REVIEW: Laces and Lace by Toni Aleo

Laces and Lace (Assassins #6) by Toni Aleo

Published:  November 7, 2014

Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.

Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.

Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?

Laces and Lace includes the prequel Tangled in the Laces, a dollar of your purchase will be donated to the Nashville Predators Foundation.

**Hotness Rating 3 out of 5**

Tangled in the Laces was included in this book. It’s the prequel to Laces and Lace and provided important background.

For a short story this prequel had it all. A well-written story that gives answers to all of your questions? Definitely yes. Well developed, well-written characters that make you feel everything from hope to hopelessness? Absolutely! A palpable attraction that makes the pages smoke? For sure.

Lacey battled cancer and won. It left her with emotional scars, as well as physical ones. So, when her brother’s teammate the talented and cocky Karson turns his attention to her she fights the attraction with everything she has. When she loses that fight her life changes forever. Karson is everything that her tender ego needed. He loved her no matter the scars she carried. In fact, her strength made him love her that much more.

It all falls apart in the blink of an eye. Karson shreds her heart and we’re left with a heartbroken and confused Lacey. Even more heart wrenching is the pain and helplessness that Karson is left to deal with.

Laces and Lace is the sixth book of the Assassins series by Toni Aleo. I am a huge fan of this series and was a bit worried about this book after reading some of the other reviews. There were a few comments that the characters in this book were too sticky sweet with each other and the female lead was too wishy-washy.

As to the first point, I couldn’t disagree more. These characters were head over heals in love 9 years before. Due to the cruel hand of fate (aka meddling father) they were torn away from one another. And they never stopped loving each other. Finally, they are back together and who can blame them for the mushy words, the constant need for reassurances and the need to be in the other’s company.

As to the latter issue of Lacey needing a backbone. On this I am torn. For most of the book I got her reluctance to completely give up her family even though they were jerks in every sense of the word. She lost her mom and has been brainwashed and manipulated her entire life by her father. Being reunited with the love of your life doesn’t just undo all of that overnight. I do admit when she started to question that her father was capable of some of the terrible things that Karson told her he was doing I wanted to shake her a bit. She already knew some of the awful things that he had done, so I felt it very unkind to question Karson’s instincts when he had been nothing but a stand-up guy.

Ms. Aleo sure knows how to write butthole family members. I didn’t think I could ever dislike a parent more than I did Elli’s mom from Taking Shots (The Assassins #1). I was wrong! Lacey’s dad was a terrible, terrible man. He was so superior and selfish that he didn’t even try to hide it most of the time. And that girlfriend of his was perfect for him. It’s not often that I want to slap a bitch, but I had twitchy palms every time she opened her mouth. Don’t get me started on Lacey’s sister-in-law/supposed best friend. I don’t care if she had daddy issues or not there was no excuse for any of her actions. NONE! There is nothing that could ever make me forgive her. If nothing else in this world you should be able to count on your best friend to have your back even when she doesn’t agree with your choice. Lacey’s only saving grace was her brother. He wasn’t perfect and had his flaws, but redeemed himself 100%.

As much as Lacey’s family were horrible people Karson’s were awesome! They were good, loving, hard-working people. And when they got together they were all sorts of dysfunctional fabulous. The way they communicated and fussed at each other made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Karson’s sister Kacey is a character that I would love to read more about. If the more I read about her included Karson’s friend and teammate Jordie Thomas that would be all the better. Jordie was scandalous and refused to apologize for it. I loved him in all of his self-centered glory.

To sum up this book I would say it’s a must-read! Definitely one of my favorites of this series!

I give Laces and Lace 4 Flaming Hearts
4 Hearts