Breaking Away

Breaking Away

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by Toni Aleo, Lucy Malone
     
 

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Breaking Away, the latest novel in Toni Aleo's Assassins series, is a story of loss, healing, and love, in which unexpected turns and heartache lead to passion. Contains mature themes.

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Breaking Away, the latest novel in Toni Aleo's Assassins series, is a story of loss, healing, and love, in which unexpected turns and heartache lead to passion. Contains mature themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494556600
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
11/18/2014
Series:
Assassins Series , #5
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Malone has narrated dozens of audiobooks and is one of the most sought-after voices for erotica narration. A number of her titles are consistent bestsellers, and she has been described as having "the best voice in the biz."

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Breaking Away 4.2 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 57 reviews.
JSantoroReads1302 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Away is the 5th book in the Assassin Series by Toni Aleo and oh my goodness I couldn’t get enough of this book. Phillip and Reese have played small parts in the previous books (Phillip being the party guy that likes to annoy Shea and is Erik’s best friend and Reese being Piper’s taller, b*tchy twin sister), but this book is all about them (and Phillip’s niece, Claire). You find out why Reese is so “cold” and you find out that really she is a very passionate person (not just about Phillip). She loves her family and will do anything in her power to help them. She loves dance, doing it, choreographing it, and teaching it, everything about dance (minus the crazy dance parents). She uses her passion for dance to help Phillip’s niece heal. Phillip, it turns out isn’t just a party guy, always up for a good time. He is a guy that had a rough start and he worked hard to get away from it, but in his getting away he left someone behind, his young niece Claire. Since Phillip’s sister died towards the end of Blue Lines his aunt was taking care of Claire, but then he finds out that things aren’t so great so he gets Claire and brings her back to Nashville with him. When things finally get too bad Claire ends up moving in with Harper (you get to see most of the characters at some point in this book) while Phillip is on the road with the Assassins. This is where Reese first sees Claire dances and in having Claire join her studio what brings Phillip and Reese together. From here on out there is a LOT of sexy times but also moments of tenderness and heartache. Reese helps Phillip with his niece, being an ear when he needs it and giving advice when he asks. Overall it is a really great story of overcoming past hurts and trusting that not everyone will let you down. I loved the interaction between Phillip and his niece. He really loves her and wants to be there for her, but she has been through a lot and feels like he left her when he should have helped get her out.  The relationship they develop is beautiful and it was beautifully written. I love the push and pull of Phillip and Reese’s relationship. Their chemistry is off the charts but they also can talk to each other (most of the time). They both love fiercely but because of past issues have a hard time accepting love. I will say this book is a little (or a lot if you do the math) sexier than the previous books in the series. I’m pretty sure if I was as busy as them I would be exhausted, all the time. But it was written in true Toni Aleo style with the right amount of sass, wit, fun, sexy and heartfelt emotions that I have come to expect from her books. She is an author that always makes me feel (and I felt my heart break a few times). If you have read her books previously and loved them, you will love this one. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Toni’s books I highly recommend you pick them up.
bookreader1TP More than 1 year ago
I love all of Toni's books but I think this might be my favorite. There were moments when I wanted to strangle Reese for the way she was acting, yet I could understand why she was as guarded as she was. Phillip was wonderful and I liked his strength when trying to get through Reese's walls and dealing with his niece. I am so glad that Claire and Phillip worked through their issues and she didn't try to stop Reese and Phillips relationship. I just loved this book. There was love, romance, laughter, and friendship all rolled into one great relationship. Keep up the good work Toni.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and I think this might be my favorite (all were super good).. Philip is a prince and any gal that wouldn't turn head over heels for him would be "nuts"... The back story of his sisters addiction and his coming into parenting his 16 year old niece Claire are heartbreaking... His love, patience and understanding of Reese and her problems after her heart was torn to shreds by a married man was a thing to be envied... He loved her so much and wanted her for his wife... Again, the hockey player part doesn't really impact the story... Just because you don't like hockey (or sports) don't miss this book because the story is terrific...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed with BREAKING AWAY.  This book is very lacking in a good story. All the other books in the series are great and could not  wait for this one to come out. I am on page 191 and can't say I am impressed. It is slow and not at all up to par with Ms Aleo's other books in the  series.  I loved TAKING SHOTS.  I thought there would be interaction with Phillip and his niece,CLaire. Not happening.  Every other page he is in bed with Claire's dancing teacher. Very poorly written.
VickieVL More than 1 year ago
This book was honestly one of my favorites in the series. After reading the first book and falling in love with Shea Adler, it was tough to fill his shoes with the other hot men of the Assassins team. WELL LET ME TELL YOU. Phillip has definitely joined the ranks with Shea Adler as being one of my favorite book boyfriends EVER. This book was super cute and included the right balance of hockey, dance, and cuteness. I literally finished this book in less than 24 hours. I can't wait for the latest book of the Assassins series to be released!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book....wonderful series! I love that Breaking Away has the heroine as the one with comittment issues rather than the hero. 334 pages of enjoyable reading on my Nook. If I miss anything it is the full color covers from the previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Love Love this series so much, I loved how much Phillip grew in the book. ..Awesome read...
