Taking Shots

Taking Shots : The Assassins Series

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In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo's exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past. No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she's good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL's Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what's happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world. A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he's living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he's just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together--if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love. Praise for Toni Aleo's Nashville Assassins romances "Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series."--Award-winning author Jami Davenport "Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni's first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can't wait to read more from her. Don't hesitate for a moment to grab this book."--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews "A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling."--Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score "Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn't just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!"--Guilty Pleasures Book Review "Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust."--USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines "Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story."--Blushing Readershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 582 pages
  • 106.68 x 172.72 x 38.1mm | 272.15g
  • LOVESWEPT
  • United States
  • English
  • 0345546601
  • 9780345546609
  • 561,921

About Toni Aleo

Toni Aleo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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. Aleo lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.show more

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Praise for Toni Aleo's Nashville Assassins romances "Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series."--Award-winning author Jami Davenport "Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni's first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can't wait to read more from her. Don't hesitate for a moment to grab this book."--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews "A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling."--Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score "Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn't just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!"--Guilty Pleasures Book Review "Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust."--USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines "Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story."--Blushing Readershow more

Rating details

19,144 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 39% (7,496)
4 32% (6,172)
3 18% (3,393)
2 6% (1,184)
1 5% (899)

Our customer reviews

I really agonized over what rating to give this book. When I began reading it, I was rather determined not to like the book at all. After all, it was a typical romance. It was about ice hockey. And it was 700 pages long! I agreed to review this book because I wanted to read something a little bit different. What I have to say is that this book nearly received a 4-star rating from me. Toni Aleo writes in a very easy-to-read style. And the book is never boring. She keeps the action moving so there is never a dull moment. Her character dialogue often drives the story and is very well-done. I loved Shea and Elli. They were so cute, so sweet, and sometimes so dense! The tale of their romance was packed with humor, spine-tingling romantic highs, and smoking hot sex. I think it was nice for Elli to be an average woman rather than a super-skinny Barbie-doll type. So often romance females protagonists are skinny and have the perfect everything. Elli was a refreshing change. And for once, the male hero was not looking for female perfection! It is good to see a guy who was willing to wait till his girl was ready. Another great thing the author did was put a little twist into the last one hundred pages. I was looking for something, but what happened was a complete surprise to me. And the reader does not find out the real story until the book is practically over! I can imagine what you might be thinking about now. If I have so many good things to say about the book, why did I not give it a higher rating? This was where the agony came in. I can say that the surreal nature of the romance was a little hard to stomach at times. I do sometimes get tired of romances that seem to work out too easily. This had some realism to it, but much of it seemed a little too good to be true. Are there really men like Shea out there? I sure have never seen any, but then I guess I have really only ever known losers. The main thing that concerned me was the profanity and the sex scenes. I know some of my readers get tired of hearing it, but if you have read my reviews for a while now, you will know that I have an obligation to comment on these two issues with almost every book. I can handle some mild profanity. I have spoken about such before. I really did grow tired of seeing rampant profanity throughout the 700 pages of the book. I can remember hoping that my daughter would not look over my shoulder and see the words I was reading. And it is a pet peeve of mine when profanity is used so mindlessly. I don't condone using profanity, but when characters get angry, profanity makes sense. When the profanity is overused, it gets really old. Of course, that is just my opinion. I also grew tired of the detailed bedroom scenes. Not only that, but the prevailing thought was that it had become acceptable for people to live together and have one-night stands. Poor Elli was ridiculed when she admitted how long it had been since she had had sex. Yes, marriage plays a part in this story, but I felt that the idea of living together was romanticized and even encouraged. Elli's friend, Harper, was the absolute worst in this particular area. I prefer bedroom scenes, when written about, that used veiled terminology and not detailed descriptions. I prefer bedroom scenes between married couples anyway. But in reality, are there couples who exist that have amazing sex like it is described in the book? Or in any romance book, for that matter? Just my opinion again. So my review is mixed. If you like hot romances and are not bothered by the issues I pointed out, you may find this a very enjoyable read. If, however, you are somewhat more like me, you may wish to approach this book cautiously. Part of me would love to read the second book, but I am not sure if I wish to paw through the same kinds of issues I did with this first book in the series. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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