Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Blue Lines by Toni Aleo

Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo's latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can't resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him- wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lie behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she's lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life...followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he's been trying to forget her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it's not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn't take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it's supposed to be all for show, the second they say "I do," the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

OMG- How can I call myself an Assassins super fan? I totally wrote this review and blog post the DAY after I finished reading this book (nearly 4 months ago)- and somehow never hit the publish button!  At long last here is my review.. I actually hit PUBLISH this time!

Just when I can't think Toni Aleo's Assassins series can't get any better- it does. I was so excited to receive the ARC of Blue Line's I accidentally sent it to my Kindle nine times because I was too impatient to wait for the document file to download... whoops! It's a good thing I read this the week of Halloween- the raccoon eyes I came to work with after staying up all night to finish this book just looked a little festive.

I felt like I had been waiting for Piper and Erik's story, forever! I wanted this book the instant I finished the last Assassins book and even more when Toni released the FREE Assassins short story, 4 & Counting a few weeks ago to hold me over- (CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED 4 & COUNTING).

Erik is the little brother of Jakob Titov- background: Jakob is married to Harper- Piper's big sister and Ellie's best friend from Taking Shots, Assassins Book #1). To say that Erik had a rough childhood would be an understatement, he sees himself as damaged and in no way would he ever be good enough for good girl Piper Allen- and to top it off she is family. Erik's bad boy behavior has him in deep water with Ellie the Assassins owner- and he needs Piper's help. All Piper wants is Erik to return her love and love their baby. She is see's the man under that bad boy facade and with a little patience, maybe he will come around, or maybe Ellie will kick his you know what.

This story is full of all the trademark things I love about a Toni Aleo book, the hockey action, love, lust and angst. I loved Erik, even if at times I wanted to hug him and punch him at the same time. I loved Piper the first time we were introduced to her and even more after I finished this read. Blue Lines is a stand alone read, however I recommend reading this series in order. I gave Blue Lines 5 STARS, I can't wait for more from this series and from this author. Toni Aleo makes me fall in love with her writing more each time I turn the last page of a new book!

Assassins Series in Order:
Taking Shots-  Shea & Ellie
Trying to Score- Lucas & Fallon
Empty Net- Tate & Audrey
Falling for the Backup (stand alone-novella) - Jordan & Aynslee
4& Counting- (free novella)- more Shea & Ellie :)
Blue Lines- Erik & Piper

Buy Links for Blue Lines:
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Author Info: 
Toni Aleo
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines (releases this summer). When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she's probably going to her husband's and son's hockey games and her daughters 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. 

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Until next time… Happy Reading! 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a fun, emotional read! Right up my alley. Now I just need to catch up on the other books in the series. :)