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
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
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.
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.
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.
Thought it was the best part of the book
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.
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.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
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.
I loved hearing one of my favorite stories! Narrator was good. Can't wait to listen to my next one in the series.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
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.
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.
Elli's best friend. She (eventually) lays it on the line and delivers Elli a giant truth bomb.
As long as it follows ANY other character in the story and not Elli.
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.
Will do anything for books!
Okay, so I read several reviews some good, some not so. I will say, this is a lighter story, no super kinky stuff, etc. But there are plenty of issues, ups and downs, highs and lows. The last 2 hours, maybe 90 minutes were rough but oh so good! Holy Crap that ending!!!!!! WOW! Shea was such a great guy, always sweet, always kind, a guy, of course but great. Elli had some major body issues and they seem reasonable once you learn about her past. Honestly I totally get it. I saw several people said she should just get over it, but really it isn't that easy. Her family if FUBAR!!!
I know with the amazon reviews there was mention of editing issues, but with the audible, nothing there, all good. Narrator did great, I liked the voices she did and I think it was good. There were no issues I noticed, nothing that took my attention away from the story.
So, I started the book then couldn't go to sleep until 2:30 am when I FORCED myself to turn it off, then back on first thing in the morning. I really liked it. I always like a story where the guy goes after the girl. She did have some issues and really, he did too, he gets upset for not telling her more about herself, but I don't remember him asking for more details either. Yes of course she should have told him more, she is secretive however again, she is a bit jacked! Totally get it. I love this story, can't wait for the next one...downloading now, guess I get no sleep tonight either! OH WELL!!!
I will say, a 14 hour book is great its like getting the same amount of time of 2 books for the price of one. We also get some great secondary characters in here which is always fun. I enjoy meeting friends and family and getting to know them as well. This is a long one but there is a ton of back story and detail.
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