Taking Shots: An Assassins Novel

Taking Shots: An Assassins Novel

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by Toni Aleo
     
 

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo’s exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.
 
No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never…  See more details below

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In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo’s exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.
 
No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.
 
A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love.

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
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score and Empty Net.

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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
Book Junkie
She (the author) stated that reviewers have said that when reading Taking Shots they felt as though they were a part of the story. Apart of Shea and Elli’s life, as though you were living every moment with them. That couldn’t be more accurate. I do believe that is a great testament of the caliber of writing. Especially by a first time published writer, and what a first book! Toni really started out of the gates with a bang!
Autumn Review
I really truly LOVED the story! Yes, there were quite a few editing mistakes, but the author has since had them corrected. If you have an unedited copy,please overlook the mistakes because you will find a great love story!
A Tasty Read
All in all, I really LIKED Taking Shots. I will DEFINITELY be reading the next book in the series, Trying to Score, which is coming this spring. And I will be keeping my eye out for more book by Toni Aleo, she is one to watch!!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105568770
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Assassins Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
490
Sales rank:
16,019
File size:
3 MB

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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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Taking Shots: An Assassins Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much emphasis on the heroine's weight. It was repetitive and annoying. Way too much fighting. These two are better off without each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our female lead says she wishes she were like her sister because her sister is comfortable sleeping with different guys, but [beyond the lack of morals, get this reasoning!], she is too shy with her DUMPY BODY at SIZE 10 (emphasis is mine!) and " guys don't hit on her like they did when she was18 and SIZE 2" !!! Get real! Barbie is a plastic doll cartoon of a woman. Not a role model! The reason there are so few size 2 clothes in nonspecialty store is because NORMAL adult American women of Nortgern European background who are not overweight are most often sizes10 to 14. I dont know how much longer i can read a novel with such an immoral, unrealistic view of what women at their best are like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the "heroine" whined about how fat she was as a size 10 one more time I might have thrown my Nook out the window.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then the first part. But overall not worth the money
Spoiled_Reader More than 1 year ago
I loved the series but this one I wouldn't read again. You can only take so much of the whining......too much to be enjoyable. If I would have been Shea, I would have cut my loses.
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I enjoy Toni Aleo's stories about the hockey team in Nashville. She has strong women and good stories.
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Important to read the Four books and the Novella in this series in order. Loved every story starting with Shea and Ellie; Taking Shots,, Fallon and Lucus; Trying to Score, Audrey and Tate; Empty Net,, Jordan and Anyslee; the Novella - Falling for the Backup and finally Piper and Erik; Blue Lines... Characters and story lines were all unique and I read all five books in three days WOW!.. Lots of smiles and a few tears and Hockey was always in the background.. Well written and the emotions were right up front.
leolion11 More than 1 year ago
Great book& series. want more of her books.
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I cant wait to see him fall..i wonder if hell fall for the twin sister.
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I really agonized over what rating to give this book. When I began reading it, I was rather determined not to like the book at all. After all, it was a typical romance. It was about ice hockey. And it was 700 pages long! I agreed to review this book because I wanted to read something a little bit different. What I have to say is that this book nearly received a 4-star rating from me. Toni Aleo writes in a very easy-to-read style. And the book is never boring. She keeps the action moving so there is never a dull moment. Her character dialogue often drives the story and is very well-done. I loved Shea and Elli. They were so cute, so sweet, and sometimes so dense! The tale of their romance was packed with humor, spine-tingling romantic highs, and smoking hot sex. I think it was nice for Elli to be an average woman rather than a super-skinny Barbie-doll type. So often romance females protagonists are skinny and have the perfect everything. Elli was a refreshing change. And for once, the male hero was not looking for female perfection! It is good to see a guy who was willing to wait till his girl was ready. Another great thing the author did was put a little twist into the last one hundred pages. I was looking for something, but what happened was a complete surprise to me. And the reader does not find out the real story until the book is practically over! I can imagine what you might be thinking about now. If I have so many good things to say about the book, why did I not give it a higher rating? This was where the agony came in. I can say that the surreal nature of the romance was a little hard to stomach at times. I do sometimes get tired of romances that seem to work out too easily. This had some realism to it, but much of it seemed a little too good to be true. Are there really men like Shea out there? I sure have never seen any, but then I guess I have really only ever known losers. The main thing that concerned me was the profanity and the sex scenes. I know some of my readers get tired of hearing it, but if you have read my reviews for a while now, you will know that I have an obligation to comment on these two issues with almost every book. I can handle some mild profanity. I have spoken about such before. I really did grow tired of seeing rampant profanity throughout the 700 pages of the book. I can remember hoping that my daughter would not look over my shoulder and see the words I was reading. And it is a pet peeve of mine when profanity is used so mindlessly. I don't condone using profanity, but when characters get angry, profanity makes sense. When the profanity is overused, it gets really old. Of course, that is just my opinion. I also grew tired of the detailed bedroom scenes. Not only that, but the prevailing thought was that it had become acceptable for people to live together and have one-night stands. Poor Elli was ridiculed when she admitted how long it had been since she had had sex. Yes, marriage plays a part in this story, but I felt that the idea of living together was romanticized and even encouraged. Elli's friend, Harper, was the absolute worst in this particular area. I prefer bedroom scenes, when written about, that used veiled terminology and not detailed descriptions. I prefer bedroom scenes between married couples anyway. But in reality, are there couples who exist that have amazing sex like it is described in the book? Or in any romance book, for that matter? Just my opinion again. So my review is mixed. If you like hot romances and are not bothered by the issues I pointed out, you may find this a very enjoyable read. If, however, you are somewhat more like me, you may wish to approach this book cautiously. Part of me would love to read the second book, but I am not sure if I wish to paw through the same kinds of issues I did with this first book in the series. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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TiDubb More than 1 year ago
I went back and forth on my rating for this book (between 3 star and 4 star). There were equal parts of this story that I really liked and parts that were meh-"get on with it already". In the end I rated this book 4 stars because the author evoked many emotions from me and the book would not leave me alone. The story kept calling me- akin to the inability to look away from a car wreck- even though there were moments that I was like okay already. I am by no means comparing this story to a car wreck. I just felt the story was too syrup-y sweet and the puppy-love was overwhelming. Yet.... I could not stop from reading it. :) I loved both main characters.. together and individually. I think this is why I could not stop reading even though the ending was painfully obvious. I could not get with how Elli reacted(again the reaction was obvious) and I hated the fact that Shea was the one begging for her to come back to him. REALLY!!! So see, the author managed to evoke strong emotions out of me. I also rated this story higher because I have been in a super reading slump... and this story managed to pull me out of it...even though I feel it was too lovey dovey for me. I also felt like Shea Adler, hot hockey player, possessed zero alpha male tendencies. After all shouldn't this be standard for a hockey player? I felt the author focused so much on making Shea sweet, understandable, loving, etc. and forgot to show his strong masculine alpha side. This is the part where I want to rate the book lower. If I could make any type of recommendation to assist with this series, it would be to find a way to express the Alpha male side of the hockey players. The author knows how to evoke emotions from the reader but I could use less lovey dovey-ness from the male. Lastly, I felt the story was unnecessarily long. There were times that it felt like just words on the page to fill space. The story would still be good minus some chapters.