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When Lucas Brooks was traded to the Nashville Assassins over a decade ago, he was a brash, brawling hothead without an anchor.

Well, four kids and a smokin’ hot wife will weigh you down real fast, but Lucas wouldn’t change a minute of his happily ever after.

During an epic, end-of-season quest for the Cup, changes appear on the horizon, and suddenly, there’s a plot twist in Lucas’s fairy tale.


Being a huge hockey fan and a lover of all things Assassins, I was so excited to hear that readers were going to be able to catch up with Lucas and Fallon Brooks, gaining new insights into how things have changed and grown both on the ice and at home and what their future looked like when it came to their kids and Lucas’ career with the Assassins franchise, and that is exactly what Toni Aleo delivers in Twenty-two.

Lucas and Fallon had to overcome quite a few obstacles to get where they are now in their lives, but without those struggles, they wouldn’t be the couple or the family they are today, so despite the uphill battle, this couple means everything to one another, and that bond has never been more evident than in this novella.

Lucas and Fallon’s story allows readers to check back in with them and their kids, finding out just how much Aiden takes after his dad and the love and affection that the Brooks’ kids have for their father, especially when he’s travelling for hockey. Lucas might always define himself as a hockey player, but he’s so much more than that – he’s one hell of a loving husband and father and he works his ass off to be a positive role model for his kids, even when his bones and muscles ache because he’s “not a spring chicken” anymore.

Fallon is definitely the backbone of the family. She holds the family together and puts her whole heart into everything that comes to her kids and her husband. She’s the perfect partner for Lucas and their connection is what allows them to conquer any hurdle, whether it be their kids growing up, the time spent apart due to the hockey season, or the craziness that always follows them around due to their brood of kids – there’s nothing the Brooks family can’t do as long as they stand by each other, cheering one another on and reveling in the fact that their lives couldn’t be any more imperfectly perfect than they are.

4 Poison Apples

About the Author

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.

… and did I mention I love hockey?

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