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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo
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Release Date: October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback - 478 pages / Kindle - 704 KB / Nook - 379 KB
ISBN: 1105114872
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction

About The Author:

My name is Toni Aleo!

I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.

I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it's because 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 daughter's 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?

I hope to hear from you on here, my Facebook or Twitter pages! 

Thank you very much!

BUY THE BOOK: Taking Shots

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Saturday, May 26, 2012, in association with Chick Lit Plus, author Toni Aleo participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description:

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 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 Book Review:

Taking Shots is a sassy little romance novel that will keep you thoroughly entertained as you turn the pages. The storyline is realistic and draws the reader in as Elli and Shea's story unfolds before their eyes. With a great hockey theme as the background to the story, the author does a great job describing the sport. If you're not a fan of the sport before you read the book, you will be afterwards! The author provides the reader with characters that are realistic and fun to get to know. Ellie and Shea along with their best friends Harper and Jakob, each have their own idiosyncrasies and issues that they have to deal with, and reading how their relationships unfold in the story kept me interested. I couldn't help but really like each one of these characters and pull for them as they dealt with the ups and downs of their relationships. The characters dealt with some very real issues that the readers can easily identify with: insecurities, self-confidence, trust, illness (hypothyroidism), betrayal, and forgiveness. In true romance novel tradition, this story has a lot of sizzling, smoking hot, passionate sex scenes. I kind of felt myself blush at some of the graphic sex scenes, but it sure was entertaining! Like other reviewers before me have stated, I think the storyline was a bit too lengthy and drawn out, and I could have easily lost my interest in finishing the story if I wasn't so intrigued to see how Elli and Shea's relationship ended up. Nonetheless, I did find this story entertaining, and would recommend this book to fans of chick lit and contemporary romance genres.



  1. Replies
    1. Samantha, thank you for the opportunity to red, review and host Ton's virtual book tour event. As a Phila Flyers fan, I really enjoyed reading Taking Shots.

  2. Thanks so much!!! Loved the review :)

    1. Hi Toni! As a hockey fan (Phila Flyers) I really enjoyed reading and reviewing Taking Shots. I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. :)