Taking Shots - Toni Aleo

Taking Shots

By Toni Aleo

  • Release Date: 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 227 Ratings


In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo’s exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.
No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.
A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love.

Praise for Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins romances
“Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series.”—Award-winning author Jami Davenport
Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni’s first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can’t wait to read more from her. Don’t hesitate for a moment to grab this book.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling.”—Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score
Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn’t just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review
“Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines
“Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story.”—Blushing Reader
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


  • Loved!

    By Chubbypants
    Saw Toni Aleo at an author signing event. She was so amazing that I had to give her books a shot. So glad I did. Not only do I love me some hockey, but I love an author that can write well from both the lead character's POV! I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I understand why my friend went all fan girl when she met her!
  • Had potential but....

    By chckadee
    I really like the story in the beginning, but midway through I just thought it dragged on and on and on. By the end of the book I practically hated Elli; she was so annoying and insecure I couldn't stand it. If the book would've been shorter I think it would be better. Will I continue reading the series, probably. I'd like to think the rest of the characters aren't as bad as Elli.
  • Fantastic series opener!!!

    By Cheryl SDS
    This is the first book in The Assassins series and it's about Ellie Fisher and Shea Adler. Shea's attitude is that if it happens and he falls in love, then great but he's gonna have fun being single until then. Ellie is a totally different story. She's been hurt...badly. It's taken her years to be able to start living again. Sexy hockey player Shea Adler, is about to rock her world! I can't say enough great things about this book! I LOVE it! My emotions were all over the place. I was happy, sad, crying, cheering, angry, and my kids thought I had lost it! I am so glad I started this series. Toni Aleo is an amazing writer. It took a lot of patience on Shea's part but when it happened the chemistry between these characters was sizzling! It's refreshing to see what a guy goes through when he loves his woman so much and things don't work out the way he planned. I am so excited to read the next book in this fabulous series, Trying To Score.
  • Interesting

    By Pudge4
    Is it just me or do these book seem like they were written by a teenager. These series aren't bad they just go on and on and on. These books need serious editing because I get to a point in the books and I just start to skim. The last 2 I read I got to the middle and just skipped to the end just so it would end finally.
  • Who knew ice was so...hot?!

    By elle504
    I absolutely loved this book! I literally could not stop reading. I laughed. I cried. I freaking yelled at my iPad I was so into this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series about the hottest guys to take the ice...even if I am a Blues girl at heart. ;)
  • Great Escape

    By yRach
    Could not put it down till the end. It's a little predictable but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Love it!

    By Bellerosie1
    Great series! You fall in love with Shea and Elli. Must read! Each book in this series gets better. :)
  • Shea is like Buttah

    By AKisG8
    This was a pucking good story and I appreciate that there was no cliff hanger at the end. I am so tired of the teaser approach so prevalent in many recent books. Just charge a fair price for a whole story and stop jerking readers around. I'm dropping my gloves and refusing to buy in to this foolishness anymore. Having vented, I really liked this couple even if their combined tears would fill a jetted tub. The writer is very talented and I will purchase her other books in this series since she is writing about new people while including updates on previous couples.
  • Decent story, horrible writing

    By A-Bog
    I really wanted to love this book, but it was so poorly written, I struggled just to get through it.
  • Wonderful

    By 3590abs
    I stumbled across these books and I love them all. There needs to be more Shea Alders' in this world.