy a phenomenal read!!!
LexyH More than 1 year ago
Toni is back and I am one happy camper! I loved everything about this book. I was behind excited knowing we got another Bellevue Bullies book and it didn’t disappoint. Ryan and Sofia’s story was perfect. Watching these two discover so many firsts with each other is what made this story for me. You saw them each grow and learn about love, relationships and life outside of their sport. You felt their heartache and you felt their joy. I couldn’t get over how perfect they were for each other. Everything about them for each other perfectly, as if they were made for each other. I might have to say this is my book, but then again every book of Toni’s is my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve loved all the Bullies books & this is a great continuation of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A total must read! This is the second Toni Aleo book that I've read, and guys I'm thoroughly SMITTEN!! I seriously think I've been living under a rock – I need to read all of her other books, like NOW! Lol! End Game is the fourth book in the Bellevue Bullies series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone. I didn't know a thing about the characters previously, and followed the storyline without any problems. I loved that! Ryan Justice and Sofia Castilleja share the same passion – to succeed, and be the best at what they do. Ryan lives and breathes ice hockey, and dreams that one day he'll make it into the NHL. Sofia lives and breathes gymnastics, and dreams that one day she'll open her own gym. They didn't think for one second that they would meet, fall head over heels in love, and have to question their dreams or where they'd eventually end up. Oh man! Gah! This book is just everything! Aleo's writing style totally sucked me in, and I really can't express how much I loved it! Such a fantastic book! A massive 5 shiny stars!!
NickNack715 More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t wait to read about the new generation of bullies and this book doesn’t disappoint. We return to Bellevue for the love story of Ryan and Sophia. Seeing him go from a little boy in awe of his unky Shea into a man in his own right was amazing. Like all of this authors other books she took our emotions on a roller coaster ride. The lows of James’ passing and the highs that come with young love kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put this book down, and I can’t wait to see what this author has up her sleeve. My only question is who is next in this series? Whoever it is I can’t wait for the next story to unfold!
CMDeOliveira More than 1 year ago
End of Game A book hasn’t made me cry this much in a long time but Toni you got to me. The emotions in these characters is off the charts. Reading this book was like visiting with old friends you haven’t seen in a while, Shea and Ellie are great as always and the kids are a hoot. Ryan and Sofia are determined to reach their goals and want no distractions. He needs to make it to the NHL she needs to open her own gymnastics studio. There is just one problem, they didn’t count on each other. Sofia tries to resist him but Ryan’s persistence breaks down her resolve. While navigating through their goals and family issues can they figure out a way to stay together? This ARC was given to me in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toni Also has begun the next Bullies series with Shea's nephew. He is adorable and amazing and has met his match in Sofia. Love them. Love this story
DavaDora More than 1 year ago
My heart is full and bursting with joy after reading End Game! This sweet and emotional NA romance features the second generation of the Assassins; the hockey players from the series based on an NHL team named the Assassins have offspring that are attending college now. Having been a huge fan of the series I’m so happy to read about their kids; especially Ryan Justice, who’s now a senior at Bellevue University and the main character in the fourth book in the Bellevue Bullies series. I happy sighed throughout the book, when I didn’t get a little weepy or laugh at the funny quips coming out of Amelia’s mouth. This book was a love story between three characters and I’m not sure if I loved Sofia and Ryan more or Sofia and Amelia; you’ll understand and appreciate my dilemma when you read this wonderful addition to the series. Here’s to more Bullies! Sofia Castilleja had trained as an elite gymnast her entire life; hoping she could get a spot on the US Olympics team, until knee injuries killed her dream. Her dream had to change, she’s a business major, and she wants to open her own gym one day.  Sofia’s mom worked three jobs to pay her tuition when she was younger and was recently diagnosed with MS, but insisted Sofia leave Nevada to go to school.  She was homeschooled her entire life and never had any girlfriends or a best friend to confide in, much less a boyfriend for that matter, until she started her freshman year at Bellevue University on a full scholarship. There she rooms with Amelia Justice, also on the gymnastics team, who decides immediately they are going to be the bestest best friends.    "Yeah, I didn't want to be her friend. I just wanted to get done and kick ass, but she wouldn't leave me alone. Now, that I have her, I couldn't picture my life without her." Sofia doesn't know how or when it happened but Amelia truly is her best and only friend. “She’s my person. Don’t ask me how or when it happened, but it did. I love this girl. Ryan Justice is a senior and plays for the Bellevue Bullies. His dream is to be drafted into the NHL like his uncle Shay Adler was. He’s a good player but lacks confidence in his abilities; he tends to dwell on mistakes made while playing, and takes everything his coach says to heart instead of brushing it off and moving on. He’s so focused on it that he’s never had a relationship; he’s never wanted anyone to keep him away from his goals. When he sees Sofia, his younger sister’s new roommate, he has a change of heart and decides he wants the distraction, after all. She’s just as focused as he is so this could work out; he knows a long distance romance isn’t something he wants after he’s drafted, so a steady thing his senior year could be worth a try. “Forever...Actually, it's nowhere near enough time.” I loved this story! There’s so much more, at times serious and emotional, and just the perfect love story to get lost in. With other cousins in the mix I hope they all become Bullies and we read their stories, soon. “It’s you, Sofia. No one else but you.” Sigh! Happy, happy sighs galore.
