Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reviewed: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo...

Taking Shots (Assassins #1)
The Assassins Series Book #1
Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville 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 is 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. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could 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?
Would Elli miss her shot at love?

Toni Aleo has definitely gained a HUGE fan in me after reading Taking Shots. I love love love everything about this book and I am so excited to read the rest of the series!!
Taking Shots has everything that I look for in a book and it is a perfect example of why I love to read so much. I love a HEA, I love a love-at-first sight (or close to first sight), I love a great epilogue, I love the flawed, low self-esteem, insecure heroine with the seemingly flawless, confident, secure hero, and I am a sucker for the fall in love-break up-get back together romances--they are my favorite. Taking Shots had all of this plus HOT, STEAMY sex scenes, a sigh-worthy, sexy, glasses-wearing, muscled, tattooed, hockey playing, sweet, romantic hero and the best lovable cast of secondary characters that added so much to the story.  Taking Shots captured my interest from the beginning and entertained me till the end!! I couldn't get enough of this book. I definitely didn't want it to end but oh, how I loved the ending!!! I want a Shea of my own *sigh*. Definitely going in my keeper pile to be reread. Taking Shots has quickly become a favorite of mine. Thank you Toni for writing a book that made me sigh, laugh, cry a little, smile a lot and fall in love--it was a perfect day of reading!!!  5 out of 5 rating. 
Toni wrote the best dedication and acknowledgement to her husband--so sweet!!! :)

Toni Aleo Website

The Assassins Series Book 2 /  AMAZON

The Assassins Series Book 3 ~ Release Date: September 11, 2012

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