DELAYED CALL (Assassins #11) by Toni Aleo-Review, Excerpt and Book tour
by Toni Aleo
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, hockey, romance
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 20, 2017
Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins’ star player. He’s brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn’t afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.
Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she’d like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?
Brie has been the match to Vaughn’s gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part…
Brie’s been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn’s past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.
REVIEW: DELAYED CALL is the eleventh installment in Toni Aleo’s contemporary, adult ASSASSINS romance series focusing on the men and women of the NHL’s professional hockey team the Nashville Assassins. This is star player Vaughn Johansson, and the Assassins’ staff reporter Brie Soledad’s story line. DELAYED CALL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Brie and Vaughn) DELAYED CALL focuses on the building relationship between Assassin’s star player Vaughn Johansson, and staff reporter Brie Soledad-an acrimonious relationship with plenty of sexual tension, and the childish back and forth name calling and insults reserved for adolescent teens. With each encounter the play by play between Vaughn and Brie increases the heat, the rancor, the cutting jibes until someone close to Brie and Vaughn makes a request that neither ignore. What ensues is the accession and acquiescence between Vaughn and Brie but not before Brie discovers that Vaughn has lied to Brie about the most important person in her life.
Vaughn Johansson doesn’t do relationships or love. Yes, he loves his friends like family but to proclaim his love for a woman is something Vaughn has learned never to do and never will again. Brie loves with all of her heart but falling in love with Vaughn Johansson finds our heroine heartbroken and alone, wondering where everything went wrong.
We are introduced to Vaughn’s best friend and roommate Jensen Monroe; their mutual friends, brother and sister Wren and Wells. Jensen has been in love with Wren for most of their adult life but Wren has a secret that will blow apart their little world.
DELAYED CALL was a bit of a struggle for me in the early portion of the story. The bickering, name calling and insults were so adolescent and juvenile I thought I was reading a YA story line, and I had a difficult time moving forward. I considered DNFing but I plowed forward and I am glad I did. The premise is entertaining and revealing; the characters were melodramatic, theatrical yet playful and energetic; the romance struggled with Vaughn’s inability to let go of the past. DELAYED CALL is a sexy and passionate story about family, friendship and love.
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Reviewed by Sandy
My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
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 daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?