Sunday, September 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Empty Net by Toni Aleo - Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Welcome to by stop on the blog tour for Empty Net by Toni Aleo.  This is the third book in Toni's Assassins Series.  The Tour is sponsored by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.

Empty Net (Assassins #3)
by Toni Aleo
Published September 3, 2012
Source:  ARC provided by author for tour.

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 Thoughts:   I am such a fan of Toni Aleo's Assassins series.  OMG, talk about hot.  This is the kind of hot that just putting your face in the freezer or taking a cold shower does nothing to quench.  This requires a bigger distraction, like several screaming kids.  After giving us two super hot hockey players to lust after, Toni has given us yet another in Tate Odder.  He is so hot and will bring out every woman's inner cougar.  We were first introduced to both Tate and Audrey in Trying to Score.  Tate is the young newbie from Sweden.  Audrey Parker, is Fallon's sister.  Trying to Score, the second book in the series, was Fallon and Lucas Brooks story.  Empty Net is Tate and Audrey's story.  

Audrey Parker has had one dead end relationship after another with men who didn't love her or appreciate her.  After being in a relationship with the deadbeat Levi for 8 months, she finds herself dumped yet again.  Always a glutton for punishment, she still wants him back.  Tate Odder is 21 years old and still trying to get over the tragic death of his mother, father, and sister.  In a bar one night he lays eyes on Audrey Parker and he's done for.  He's got to have her.  Needless to say when she looks at him, the feeling is mutual.  The chemistry between these two has sparks flying and the next thing Audrey knows she is waking up in bed in a hotel room next to Tate after one of the most amazing nights of her life.  She immediately leaves, saying it's a mistake, and from that moment own Tate is like Prince Charming with the glass slipper desperately trying to find his Cinderella, more affectionately known as Tate's runaway lay.  Several weeks later at Fallon and Lucas's wedding, he finally finds his Cinderella again, realizing she is the sister of his best friend's wife, and later finds she is his neighbor.  Audrey is determined that she is not going to have a relationship with Tate, believing he's too young, it's not fair to him, she's damaged merchandise, yet the whole time wanting to "climb him like a tree," as Toni puts it.  After trying her best to keep Tate in the "friend zone," she gives in to her desires and these two have one of the most sizzling relationships ever.  They have a ton of drama in the process, opening up about secrets they have kept regarding their past, their fears, and they one obstacle after another that tries tests their love.

I love Audrey, she has the best sense of humor and she and Tate just click and fit together like peanut butter and jelly.  Ah Tate, such a hottie, yet just as damaged on the inside as Audrey.  He loves her fiercely and despite everything, wants nothing more than to be with her.  I really loved this story.  It is filled with humor, romance, some intense drama, and some sizzling sexy scenes.  I'll never look at hockey the same way after reading Toni's books.  I experienced a gamut of emotions in this book, laughing, crying, holding my breath, fanning my face, and wanting to slap somebody.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Blue Lines, because I know Toni will give us yet another yummy hockey player to swoon after.  This hot adult contemporary romance, which has the added benefit of some hunky hockey players, is one book you won't want to miss.       

 Excerpt from Empty Net

“I have to tell you,” she said with a shy grin, “It’s usually not this easy.” 
He looked down at her questionably, “Easy how?” 
“This easy to pick me up. I usually make guys work for it.”
He grinned and her smiled grew more, “So you want me too?”
She eyed him, her face bright with excitement. He may have been a little too forward but he was a blunt person, and hardly ever hid his feelings from anyone.
She moved closer, her eyes bright with lust as she said, “I do and I don’t even know you’re name.”
“Do you want to know it?” he asked with a cocky grin.
She moved in close, her wide brown eyes locked with his, “All I want to know is when you can leave? I have a room not even a mile from here.” 

Author Bio:

I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.
I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!
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 daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.
I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?

Buy links for the first two books (Taking Shots & Trying to Score) in the Assassins series: Amazon * Barnes and Noble
Buy link for Empty NetAmazon Barnes and Noble

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September 15 - Forget the Housework, I'm Reading - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 16 - Always YA at Heart - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 18 - Crystal Reads - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 19 - Ex Libris - Review/Giveaway
September 21 - Natasja's Book Blog - Review/Excerpt
September 23 - Better Read than Dead - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 24 - The Adventures Within - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 25 - Beth From the Heart - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 26- Reader Girls - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 27 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Excerpt
September 27 - What's on the Booklshelf? - Review/Interview
October 1 - In Between - Review/Giveaway
October 1 - TE Garden of Books - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
October 2 - A Date with a Book - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
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  1. Thank you for a great giveaway; the book sounds great!

    1. It is a great book. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. So, with a title like BLUE LINES, I'm guessing the next book is about a defenseman! AWESOME! Can't wait to read this series (I miss hockey already).


    1. I can't wait to read the next book. Thanks so much for visiting.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed Empty Net so much. I love how emotional the Assassins series is. And Tate was adorable. Nice review!

    1. Thanks. Tate was adorable. I still kind of think Lucas is my favorite though.

  4. I haven't ready any of her books, yet, but they've been on my to-read list. :)

    1. They are really great. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Can't wait to read this, thanks for the chance

    1. Thanks for stopping by! All of Toni's book are so good.


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