I think at least half of my book reviews are Toni Aleo books. What can I say I LOVE HER!!! ‘Assassins’ series is my all time favorite series and you can find reviews of all the books from the series in my previous posts. For ‘Assassins’, my wish was for it to never end and come on when you have a whole bunch of hockey players, who starts falling in love left and right and then start popping out babies then you start wondering what is happening with the kids. Sooooo now Toni Aleo presents her brand new series ‘IceCats’ which is Amelia Grace Justice and Chandler Eugene Moon’s story. Before getting into my review, I want to let you know how this story is connected to the previous books. Also, if you haven’t read the previous books, no worries this book can be read as a standalone. Amelia is niece of Shea Adler, famous captain of the Nashville Assassins. We first meet Amelia when she is a baby in Shea and Elli’s story ‘Taking Shots’, first book of Assassins series. Then again we see bits and pieces her and also meet out hero Chandler in ‘End Game’, which is Amelia’s brother and Chandler’s best friend Ryan’s story. And there is also an novella, which I totally recommend all of you to read, about Amelia’s parents, Grace and James, ‘How We Fell In Love’. If this got a bit confusing, here is a small chart provided by Toni Aleo regarding all the connections 🙂
Amelia left everything behind, her family, college, gymnastic team, her friends to follow her high school boyfriend Drew when an NHL team drafted him. Her only wish was to have what her mom and dad had. However, after marrying Drew, she realized that she made a huge mistake. Drew, the a**hole, broke her. Now after her divorce, she is hiding in a small town and trying to piece her life back together. Only person who is on her corner is her cousin Shelli, until the day Chandler, the one she should have chosen, walks in to the coffee shops she works at. Chandler went through a hell of a marriage too. Now that he has been a divorcee for a year, he is ready to get back to dating life. What he didn’t anticipate was to run in to Amelia, the one who got away. In college he only got a kiss from Amelia, but she was his best friend’s little sister and totally off limits but now he is all in. He wants to be with her. Even though, he doesn’t know what went down between Drew and Amelia, he can see that Amelia is not ready. With Chandler being back in her life, all the feeling she was feeling for him back as well. Their chemistry is still sizzling hot. He is still same kind, funny and loyal. And Amelia thinks she is not good enough for him. But thanks to Shelli and her persuasion, Amelia decides to give Chandler a chance. Even though, they both have amazing marriage examples in front of them, they both got burned with their first time. They are so good for each other. The way Amelia gets her life back together and start healing with Chandler’s help and love was inspirational. What I love the most with all Toni Aleo books are, she always shows us the importance of family and friendship. Family doesn’t always have to be by blood and this story is an amazing example of that. It was amazing to see little bit of my all time favorite couple Elli and Shea. Also, Nico Merryweather, aka Merry, who is Chandler’s teammate and Shelli’s hook-up, is an amazing character. At the end of ‘Juicy Rebound’ you will learn that the next book will be for Shelli. I just hope that her hero will be Merry and not Aiden Brooks. I love Aiden but somehow in my mind he is matched with Posey. Sorry my Assassins fan crazy persona is out and unloading all the names at you 🙂 If you want me to wrap it up quickly Posey is Shelli’s sister and Aiden is Shelli’s crush since childhood. But Shelli and Merry seems amazing so I am voting for them 🙂
For me ‘Juicy Rebound’ was one of the most anticipated books for me and I am proud to say, it didn’t disappoint. It was everything I was expecting and more. ‘Juicy Rebound’ is sweet, inspiring, sexy, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and so much more.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes.
- Would I re-read this book: Already did 🙂
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
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e-ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Toni Aleo is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the Assassins Series. She enjoys hockey, hockey, and hockey. 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.