Blue Lines: The Assassins Series [NOOK Book]

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Opposites do more than just attract in
USA Today bestselling author 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, ...
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Opposites do more than just attract in
USA Today bestselling author 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 about 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.

Praise for Blues Lines
 
“Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
 
“The super sweet HEA made my heart swell with happiness! Toni Aleo brought out strong emotions and sucked me right in with her addictive writing! I’m definitely going back to read the rest of this series!”Waves of Fiction
 
“This book will make you laugh, cry, scream in frustration, and run the emotional gauntlet from start to finish.”Cocktails and Books
 
“[A] beautiful love story that will fill your heart . . . a must-read.”
Rumpled Sheets Blog
 
“I loved absolutely everything about Blue Lines and it’s, to date, my favorite book in the Assassins series!”Reading Between the Wines
 
“I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down once I had it in my hands.”The Jeep Diva
 
“The book was really good and the author had me wanting to know if Erik really could clean up his act or if he was going to fail. . . . This is a series that will stick with me.”Babs Book Bistro
 
“This series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I have loved each book, all amazing stories. Toni Aleo has a gift for writing and I hope we will get more from the Assassins!”Spare Time Book Blog
 
“Fabulous . . . a definite must-read.”I Read Indie
 
“It was a rocky road to their happily ever after, but both parties persevered and fought for it. And that’s what makes all the pain and heartache worth it.”HEAs Are Us
 
“I love this series and am definitely looking forward to more from the Assassins.”The Book Barista
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.
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  • The Assassins Series
    The Assassins Series  

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins romances
 
“Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series.”—Award-winning author Jami Davenport
 
Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni’s first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can’t wait to read more from her. Don’t hesitate for a moment to grab this book.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling.”—Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score
 
Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn’t just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review
 
“Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines
 
“Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story.”—Blushing Reader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547330
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/9/2013
  • Series: Assassins
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,977
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Toni Aleo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. Aleo lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.


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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    3 STARS I liked the storyline. I like the characters. at first

    3 STARS

    I liked the storyline. I like the characters. at first I did not like Erik but the more I learned about him the more I liked him. I also liked seeing the characters from other novels in the Assassins series back to see what they have been doing. The pace of the story moved right along.

    The things I don't like about the story is all the sex scenes and swearing.

    The plotline we do see is a one night stand that leads to unplanned pregnancy. Erik never plans on having a father and all of a sudden he finds out that in three months he will be one. He also gets in trouble with the Assassins team because of all his catting around. So he talks Piper into a temporary marriage to save his job and family. Piper is also his sister-in-law.

    Piper is a talented artist. She changes careers often. She has loved Erik for a long time. She believes in him even when he doesn't. She hides her pregnancy from everyone for a long time. Erik never answered her phone calls.

    Erik is a good hockey player but he cats around a lot especially after sleeping with Piper the one time. In fact he is on a lot of magazines with different women and all over the place. 5 different ladies say he is their baby's father.

    The Assassins are a professional hockey team. They are close together with each other. The owner Elli is also one of Piper's good friends. Elli's husband Shea is team captain. Erik's brother is on the team too. Piper's best friend is marrying a Assassin too.

    I skipped over the love scenes but it is hard to skip over all the swearing.

    I am undecided on wanting to read the next book. I really like the series except for a few parts.

    I was given this ebook to read and in exchange promised to give honest review by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Disappointing

    Unbelievably the worse romance I have ever read. How could a woman write about a selfish, weak, a-hole of a man and try to make him appealing. This guy Erik was a tramp, a jerk, unwilling to commit and pathetic. He really came across as THE GUY you should never mess with. Piper was weak,begging, and a disgrace to any woman who is about to be a mother. Wow.. he will leave her butt in a few months cause "I don' t know if I can do this" What a LOSER! No self respecting woman could tolerate the bull from this book. DELETE!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Most of the so called reviews here are plot spoilers that reveal everything then brag how they got their book for free for their 'honest' review. Well its not an honest reviee, its bought and paid for when you are given a book, then give it a glowing review. Please stop giving away every detail. The rest of us do not get our books for free and you ruin the story for us when you reveal every detail of the story.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Nasty, Sorry, Sleepy

    This book would probably be 25 to 30 pages shorter if the f-bombs were even cut by a fraction. I had a very difficult time getting through the whole thing because of the foul mouthed characters.

