Tuesday, May 8, 2012

REVIEW: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

Title: Taking Shots (Assassins #1)
Author: Toni Aleo
Date Published: 10/5/11

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?

My Rating:

My Review:
So, I am a sucker for sports romances. I love the unattainable man being taken down by the least likely of women.

This story fit right into my idea of the perfect sports romance. I absolutely LOVED their first encounter. Something about the way Toni Aleo connected me to both characters from the get go really made it memorable for me. 

I love that Hockey was so involved and you really get the idea that Toni Aleo knows her stuff! Spot on accounts of aggressiveness and the tempers that flare on and off the ice. 

I think  the underlying tones of self-esteem and acceptance worked in perfectly. I loved how Shea made Elli feel and their journey to making their relationship work was such a sweet one.

AFTER Reading both of the stories in the Assassins series that are out right now, I got an email from Toni Aleo about putting on a PROMO Blitz for her series. Check out the stops on here tour, there are some Guest Posts and Interviews.

Reading Addiction Blog Tours

8. So Simply Sara - Guest Post
9. Teen Readers Diary - Guest Post
10. For Your Eyes Only - Guest Post
13. Booktacular - Guest Post
16. Bunny's Reviews - Interview
17. Addicted to Books - Guest Post
19. What's on the Bookshelf? - Guest Post
20. Inside BJ's Head - Guest Post


Toni said...

love it! Thanks so much, Cami!

Tabby @Insightful Minds said...

Good review :) I picked up on the Self-Esteem thing also :) but it was a joy to see them both work through it together :)

My Addiction is Reading said...

You are very welcome Toni!

Tabby-I love books like this! I feel like its such a issue that most women deal with and its great to have a HEA with a hot guy and a woman who never gave herself enough credit! ; )

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