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Taking Shots: Assassins Series # 1 | [Toni Aleo]

Taking Shots: Assassins Series # 1

No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she's good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL's Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what's happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world. A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he's living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli.
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No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she's good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL's Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what's happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world. A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he's living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he's just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together - if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love.

©2011 Toni Aleo (P)2013 Tantor

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    Jordy 01-01-14
    Jordy 01-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "sweet hockey romance"

    This is the FIRST book in the Assassins series. For most of the book there was really no conflict, just a budding romance between two very different people. It was simply a love story between a successful woman, Elli, who is loaded with insecurities, and a professional athlete, Shea, who is so amazing. Shea is the captain of the Assassins hockey team in Nashville. The heroine Ellie is sweet, funny, smart, and a incredibly successful photographer. She is also a young southern lady who has insecurity issues. Elli Fisher has been hurt, emotionally and physically, by former loves and her family. After overcoming a medical issues, she stood on her own for so long that she doesn't quite know how to trust others. Shea meets Elli at a team photo shoot where she is the photographer. He gets her to do the photography at party of his and things start to progress from there. This book has it all. Laughter, sexy time, drama, heartache and love. Shea the sexy, sensitive, tattooed hockey player for the Assassins wears geek glasses is muscled, funny, sweet, jealous, possessive and becomes totally in love &devoted to Elli. And Shea’s absolutely adorable with his twin sister, Grace, and her family.  I thought Shea and Elli were so sweet together. However, Elli's excessive doubts throughout the chapters were the only qualms I had with the book, everything else was good. I did appreciate the slow building romance. These two characters did not just meet, had insta-love and lived happily ever after. Oh no, you got to see a build of a fantastic and realistic love. All in all, the book was entertaining and if you enjoy hot hockey players, I recommend it.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Huntsville, TX 05-10-14
    Mary Huntsville, TX 05-10-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Whine on Ice"

    Hot hockey guy falls for insecure babe. OK, I actually like most of the book and found Ellie's insecurities believable. However, in order to throw the final monkey wrench into the plot, the heroine suddenly believes people who have always lied to her, characters who were always straight shooters suddenly beat around the bush, and people stop talking to each other for no real reason except to further the anxiety of our hero & heroine. The last couple of hours of the book ruined what I had previously enjoyed. Too bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KH879 Ohio 04-28-14
    KH879 Ohio 04-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Female Lead is Beyond Annoying"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The female lead character, Elli, drove me nuts. I can't think of another female character in all of literature who is more of a spineless twit. The other characters in the book were enjoyable but it was almost painful to listen to her inner dialogue. She is plagued by body image issues, has no self-confidence, needs validation from the man in her life (which she repeatedly rejects anyway!!), and continually trusts those she already knows she shouldn't.


    Which character – as performed by Lucy Malone – was your favorite?

    Elli's best friend. She (eventually) lays it on the line and delivers Elli a giant truth bomb.


    Do you think Taking Shots needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As long as it follows ANY other character in the story and not Elli.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 01-03-14
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "AN OKAY LISTEN !!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't say it was time well spent so much as a way to pass time (while driving). I only hope TA's writing gets better for the rest of the series. I found it to be juvenile in some places and just okay in others.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Thought it was the best part of the book


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lucy Malone?

    I have listened to Ms. Malone in the past, however, she did not, in my opinion, perform well in this one. Much too choppy and didn't change the tempo of her voice when warranted. I think she needs more practice.


    Did Taking Shots inspire you to do anything?

    Nope. I was hoping that it would inspire me to purchase the upcoming books in the series and introduce me to a new author....disappointed on both counts.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patty TERRE HAUTE, IN, United States 09-04-14
    Patty TERRE HAUTE, IN, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Could of have been better"
    What did you like best about Taking Shots? What did you like least?

    I'm finding it difficult to actually think of something that I really liked about this book, unfortunately nothing really stands out about it. It was simply OK. There is a lot that I didn't like though. Perhaps these things are the reason I can't find anything to exceptional about Taking Shots. I found it extremely annoying with the continuous use of the giggling, and Shea referring to Elli and all women as GIRLS. Come on, we're supposed be talking about grownups here, not teenagers. I kept hoping that she stop using those phrase so much, but it didn't happen. It was distracting and kept thinking that it all sounded childish. Drove me crazy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Now I have to admit that I liked the ending....it was probably the one part of the whole but that felt like I was dealing with adults and not a couple of kids. It was dramatic and sappy and a little funny at the same time. I won't go into what happened cause it was the best part of the whole book.


    Did Lucy Malone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I liked Lucy's reading of the book. She did a good job of letting you know Shea was from the east coast and that Elli was pure southern.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Well making it sound like they were talking about adults would have made it sooooo much better. Shea was a sweetheart, maybe to sweet at times. I mean he is supposed be this hot, famous hockey player after all. Also Elli was a contradiction. They want you to think of her as this sophisticated, confident, successful woman. But most of the time she came across as anything but. Overall, Taking Shots was simply OK. It wasn't a bad read. If your really bored and you don't mind the strange use of wording in the book, then you will enjoy this book. It had it's moments. I might try another just to see if she continues with the same phrasing, if so then it will most likely be the last one I buy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JK shakopee, MN, United States 06-20-14
    JK shakopee, MN, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A hockey romance"
    What did you love best about Taking Shots?