TheBookNookBlog More than 1 year ago
Ryan Justice has dreamed of becoming a hockey star in the NHL for as long as he can remember. He as worked day and night to achieve his goal, now all he has to do is finish his last year at Bellevue University and get drafted into the NHL. Sofia Castilleja has always been the top of her class as a gymnast. When she receives a full ride scholarship to Bellevue as one of their key athletes on the Bullies up and coming gymnastics team, Sofia is determined to work hard and stay focused on her end game. Her dream is to one day open her own gym and train the next generation of elite gymnasts. The moment that Ryan lays eyes on Sofia, he knows that he has to have her. He has never seen anyone as beautiful and strong as her, and he will do anything it takes to make Sofia his. After fighting against her undeniable attraction towards Ryan and his charming ways, she finally agrees to go on her first date. Gymnastics has always been her focus which left little time for romance. When Ryan discovers that Sofia has never been with anyone, he wants to be her first at everything: first kiss, first boyfriend, and first love. Will Sofia and Ryan have their happily-ever-after, or will their dreams pull them in different directions leaving them both with broken hearts? (I received an ARC of End Game from Toni Aleo in exchange for my honest review.) There is a reason why Toni Aleo is one of my favorite romance authors and End Game is proof why. Ryan and Sofia's chemistry is off the charts! Ryan is so gentle and considerate with Sofia once he learns that she is new to the dating scene. He treats her with love, respect, and acts as though she is the only girl in the world. They both encourage each other to reach for their dreams and never give up on their end game. This sweet love story will leave you feeling butterflies and grinning from ear to ear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ryan Justice is the perfect man! He falls hard and I love it! Sofia is a perfect example of a hard working gymnast! Her and Ryan are perfect together they are so raw and real! The feelings between those two are absolutely amazing! I fell in love with how hard Ryan had to try and get Sofia. It made me lol. Another amazing story by Toni!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!! This is such a great series!! It was so sweet and what I feel a very realistic introduction into the realities of adulthood and life both during and after college. Toni Aleo sure knows how to make you feel like you are a part of this family.I thought Ryan Justice was adorable as a boy, but as a man, holy wow! He has grown up quite nicely, apparently taking after his father James and his Uncle Shea in all the best of ways. Now a senior in college, Ryan is driven and focused and hoping to get drafted into the NHL to make his family proud. It’s what he has always wanted. In the meantime however, he is smart and getting a degree in Sports Training so he has something to fall back on later on. Ryan meets Sofia at school through his sister Amelia because she is her roommate and teammate on the school’s gymnastics team. Sofia is as driven and focused as Ryan and strives to be the best on the team but she also has goals to one day open her own gym. She has never bothered with dating and is so very innocent. I like that although she was innocent she was not naive or foolish. Once he sees her he cannot get her out of his head. It takes some time to convince her to take a chance on them but he is so patient with her. I love all of their interactions, verbal and otherwise. They’re just adorable together. It is is clear how much family means to both of them. So many things about this story truly touched my heart. Both of them struggle with what they want for their futures especially as their relationship progresses. They keep things real knowing that they both have their own goals and that may mean they can’t stay together in order to achieve them. I felt like they were both so mature about this and considering Sofia is only 18 that says a lot about her. I love how we get so much of the Adler’s in this book since they are all so close to Ryan. Seems I bought a ticket on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I honestly did not want the ride to end. It was that amazing!!