    The characters were hard to take for other reasons, too. Erik is not someone that is worth knowing. Piper definitely makes women look ridiculous. I thought they weren't really believeable.

    I have read worse stories, but this one will surely be on my bad list. It drags...I fell asleep twice while reading this one. Cannot recommend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    recommended

    I like this author- sexy without being vulgar

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Great read, funny, sad and interesting about different situations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Wonderful story lines. Excellent

    Loved all the characters in the book and love the way each is spotlighted in the series. Highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Awful

    Chracters drove me crazy!!!If Piper cried one more time I was seriously throw my nook across the room!!! One star but not sure it deserves that!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Excellent story

    Great characters and wonderful romance. Keeps you on edge of your seat. Love this series. Would recommend to anyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Hot and Romantic Blue Lines takes the age-old good girl/bad boy

    Hot and Romantic

    Blue Lines takes the age-old good girl/bad boy coupling and gives it a fresh new look.

    Oh Erik. Honestly, there were moments in this book when I wanted to snuggle him up in a blankie and just cuddle him. And then there were those other moments…the ones when I wanted to drop kick his arse out the door and never let him back in. For almost half the book I didn’t like him much. I admit it. But then…THEN! You get to witness a character growth full of love and healing and trust and just giving in to another person. And it was beautiful…and hot.

    Piper…I loved her. Period. There is so much I could say about her – how she seems fun and sweet, typical kind of girl next door – but what make her truly wonderful in my eyes is how much and how strong her love is for Erik. Her strength as she fought for Erik was something I wasn’t expecting but was so happy to have witnessed.

    There were a couple of plot points that I had issue with though that’s more a personal preference than an issue with the writing. Nothing that technically broke my reading rules but Erik toed that line on more than one occasion…the naughty boy. These topics didn’t detract from the overall story but they did pull me out of it just a bit.

    Overall I give four stars for this hot, drama-filled tale. A true romance featuring a bad boy and a good girl, Blue Lines will keep you up at night as you devour the words.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    A great read. I like the assassins series and reading them.

    A great read. I like the assassins series and reading them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Hey y'all

    This is wrong. Would Jesus approve of this? I don't think so. Besides, it's gross. So cut it out.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Amazing

    You are an amazing writer! I love your books. Wonderful story
    Looking forward to the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A five puck salute for Toni Aleo's Blue Lines, book 4 in her The

