Taking A Shot

Taking A Shot

by Taryn Leigh Taylor

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Taking A Shot by Taryn Leigh Taylor

Hockey star Brett Sillinger's never been afraid of a little trouble. But when his personal life ends up in the tabloids, he knows his career is on thin ice. Luckily, a new team decides to take a chance on him. All he has to do is keep head in the game. But when temptation walks up wearing black knee-high boots, looking for one night of nameless, no-strings passion, well, what's a guy to do?

Chelsea London is looking to misbehave. What's being good ever gotten her, besides getting dumped and passed over for a big promotion at work? But her one delicious night of rebellion has unexpected consequences--her hot one-night stand is the latest addition to her father's hockey team. And suddenly, one night of bad-girldom isn't nearly enough.

But one false move, and Brett might spend this season in the penalty box...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640636323
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Series: Montana Wolfpack , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 259
Sales rank: 8,484
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Taryn Leigh Taylor likes dinosaurs, bridges, and space, both personal and of the final frontier variety. She shamelessly indulges in clichés, most notably her Starbucks addiction (grande-six-pump-whole-milk-no-water chai tea latte, aka: the usual), her shoe hoard (I can stop anytime I...ooh! These are pretty!), and hockey (keepin’ it Canadian, eh?) Eventually, her penchant for falling in reading lust with fictional men set her on the course to writing them, too. She’s a firm believer that you can never have enough happily ever afters. Taryn’s first book, Kiss and Makeup, was short-listed for the Kobo Emerging Writer prize.

