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Delayed Call

Delayed Call

4.7 17
by Toni Aleo
Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins' star player. He's brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn't afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.

Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the


Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins' star player. He's brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn't afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.

Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she'd like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?

Brie has been the match to Vaughn's gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie's refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part...

Brie's been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn's past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.

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Toni Aleo
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Assassins Series , #11
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Delayed Call 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Lelim0612 28 days ago
OMG – NEVER, EVER, HAVE I WANTED TO SMACK A HERO SO BAD IN MY LIFE!!!!! I LOVED absolutely every emotional word in this book, and I have found a new author, to me anyway, in Toni Aleo, to love!!! I could not put Delayed Call down. I kept waiting for the train wreck between Vaughn and Brie to happen. Then when Brie finally told Vaughn that she loved him and……. Stop!!! NO SPOILERS!! Let me just say this, my heart was in my throat and the tears were flowing. Then that last interview… WOW!!! Then, the balloons…. ❤ ❤ ❤ Delayed Call is the eleventh book in the Assassins series by Toni Aleo, and I cannot wait to go back and start from the beginning. I was gifted with the opportunity to read an ARC of this wonderful, thought provoking, EMOTIONAL book for my honest opinion.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Sooooooooo Good!!! Absolutely Loved it! This book is tied with Shea and Elli for being my favorite books and characters in the series. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! Keep writing , I can Not wait for the next book. I highly recommend anyone looking for a fabulous, fast paced, hockey loving, men treating their women like the treasure they are , must read series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love the story
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyed the series. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another great installment in an awesome series. Vaughn and Brie have off the charts chemistry and sparks. I always like it when we get a glimpse into the life of the Adlers!! I'm really hoping we hear more about Jensen and Wells in the future. Highly recommend reading this book, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I just love this series! You get plot development as Toni writes her characters' interactions. I also love the mingling of characters from the other books in the series. I kept waiting for Vaughn to get together with Brie and see what live looks like.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Brie and Vaughn's story. Once again Toni has put us into the world of the Assassins family. Loved the glimpse of the rest of the Assassins!
ljtljtljt 5 months ago
4.5 Stars!! Over the past couple of years, sports romances have become increasingly popular. I have been fortunate to have read quite a few good ones, and Delayed Call by Toni Aleo is a book that I won't soon forget. An enemies to lovers romance intertwined with the sportsmanship of hockey, is a combustible combination. This is the eleventh book from the author's Assassins series, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Vaughn Johansson is a superstar hockey player. He is best know for his talent on the ice, in addition to his womanizing ways. His ex-girlfriend's shiftiness resulted in his commitment free lifestyle, while his younger brother's Down's Syndrome and subsequent death, pushed him to share his good fortune with those in need. Vaughn is a good and generous person, albeit very cocky and arrogant. Brie Soledad loves her job as the staff reporter for the Nashville Assassins. All the players and staff respect her, and in return, she reports from the heart. Brie recently lost her mother to cancer, and is still paying on the medical bills. Brie's adult brother has Down's Syndrome, and she is responsible for his round-the-clock care. Brie has a lot on her plate, and her beloved brother is her first priority. The Assassins is what eventually brings Vaughn and Brie together romantically, however, Vaughn's baggage may end it before it even begins. They are a hot couple both in and out of the bedroom, and their sexy times are beyond steamy. Their banter is comical, clever, and sometimes hurtful, which only makes them more genuine. The secondary characters are quite interesting, and I look forward to reading more about them. Hopefully, Vaughn's best friends will get their own book. Overall, this is a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
dsubsits 5 months ago
