Title: Trying to Score
Author: Toni Aleo
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Meet Toni Aleo


Fallon Parker’s dream was to have her family’s wine company at the top of all wine magazines and to have a cellar of her own. After graduating from college, she has worked hard to make that dream a reality, even if that meant having a nonexistent love life. She had her chance at love and that was a bust, so she put everything into the wine company. After becoming the official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, Fallon finally feels like everything is falling in place, that is until Lucas Brooks comes back into her life.

Lucas Brooks hates his life. He is lonely, he is sober, and he is angry. On the ice, when he’s not in the sin bin, he the leading scorer in the NHL but off the ice, he is a mess. He threw away the most important person in his life, and has regretted it ever since but when Lucas sees Fallon again after being traded to the Assassins; he is bound and determined to get her back. Even if she wants nothing to do with him.

The sexual tension between Fallon and Lucas is electrifying as Lucas tries to convince Fallon that he is a changed man. Fallon tries to resist Lucas, but it is so hard when all her body wants is his. But when Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a huge secret from him, the game he is playing stops and penalties are called.

With new rules and new players on the ice, will Fallon and Lucas be able to work out their differences and work as a team or will they be left trying to score alone.


I did not read the first book but enjoyed this one as it can be read as a standalone book. Fallon is working at Rocky Top Wines and learns that Lucas her ex is back in town. Knowing she will run into him, she steps up her defences not wanting to let him back in her life especially because of her big secret. Fallon seems so pig headed at times that you feel like shaking her but you realize that she is a character like normal people who is too afraid to get hurt again and to trust Lucas.

 Lucas is now confident after after fighting his struggle with addiction and turning his life around. He is determined to prove to Fallon, who is still the love of his life, that things are different. When he does learn about his son Aiden, he wants desperately to be part of his life. He forgives Fallon for keeping his son from him for 7 years.

What emerges is fiery, passionate love story told with feeling. Aiden is a loveable character. Fallon has a lot to prove to her father and to herself and she can be quite unlikeable at times but that is all part of the storyline. Lucas is every girl’s dream now that he has changed and one feels quite sorry for him at times.

I have never read any of Toni Aloe’s books but I really loved this one. I am definitely going to read Taking Shots and look forward to the next in line.

This review is part of the Trying to Score Book Tour with Charisma Media


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