Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo

Title:  Falling for the Backup
Author: Toni Aleo
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Assassins #3.5
Main Characters: Aynslee and Jordan
Release Date: June 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is, until the hottest guy she’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and dazzles her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers? 

Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he’d ever play pro hockey again, he’s got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty—okay, beautiful—girl on a plane shouldn’t be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he’s not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her. 

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Empty Net.

My Review:
I've loved this entire series, but there was just something special about this novella. I really connected with both of these characters and their emotions throughout. 

Jordan and Aynslee meet on a flight and immediately connect. The problem is, Jordan's entire life is in flux as he's trying to find a new team where he can be more than the back-up. As a result, he KNOWS that he's going to be moving soon. It's not fair of him to get involved with someone so he tries to avoid the pull from Aynslee. BUT Aynslee doesn't know any of this. She just keeps wondering what she's doing wrong and if she's totally reading the signals wrong. But you can't mess with fate as the two keep coming across each other until they can no longer deny the attraction.

LOVED this story. It was seriously so sweet and romantic. I love that Jordan really tries to protect both of them from the effect his career is going to make...even to the point that he's truly willing to make sacrifices about where he goes. He's simply a sweetheart who's just caught in a bad circumstance. I also like how human he is. Playing as the backup has affected him and his own feeling of self-worth. He's getting that back but even Aynslee can see that it's not all quite there for him. He loves hockey and sitting on the bench is killing him.

There were so many scenes in this book that melted my heart. When Aynslee makes it to the game and then when Jordan meets her parents....both gorgeous smile-worthy scenes that just left me happy to have read them. Jordan and Aynslee have such a natural relationship. It makes the book fun to read. It was definitely one of those books that I found myself smiling the whole time I read it. Romance---this book has it in spades!!

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