Author: Toni Aleo
Series: The Assassins Series (Book #1)
Format: unedited ARC
Reviewed by: Onnica
Basic Story: Elli Fisher is finally living the life she’s struggled for while keeping past spectres at bay. She has a thriving photography business and when she gets to combine taking photos with her passion for hockey, she’s in seventh heaven. Due to her strong reputation, her next job is to photograph the entire Nashville Assassins hockey team. A lifelong supporter, Elli is determined to pull it off, even though coming face-to-face with her idol, Shea Adler, scares her to death.
Shea Adler, captain of the Assassins, known playboy and all-round American superstar loves his life. He has a strong family unit; a twin sister who he cares about more than anything and his nephew and niece. Too busy for anything else, women are just a diversion to pass the time and help release pent-up energy. That is until he’s called to a team photo session for the new season. When he locks eyes on Elli (even though he can barely see without his contacts) he is thrown. He has to know her. She’s bashful and talented and not like any of the women he’s known before. Elli is sweet and instantly attracted to Shea; however, her past relationship left her self-esteem in tatters. Her lack of family support has left her insecure and feeling unworthy of love. She wants to believe that Shea could be part of a happier future, but can’t shake the feeling that she’s just not good enough for the mighty Shea Adler.
Why you should read this: It’s a pleasant read in many respects, set in the world of hockey. Shea is ideal book boyfriend material – he’s kind, considerate, never puts a foot wrong. Always says the right thing.
What you might hate: I really wanted to like Elli. Truly I did. I understand that she’s had a turbulent past but honestly, her tendencies to whine about not being pretty enough, or good enough for Shea were repetitive and self-indulgent. It also made the book twice as long as it needed to be in my opinion. Her relationship with her mother also seemed a little far-fetched, but it did build the suspense. Also, for me this book lacked structure – it was pleasant but it didn’t seem to be heading anywhere until the final chapters where the couple finally faced conflict and the boy lost the girl.
Rating: Sadly, I was disappointed – I had high hopes for this book and it just didn’t do it for me. Hopefully the later books in the series will be different. I give it 2/5 for the meandering storyline at times and the exasperating heroine. This is the first Loveswept story that has failed to sweep me away. Hot cover though.