{Review+G!veaway} Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

May 2, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 10

taking shots by Toni Aleo
Pages: 478
Publication Date: November 28th 2011 by Lulu
Age Group: adult
Source: Author for blog tour
Series: Assassins #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Just Contemporary challenge,  Dusty Reads Challenge
Buy this Book: amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

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.

I knew this book was for me right from the cover! I love me some hockey and especially some hockey players! I am a huge NHL fan(my team is the Florida panthers) so it was really cool to read a book where hockey was the main focus. Taking shots takes you through all the trials and tribulations a relationship can face. it’s a great realistic but still romantic story.

Shea is a dream come true! For real- sometimes he seemed too good to be true. Let’s just say he put up with a lot with elli. not to say that Elli wasn’t totally sweat and adorable. I loved her little country twang and her southern tendencies. She has had to deal with A LOT and I could understand why she was the way she was. But at times I just wanted to shake her and ask her to “wake up and come to her senses.” She had to see how amazing Shea is! I think I actually shook my kindle at one point. I mean he is prince charming on hockey skates! (which is the best kind of prince charming if you ask me) He completely adores Elli from the moment he meets her. That is just so sweet, and their whole relationship just comes to life through Taking Shots. Toni’s writing is so vivid. I loved how easy the book read.

Even though I thought that Elli needed to pull herself together and get a hold on her insecurities a little bit more, I was still rooting for her and Shea the whole time. There is just something about the two of them together. You can tell they just work. And you always want an imperfect, but real relationship to work. At least- I do. 

The details in Taking Shots were so spot on and perfect. All the characters were useful and all the background information helped to further the story along. Nothing was added just to fill space. This was a very complete story, which is AWESOME! I loved every minute of Taking Shots. Toni definitely scored with this book! (please excuse my lame attempt at a sports pun.)

4.5/5 gavels

 Toni Aleo

Author of The Assassins Series

Trying to score: http://www.playlist.com/playlist/23072833291

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I have one ecopy of Taking Shots to giveaway to someone today. 🙂 good luck. remember this giveaway is for an adult book. 

-must be 18+
-open internationally
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10 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Taking Shots by Toni Aleo”

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    A hockey book, now that is something I don’t get to read everyday. This sounds like loads of fun and I want to know more about hockey, I do enjoy it but don’t completely get all the stuff….

  2. PuttPutt1198Eve

    I read your review of Breathe. It was interesting to see that you, too, have become somewhat jaded about YA contemporary romance novels. I haven’t read any for awhile for just that reason. It does sound that you liked this one with the romance of Sadie and Jax and also the family that grew up around Sadie. This might be just the book to bring me back to reading YA romances!

  3. Sophia Rose

    I have just recently read a sport related romance and thought it a great combination. This one sounds good too.

    Thanks for sharing your review and for the giveaway opportunity!

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