Review: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

Title: Taking Shots
Author:Toni Aleo
Series:Assassins #1
Release Date: October 2011
Publisher: Random House
Genre:Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Hoots
Reviewer: Brandi
Buy From: Amazon

Sum It Up!I was blown away with Shea and Elli’s story!

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? (Goodreads)

Taking Shots is the first installment in Toni Aleo’s, Assassins series, and I was blown away with Shea and Elli’s story! To the point that every possible chance I had I was glued to this book, and making me want to start watching the NHL!
Elli’s life has its share of up’s and downs. Her ex was an asshat, her family is beyond cruel to her, and she has an illness that has had her struggle with weight gain. However, she has a great group of friends, a successful photography business, and her beloved Assassins hockey team. Oh…and let’s not forget her celebrity crush Shea Adler, who happens to be the Captain of the Assassins. Once they meet during a promotional shoot Shea is determined to spend some time with Elli. He is not use to a girl who is so shy and all he wants to do is get to know her better.

Taking Shots takes you on a hell of a ride as Shea and Elli’s relationship grows. Elli’s insecurities and secrets play a huge part, and make you fall in love with Shea because of his determination to be with her! These two are ranked up high on my couples list, and Aleo wrote a story that will easily stick with the reader!! Well done Toni!!!!


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