April 30, 2012

Taking Shots Dream Cast and Trying to Score (Assassins 2) by Toni Aleo Review & GIVEAWAY

Trying to Score (Assassins 2) by Toni Aleo-Adult Contemporary Romance.
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour/ARC.

My Summary:

Fallon Parker is finally living her dream of working in the family wine business. She’s had to put her love life on hold to make this dream a reality. Now her past is coming back to haunt her. She’s working with the Nashville Assassins hockey team. She never expected to run into her old flame Lucas Brooks.
Lucas Brooks has had a troubled life. He’s lost a parent, struggled with addiction, and lost the love of his life. However on the ice, he’s deadly. Despite his personal struggles, his reputation on the ice is respectable. Lucas gets traded to Nashville where he runs head first into his true love, Fallon.
Secrets are revealed and old pain resurfaces. Can Fallon and Lucas even be around each other without combusting and will they be able to forgive each other of the past to make a new future together?
My Take:
This book is the second book in the Assassins Series and I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved the first book, Taking Shots, and was anxious to see whose story we would see next. I love hockey and sports romance! Hockey players are just so manly and yummy! 

Lucas and Fallon’s story is very different than Elli and Shea’s. Toni did a great job of making the characters unique. I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Fallon. I could see why she did what she did, but she was a bit of a brat. Once she realizes her faults, I loved her! I love the name Fallon too. Neat name. I adore Lucas and want one of my own! His struggle with addiction and his determination to stay sober, was inspiring. I felt like he needed to go through the consequences of his addiction, so that he and Fallon could be a couple. Without giving anything away, you see how sensitive Lucas is and the relationship he develops with one of the characters made me melt! I love that he was so close to his mother and father too. The steam level was high and OH SO GOOD! Lucas and Fallon definitely have some serious sexual chemistry! *Fans Self*  Oh and let me just say that when it rains now, I think of Lucas! 

I was thrilled to see Elli and Shea! Love seeing how relationships progress. I am SO excited to read the next story Empty Net, which is Audrey’s story. Audrey is Fallon’s sister and she makes her appearance in this book. She is such a sweetheart! 

One little thing I have to mention is that editing has been an issue and I don't blame the author. When you hire an editor, they should catch errors. Enough said on that. SO, I loved the epilogue and seeing where they were later on. Love the development of the series and can’t wait to read Empty Net! If you like some spice in your Contemporary Romance and sports, check this out! Toni Aleo has become one of my favorite new authors to read! SERIOUSLY! Hope you enjoy the series too! 5 out of 5 leaves

Taking Shots: Toni's Dream Cast

Elli Fisher 
Elli is special in my eyes. She has so many issues, so many inscuries, when she really doesn’t need them. She is beautiful inside and out. When I found this picture on Pinterest, I thought it fit what in my mind was Elli. I love the shape of her face, the set of her eyes, she kinda reminds me of Kirsten Dunst. Either way, this is my Elli Fisher.

Shea Adler

“With his almost black hair that fell in the brightest blue eyes she had ever seen, and a crooked nose that had been broken two years ago during a game with the Red Wings, she had to admit that she had a little bit of a crush on him. When he smiled, her heart melted.”

This is my Shea Adler. Perfect jaw line, fantastic eyes, crooked nose. He has the kind of eyes that could make panties drop, honestly. He’s perfect! I found him before I found Elli, and he fits the bill to a tee when it comes to Shea Adler!

Harper Allen
Harper is a nut, through and through, but she is also very beautiful. In the beginning of the book, she has spiky purple hair, but by the end she has her normal brown and it is a little shorter than the way this model has it. I just loved this model’s face. Its so Harper. With the cute little nose, and thin mouth, she’s perfect!

Jakob Titov
Jakob is a Russian Stud with deep set green eyes and brown hair. He is devilishly sexy with his chiseled jaw and scruffy chin. Totally hot, and totally not your normal guy. He is sweet, and caring, and like Shea always says, “He could fall in love with a rock.” With those bedroom eyes, who wouldn’t fall in love him?

For more information and to check out the amazing GRAND PRIZE for the tour go to: Toni Aleo
Taking Shots and Trying to Score are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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  1. Yay! So excited to read this!

  2. After watching y'all talk about these books the last few weeks, I think I seriously need to read them!!!

  3. ^^^look it finally let me comment^^^ XD

  4. Great review, I want to read both of these.

  5. Yay! I can't wait to read Trying to Score. And I love this cast for Taking Shots. Perfect. Thanks for getting me started on this series!

  6. Another shout out to Toni *shouts* Hiya! :)

  7. Already love Toni and her books but can't go wrong with more praises =)

  8. Already love Toni and her books but can't go wrong with more praises =)

  9. You have made me want to read this books very badly!!! Ahh I need more reading time. My schedule is so full for awhile!

  10. These books are definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoy the sports romance genre.

  11. Great review! I'm really liking the men you chose for the "dream cast". I love men with dark/black hair & blue eyes (ok, green eyes too-haha)*swoon* Thanks very much for the giveaway! After our Twitter convo, you know how much I'm looking forward to reading this series! :-)

  12. I'm LATE so not sure if I will be counted...."Trying To Score" was awesome from start to finish...Toni is a great author and if I didn't already read the book the blog would have helped me, for sure!! It was a great one!! LOVE hockey, Habs #1 (sorry Toni).

  13. That was some really sexy people you got there! ;)

  14. Toni, you're a new author for me but not for long. I look forward in reading your works.

    Tracey D

  15. I am seriously LOL'ing at your review...and mine! we both added *fans self* well mine was about Taking Shots, but still so funny. we obviously had no idea what the other wrote. so I guess it's true then what they say...Great Minds Think Alike :))
    oh I love your choices for the Dream Cast!


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