Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review/Excerpt: Empty Net by Toni Aleo

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Toni Aleo's book Empty Net. This blog tour was set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. My post will be including my review of Empty Net and an excerpt from the book as well.

But first here's some information about the author.

I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.

I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.

I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?

Twitter: tonilovesweber6
Links to Buy: 
Get the first 2 books in the series

And now before I get into my review, here's the synopsis:

Definition of an Empty Net: When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.

Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.
She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.
Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything.
After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanly Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.
Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?

Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the third novel in Toni Aleo's Assassins series. I have not read the first two books in the series and while that would have been desirable, Toni does a great job of creating a novel that appears to continue the series but can also function as a standalone novel.So if you want to read this series, I'd recommend starting at the beginning but that is definitely not required.

Having said that, let's get into my review. I had heard amazing things about this book and so naturally I was excited to read it. I was uncertain of whether or not I would like it, but it seemed to be getting great reviews.

I loved the characters Tate Ooder and Audrey Parker from the moment Toni introduced us to them. These characters had flaws but I actually loved that. This only made them more endearing and more realistic. The chemistry between them was undeniable and sucked me into their stories. Plus, any time two characters try not to give into their feelings for each other it makes for a great read.

This novel was very much a love at first sight...maybe even technically lust at first sight. However, I felt like their romance developed very naturally and enjoyed watching them interact with each other.

Now as for the writing style, Toni's writing flowed seamlessly and was beautifully crafted. Her novel never seemed to drag and it ended nearly perfectly with just enough of a cliffhanger to leave me interested in reading the next book in the series.'

Plus, I loved that she set this novel against the backdrop of a hockey team. Sports, romance, and just a tinge of danger...definitely a book I'm going to enjoy. I also loved that she added some deeper elements in her novel to make this book deeper than most romance novels. 

In Summary: Romance fans will eat up Toni Aleo's Empty Net. This novel is beautifully crafted and centered on two characters readers are bound to love. Toni Aleo is definitely an author I'll be keeping my eye on.

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel is definitely for adults. There are multiple references to sex and sex scenes. While not overly graphic, it is definitely an adult novel. I would hesitate to recommend this to anybody under the age of 18.

The Wrap-up: Toni Aleo's writing style is compelling and her characters are intriguing. Basically, this book was one I loved reading and one that I easily read in one sitting. Definitley recommend to all romance fans like I mentioned earlier.

And now here's an excerpt from the novel:

“I have to tell you,” she said with a shy grin, “It’s usually not this easy.” 
He looked down at her questionably, “Easy how?” 
“This easy to pick me up. I usually make guys work for it.”
He grinned and her smiled grew more, “So you want me too?”
She eyed him, her face bright with excitement. He may have been a little too forward but he was a blunt person, and hardly ever hid his feelings from anyone.
She moved closer, her eyes bright with lust as she said, “I do and I don’t even know you’re name.”
“Do you want to know it?” he asked with a cocky grin.
She moved in close, her wide brown eyes locked with his, “All I want to know is when you can leave? I have a room not even a mile from here.”


Danica Page

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