17 July, 2012

#Review :: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

Elli Fisher is much sought after photographer settled in Nashville and Shea Adler is this gorgeous hockey player for the Assassins. They meet when Elli gets the jobs of taking shots of the team. For Shea Adler, it was almost love at first sight. On the other hand, Elli has serious complex regarding her weight. She also has issues from her past relationship. The story deals with how Shea pursues Elli and finally if they get their ‘happily ever after’.

Elli is an average person, like the girl next door – someone we can easily identify with. She used to be a size 2 Broadway star till she fell sick with thyroid. With her increasing weight, she lost her career, her boyfriend and her self-confidence. Though she managed to bounce back, get her weight under control and set up her photography studio, she became conscious of her new size -8. Her relationship too left scars in her heart – as did the sickness on her body. So when she meets Shea, she finds it difficult to believe in him. Shea Adler is a hunk of a hockey player. He has had his share of ‘fun’. But when he sees Elli for the first time he falls for her. As the story progresses, he slowly realizes what she means to him and does everything to win her trust and love. He is a very caring and romantic character. But what stood out the most was his level of patience with Elli. He sure is a keeper!

Though I kind of understood where it was coming from, I often lost patience with Elli’s insecurities. She had been happy and successful in her life when all of a sudden she not only fell sick but also lost everything that she had been working towards. To top that off, an abusive relationship can really cause damage to a person’s confidence level. Even then I felt that her insecurities kind of dragged the story little longer than necessary.  That was the only thing that did not work out for me. Otherwise, the plot is a good one and so are the characters. I particularly liked Shea’s family.

I sure hope that Ms.Toni is going to write Jakob’s story soon...

About the Author

My name is Toni Aleo!
I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.
I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it's cause of my intense love for hockey!
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 daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.
I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?
I am currently working on Empty Net, and I hope to have it out by November!
I hope to hear from you on here, my Facebook, or my twitter! Thank you so much!

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  1. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the review.


  2. Love your blog and thank you for sharing it with me. Your writing style has an infectious (in a good way) feeling of life, laughter and energy that makes me smile. I can’t help but smile, when i read it.
    Good link!! Like it..

  3. The cover caught my eyes and I instantly attracted to the synopsis. Always love the story with hero who is an athlete. And the weight and past issue. Thanks for the review. Another great book to read!

  4. Love this book! Nice review :)