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Book Review: Trying To Score (Assassins #2) by Toni Aleo



Author: Toni Aleo
Title: Trying To Score
Series: Assassins
Book #: 2
Genre(s): Contemporary romance, Sports romance
Release date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Loveswept imprint, Random House
Length: 576 pages
Heat level: High
Review copy provided by: Personal purchase by reviewer
Writing style & finesse




Character development

Likeable/relatable characters

Plot tension

Flow & pacing

Heat &/or sexual tension

Total Score
8.4/ 10

User Rating
41 total ratings



Good high emotion throughout the story, and a truly charming kid!


A little angsty and repetitive in parts

Posted March 8, 2014 by

*** This review is spoiler-free! Read on with confidence! ***

Fallon, the heroine of this story, can hold a serious grudge. Like, Olympic worthy, if bickering were a competitive sport. And Lucas has an ego large enough to represent an entire hockey team. Together, these two are edgy and hair-trigger explosive… and I mean that for more than just in the bedroom!

I like the premise of the story and the characters are well developed, but one thing that repeatedly bothered me was the over-the-top prissy feel of some of the dialogue and internal character monologues. One minute Fallon is cursing out Lucas and the next she’s thinking things like ‘oh golly gee’. It’s jarring and a little uncomfortable, as I don’t actually know anyone who talks like that and if I did, chances are high they wouldn’t be at the top of my friends-to-hang-out with list. I also noticed some instances of similar word usage too closely occurring in the text… things like, she’ll say ‘for the fifth time’ and in the very next sentence he’ll say ‘for the hundredth time’. Is it plausible conversation? Yes, but it doesn’t say much for the characters’ intelligence when they repeatedly can’t come up with original dialogue.

Overall, I enjoyed this book… enough that I plan to read the first in the series, then the next one when it’s released. I’m taking off 1 star for the angsty nature of the hero and heroine, the repetitive dialogue themes, and the predictable behaviors, but the emotion is well-tended throughout the story arc and I really sympathized with Lucas’s personal struggles and dedication to his family.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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