Wednesday, May 7, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW...Breaking Away (Assassins #5) by Toni Aleo

Title:  Breaking Away (Assassins #5)
Author:  Toni Aleo
Publication Date: June 10th 2014 (first published June 2014)
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:  BREAKING AWAY is a story of loss, healing, and love… where unexpected turns and heartache lead to passion.

To Nashville Assassins’ leading scoring center Phillip Anderson, playing hockey has always been easy… as natural as breathing. His life is no different. That’s until his world is turned upside down by the death of his sister. While mourning his loss, Phillip has to find a way to make his very angry sixteen-year-old niece, Claire, happy. Now, as her guardian, he discovers the only thing that seems to heal her lonely heart is dance class. But what he didn’t count on was the attraction he’d feel towards her drop-dead sexy dance teacher.

For Reese Allen, dancing has always been part of her soul. After having her heart broken in New York, she comes home with the determination to make her dance studio one of the best in Tennessee and succeeds. When she sees Claire dance for the first time, she knows the girl is bound for greatness and takes the troubled teen under her wing. Using dance as therapy, she suddenly finds herself bound to the young woman… and her hot-as-sin uncle.

However, Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. It’s simple. They do what they want, who they want, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, the attraction is undeniable. Soon, they are more than willing to spend just one night tangled in the sheets. But, one night turns into two, and two turns into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be something more… if only Reese and Claire allow it.

Can Phillip find a way to thaw the hearts of both the women in his life, or will he be forever trying to break them away from their pasts?

 My Review 


Breaking Away is by far one of my FAVORITES from Toni Aleo’s Assassins series.

Hockey Casanova Phillip Anderson feels his world turn upside down after his sister dies and he inherits the sole custody of his niece, Claire.

Now raising a hurt and angry teenager hell-bent on making her time with him an unpleasant one and while still balancing his hockey career, can he make things work?

What about when he meets Claire’s dance instructor, Reese Allen, and the sparks fly? Can this former playboy convince this Ice Queen to take a chance on love? Or will he fail trying?

So Reese…

Reese Allen knows what it’s like to have your heartbroken and torn to pieces. Confident, beautiful, and successful, Reese is a renowned dance phenomenon. After all, she danced professionally in New York for a prodigal dance company and highlighted as the star female dancer.

But when she accepts Phillip’s 16 year old niece into her dance studio, little does she know that the heart works in mysterious ways. Will Reese open herself to take another chance at love? Or will she let her past overshadow her future?

My thoughts: My initial thoughts when discovering that Phillip and Reese were going to be paired up were approval and glee. I had already known that this book was going to be featured on Phillip and had always hoped for Reese to get bitten by the love bug so it totally worked out in my favor.

I mean, her twin, Reese, is married to Phillip’s bestie, Erik, and if Reese ended up with Phillip it would be like best friends dating twin carbon copies of each other!! It works out. How cool!!

Toni Aleo definitely does not disappoint readers as Breaking Away now ranks as being one of my top three biases in the Assassins series (aside from Elli's and Reese's stories). I really hope that there's more books from this series but I don't know. It is from what I know, not confirmed as of yet. Ig not, I would love a Claire and perhaps one of Phillip’s teammates in the future? That would be a riotl! But I highly doubt it.

So…all in all, assuming that this is perhaps the final book in the Assassins series, then it was great while it lasted. Everything does have its end so I was happy to have partaken with this journey.




My Rating:
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 8.5-9
-Characters : 8.5-9
-Cover : 9

 About the Author 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.

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