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review 2017-03-22 05:30
Delayed Call (Assassins #11) by Toni Aleo
Delayed Call (Assassins Book 11) - Toni Aleo

Toni Aleo is on a winning streak with DELAYED CALL, the eleventh book in the Assassins series.  NHL star, Vaughn Johansson and Assassins' staff reporter, Brie Soledad, would both agree that they are each other’s nemesis, but situations arise that cause them to have to play nice.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.  It takes place in Nashville, Tennessee.


I have been looking forward to hearing Vaughn’s and Brie’s story since the previous book.  I love the banter of their interviews.  I enjoyed that they start out as enemies.  Both characters have a lot of depth.  They have great chemistry.   Vaughn and Brie are both amazing characters with big hearts.  They misjudge each other and end up having a lot in common. 


I love that Vaughn adopted Tricksie and how he came up with her name.  I like the introduction of Jensen Monroe.  He is a terrific friend and roommate.   


Brie’s brother, Rodney, is a wonderful character.  He understandably wants to be treated as an adult.  Having Down syndrome and some health issues prevents him from being able to be left on his own.  I love the concept of NateWay.  I have a few friends who work for Misericordia in Chicago.  NateWay reminded me of that on a smaller and more specialized scale.  Both are wonderful organizations.  I was impressed by everything that Vaughn did.  He really is an amazing guy.


Toni Aleo did an incredible job with the plot.  DELAYED CALL flowed well. It was heartfelt with interesting twists.  I loved the ending; it was sweet and well resolved.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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text 2017-03-20 17:19
Today's New Releases in book series
A Tide of War - Bella Forrest
Delayed Call (Assassins Book 11) - Toni Aleo
Predator's Salvation - Rosanna Leo

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review 2017-01-24 01:22
Broken Pieces (Patchworks #1.5) by Toni Aleo
Broken Pieces (Patchwork Series Book 2) - Toni Aleo

BROKEN PIECES takes place at the same time as book one, PIECES.  However, the story is told from Rebecca von Stein’s oldest brother, Oceanus’, point of view.  I loved finding out what was going on with him and hearing his thoughts.  He had a lot on his plate and was suffering emotionally.   


Oceanus is next in line to run the Patchworks clan, after his father, William.  His father originally said he would pass the clan to Oceanus when he turned twenty-five.   Unfortunately, William changed his mind and still has not stepped down as the leader.  The first thing that Oceanus plans to do when he becomes the leader is to change the rule that, “There is to be no romantic mixing between any of the five supernatural clans.”  Oceanus has been secretly dating the daughter of the leader of the Wolves, Taegan Conner.  Time is running out because her father arranged for Taegan to be married to the son of another wolf leader.


I like Oceanus’ character. He is a good big brother, looking out for his siblings.  He is protective.   He is progressive and wants to make contemporary changes to the Works.  He truly loves Taegan and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He is broken by the possibility of them having to marry someone from their own clans.  I like that he is open-minded and believes in love. 


I enjoyed finding out additional information about the stuff that was going on with Rebekah and Ryland; especially at the end of the book, that just added a whole new level of urgency to the story. 


I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book.  I loved the first novel, PIECES, giving it a five-star review.  BROKEN PIECES is just as skillfully written and exciting.  However, since it happened simultaneously to PIECES, for the most part, I knew what was going to occur.  I really like the story and feel it is a great addition to the series, but it was a four-star read for me.  That being said, if I never read PIECES, I would probably give this story 5-stars.  I enjoyed getting to hear Oceanus’ story and finding out some of the things that went on behind the scenes of the first book.  Toni Aleo’s Patchworks series is a remarkable and thrilling paranormal read.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series, PIECED TOGETHER.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2016-12-28 00:34
Face-Off at the Altar (Assassins #9) by Toni Aleo
Face-Off at the Altar (Assassins Book 10... Face-Off at the Altar (Assassins Book 10) - Toni Aleo

Toni Aleo is on a winning streak with book nine in Assassins series, FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR.  Markus Reeves is struggling in the AHL, torn up about how his relationship ended with college girlfriend, Mekena Preston.  Meanwhile, Mekena still feels betrayed by Markus and her sister, Skylar.  Mekena is hired to photograph Lucy Sinclair’s and Benji Paxton's wedding.  Markus is an honorary member of the Sinclair family, so the two are forced to face each other.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.  It takes place in Nashville, Tennessee.


We first met Mekena and Markus in the Bellevue Bullies series.  Markus played hockey with the Sinclairs on the Bullies.  Mekena and Avery (Jace Sinclair’s wife) are best friends.  She is also, the younger sister of Skylar Preston, who caused numerous conflicts in the Bellevue series.  I never liked the girl; she is the opposite of Mekena. Mekena and Markus are both likeable characters.  They have a lot of issues to resolve in this story, including family drama on both sides.  They discover some painful information pertaining to their past that they need to heal from.  My heart broke for both characters. 


Markus is a great guy.  I felt horrible about what happened to him.  He feels incredibly guilty for what happened with Skyler and beats himself up over it.  He is great with kids.  He is competitive.  He has a wonderful personality.  His Christmas present to Mekena and her mother were extremely thoughtful.  Mekena is a sweet person and a talented photographer.  She is smart.  She is sarcastic.  I love that they both went to counseling.  They are an adorable couple that endure a lot. 


I love that Markus is considered family by the Sinclairs and that they look out for him.  I appreciate that they tell it how it is and don’t sugar coat things.  I love the banter between the Sinclairs.  I enjoyed Avery’s cat, Mr. Right.  His name and personality amused me.  Mekena’s Aunt Libby is an interesting character that added a lot to the story.


Toni Aleo continues to amaze me.  Her stories are heartfelt and believable.  I love that they make me experience every emotion.  I cry; I laugh; I get mad and frustrated.  The characters are lovable but have flaws.  They are realistic and people you would want to be friends with.  Her plots have substantial content that is meaningful and relevant.  Her hockey scenes are always easy to visualize and well written.  I cannot wait for her next story.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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text 2016-07-30 20:42
Boarded by Love By Toni Aleo Free!
Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies Series Book 1) - Toni Aleo

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.
She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.
She’s my game changer.
He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.
I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.
Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?
Especially when you’re boarded by love.

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