Face-Off at the Altar (Assassins Series #9)

Face-Off at the Altar (Assassins Series #9)

by Toni Aleo

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Markus Reeves is sucking. Big-time. Toiling away on a minor-league hockey team hundreds of miles away from home, he's watching his dreams of an NHL career fade away. Add in the lingering guilt he has over the dramatic demise of his relationship with college girlfriend, Mekena, and he's a mess on and off the ice.

But the family of his heart, the Sinclairs, won't let Markus suffer any longer. When he arrives himself back in Nashville for a trial run on the Assassins, it feels like his life may be making a turn for the better. If only he could get Mekena to forgive him...

Mekena Preston has been hurting since fleeing Nashville following the horror of Markus's betrayal with her sister. Now a professional photographer, Mekena finds herself in the same place at the same time with Markus to celebrate Lucy and Benji Paxton's wedding. Neither of them has been able to move on--and they're starting to wonder if they really want to.

They're headed for a face-off at the altar unless they can confront their past and unearth the truth about what really happened on that fateful night.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157461904
Publisher: Toni Aleo
Publication date: 12/26/2016
Series: Nashville Assassins Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 359
Sales rank: 28,610
File size: 1 MB

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Face-Off at the Altar 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed can't wait to read more in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book by Toni Aleo!!
KaliMcQuillen More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh!!! This book had me a hot mess at about 3 or 4 places, maybe even more. I mean tears running down my face, blowing my nose, happy and heartbroken tears. This book made me feel so much! Makena and Markus had it all and was their relationship was growing stronger every day before Makena's sister made it all blow apart. I wanted to throat punch her so many times! With family like that, you definitely don't need enemies. You do have to remember though at the end of day, when all is all is said and done, they're family no matter what. Markus is so funny, he had me cracking up. Makena's cat, Mr. Right, had me rolling!!! He was hilarious!!! Makena is a sweet girl, who is just ok with life, she's not happy though. She wants more, she wants it all. When Markus and Makena end up being at the same place for longer than they planned, they have a chance to talk. Will she listen to him and hear what he says or is she set on being bitter like her aunt? Will she be strong enough to handle what he has to say? My heart broke for these two. They've endured so much and the punches just keep coming. I absolutely love this series. I've fallen in love with so many of the H's, Shea, Jordie, Benji, etc. and now Markus. There hasn't been one that hasn't taken a little bit of my heart. Toni is a one click author for me, no ifs and or buts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to the series, I can't wait for more!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR is the ninth installment in Toni Aleo’s contemporary, adult ASSASSINS erotic, hockey romance series focusing on the members of the professional hockey team the Nashville Assassins. This is Assassin’s rookie twenty five year old Markus Reeves, and twenty year old photographer Mekenna Preston’s story line. FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary but I caution new readers to the series that many of the previous couples featured in the series, and from the Bellevue Bullies series (e.g. Sinclair family and siblings) play secondary and supporting roles, and some of the history and backstory are mentioned throughout. Told from dual third person perspectives (Mekenna and Markus) FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR focuses on the rekindling romance between Markus Reeves, and Mekenna Preston-a romance and love destroyed by betrayal and lies. Approximately two years earlier Mekenna walked in on her then-boyfriend Markus Reeves, in bed with her sister Skylar. With her heart destroyed, Mekenna moves to Florida in the hopes of starting anew. Fast forward to present day Mekenna is contracted to photograph Lucy and Benji Paxton’s (Rushing The Goal #8) wedding knowing that the man who broke her heart would be front and center in the wedding action. What ensues is the rebuilding of a friendship and relationship that was all but destroyed by lies, deceit, and betrayal; and Markus’s rise from the Assassin’s farm team to rookie star in the NHL. FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR looks at friendships, fractured family dynamics from jealous siblings, drug abuse, and racism; as well as a second chance for two people who never stopped loving one another. There is plenty of humor, heartbreak and tears; frustration and resolution; and a wonderful back and forth banter between siblings, couples and friends. Mekenna’s pain and anger towards Markus bleeds heavily into the story line premise but new revelations open Mekenna and Markus’s eyes to the truth about what happened years before beginning the healing process for our story line couple. FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR is dramatic and intense; humorous and fun; heartbreaking, tragic and fated. There is plenty of history between our story line couple; demons from the past that must be addressed, and demons from the present that will continue to haunt far into the future. Toni Aleo ASSASSINS series is has a little of everything for the sport romance lover in all of us.