Title: Blue Lines
Author: Toni Aleo
Series: Nashville Assasians
Release Date: December 9, 2013
ARC provided by publisher
Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.
The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.
Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.
thoughts on blue lines
Blue Lines was the first book by Toni Aleo that I've had the chance to read and it's latest in the Assassins Series so I wasn't sure what to expect. I signed up from the blurb alone, mostly because I love sports romance and the idea of a bad boy hockey player.
I'm a big fan of series books but jumping right into the middle of one is nice and hard at the same time. I don't have any preconceived notions of the characters from seeing them in earlier books but I also don't know some of the more inside stories as well. I was happily surprised though that the backstory was easy to understand and Blue Lines can be read on its own.
That being said I wasn't sure what to think about Erik. He is the Assassins resident manwhore (and asshat) and most likely has his picture right next to each term in the dictionary. Erik and Piper spent one night together and it changed both of their lives literally. Piper has been in love with Erik for years and can't resist temptation when it's right there in front of her. And there's a surprise pregnancy.
In a way I don't fault Piper for waiting so long to tell Erik about the baby but at the same times their lives are so entwined with their familial relationships that there was no way to keep it a secret. And Erik, I don't have anything good to say about his reaction. Or about him period. Just when I thought he couldn't say anything more arrogant and stupid... he did. For awhile I was just reading to see how much more of a jerk he could be and just how big Piper's explosion would be. I wasn't disappointed in either.
But then I saw IT. The IT in Erik that Piper saw and why she didn't give up on him. Toni Aleo crafted a wonderful ending to Erik and Piper that had me convinced in their love. And let just say that the birthing scene was one of the best I've ever read.
I'm definitely checking out the rest of the Assassins Series.
excerpt from Blue Lines
Looking away, Piper was a little confused as she waved toward the floor. “Then, by all means, there’s the dance floor.”
When he didn’t say anything, Piper looked back at him as he said, “I want to dance with you.”
Before she knew what was happening she was being pulled onto the floor. “Lemme See,” by Usher blasted through the speakers of the club and Piper knew that she would never forget that song for the rest of her life. Erik brought her close, swallowing her body in his. Sexy tattoos covered his very muscular arms. She sighed as his hands started caressing her body. They traveled from her waist down to her bare thighs, where he held her tight as she began to move against him. He turned her around until he found the right spot, rubbing her bottom against his growing erection. It was mind-blowing. What the hell had brought them to this moment, she didn’t know.