Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo ✰✰✰✰

Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her. 
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?

Would Elli miss her shot at love?

My Casting

*happy sigh* Aaaah, what an adorable ending!

I really liked Taking Shots. If I have to be picky I’d say it was a little drawn out and there was no real drama until very near the end… it’s quite long and there are a few mini dramas throughout but it all seems to be going a little too swimmingly and then you think you’re almost done with the book and boom, Aleo throws it upside down!

“Say it again.”
She giggled before she said, “I love you.”
“Oh, baby, I love you. More than you’ll ever know.”

I’ve given four stars, instead of five because I found the plot a little weak. It was nice, but it kind of chugged along with no real direction for a little while. But it sorted itself out in the end.

Really good read though. Shea is just to die for! Ugh, this perfect book men are making it entirely impossible to function in every day life. Nothing and nobody compares! Shea is one of those, he’s just adorable!

“Don’t ever leave me again. Love only me, for the rest of our lives. Move into our house, make love to me every night, and make babies with me, Elli. Please, because being with you made me a better man, and I could never love anyone the way I love you.”

I really like Elli most of the time, she was independent, a little insecure but still pretty strong… but then she’d go and annoy the hell out of me by being completely unreasonable at times.

The surrounding characters are great too. Harper, Elli’s best friend, plays a big part, as do Shea’s team mates. The characters are well rounded and fit perfectly into the storyline.

It was hard to hear him, but she turned around, and when she faced him again he was smiling broadly. He pulled his glove off and held up three fingers, then kissed his palm and pressed it to the glass. She pressed her hand against his, and said, “Good luck.”
Shea skated off with a nod.
“Oh. My. God. Y’all disgust me. That was straight out of some sappy love story,” Harper complained.”

Taking Shots isn’t too emotional. Beware, near the end I did resort to skimming to try and resolve the issues quicker, but it isn’t too heart wrenching.

But the ending is just… Squueeeeee!!! Hopelessly romantic!

P.S. I have a love affair with Louboutins… so the cover sold it for me. 😉


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