Trying to Score (Assassins Series #2)

Trying to Score (Assassins Series #2)

by Toni Aleo

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Trying to Score (Assassins Series #2) by Toni Aleo

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
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781105659416
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Nashville Assassins Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 44,374
File size: 3 MB

About 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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“Hey, sis,” Audrey said over the phone in her happy-go-lucky tone.

Fallon was far from happy. More like devastated. She sat in her bathroom, phone pressed to her ear, with nineteen boxes of pregnancy tests around her, all of them saying the same thing—pregnant. What was she gonna do? How was she gonna make it? It was her senior year, how was she supposed to raise a baby and go to college with no help from anyone? Her dad would flip. Oh, God, Lucas was gonna flip.

“Audrey.” Fallon tried to talk without breaking down, but a sob tore through her and she started crying.

“Fallon, what’s wrong?”

“I’m pregnant.”

“Pregnant?” Audrey repeated, after a brief silence.

“Yeah.”

“Oh, God.”

“My thoughts exactly,” Fallon agreed, as she started to gather all the sticks that confirmed her pregnancy.

“What are you going to do?”

“I don’t know, but I can’t stay here.”

“I know that, but Dad is gonna freak, like seriously flip out,” Audrey said, softly crying.

“Oh, Audrey don’t cry, I didn’t call to upset you.”

“I know that, I’m scared for you.”

“Me too,” Fallon said, and she started crying again. They sat talking on the phone, crying, racking their brains, trying to figure out what to do. Finally, Audrey came up with an idea.

“Clean out your bank account, take it all.”

“Audrey, that’s over ten thousand dollars! Where am I supposed to put that kind of cash?”

“In your suitcase. After you do that, call Mom and Dad. Tell them. They are gonna freak and demand you come home.”

“I know, but why am I cleaning out my bank account?” Fallon asked, confused.

“Because you and I both know that Dad is gonna cut you off, and you’re gonna need that money to survive on. Remember I’ve been through this.”

Oh yeah, Fallon thought. Audrey had become pregnant her senior year in high school. Like always, Audrey did just as their father asked and had an abortion. But Audrey knew that wasn’t an option for Fallon, that her sister couldn’t do it, regardless of whether the father was going to help out or not. This was Audrey’s chance to help Fallon keep the baby that she wasn’t allowed to.

“You need to apply to Vanderbilt, like, today. Make sure you get in before you call Dad.”

“Audrey, I can’t go to school and raise a baby!” Fallon said, distressed. She was already freaking out about having to come back home a failure, and now Audrey wanted her to go back to school?

“You have to, Fallon, or he will disown you, or worse. Please, just believe me. I’ll help you,” Audrey pleaded.

Fallon sat for a moment, tears gushing down her cheeks as she tried to figure out how she could have let this happen. How was she going to ask her sister to help her raise a baby? Audrey needed to have a life, too. This was her and Lucas’s problem, there was no reason to bring Audrey into it. She needed Lucas’s help, but how was she gonna tell him?

“Whose baby is it?” Audrey asked.

“You don’t know him,” Fallon answered.

“Okay, have you told him?”

“No, we aren’t together.”

“Why?” Audrey asked.

“ ‘Cause he’s a cheating coward.”

“Okay then, are you going to tell him?”

Fallon sat for a moment. Was she gonna tell Lucas? She couldn’t even look him in the eye, never mind talking to him. How was she gonna tell him they were having a baby?

She wasn’t.

“No, I’m not.”

Fallon hadn’t realized she had started crying until tears fell on Aiden’s head. He looked up and made a face just as Audrey said, “Why are you crying?”

“I’m not, something got in my eye,” Fallon said, playing it off as she wiped her eyes. “Now, come on, Aiden, let’s get to bed.”

“All right, Mommy,” Aiden said as he skipped up the stairs, giving Audrey a kiss then heading into the house.

Fallon picked up her things and started up the stairs, but Audrey grabbed her free hand.

“You sure you’re okay?”

“I’m fine,” Fallon said, putting on a fake smile for her sister as she started into the house.

Fallon put her things down on her brown suede couch and headed up the stairs to Aiden’s room. With every step she took, a picture of Audrey, Aiden, and herself smiled back at her. When she was nine months pregnant, she had made sure to take a picture with Audrey, then of the three of them when Aiden was born, and the three of them each year for the last six years. It always had been just her and Audrey with Aiden against the world. Fallon couldn’t thank her sister enough for the sacrifices she had made for them; and she could honestly say that she couldn’t have done it without Audrey.

