Just saying I’m excited about this release is not enough. No really. If you’ve paid attention you know we’ve been sharing teasers and sneaks for the past few weeks, and each time I’ve shared that this book was something special. Well today JORDIE IS FINALLY LIVE & I’m sharing my thoughts, which have taken me several days to put together and I’m still not sure I’m doing it justice. I simply adore Toni Aleo. She writes amazing stories and OVERTIME is no exception to that rule. Jordie and Kacey are beyond all my expectations! Add to that all the other Assassins faves that we get to see, and you’ve got this brilliant and emotional ride. So if you didn’t pre-order like I implored over and over, then go get this one now!! Everyone needs to know this series, but you really need to know Jordie Thomas! So checkout my review, the excerpt that we have AND Toni has a GIVEAWAY at the bottomo of the post!!
Happy reading! Laters. ~ Amber
Happy Release Day!!
Overtime by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins Series #7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.
Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.
>In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.
But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.
Jordie Scott Thomas. This man, who was first introduced in Laces and Lace as Karson’s messy, sex obsessed and hard drinking crazy best friend just about wrecked me. To say that I love Jordie just does not come close to the depth of feeling that I have after finishing this book! In one phrase – he amazes me! In extension Toni Aleo amazes me even more, because she created this amazingly complex character!
Holy Feels people!! Seriously, when I read Wanting to Forget I knew that Jordie had fallen down a rabbit hole and that he had some serious demons working but it really did nothing to really prepare me for all that is revealed! He is at first defeated because he’s not playing due to his injury, he’s pushed the one woman he wants away and he’s drowning out every sorrow in a bottle of Jack. As much of a beast as Jordie is, at his root he is just a man that wants and needs to be loved; to have those closest to him believe in him because he keeps himself too numb with Jack to feel anything. Thank God for Elli Adler, who loves and believes in Jordie and literally MAKES him go to rehab if he wants to play hockey for her! So off he goes, but Jordie isn’t happy and doesn’t believe he has a problem until he is confronted with the horrors of his past (and there are many) and he realizes that he wants to be better man in order to live the life he has dreamed, which means he has to win Kacey back.
Kacey King is determined and fierce and totally heartbroken by Jordie shutting her completely out after she confessed her love to him. She pulled herself together enough to win an Olympic Gold Medal and now has landed a job as a trainer with the Assassins. However, as much as she says that she is over Jordie and wants to move on and find a “good guy”; it’s a certain bearded beast of a man that still gets her motor revved despite her best efforts. So when Jordie comes back and they are thrown back together both at work as well as living at Karson & Lacey’s house together? Yeah, you guessed it – there’s bound to be an explosion of emotion.
I simply don’t know how to summarize all the things about this book that wrecked me in the best ways. Whether it’s the fact that Jordie is effing hiliarious at every turn or that he is a total dirty talking, bearded hottie. Or maybe it’s him really coming into his own to stay sober, face his demons (and his demon bitch of a mother) and learn how to woo Kacey back into his life? It’s all those things. It’s also the way that Kacey does not give in to Jordie so easily, that she’s there for him in every way and calls him on his bs when necessary. It’s also the relationship that Jordie has with Karson, Lacey (heavens he’s amazing w/her!) and with Mena (oh my word the scenes w/this baby are both precious and hiliarious!). For a man that never thought he was loved he comes to find that family is who you choose sometimes more than those you’re born to; and in that he finds that he has more love than he thought possible.
I highlighted a ton in this book! Toni has written something really special here for me, and I hope you think so as well! There were times reading this that I wasn’t sure how she did it, because she didn’t hold back. Many things here are raw and real and leave nothing left on the table. It’s the reason that I didn’t plow through reading this story, because there were times that I just had to walk away, let the words settle and in some cases cry before I could return. Jordie and Kacey’s story is special in so many ways and I’m so proud of Toni for the journey she takes us all on with it!
“You want so badly to keep everyone at arm’s length so that they can’t hurt you, because you see no happiness in your life. You choose only the people you know won’t leave you, but even with them, you don’t let them completely in on purpose. But you want happiness.”
“Love wasn’t a Cinderella tale, it was hard and it hurt.”
“I live by the motto, if you don’t add to my life, you’re out of my life.”
“She was his light that would guide him through the darkness. No matter how cliched and silly that sounded, it was the truth. All he needed was Kacey by his side, and he could conquer anything.”
“I love everything about you, Kacey, because the best thing in life is finding someone who knows your flaws, mistakes, difficulties, and still thinks you are badass and loves you.”
Jordie Thomas knew he was screwed.
There were two things that he didn’t want, ever, in his life.
Herpes, and to be called into Elli Adler’s office.
Everyone knew that it wasn’t good to be called into the office of the owner of the professional hockey team he played for, the Nashville Assassins. If it was something good, usually she just called to chitchat, as she called it, and dote on her players. But when she called them into her office, ten out of ten times, they were screwed.
And today, Jordie must be screwed.
As his good leg bounced from the nerves, Jordie waited for the door to open to Elli’s office. His shoulders were taut, his other knee ached, and his heart was pounding. Ever since he got the call that she wanted him to fly from Colorado to Nashville for a meeting, he had been replaying every single scenario in his head. He hadn’t been making the greatest decisions lately, and he was pretty damn sure this had to do with his spur-of-the-moment vacation to Louisiana.
He should have just stayed home.
That whole trip was a clusterfuck. That’s the only way he could describe it. He hadn’t acted like himself, he kept trying to forget a certain someone, and he really should have just stayed home and healed. Not only had it pushed him back a week in PT but now he was worried that something he did there may be back to haunt him. As he replayed the weekend, which consisted of a lot of alcohol, a lot of women, and a good long visit in the ER that resulted in even more great sex, he couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary that could have brought him here. Then again, Elli didn’t like when her players’ whore-like tendencies hung out, but still, she usually called and warned them to clean it up.
Hell, he had gotten that call plenty of times. Maybe that’s why he was here? She was done with his ways? Damn it. Hopefully, that wasn’t it though. He was on the road to recovery after a really nasty hit into the boards last year, and nothing was going to keep him off the ice.
Well, except Elli Adler, that is.
About the Author
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.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.
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