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Breaking Away (Assassins #5) by Toni Aleo  Hockey star, Phillip Anderson, life is upended when his sister dies leaving him the guardian of his enraged sixteen-year-old niece, Claire. Dancer, Reese Allen, left her successful life in New York after her heart was broken.  She opens a dance studio in Tennessee resolved to make it a success.  She discovers a talented  sixteen-year-old girl named, Claire, who she takes under her wing.  Phillip and Reese are undeniably attracted to each other but not wanting a relationship or to hurt Claire.   I adore Phillip.  I have a blond-haired  cousin/godson named Phillip, that just got a college hockey scholarship.  I couldn’t help thinking about him every time I read his name.  This being said, my Phil had a much better home life growing up. I sympathized for Toni’s Phillip.  He managed to turn out okay considering his parental situation.  It killed me that he didn’t get that much love.  He is such a wonderful guy never wanting to give up on the people he cares about. I love Reese; she is hard working, determined, and stubborn.   She was hurt in the past, so she doesn’t let anyone in (other than family).  Those that don’t really know her view her as cold but there is a lot more to her then meets the eye.  Phillip and Claire attempt to chisel away her defenses.  The three are really perfect together, obstacles and all. I enjoyed reading about the dance aspect of the story.  I don’t have a daughter, and I never danced so this was new for me.  I do have many friends who have daughters who are serious dancers that compete throughout the country.  My son plays travel hockey, and I always tell my dance friends that I feel like it is as intense as travel hockey.  They all agree.  I have always felt that the two activities are a lot alike although different.  So I loved that dance and hockey were the passions of the main characters of this story. Toni Aleo is such a terrific author.  She has an incredible way of making you feel connect with all of her characters, completely investing you as a reader.  I experienced every emotion while reading this book: I laughed; I smiled; I cried.  Plus, previous members of the Assassins’ hockey family are always included making the story all the more powerful. I can’t wait for Laces and Lace (Assassins #6).  Between Phillips’s little chat with Karson King in this book and after reading Tangled in the Laces (Assassins #5.6) (found in the anthology, Seduced by the Game) I’m dying for Karson’s story.  I have a feeling it is going to be very powerful.   If you are already an Assassins fan, you won’t be disappointed with Breaking Away.  If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?  It’s a great series, whether you like, hockey, sports romance, contemporary romance, or being emotionally invested in your characters.  The books can stand alone, but I would read them in order.  There is always something in a previous book that makes you enjoy the characters all the more.  Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.  
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Anonymous 9 months ago
This book was painful to read. Reece needed to see a therapist. Boy, did she have issues. Talk about holding on to a resentment. I skipped a lot of the book. Best part was the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the author developed the story of the ongoing love story between Phillip and Reese. She brought it to full term as the story progressed, making the ending so special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story from a fantastic author. Only giving four stars because seemed to be alot of language. I dont mind a foul word here or there when it fits into the story but these characters seemed to use every other word and with all the kids in the story that seemed unrealistic. But i liked the ending. Good to see Reese find her HEA.
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I hate when authors write books and allow characters in their stories, like Claire, to blame the wrong people for all of their problems. It could have been a better story with more focus on Phillip and Claire verbally hashing out her abandonment issues . It was ridiculous for that child to blame Phillip for what became of her grandmother and mother. He was smart to get out of that situation and make something of himself. He did what he could for his family. Phillip is a very sweet guy and although Reese was a pain, it was nice they could get through things and be together. Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved each book in this series! Well written, great plots, well developed characters & l loads of steam! Thmk you SO muh!
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Great book love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Overall I liked this book a lot. Reece and Phillip have a ton of chemistry. And Toni can write the hell out of a sex scene. Wow, those were hot. The way she wrote Claire (Phillip's niece) was fabulous as well. I loved seeing her grow into a confident young woman. And what a fantastic, satisfying ending. Nothing abrupt about it. What an awesome reward. Thank you for THAT Toni. So as you can see, there is plenty to love about this book. However, the one thing that bothered me throughout was the sex the hero and heroine had with OTHERS. I don't want to read about that. That takes away from the romance in my opinion. For that reason I had to deduct a star. I just cringed every time one of them was with someone else (and not in a good way). I did not know this book was part of a series so it stands alone just fine. Apprx. 330 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters and story lines! Laugh, cry, and sigh!!
c_concus More than 1 year ago
Again Toni Aleo does an amazing job bringing  her characters to life. Philip is an amazing hockey player at the top of his game.  He is also able to get any women he wanted.  Thus changed when he becomes the legal guardian of his niece Claire.  His life is turned on its side and tries everything he can to do it right. Reece is an amazing dancer, strong, independent women.  However, she doesn't believe in love and because if this she seems very cold hearted.  She is all for the casual hookup with a man that U.S. Strong, and good looking. However, both Phillip and Reece's lives change when Claire is enrolled into Reece's dance studio.  Their worlds collide and their attraction is very strong and hot.  However, Phillip has made a promise that he is trying so hard not to break even if it breaks the best thing to happen to his love life, Reece.  So, how will they handle their attraction and respect Claire's wishes?
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