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.
LexyH 5 months ago
**5 Stars** This book was just what I needed. I love everything Toni has written in this series and this book was no different. I loved everything about Vaughan and Brie's story was no different. I seriously can't get over how amazing this story was from start to finish, Toni has you fall in love with them both from the first time you meet them, but you fall even more in love with them as you read their stories. Vaughan Johansson is cocky, hot, a star player on the Assassins an he doesn't care who he lets know it. Vaughan doesn't do romantic relationships, lives his life at his own pace (outside of hockey of course, Ellie Adler runs at tight ship) and only allows those he wants to get close to him and know how his full story. The pesky team reporter Brie Soledad is someone he doesn't want to get close to him. She drives him crazy, but not in a good way, or does she? When Vaughan finds out who she is in relation to someone he wants to give a better life to, the game changes. Brie Soledad can't stand Vaughan Johansson. But, she needs this job. Being the care giver to her adult brother, Rodney, who has Down Syndrome, she needs the job to help support herself and him. She hasn't had an easy life, but this job is something she loves. Ellie Adler gave her the job of her dreams and allows her to be with Rod when needed. The only problem is, Vaughan makes her crazy. The rival between these two is something that you can't get get enough of. When their paths cross outside of work for an unusual situation will she have a change of heart? I can't get over their story. I can't get over how they fell in love and how they were given the chance to meet and finally get to know each other. The reason behind their connection is something I wasn't prepared for, but it couldn't have been more perfect. They had me laughing out loud at times because of their banter but in the end, their banter is what makes them perfect for each other. Toni said they were right up with Shea and Ellie as being one of her favorite couples, but I have to say I think Vaughan and Brie might just be my favorite couple, which is hard for me to admit because Shea and Ellie were perfect. But, Toni out did herself on this one and I can't wait to see what else she brings us in this series. I know it's going to be good.
Anonymous 5 months ago
You never disappoint Toni Aleo. Brie and Vaughn story is well written with a great emotion. The way they love the other people in their lives comes through loud and. Clear. I love the way you always bring in characters from the other books.
CMDeOliveira 5 months ago
Delayed Call I was so excited for this book the sparks these two had in Face-Off at the Altar palpable. The way you bring these characters to life is utterly amazing. The emotion, depth, and passion they have is a statement in how well you created them and how much they are loved by you. The emotional struggles that Brie and Vaughn face and overcome just because the need to love is greater then the struggles they face. I'm always excited to read one of your books because I know you never disappoint and this time it was no exception. I wish I could have given you TEN STARS. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
At the risk of thoroughly infuriating die hard Toni Aleo fans, I have to be honest and say I am disappointed in Delayed Call. In fact, the previous book, Face Off followed the same vein. Both seem to rely heavily on banter for the dialogue, follow a multitude of interacting characters which sometimes gets confusing, and the heart of the story is often lost because descriptions are minimal and the author appears more interested moving the story along via disjointed character conversations. When I go back and read the earlier Assassins books, the flow is phenomenal, concentration is more on the "H" and "h" rather than a plethora of supporting characters, and I get a sense (almost an image in my mind) of the scene as it is taking place. I have read (sometimes re-reading multiple times) everything Ms. Aleo has authored. I just miss her earlier writing style with the more definitive character and story development!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 months ago
3.75 stars---DELAYED CALL is the eleventh installment in Toni Aleo’s contemporary, adult ASSASSINS romance series focusing on the men and women of the NHL’s professional hockey team the Nashville Assassins. This is star player Vaughn Johansson, and the Assassins’ staff reporter Brie Soledad’s story line. DELAYED CALL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Brie and Vaughn) DELAYED CALL focuses on the building relationship between Assassin’s star player Vaughn Johansson, and staff reporter Brie Soledad-an acrimonious relationship with plenty of sexual tension, and the childish back and forth name calling and insults reserved for adolescent teens. With each encounter the play by play between Vaughn and Brie increases the heat, the rancor, the cutting jibes until someone close to Brie and Vaughn makes a request that neither ignore. What ensues is the accession and acquiescence between Vaughn and Brie but not before Brie discovers that