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Taking A Shot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Lori-Gonzo 2 days ago
A perfect, sweet and spicy story if having an intimate and immediate connection with someone along with learning to find and love your true self. I loved the chemistry between Brett and Chelsea. I loved how he was drawn to her and how she defended him. They were truly a couple to root for. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
LynnB888 2 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! Sexy steamy goodness! Not only does Taryn Leigh Taylor's latest bring us a boatload of sexual chemistry, but tug after tug on our heartstrings as well! Really enjoyed following Brett and Chelsea towards their happily-ever-after! Great characters, well developed story line, and lots of life moments to be shared by all. Hockey star Brett Sillinger had the misfortune of watching his private life implode in front of the press and found himself without a team. Luckily the Montana Wolfpack organization decides to take a chance on him, but he's under strict orders to keep his private life in order ... or else! He promises to be on the straight and narrow, but when sex on heels walks into the bar, all bets are off! Chelsea London has lived her life following the rules and what does she have to show for it? Years wasted on a man who never deserved her, passed over for her dream job promotion, and she's had enough! She's going looking for slam-me-against-the-wall hot and steamy action for one night of debauchery! When it turns out her one night of fun is the latest addition to her dad's hockey team, well, one night just might not be enough after all!
rc1836 2 days ago
Fun, fast paced sports romance I found Taryn Leigh Taylor's Taking a shot a very enjoyable read. I really liked Chelsea and Brett together. It was interesting to see how they snd their relationship grew as they moved to their HEA. There were some fun secondary characters and I look forward to reading more books in this series. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.
OpheliaOA 7 days ago
This is the first book that I’ve read by Taryn Leigh Taylor and I just loved this book. Brett might think he is cursed and ruins everything he touches but that soon changes when he meets Chelsea. Chelsea might be a planner and might have a to do list that she always follows but when she meets Brett she realizes that she doesn’t always have to follow a list. Brett and Chelsea are so cute cute together and I am glad even if they started off as a one night stand they still got their HEA. Taking a Shot is a must read! ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
JustNicole 8 days ago
Chelsea and Brett heat up the ice in this premier book of the Montana Wolfpack series by Taryn Leigh Taylor! Right from the beginning, Taking A Shot grabs you and you won't want to put it down! I loved the bar-scene awkwardness when Chelsea dresses up for a one night stand to meet a stranger, can't get a drink, and then ends up hooking up with Brett, who "blows her house down". Then when he ends up being a new player on her father's hockey team. and the heart dropping realization of the relationship of their jobs...AWESOME! The banter added into this book with the hockey players gave me some laugh out loud moments, and the nickname "Red" for Chelsea was sexy and perfect for her! This book has all the feels! From anxiety, lust, heartbreak, love, sex, drama...aaahhh...soooo good! Taryn does an amazing job writing hockey books (which happens to be one of my FAVORITE genres!) The supporting characters and a prelude to their upcoming stories were great and have me anxiously waiting the next books in the series!
Bette313 8 days ago
I always love discovering authors whose writing style makes me happy and Taryn Leigh Taylor is just that kind of author. This story is very well written and while it's a fairly classic storyline she crafted characters that made the whole thing feel fresh and fun. Brett is the typical sports bad boy who has let his bad behavior get out of control. He knows this chance with the Wolfpack may be his last so he plans on keeping his head down and staying out of trouble. That plan goes right out the window when he realizes the woman he shared a passionate night with is actually the coach's daughter. Chelsea stepped out of her good girl world right into trouble but what a fun sexy way to do it! I definitely recommend this one!
astroyic 8 days ago
Hot! Hot! Hot! This was such an excellent story. It was so deliciously, sexy and super off the charts-Scorching-Hot, but more than that, I loved the flirty fun vibe it had going on. It was really entertaining, so incredibly sweet, had a bit of drama and some emotional moments. I had so much fun reading it, and I could not put this down. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them connect, and there were so many great details and moments that just filled me up. I laughed, I smiled, and I sighed throughout the book as Chelsea and Brett’s relationship grew. I was expecting Brett to be this player of a man, but who I got was so incredibly kind, caring and sweet. I love a great Romance and this delivered from the first page to the last. I’m absolutely smitten with every little detail that makes up this story! LOVED IT! #Swoon! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
etoile1996 8 days ago
when bad boy brett sillinger gets one last shot at a team to keep his hockey career alive in taking a shot, he's determined to avoid distractions and the unwanted media attention that got him his reputation in the first place. the truth about brett is that he's actually a really good guy whose image problem has little to do with who he is as a person, and more about how circumstances out of his control have made him look bad. meanwhile, chelsea london wants to take a walk on the wild side. a one night stand should be enough to prove to herself and her lame ex that she is not boring. she doesn't know the man at the bar is the latest addition to her father's hockey team. even more confusing is the intensity of the connection between them. it's supposed to be just one night. but somehow she keeps finding her way back into brett's bed. into his life too. the more she sees of him, the clearer it is that brett doesn't deserve his reputation. he's one of the good guys. maybe she'd been looking to walk on the wild side. but there's something about the wildness between them that is oh-so-good. i really enjoyed this hockey romance. brett is such a sweetheart of a guy, and you really feel for him when things go sideways. because a lot of what goes wrong is entirely out of his control. and his relationship with chelsea is beautifully developed. **taking a shot will publish on september 10, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.
