I spent most of the weekend either cleaning or watching the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and anyone else who spent most of their time watching hockey, what did you think of the end of Game 2 between the Flames and Canucks? I digress, but because of the hockey filled weekend for me, I just had to re-read Taking Shots by Toni Aleo. That is just how I work, I am watching hockey all the time right now, so I need to read it as well. Taking Shots is the first in the Assassin Series by Toni Aleo (and if you haven't read it and haven't figured out by this post, they are hockey books, not cold blooded assassins) and one of my favorites. I have read this book so many times now, that I'm not even sure how many times I have read it. Out of all of Ms. Toni's books, I have only read two that I haven't read about a million times and it isn't because they are bad, it is because one is so good, but so heavy that I haven't been in the right mindset to read it again and the other I just haven't gotten around to reading it again even though I plan on it. But her Assassins' series and now her newer series The Bellevue Bullies have me completely hooked that I have been known to pick them back up every month or so. They are some of the books that I can read just about anytime/any mood. So, without further ado, Taking Shots by Toni Aleo...
Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough, let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing. That is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She was feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her. Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life.
Can Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her, or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy.
My Review: 4.5 Stars
Taking Shots by Toni Aleo is book 1 of the Assassins series and it's a great start. Eleanor "Elli" Fisher is a photographer with poor self esteem. Because of a horrible ex and a mostly crappy family, she doesn't think very highly of herself despite having a core group of friends that are always telling her how fabulous she is. Shea Adler is the hotshot captain for the Assassins hockey team. He is your stereotypical athlete, dates a lot, parties all the time and wastes money on whatever. That is until he meets Elli at the Assassins photo-shoot and suddenly all that stuff doesn't seem too important. Now he is has to get past all of Elli's issues and barriers around her heart to win the most important game of his life, the game of love and happiness.
Loved Shea, he was hot/adorably geeky. Sounds weird, I know, but when you read it you will understand. He puts his heart/feelings out there for Elli knowing that he might not get them back. He is an alpha male, but with Elli isn't afraid to show his feelings.
"Because I've fallen in love with you, Elli, and I want to be with you, always."
I mostly loved Elli. I wanted to shake her a few times for doubting herself and Shea so much, but she was a likable character who has fabulous taste in shoes.
The book was a fun read with humor, steamy and sweet romance and hockey, doesn't get much better than that.
About the Author:
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines. 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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