    I loved hearing one of my favorite stories! Narrator was good. Can't wait to listen to my next one in the series.


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    kari 06-10-14
    kari 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Annoying Voice"
    If you could sum up Taking Shots in three words, what would they be?

    I really liked the story but such an annoying voice of story teller, I could barely stand it.


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    Elantra Illinois, United States 05-19-14
    Elantra Illinois, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.

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    "One heck of a starter!"

    I have never been a big fan of hockey. But this series made me a fan (of the idea of hockey). It had it all; romance, drama, action, and steam!!!!

    This is one book that was amazing from start to finish. This is a book that you will go back to reread again and again and never get tired of it.

    I for one am glad that I bought this title and plan on getting the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-03-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "3.5 STARS - SHEA PLEASURE.. BUT ANNOYING TOO"

    Elli is a successful photographer/businesswoman but she's shy and has many insecurities when it comes to relationships and her body image so when she starts to date Shea, the Captain of the Assassins Ice Hockey Team, who's sensitive, sexy, handsome, tattooed and just plain adorable, it unfortunately brings out all of those insecurities.

    This is a lighthearted sweet listen about a couple who are instantly drawn to each other but their relationship is slow to develop because of Elli's constant inferiority complex but thankfully they do eventually find passion. However, important secrets that she's withheld threatens their new-found happiness and then she saw something (sorry no spoilers) and jumps to conclusions which has devastating heartbreaking results for both of them.

    One of those listens that is both enjoyable and scream-worthy as you can't get a more perfect boyfriend than Shea, he's patient, understanding, looks after her when she's ill and also when she's drunk, spoils her, is so thoughtful and tender. Then, just as a HEA is in sight, she thinks the worst of him and you just want to shout at her "Oh, shut up, listen and give him a chance to explain woman". It's touching, tender, heartbreaking, with a very romantic ending, along with some great, strong, funny secondary characters, thankfully enables you to overlook all Elli's annoying actions.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a lighthearted, sweet, sexy, Contemporary Romance with a sensitive Hero then look no further and, despite wanting to strangle her at times, I did enjoy this listen - so Yes creditworthy.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-18-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good start to the series"

    3 stars

    This was a good story. Elli and Shea were good characters and their story was interesting enough that I kept reading until the end.

    Elli is a photographer and has her own successful photography business. She has a great dad but her mother and her sister are both horrible (and should be shot to put them out of our misery). She used to be a very talented stage singer but lost her career when thyroid issues caused her to gain lots of weight without control. Medications have helped regulate her weight issues but she’ll never be back to her old skinny size. Elli used to be engaged but the guy was a real jerk that made her feel like crap until she broke up with him 6 years ago. Since then she hasn't been involved with any men at all, mostly due to an absolutely horrible self-image.

    Shea is a hockey player and a good guy. He and his twin (Grace) moved to Tennessee when he got a professional hockey contract there and he’s been living there since. His sister got married and has kids (who Shea loves) and Shea has been looking to settle down but hasn't found the right woman.

    Elli is the photographer for the Assassins hockey team and during a photo shoot she meets Shea. She’s attracted to Shea but thinks he’s way out of her league. Shea thinks that Elli is beautiful from the beginning and decides to see her again. His sister, Grace, is a party planner and is setting up a party for Shea to host for the whole team so Shea gets Grace to get Elli to be his photographer. Elli accepts the job and they meet at the party. Shea tries to flirt with her but she’s rather obtuse about his attempts at flirting. He manages to get her to agree to meet with him the next day to show him how to work his digital camera. They meet the next day and have a great time together, getting along naturally and easily. Shea sees this as a good sign and decides to ask her out again. Elli is surprised when Shea calls her and doesn't expect him to ask her out. She accepts but is leery about his intentions and being sure that he’ll probably break her heart, Elli decides to try to protect her heart.

    Shea and Elli start to date and Shea is great and very understanding. Shea pretty much falls for Elli right off and decides to do whatever it takes to get her trust. They’re both busy with work and such but they manage to fit time in to see each other. With each time they see each other; things just get deeper between them. Elli's self-image issues cause her to try to push him away but Shea doesn't let her push him away. They have some good times and Elli starts trusting in Shea more as they see each other. There are some hard times, one of these is when they go to dinner with her family (her mother is horrible and doesn't get any better with exposure). Shea soon realizes where some of her self-image issues come from once he meets her mother and sister. There is general day to day stress and such and Shea and Elli's relationship moves forward but because Elli is still rather fearful of things she tends to take longer on some points than Shea, like on the love thing. Shea is patient and knows with time she’ll fall for him in return. His patience pays off as they do get to a point where Elli believes in and is looking towards a future with Shea. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong due to a conniving witch and Elli and Shea have some majorly bad times when it looks like all is lost. Things do get worked out though and Shea and Elli end the story together and starting their HEA.

    Overall this was an enjoyable story. Shea was a great hero and to be honest, I can’t think of any complaints for him. I liked Elli at first and could deal with her self-image issues at first. However, after these issues kept coming up they began to get a little wearing. I felt the way she reacted at the end was stupid and even worse that it took her so long to figure it out. By the end, I wasn't sure if I felt she really deserved Shea but the ending was nice and I was glad Shea ended up happy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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