The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies 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. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.
Publication: December 9th 2013 by Loveswept - Random House
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley for review
I have said a million times probably, but I heart Toni Aleo. I love this series, and while I am soooo proud of her for getting this series published and out there where so many more people can enjoy it....I was having MAJOR withdrawals waiting for this book. The Assassins world is a wonderful place to be IMO, so when it popped up to read...I screamed and flailed and hoped that I would get to read it a little bit early....
Okay...enough. What does that mean for you all. It means, that you need to engulf yourself in the amazingly wonderful world of hockey and hot...I mean hawt...tattooed and badass hockey players.
So Piper is a fun loving girl who we have met on several occasions as she is Harper's sister...(Recap: we met Harper in book one, she married Jakob Titov.) Titov...why does that ring a bell? That is because Erik Titov...and Piper's lusty/lovey obsession happens to be her sister's brother-in-law. Making your head spin? Yes. And how fast he made my head spin is an understatement of the year!
Admittedly I've only read the first book and a novella in this series--not for lack of desire..just lack of time--but I can tell you that the relationships between players and wives and friends are easily defined. So if you are like me (a LOSER who hasn't had enough time to read the entire series), let me tell you that you can definitely read this book and not feel lost or confused.
Erik made me mostly want to strangle him. I loved him, I loved his character, and all of his flaws...but damn, he was soooooooo sure that his life was going to be defined by his past that he almost killed his future about a hundred million times. Cue yelling at my kindle, and wanting to throw it. Highest form of flattery for a book, I promise. JESUS H. This man was incredibly frustrating!!! I think I texted Courtney about a million times telling him what a douche he was and that he needed to get his head out of his ass. SHEESH!
As much as I wanted to kill him though, he was one of the realest male characters I've read in a while. He lives his life playing hockey, taking care of his dog Stanley, and playing Call of Duty on his x-box (shee-it, do I know all about men doing that....o_O)..He is a lot of times really clueless...and who can't relate to men being that! He takes some prodding in the right direction, so Thank God Philip is around to help him see the light...over and over and over! Yeah...as frustrating as Erik was, he was real--as was Philip. He was an imperfect species, as we all are, and that's what made him delightfully frustrating and lovable.
I absolutely LOVED Piper and her strength of character. The odds were stacked against her on many occasions and yet she continued to work for what she wanted. She was honest and respectful and never once expected anything more than what she deserved. I have no idea how she didn't have multiple major meltdowns; I would have!
Thank You Toni and Loveswept for allowing us to get our hands on this book a touch early, to ease my longing to read it, and to tell all of you wonderful people that this a book NOT TO MISS! I personally recommend reading the whole series, but aside from a few "where are they now" spoilers, I don't feel like it would kill you if you read this one first...but being me and having read the first three books in about four days a while back...you can see which way I would guide you! <3 it, so very much and can't wait to see where Toni takes this series next, and just where her writing goes...because it is amazing! It was a fantastic read--go get it, people!!!
Courtney: 5 Stars
Shelley: 5 Stars
About the Author
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, & Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, or reading the latest romance novel.
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