    A five puck salute for Toni Aleo's Blue Lines, book 4 in her The Assassins series
    It's always fun to read and learn about new places, professions, worlds of wonder. That's one of the reasons I know I'm drawn to certain stories. As a former very young teen figure skater, I'll admit that my exposure to hockey was limited to grumbling about how much the ice would be chewed up after a practice - even with a Zamboni run to help smooth it out. I admit it, I quit too soon, just before teen hormones kicked in and those annoying players might have registered as HOT to my eyes. Just my luck.
    So, I was really pleased that Toni Aleo's The Assassins Series could help fill in my knowledge gaps of this ever popular (and, to my eyes, seemingly rather violent sport). The Assassins are an ice hockey team based in Nashville and their players seem to be falling - one by one - for some non-puck bunny women. (Yes, that's what ice hockey groupies are called apparently, puck bunnies!)
    Aleo's fourth book in the series, Blue Lines: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance, has just been released and I was delighted that the publisher shared a copy with me for review. While Blue Lines could be read as a stand-alone novel, I'd highly advise you to start from the first book in the series, as otherwise you'll miss quite a bit. Aleo does a masterful job at interweaving characters and story lines from story to story. So suggestion, before you read Blue Lines, read the rest of the series first: Taking Shots (book 1), Trying to Score (book 2), Empty Net (book 3), the novella Falling for the Backup (book 3.5), and Blue Lines (book 4).
    Oh, one other thing to mention, I do have a real dislike for characters hooking up and then having the hero and/or heroine go out and be quite "busy" all over the place - and then find themselves back together with original guy or girl. (My friend calls this my anti-cheating OCD.) However, in the case of Erik, I'm going to give him a pass, as Aleo clearly explains why he is so afraid to commit. Though I'm still not crazy about the player aspect he seemed to rejoice in, but he is redeemable, I hope.
    So, on to the story. Piper falls fast and furiously in love/lust with Erik her new brother-in-law (Piper's sister Harper is married Erik's brother Jakob, a fellow hockey player). But Erik doesn't seem to notice Piper at all, not at family dinners, not at parties, not at weddings (although he seems to flirt with her twin sister Reese). Well, not until one crazy night - then he leaves and she doesn't hear from him again for months. He's too busy hooking up with all those puck bunnies, while she's too busy trying to figure out how to be a single mom for their baby-to-be. When push comes to shove, Erik winds up offering Piper marriage - and that's actually the beginning of this story.
    I truly admire the fact that Aleo makes sure that Piper is not a victim, but a strong, self-willed, and intelligent heroine. While the rest of the world might think she's a flake, it's apparent that the's actually really well grounded - even if she doesn't think so. Piper's able to stand up to Erik and remain true to herself again and again. Erik goes from a seeming frat-boy on ice in his bachelor pad with his best bud Phillip, to a more rural homelife with Piper as they try to convince everyone that their marriage is real. There's a lot of humor in these scenes as well as some tears. And yes, there are a few HOT love scenes too, though I'd say this book is actually more about romance then sex.
    I absolutely recommend Tori Aleo's The Assassins series to be added to your must-read to-be-read shelf. The series as a whole offers characters that speak to your heart. Most of them have some very strong personal issues that effect their relationships and it's in resolving these issues that Aleo shines. She's offers a highly intelligent, fun, sexy, and HOT romance series that I just don't want to put down. And amazingly enough, Aleo made hockey fun for me, so that I'm now planning on not only watching some televised games, but am trying to figure out where best to see it live. And if you know me, that's quite an accomplishment on her part.
    A five puck salute for Toni Aleo's Blue Lines, book 4 in her The Assassins series.
    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

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    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Did anyone come looking for Vinyl from Dork Diarys?

    Seriously. Did anyone?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    Not good.  We are four books in to this hockey romance series a

    Not good. 

    We are four books in to this hockey romance series and it has reached the point where I am not sure I will keep going. 
     
    All the books have annoyed me on the "omg, twit" level at some point but most have managed to redeem themselves by offering something else compelling enough for me to like the book anyway.
     
    This book never recovers from the nose dive.  We get the only real love scene in flashback. I hate italics for longer than a paragraph so already its not working for me. Also, we see the hero getting a BJ from someone else in the early chapters.  I really dislike that crap in a romance. 
     
    The psychology of his man ho status based on an violent abuse past never seems quite right to me. Sexual abuse, maybe. Sexual addiction issues that would need therapy for certain but his over all attraction/repulsion to the heroine really plays out oddly.
     
    She is in love with him. Why????? He is a huge jerk and I would want to hose him down with disinfectant for hours but instead she sleeps with him without a condom. Sure, he is hot with tattoos but so what? 
     
    The heroine, other than her lame and completely baseless love of the hero,  is okay but her family treats her like poo so even though I know them from the other books I no likey them. 
     
    They marry. He is an even bigger ass. They separate. He evolves. Cute baby stuff at the end. 
     
    I am not sure how I even finished this one. 
     
    I like Aleo. I do. I just want her characters to be less dumb and drama-based and her books to really look at the actually very interesting human dynamics that are created. Hotness does not equal Hero. 
     
    I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Dakor

    He nods, rubbing his face with a hand. "Right. Look, Fang. I honestly don't want to be the cause of the end for yet another relationship, so I'm just going to disappear again. I can't even show my face at OT without getting bombarded with hate comments. I'm done with this. My brother is sick, my sister is depressed, and I am stressed. I don't need some stupid fake virtual world to make my life worse." He sighs deeply. "Goodbye, Fang. It was great knowing you. Thanks. For everything." He pats her shoulder and walks out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Fang

    Dakor.... I am terribly sorry... I really hope you find happiness.... I do truly and deeply care for you, and I hope we can talk in the future......

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    Posted June 14, 2014

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