Series: Nashville Assassins #6
on November 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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?
Back in April I read Seduced by the Game, which included Toni Aleo’s novella, Tangled in the Laces. I fell in love with Lacey and Karson during that quick read and was incredibly angry with Toni for making us wait until November for the rest of their story!! (And when you purchase Lace and Laces, she’s included Tangled in the Laces so you can read it all as one and not have the same anguish that so many of us had!)
When I finally had Laces and Lace on my Kindle, I couldn’t wait to jump in and read it. But I knew I needed a huge chunk of time so I could do nothing but read – because that’s how her books are. You don’t just read them, you devour them. And I was so right. I needed that. I spent a fabulous snowy day with this book in my hands.
Karson and Lacey are so incredible. They are passionate, and they have this chemistry that is just plain undeniable between them. (Yes, the insta-love factor sort of annoys me, but it’s ok – because they go through the motions of building a real relationship after the fact! And plus, they started out when they were young – when we all have this insta-lust that’s confused with love anyway!)
I have to say, my biggest complaint is the lack of the Assassins family. The scenes with them often feel forced (minus the fact that I love JT and those scenes were phenomenal!) but the rest do feel slightly like they are there just because they need to be involved in the book because Karson is an Assassin. (And I feel like that needs to be mentioned, because I think if this had been a stand alone and Karson wasn’t an Assassin? I might have loved this book more.)
Karson’s need to protect Lacey is fantastic. And Lacey being a strong female lead, yet so incredibly broken and controlled? It just works. It makes me fall more in love with them and cheer for their romance to work out!
This is such a great read, with more steam than most of Toni’s books! And so many laugh out loud moments, seriously – JT needs his own book, and it needs to be amazingly hilarious because I couldn’t stop laughing! Overall? Laces and Lace was well worth the wait!!