Lorizen 8 days ago
A great start to what I hope will be a upcoming series. Brett has been traded to a hockey team in Montana. He's not thrilled but he's happy his career isn't over, thanks to really bad press and a really crazy ex wife. This is his first move away from the only team he ever played for, he lives and breathes hockey. He knows he needs to keep his nose clean and focus. No crazy business. No women. He thinks he's safe in the hotel bar, having a drink. Chelsea is out to have a good time, angry at being passed over for a job she worked hard for, tired of being the girl who's always reliable and out to prove to herself that she can pick up a man and have a one nighter. No names, no anything. She picks a hotel bar. Being dropped off by her best friend who is truly annoying as hell, she's determined. There's a business convention at the bar, but it's full of middle aged men, she can't even get a drink. She spots an opening at the bar right there next to... the broad shoulders of a man who grabs her a seat. All he sees is the red lace of her bra peeking out of her sweater. No names, he calls her Red. No names only go upstairs to his room and enjoy the night together. Chelsea leaves before he wakes up, leaving her bra under the pillow. Her decision making process on that one is a hoot. He wakes up alone, knowing he has to be at a team meeting, practice, then a fund raising gala that night he's not really happy she skipped out. But she did. His first day is a little rough, between the coach, the new teammates, some he's known from the past, last thing he wants to do is go the the fund raiser but he does and there is all her red glory is Chelsea, the team owners daughter. She's the event coordinator. The one who is practical, organized and keeps things moving. So why did her father give her brother the lead to the franchise. The brother is a spoiled little weasel with a snarky attitude toward Chelsea. And there to help her pull things off is that annoying bestie. Seriously, take her out and I would have liked this book ten times better. It's a great story, the growing relationship between Chelsea and Brett. I liked the two of them a lot and also the teammates. Nicely written and great flow. I love a good hockey story. Brett and Chelsea are flying under the radar. What happens if they get caught? Or will they? Will one of them back out? Lots of questions in this one. Lastly, Brett is a stand up man. Big thumbs up on that one. 3.5 stars *arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review*
Tink4evr 8 days ago
A supremely sweet love story. Brett and Chelsea make the most adorable couple. Brett reminds me of a big squishy grizzly teddy bear. This line from the story I think perfectly embodies his character. “It was absolutely heart-melting, if you were into watching a gorgeous, hard-bodied man make a fool of himself over a tiny, adorable baby.” You can’t help but love him and root for him. Of course there are lots of steamy scenes that are involved to remind you that this is a romance novel.
ljtljtljt 8 days ago
Taking A Shot, by new to me author Taryn Leigh Taylor, is a hot, well-written sports romance. The two main characters, event planner Chelsea London, and professional hockey player Brett Sillinger, spend a passionate night together. The day after their one night stand, they find out that they both work for same hockey team, of which Chelsea is the owner's daughter. Due to the antics of Brett's ex-wife and the paparazzi, Brett is lucky to still be playing hockey. He has to earn the trust of his new teammates and keep his nose clean, which means staying away from Chelsea. Chelsea has always been a "good girl" and never upsets the status quo. She is in charge of planning and overseeing the team's charitable events, and ensures that every detail is perfectly executed. She is a workaholic and a perfectionist. When her incompetent brother receives the promotion she believes she deserves, Chelsea decides to shed her nice reputation for an evening of lust. She and Brett have an amazing chemistry, which evolves into much more. Chelsea and Brett make a nice couple, and I was cheering for them from the moment I felt their feelings for one another other. Ms. Taylor creates the perfect balance of plot, passion, and character development. Overall, this is a sexy read with two main characters that compliment each other with their differences. The only thing missing is an epilogue. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Heather_P 8 days ago
This book has both cussing (including f-bombs) and open-door sex. If those things will make you leave a bad review, this isn't the book for you. But you're going to be missing on one heck of a book. Although this is a part of a larger series, you do not have to have read the other books to enjoy this one. This is one of my favorite books of 2018 so far! Taryn Leigh Taylor is quickly becoming a one-click author for me because her books just never disappoint. I don't enjoy hockey in real life, but holy cow do I love her hockey books and heroes! I read a lot (and I mean a LOT) of romance novels, and Ms. Taylor's books stand out to me as always being funny, realistic, and heartfelt; they never feel cheesy or forced like some books in the genre can be. And whoa baby can she write some sexy, sexy love scenes. Sex in books is a take-or-leave thing for me these days because all of the scenes are pretty much the same thing, so I find myself skimming over them, but not so with her books - even Ms. Taylor's kissing scenes make my pulse pound, she's that good at writing them. Another thing she does well is sprinkle humor – both the laugh out loud and the subtle kind – throughout her books. I highlighted at least 25 parts that I wanted to go back and re-visit once I'd finished and even on a third go-through while trying to write this review, they still crack me up. Chelsea is my favorite kind of romance heroine. She is a total hot mess at times as she tries to figure herself out in her personal life, but she's also completely capable and competent when it comes to her job. I know that sounds like it shouldn't make sense, that it shouldn't work, but it does and it makes her realistic, relatable, and so incredibly likable that you can't help but root for her. I just adored her from the moment we heard about her checklist. Watching her trying to be brave and different was both fun and awkward because I identified with her so much and I found myself just rooting for her to get it all right. Thankfully, Brett Sillinger is a heck of a fabulous book hero and he sees and likes Chelsea for who she is, not who she is trying (and sort of failing) to be. I also love that, even though they have crazy hot sex, they also build a relationship – a solid friendship – along the way. They don't go from sexy to love, and I so appreciate that. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to Ms. Taylor's writing because this showcases her writing talents beautifully. I would also recommend this to anyone who likes a spunky heroine, a hero in need of redemption, and/or an unlikely pairing that you can't help but love from the very start.