Vaughn has lied to Brie about the most important person in her life. Vaughn Johansson doesn’t do relationships or love. Yes, he loves his friends like family but to proclaim his love for a woman is something Vaughn has learned never to do and never will again. Brie loves with all of her heart but falling in love with Vaughn Johansson finds our heroine heartbroken and alone, wondering where everything went wrong. We are introduced to Vaughn’s best friend and roommate Jensen Monroe; their mutual friends, brother and sister Wren and Wells. Jensen has been in love with Wren for most of their adult life but Wren has a secret that will blow apart their little world. DELAYED CALL was a bit of a struggle for me in the early portion of the story. The bickering, name calling and insults were so adolescent and juvenile I thought I was reading a YA story line, and I had a difficult time moving forward. I considered DNFing but I plowed forward and I am glad I did. The premise is entertaining and revealing; the characters were melodramatic, theatrical yet playful and energetic; the romance struggled with Vaughn’s inability to let go of the past. DELAYED CALL is a sexy and passionate story about family, friendship and love.
BGnMS1 5 months ago
Happy Dance WOW, Ms. Aleo keeps bringing the HEAT with her hockey boys. Way to bring to life such awesome characters in ways you don't expect. ***given an ARC in exchange for honest review***
MBurton 5 months ago
What I love best about this hockey series is that you don't have to start with book 1 to understand any of the others in the series. I've only read book 8 and 11 and I've had no issues following along with the story. I know that can be a huge draw for people who don't like series. It doesn't mean I won't be going back at some point to read the earlier books, because I find that I am a fan of Toni Aleo's writing. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a love/hate trope that had positives and negatives to it. I didn't really enjoy their fighting when they were in the hate stage but once it moved to the love stage, they had really good banter. I'm a sucker for good banter between a couple. They made a great couple but they both have huge issues to get over. This book leads you on the path of them helping each other get past these issues. It isn't always pretty, but life isn't always pretty. When we got the sweet moments, they were really sweet. There was also some really great funny moments that just made me laugh with how goofy these two were together. ARC provided by NetGalley.
amatate 5 months ago
I’m functioning on minimal sleep today and Delayed Call is to blame. I absolutely ate up this book. The characters were likable- entertaining and lively. The story was comfortable but with enough deviations from stereotypical plot points to avoid monotony, and I laughed. I laughed so much. Delayed Call is the 11th book in Aleo’s Assassins series but can be read as a standalone. I’ve only read one novel and a short by the author and I had no trouble following along with the characters or team dynamics. As a hockey fan, the book contained a solid amount of details to satisfy me but not so many that would deter a reader who isn’t into the sport. Beyond a sports romance, it’s also an enemies to lovers story. Of course that means conflict from the jump and this couple doesn’t disappoint with the disgruntled comments and volatile interactions. The pacing was steady for the most part. There were bursts of exciting moments as conflicts reached their peak, but there were also moments the pacing slowed as the main characters warred over how to handle situations and the budding romance. Though the stop and start of the relationship slowed the plot a little, it never felt like the story stalled out and the consistent character growth kept my attention. I generally enjoy the damaged character angle because it allows for marked development throughout the storyline. Once the full backstories come out, Brie’s failure to trust and Vaughn’s refusal to commit makes sense. Yes, it’s frustrating, but the author never sweeps their issues under the rug or makes them magically disappear. The growth feels natural, hiccups and all. I really liked that the stereotypical plot points weren’t used to resolve the conflicts. It kept me engaged and invested in the characters. While I loved many aspects of Brie and Vaughn’s story, the dialogue was the clear winner for me. I am a sucker for good banter and Delayed Call had some of the best I’ve read in a long time, maybe ever. The characters all played off one another and I laughed frequently. The conversations flowed incredibly well- whether serious, playful, or squabbling- and it brought the story and characters to life. I’m not normally a re-reader of books, even if I’ve enjoyed them, but Delayed Call is certainly worthy of that. This sports romance was very well-balanced. It had the full range of emotions, stellar main and secondary characters, plenty of steam, “aww” inducing sweet moments, a whopping dose of humor, and of course HOCKEY. If you’re in the need of a pick me up, this is the book to pick up. *I received this ebook via Netgalley. The publisher and/or author had no influence on my review*