Thursday, September 20, 2012

Empty Net by Toni Aleo

Title: Empty Net

Author: Toni Aleo
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Assassins #3
Main Characters: Tate and Audrey
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: -
ISBN: e-book

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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:
*Yay* This is absolutely the best book so far in the series...and the entire series has been amazing! 

When we were just introduced to Tate early in book #2, I wasn't so sure because he was so young. Hello, he's a pro NHL player and was only 20 yo back immediate thoughts were of partying and man-whore ways that are such a norm for young pro athletes. But then we started to learn his tragic story and I started to fall in love with him. This was a kid that had to deal with more tragedy than most 40 yo's by the age of 18...that matures a person fast and shows them just what's important in life.

Tate is new to the United States, new to speaking English, new to the Assassins and he's feeling a bit lost. He suffers from panic attacks and honestly, I feel like he has a mild case of PTSD. He's been severely traumatized, but he's such an amazing guy. Just one of those guys that you want to wrap your arms around and hug. Yeah, I pretty much fell in love with his character. And he is such a sweetheart...everyone sees it, yes, even Audrey. Tate is a catch!

Then there's Audrey...*gah*...through so much of this book I simply wanted to knock her upside the head to knock some sense into her. Her sister is Fallon, heroine of book #2, and throughout both books she has gone on and on about how she wants to find her she dates and "loves" Levi...the biggest jerk in the series. I just don't get it especially when Tate is right perfect and so gorgeous and so good in bed. How? How does that work?? Like I said, I just wanted to knock some sense into her...badly! Although I hated her choices, I never had a problem seeing why she made them...they were very in-character for her. But my heart just hurt for her and that she couldn't make herself choose Tate...and I just wanted to cry for him. They both are so torn up through so much of this book. 

BTW, the scenes where Audrey would listen to him play the piano through the closet wall....*sob* gorgeous and so perfect for this story. And yes, I absolutely DID CRY through this book. It's very emotional...and just so good. An amazing love story.

I LOVED this book. This series just gets better and better as the characters become deeper and deeper. ANY of these books can be read as stand-alone novels, but ALL the characters in them are deeply involved with each others lives so the reading of the stories becomes so much richer through each book as you get to see the characters grow even more and evolve after their Happily Ever After's. The addition of the hockey/team aspect just makes these books so much more. The Assassins are a family and I love that. Crossing my fingers that book #4 comes out soon...a HUGE benefit of the author self-pubbing these wonderful books!

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