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Toni Aleo is on a winning streak with book nine in Assassins series, FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR. Markus Reeves is struggling in the AHL, torn up about how his relationship ended with college girlfriend, Mekena Preston. Meanwhile, Mekena still feels betrayed by Markus and her sister, Skylar. Mekena is hired to photograph Lucy Sinclair’s and Benji Paxton's wedding. Markus is an honorary member of the Sinclair family, so the two are forced to face each other. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. It takes place in Nashville, Tennessee. We first met Mekena and Markus in the Bellevue Bullies series. Markus played hockey with the Sinclairs on the Bullies. Mekena and Avery (Jace Sinclair’s wife) are best friends. She is also, the younger sister of Skylar Preston, who caused numerous conflicts in the Bellevue series. I never liked the girl; she is the opposite of Mekena. Mekena and Markus are both likeable characters. They have a lot of issues to resolve in this story, including family drama on both sides. They discover some painful information pertaining to their past that they need to heal from. My heart broke for both characters. Markus is a great guy. I felt horrible about what happened to him. He feels incredibly guilty for what happened with Skyler and beats himself up over it. He is great with kids. He is competitive. He has a wonderful personality. His Christmas present to Mekena and her mother were extremely thoughtful. Mekena is a sweet person and a talented photographer. She is smart. She is sarcastic. I love that they both went to counseling. They are an adorable couple that endure a lot. I love that Markus is considered family by the Sinclairs and that they look out for him. I appreciate that they tell it how it is and don’t sugar coat things. I love the banter between the Sinclairs. I enjoyed Avery’s cat, Mr. Right. His name and personality amused me. Mekena’s Aunt Libby is an interesting character that added a lot to the story. Toni Aleo continues to amaze me. Her stories are heartfelt and believable. I love that they make me experience every emotion. I cry; I laugh; I get mad and frustrated. The characters are lovable but have flaws. They are realistic and people you would want to be friends with. Her plots have substantial content that is meaningful and relevant. Her hockey scenes are always easy to visualize and well written. I cannot wait for her next story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled when I heard there was going to be a new Assassins book coming out! I have read and loved the entire series along with the entire Bellevue Bullies series! So, this story overlaps both series and the beloved characters appear and it felt like coming home. I realized how much I missed these characters. This book can be read as a stand-alone as the authors ties it all up well, but I highly recommend that you read both series just because it is great reading! To top it off, it has two of my favorite genres, second chance romance and sports romance! This book has so many feels to it, happiness, anger, extreme sadness, longing, betrayal, confusion, and a powerful deep love! The author takes on a subject that is not spoken about often and it was handled in a great way. I had a lump in my throat a few times as the twists in the plot unfolded. I laughed out loud at all the crazy banter. You root so hard for these characters and get so involved in their love story. They truly love each other and they go through a lot to get to their HEA. They are sweet together and they have great chemistry. The secondary characters are terrific and you get some thoughts that maybe the author might have some other characters to write about! I didn’t want to put Face-Off At The Alter down, which was tough with the holidays, and I didn’t want it to end. I want more! If you love a great second chance sports romance like I do, then this is a book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As another book in the Assassin series, I loved this book! Watching these young people overcome one adversity after another, I fell in love with both of them. And having the Sinclair family as a backdrop was an added bonus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in a great series. Highly recommend.