Review: Delayed Call by Toni Aleo

Posted May 14, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Delayed Call by Toni AleoDelayed Call by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins, #11
on March 20th 2017
Pages: 399
Also in this series: Empty Net, Falling for the Backup (Novella), Taking a Shot, Trying to Score and Empty Net
Also by this author: Empty Net, Falling for the Backup (Novella), Taking a Shot, Trying to Score and Empty Net
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Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins' star player. He's brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn't afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.
Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she'd like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?
Brie has been the match to Vaughn's gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part...
Brie's been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn's past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.

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I always enjoy Toni Aleo’s hockey stories but I have to admit, I was disappointed with this one.  I thought the dialogue missed it’s mark and rather than being witty, the banter seemed silly and made the characters feel immature and unrealistic. Even though it wasn’t a perfect book, I still enjoyed reading about a sexy hockey player.

Vaughan is a professional hockey player with the Nashville Assassins.  He is a cocky, self-assured, fun loving guy.  He enjoys his life, loves playing hockey and has some good friends on the team. He has recently adopted a rescue dog and I thought it was sweet how Vaughan is willing to do anything to make his three-legged rescue dog happy.

Brie Soledad works as a hockey reporter for the Nashville assassins.  She and Vaughn argue all the time when they first meet. Vaughan likes to give Brie a hard time because he thinks the questions she asks in their interviews are unimaginative.  Brie does not have a high opinion of Vaughan and dreads interviewing him.

Vaughan and Brie have both made some wrong assumptions and once they get to know each other, they realize they have some things in common. There is a lot of sexual tension brewing between them as they disagree and give each other hard time and their relationship goes through a lot of changes.  When they first meet, they are constantly fighting, but as time goes by, they find themselves attracted to each other.  If you like stories about sexy hockey players, you will enjoy this one.

About Toni Aleo

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

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, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.

… and did I mention I love hockey?

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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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