Title: Blue Lines
Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.
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.
Author: Toni Aleo
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: December 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Theme
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Toni Aleo was a completely new author to me when I walked into this installment in her Assassins series. I can honestly tell readers that Blue Lines works easily as a starting point for this series. It also works well as a stand-alone. The couples from the previous books do have roles here but not to the point that you have to have read the previous books to know them and who they are to this world.
Blue Lines is the tale of how Piper and Erik meet, fall in love, marry, have a baby, and live happily ever after. The juicy part of their tale is that none of it happened in that order. Erik is the one of the bad boys (man whore) of the Assassins. Piper is the sweet yet flighty southern belle that wants him even though she knows he will cause her nothing but heartache and trouble.
I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down once I had it in my hands. There seemed to be no end in sight at the egotistical things that Erik would say. The eReader is almost too small for that man’s ego. The absurdity of his arrogance keeps the pages turning though. Piper is so moon eyed over him that he just keeps pushing the limits. I saw the tipping point rapidly approaching. I knew Piper was going to let those pregnancy hormones take control and Erik would never be the same. I was cheering her snap on the way she cheers for her favorite hockey team.
While Erik is an ass for the majority of the book he is a solidly entertaining ass that is worth the read. There were far too many times to count that I thought he has reached the height of his asshatedness and he would top it. Piper saw something in Erik that I didn’t see until the very end. Piper saw a man in Erik that was worthy of her love.
I will be reading more of the books in this series. The glimpses I caught of the past couples tell me that they have some quality entertainment that I need to make some time for.
Piper often dreamed of what their first time together would be like—when their lips would meet, when their bodies would touch. But unfortunately, that would never happen because he didn’t want her. That was why she couldn’t believe that at this moment he was talking to her. Wait a minute, what the hell did he say?
Brushing the loose strands of hair from her face, she asked, “Excuse me?”
Erik looked like he hadn’t shaved in a month, and it did nothing but make her quiver from the inside out. Her inner drunk slut screamed at her to climb up his hard body, wrap her legs around his waist, take hold of his thick broad shoulders, and ravish his mouth.
“I heard you liked me.”
Well that sure did sober her up.
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.