Blue Lines (Assassins Series #4)

Blue Lines (Assassins Series #4)

by Toni Aleo

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345546678
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Series: Nashville Assassins Series , #4
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 287,305
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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Piper nodded. Her heart was pounding, and she could feel her hands shaking against her growing belly. She looked at a wide-eyed Erik. “Yes.”

“You’ve been to the doctor? It’s a baby, right? Not like cancer?”

She blinked a few times. Was he serious?

“Yes, a baby, not cancer. Why the heck would you think that? I’m twenty-three weeks.”

“Twenty-three weeks,” he whispered as his eyes fell back to where her hands rested. “With my baby.”

Piper looked up at him again; she could see that he was freaking out. She had been doing the same thing since she had found out. She had no clue what she’d expected from this conversation, but it sure wasn’t going the way she had hoped it would.

“Yes,” she answered.

“Are you sure?”

Piper looked up at Erik incredulously. How dare he ask that?

“Yes, you’re the only one I’ve been with. For months and even longer than that.”

He stood there, his hands holding his waist so tight that she could see the white of his knuckles. Not that she was really paying attention to his knuckles, since he was only wearing boxers, for goodness sakes! Even with the severity of the situation, she couldn’t help the fact that her body still sung for him. It didn’t make sense and she hated herself for it. This man had dumped her, then had not even answered her calls or acknowledged her existence for the last six months. How dare he steal her heart and run. Then, he has the gall to question her about the paternity of their child?


“I’m not a liar, Erik. I may be a lot of things, but a liar is not one of them,” she said, her body heating with anger.

“I never said you were. Excuse me for being a little freaked-out right now; it’s a little much for me to take. I mean, you pop in here and say, ‘Hey I’m pregnant. Oh, and by the way, it’s yours.’ “

“How do you think I feel? I’m freaked-out, too, but I’ve kept this quiet long enough. I’m starting to show. I’ve got decisions I need to make and I need to know if you want to be part of them.”

When she looked up, he was looking at where their child was growing. If he was to put his hand on her stomach, he would have been able to feel the baby move. Not that she was going to suggest that; she couldn’t even imagine him touching her right now, or ever again for that matter. She might be irritated, but there was no denying the sexual attraction she had for Erik Titov, even if he had broken her heart.

“I can’t believe this,” he muttered, running his hand through his hair. “Why did you wait so long to tell me?”

Piper held a finger up as she said, “I did try calling you, but you never called me back and I figured if you wanted to talk to me you’d call.”

“I’ve been busy. Leave me a message if it was that urgent! Also, I saw you like four months ago; you could have told me then.”

Piper said heatedly, “Oh, when I was puking my brains out? Yeah, I didn’t feel like talking.”

“There is no reason to be a pissy,” he deadpanned as he pinned her with a look.

“Oh, I’m sorry, let me be happy that I came here as you question the paternity of my child,” she said, crossing her arms.

This was going so bad. In a perfect world, Piper would have told him about the baby and Erik would have wrapped his arms around her, kissing the stuffing out of her, then ask her to marry him, and after this baby was born, they would have at least five more. It wasn’t as if she was truly expecting that, but she was expecting him to at least be a bit more compassionate. Nope, instead she gets Erik doubting if the baby is his.

“Um, excuse me, but for six months you’ve kept the fact that you are pregnant with my alleged child! How do I know that you didn’t get knocked up by some other guy and now you are trying to pin it on me because that guy ran out on you?”

Oh, she was going to kill him. She was going to murder her child’s father.

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Blue Lines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erik is a jerk. How was anyone ever attracted to him? Piper is pathetic. She makes one stupid move after another. I didn't care about either of them and that made the whole story pointless. I saw how popular this book 4 was and so I decided to give it a chance and then catch up on the whole series later. Glad I didn't buy the entire series. If the storylines are this bad at book 4, I never want to read book 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made it to page 55 - unrealistic characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author- sexy without being vulgar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erik is the biggest a-hole I have ever read. It was impossible for me to embrace his change of heart because he is so heartless in the beginning that I hated him too much to care for his redemption. Piper is an idiot for loving him. So his dad was a douche big deal, he had a lot of people to love and care for him in his life. So he follows the example of the one person who was bad. Doesn't even make sense. No excuse for what a complete and total jerk he is. All he blame others for his mistakes. He's mean cause of his daddy issues, he's a manwhore because of Piper, he's losing his job because of Piper and Elli. His behavior is immature and he is completely selfish.
toboggan78 More than 1 year ago
Great read, funny, sad and interesting about different situations.
Paula0713 More than 1 year ago
Loved all the characters in the book and love the way each is spotlighted in the series. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
A great read. I like the assassins series and reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are an amazing writer! I love your books. Wonderful story Looking forward to the next one.
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The charactors were good. Some of the girls in this series are bi***** and won't forgive easily. Piper was great even though Erik was mean at times. Not much around the actual hockey.
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The story line was good but the leading male character was completely unlikable, not even in a sexy bad guy way.
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved that it was not the cookie cutter story of man meets woman and after a crazy night she gets pregnant and then all is right in the world. This book was great because it was very real. Everyone is not ready to be a parent and it actually brought you through the journey of him getting ready for it and her dealing with his reluctance. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered for them the whole time. I wasnt just reading it , I felt invested in them. This Auther drew me into the story of this shattered child growing into a man and being afraid to love; and a woman who grew up with so much love in her heart she had enough to envelope him and make him know real love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## RIDICULOUS. Are you freaking kidding me? This "hero" was a complete assh*ole. He was horrible. Not to mention a womanizing pig. It was way too late in the game to try to redeem his character. God, and the heroine was TSTL (too stupid to live). Can you say human doormat? Ugh, there wasn't anything good about this book. Do yourself a huge favor and skip it. It just pissed me off that I wasted my precious reading time on this douchebag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was my favorite....not sure while since he's a douche through 89% of it!
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I dislike that she talks about all these tats on the characters but yet shows all this clean bare skin on the covers. It just doesn't work. Not that the covers aren't nice, they just don't fit the stories inside. s.
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