mamalovestoread22 9 days ago
Hockey denfenseman Brett Sillinger likes to push the limits on the ice, and off, but his latest little mishap has cost him a spot on the team, and lots of money in divorce court. After having his name splashed across the tabloids there aren't many teams that will take a chance on him because of the negative publicity and his wild antics as of late, but then he gets the call that he is being sent to Montana. He decides it's time to take this opportunity he's been given and make the most of it, first thing he needs to do is slow down on his partying and and focus on hockey... no distractions! But his little plan takes an unexpected turn when a gorgeous woman with undeniable charm pulls up a seat beside him at the bar... so much for no distractions! Chelsea London is the quintessential good girl, always doing what is expected of her, never straying from the plan put in front of her, and never doing anything wild or questionable. And for a while this life has worked for her, but then she goes through a eye opening break-up and it leaves her feeling a little restless, and in the mood to walk on the wild side, just for a night or two of course! When she sets out on her little mission of fun she never expects it to completely change the course of her life... but it does, the moment her eyes land on Brett she is a goner! Taking a Shot is sultry little literary romp that delivers on many fronts; it's brimming with emotion to speak to your heart, steamy times to weaken the knees, and has a beautifully crafted story line to take you on a thoroughly satisfying literary escape!! This was a very impressive first time read for me, it scored some serious points, being that it centered around hockey for one, but the characters were downright AMAZING, and of course the writing was completely absorbing, I devoured this one in a matter of hours. I was beyond excited to discover that this was the start of a new series, I cannot wait for the next installment, and have the opportunity to meet more of the men from the Montana WolfPack series, especially if this is any indication as to what will be waiting for me! Highly recommend this one!!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Ruizk 9 days ago
Adored this book. Loved Brett and Chelsea. A bad boy, heart of gold and a little insecure who thinks he's cursed. A good girl insecure and wants to be bad. Their chemistry is off the charts. They learn to believe in themselves and each other. Plenty of heat, enough angst, humor, and great writing make for a great read. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
beckymmoe 9 days ago
Absolutely adorable! I loved Chelsea's character. Her tendency toward overcompensation ("'I made breakfast.' So. Much. Breakfast." LOL, yes she did...) and babbling when nervous paired with her desire to be a "bad girl" when she's really anything but was endearing. Brett was the perfect hero for her, and their back-and-forth conversation had me LOLing over and over again. And their chemistry? Spot on! Add in hockey, and really, what more can you want? Brett's the younger brother of a character from an earlier book by Ms. Taylor (Lainie from Playing Dirty ), which I not only added to my TBR but picked up a copy of before I was much past the 50% mark. So though this was my first book from this author, it definitely won't be my last! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lashea677 9 days ago
Chelsea's looking to spread her wings. Brett is trying to tone himself down. When the right people meet at the wrong time, there's bound to be chaos. Like finding out your one night stand has a connection to your everyday life that could blow up in a very big way. Taking a Shot jump starts the heart with sex appeal, laughter and happily ever after. A fun way to get your flirt on.
SherriBabb 9 days ago
I have to say that this book really surprised me. I chose it because of the cover and because it was a hockey romance and that is my favorite kind of romance to read. The author did a really great job writing this book and getting the message out that it is not okay to cyber bully people in anyway. This book was about Chelsea and Brett. Both of them were a little broken inside because of things that happened in their pasts and also because of things that people said and did to them. Chelsea was a really great person. She was sweet and she really only wanted someone to love her but she didn't realize that is what she was really looking for. Brett was this hot hockey player that many people judge because of past mistakes he made. He was given a second chance in his hockey career and he was determined not to blow it this time. When Chelsea and Brett meant it was in a bar where Chelsea was looking for a guy to have a one night stand with. Fate took her to Brett. Chelsea got her one night stand and she left in the middle of the night without even exchanging names or phone numbers. The next night she ran into Brett and again and things really heated up. This book was just amazing from start to finish. It was a story about 2 people that were looking for something in life and ended up finding something that they really were not looking for and really didn't know they had. It is about these 2 people finding a peace of mind they didn't know was possible but fighting against it. It is about so many other things. So much miscommunication and misunderstandings that it leaves you reading and reading until you realize the book has ended and then you are just sad because there is no more to read. I really really hope that Taryn Leigh Taylor writes more books about the guys on this hockey team because I was left with the feeling of wanting more and that means it was an amazing book. Thanks NetGalley.I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.