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
To be honest, after I finished this book, I went back and read the first book in the Assassins series. The hero of this book, Ryan, first appeared as a little boy in the other series. I’m a huge fan of continuous series and I love watching younger characters grow up and get their HEA. End Game is a classic new adult romance. Both Ryan and the heroine, Sofia, are in college and their whole lives are ahead of them. Sofia is a gymnast and Ryan’s sister’s roommate. Ryan is hockey player with dreams of making it to the NHL while Sofia wants to open her own gymnastics gym. They both have responsibilities and goals that may take them in different directions. Sofia is initially resistant to Ryan’s charms but he wins her in very sweet and romantic ways. Their relationship starts as normal college romance but quickly grows deeper and into something more. I’m only a few years out of college myself and I still find it easy to relate to New Adult Romances. The characters have their whole lives in front of them and yet it feels like every decision they make is affecting the direction of their future. Both Ryan and Sofia have a lot of responsibility and within each other, they find peace and respite. While young, their relationship grows strong as they face difficult decision about what they want out of life. Of course, there are appearances by other Assassins and Bellevue Bullies characters which add to the book if you’ve read Toni Aleo’s other books. Like the author’s other books, End Game is full of heart and love and I just adored it!
JennaStrick More than 1 year ago
I adore second generation books and this one completely joins the club. I loved how gentlemanly Ryan was and his tenacity to make Sofia give him a chance. And Sofia...i absolutely loved everything about her. I liked her don't give up attitude, her passion for sticking to her dreams, and her love for Ryan. The storyline rocked, the other characters were intriguing, and it was quite steamy at times.
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
The meaning of ‘end game’ varies based on its context. If someone asked a high school senior what his/her end game is, I’m sure they would respond with the college they plan to attend and the degree they plan to achieve. But in the sports’ world, a place where possibilities seem endless, the ultimate end game for any athlete is to reach the professional level…to get paid for a sport s/he loves and to reap the benefits of everything that s/he gave up and endured in order to reach that pinnacle of success. The end game for Ryan Justice who’s a senior in college and Sofia Castilleja who’s a freshman in college, while slightly different due to their collegiate level, center on the sport that they’ve dedicated their lives to, making the ultimate goal for Ryan – the NHL – and for Sofia, a solid four years as a gymnast for the Bellevue Bullies and a chance to take her gymnastic skills to the highest level.   Due to Ryan and Sofia’s goal driven game plan along with their determination and ambition to succeed, neither one wanted any form of distraction to invade their life, but sometimes, the best kind of complication is the one that no one sees coming, and while it makes that person question what s/he wants out of life and if his/her dreams are worth sacrificing, ultimately, what matters most is what that person can’t live without, and for Ryan and Sofia, even though it takes them a bit to realize what their heart was telling them from their very first encounter, their end game changes and expands to include more than just the sport they love, which offers more opportunities to live, to love, and to be happy. I really enjoyed how Toni Aleo set up Ryan and Sofia’s story line. Aleo does a great job of illustrating who these two dynamic athletes are, but she also allows readers to see who they are as human beings as well. Their attraction to one another was instantaneous, but they both fought it, which I think adds realism to the story; Ryan and Sofia have been focused on their sports 100%, so a distraction of someone who intrigues them…someone who they seem to connect with…someone who they have chemistry with could take their eyes off of their end game, and at the beginning, they don’t know much about each other, but once they get to know each other, all bets are off and things between them start to heat up, forcing them to take a hard look at their goals…at their desires…at the idea that maybe there’s more to life than a sport and the need to be the best at it. I’m a sports romance fanatic and each and every time I read one of Toni Aleo’s hockey romances, I’m reminded of just why I love this troupe. Ryan and Sofia’s story is a great read that explores people’s goals and dreams and what they’re willing to do when they’re end game becomes about so much more than they ever thought it would. 4.5 Poison Apples