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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get through it, tried to like it...

The male narrator has a bad accent and the story just didn't draw me in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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3 Taking Shots Stars

I wanted to slap Elli's mother and sister so freaking badly.
I don't think I have ever wanted to jump in to a book before.
Like OMG they made me soooo mad, and on to the dad. Now I know he "tried" to rein his wife and daughter in but really he could have done more I think. Elli's brothers..... it was like they were mutes... WTF.
Loved that Shea broke the glass, I think it total woke Elli up.

There was a little to much self loathing and drama in this book for me. Now when I read it back in 2014 I loved it. half this review was from then. It's not that I didn't like the book I just didn't remember all the dramalama. Still overall its one of my favorite series.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Poorly edited. Entertaining story.

Mostly liked the characters. Wanted to slap Elli more than a few times. Very poorly edited.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patty
  • TERRE HAUTE, IN, United States
  • 09-04-14

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.

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  • Coooper
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 01-03-14

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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*Shrug* Unimpressed

At first I thought it was going to be pretty good; unique with a female character that wasn’t the typical beautiful skinny chick, but after a horribly long and drawn out story, she ended up typical and skinny in the end. The plot of the story was okay, until the last few chapters where it just got ridiculous. Her reactions to totally bizarre situations were always predictable and drawn out until the very end when she all of a sudden comes to her senses and it ends in a rushed and unrealistic happily ever after. I’m a sucker for a good romance, but this just didn’t do it for me. I also agree that the narrator’s voice was super nasally and she wasn’t the best at changing voices for certain characters, so it got confusing from time to time. Up to you, but I’m moving on to something else!

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Will definitely be moving forward with the series.

This is the second Toni Aleo book I've read. Though I did really enjoy it, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Boarded by Love (book one of the Bellevue Bullies series, which comes after the Assassins series in the timeline). Elli comes from a seriously messed up family with a horrible mother and horrible siblings. The only saving graces to her family are her father and her uncle. She had her heart broken a long time ago and, between that and gaining weight due to her illness, she has lost a lot of her confidence. Shea, though purported to be a ladies man, never actually comes across as one over the course of this book. The only time we see him do anything remotely player-ish, he can't go through with it. All in all, he is a good guy. He is close with his family, particularly his twin, Grace. Over the course of the book, Elli does a lot of growing in the self esteem department with the help of Shea. Both are happier than their loved ones have seen them in a very long time, if ever. Speaking of which, this book turns out to be more than just Elli and Shea's love story. Elli's best friend Harper and Shea's best friend Jacob find love as well. The book is HEA with no cliffhanger. I will definitely be going forward with the series.

Considering this was a story told from both Elli and Shae's perspectives, Lucy Malone did a good job narrating. While I prefer both a female narrator and a male narrator in books of this sort, I did enjoy Malone's performance.