When Fallon had made the call home to tell her parents about the little baby that was growing inside her belly, her father had freaked. He told her to get an abortion and, of course, Fallon said no. As Audrey had predicted, he then threatened to take everything, but, thanks to her sister’s foresight, she had emptied her account and was somewhat secure.

After packing up everything in California, Fallon flew back home, moved into an apartment with Audrey, and started attending Vanderbilt. It turned out to be easier than she thought it would, all because of Audrey. She did everything to make sure Fallon was taken care of, which made Fallon sometimes wonder which one of them was the older. Audrey was the one running things while Fallon was a basket case—pregnant and trying to mend a broken heart. A hard feat for a pregnant woman.

It took three months for their father to find out that Fallon was living with Audrey, when he paid them a surprise visit. He became angry once again, saying that Fallon was dead to the family, and that if Audrey didn’t kick Fallon out, she would be dead to him, too. Audrey argued that Fallon was still in school, working hard to support herself, but he wouldn’t even talk to Fallon to find out the details. He left that afternoon in a huff and didn’t talk to either one of them until the day Aiden was born.

It seemed like a lifetime ago. . . . Thinking about the past, Fallon shook her head as she reached her baby boy’s bright blue door. Although her father still didn’t talk to her much, he did trust her enough to be the senior chief public relations manager, and he loved Aiden something crazy. So what else could she ask for? She sometimes wondered. Her trust fund, for one, would be great.

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Trying to Score 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
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
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some books you want to be longer because there is just more that can be told. This was not one of them. The lead female just ended up being annoying. At first it was understandable and then it was just ridiculous. I mean ok so she has trust issues, but come on already. Not the worst book I've read though. s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this is second book in this series and yet again the heroine is freaking annoying. Both books the hero was great and the storyline, setting, etc... was great. The heroines are irrational and do not listen to anything but whine about everything!!! I realize it is to create drama and give the story some turmoil but come on!! At least make the heroine likable so the reader can connect and hope for their HEA. Instead, I keep thinking they do not deserve a HEA and feel sorry the hero ends up stuck with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible writing discribes this book. My guess is the author who is some stay at home mom, who tried to write a book. How any one ever published it is the real mystery. She may have an ok story line but she has a high school level in writing.
NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
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!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 5 months ago
Less Fighting & more Talking, she should have worked harder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and I really liked the characters. Loved Fallon’s sass and Lucas was just an all around good guy. Would highly recommend.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
For years Fallon Parker has dreamed of taking her families winery to places they never thought possible and now with a deal on the table with the Assassins Hockey team that dream of hers may very well become a reality. If she lands this deal maybe her father will finally see that she knows what she is doing, and she can handle whatever life throws at her. But she didn't anticipate for life to throw her on the path that is about to lead her staring face to face with her past... Lucas Brooks has battled some serious demons lately and came out on the winning side of them, but life is about to throw him into a battle that he isn't so sure he can win. When he finds himself being traded to the Assassins he is bummed about leaving his teammates behind, but he knows this opportunity might be just what he needs to keep himself moving full steam ahead on the straight and narrow. And full steam ahead to the woman he stupidly let slip through his fingers... This sexy little story pulled me in almost immediately and had me burning right through the pages, it was so addictive!! I am a sucker for a well written sports romance, especially when it comes with a sexy hockey player at the helm, and Ms. Aleo's Trying To Score definitely hit the spot! It was packed with edge or your seat intensity, passion, steamy romance, heartfelt emotion, and took me on one spectacular literary ride!! If you like second chance romance, and sexy, smooth talking hockey players then I recommend you check out this one, it's sure to score some serious points!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun dialogue hot sex really good read! And it was free!?!
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cute story - so I read them all !
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Love the characters!!
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Love it
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The best part of the book was the cover photo, and it wasn't even accurate to the description in the prologue. A complete waste of my money and time. I was surprised that it wasn't self published given the low quality of the writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that the book dragged on s little to much. Also Fallon wss a little too into herself, and whiney. I think parts of the story could have been cut out. I did like the story, and would read it again.