Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Empty Net by Toni Aleo

Empty Net (Assassins #3)
by Toni Aleo
Date Published: September 3, 2012
Pages: 353

Book Description: Definition of an Empty Net: When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.

Audrey Parker was in a horrible place. She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too. Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything. After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanley Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty. Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again? Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?

My Review

Audrey Parker is a funky fashionista who loves baking, hockey and her family. One thing she longs for is a passionate relationship like her older sister has with her husband. Audrey often compares herself to other women and lacks self-confidence. Unfortunately, this self-esteem issue causes her to settle for less than she deserves when it comes to love interests.

Tate Odder is a powerful goalie on the Nashville Assassins professional hockey team. He is an attractive family-oriented guy from Sweden. Audrey and Tate share an interesting evening together that ignites a fiery attraction between the two. Audrey can't let go of an abusive relationship, and Tate is still healing from a past trauma. While the two seem destined to be together, the path to each other's lives is rocky to say the very least.

Empty Net is the third book in the Assassin Series. Toni Aleo has created a series that keeps your cheeks flushed, your heart racing, and your brain begging for more. Like the first two books in this series, the characters are well-developed and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I found myself rooting for Audrey and Tate, cringing when things went awry, and swooning over steamy moments. I cannot say enough positive things about this book and the series. The characters are loveable, and the story never contains a dull moment.

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