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Taking Shots

(Nashville Assassins #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  22,120 ratings  ·  1,658 reviews
In 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
ebook, 390 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Loveswept (first published October 4th 2011)
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Amy Bullis The other's are better written (for quick-read romance). If I'd read this one first, I probably wouldn't have read any of the others.…moreThe other's are better written (for quick-read romance). If I'd read this one first, I probably wouldn't have read any of the others.(less)
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Toni Aleo
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so I think its awesome!

1 Star! I was bored to tears and so disappointed!

This story was all over the place and I couldn't stand Elli. I felt sorry for her at first, but then boy, was she ever annoying. Towards the end of the book, I felt like it was an endless loop of the same thing happening over and over again. Shea should have running screaming and left Elli to wallow in her self-pity and accusations...GAAAAAAHHH! For that matter he wasn't much better. Then what he does at the end...helloooo...anger management clas
Michelle [Helen Geek]
If I could give this fewer stars, I would.

The premise for this story is sound, although not original, but still, could have been good. Why wasn't it? An immature writing style by the author. Also, the author writes very insecure characters. You have a women who is very insecure about herself due to a bad relationship and a piss poor family dynamic. She is a huge hockey fan and becomes the team photographer where she meets "the" hockey player. He takes one look at her and falls immediately into L
This was the case of the “littles”

A little too long

A little too cheesy

A little too insecure heroine

A little too easy insta love

A little too crazy mama drama

A little too not my cuppa


4,5 Hockey Stars

Elli is a photographer and a huge (and I mean HUGE) hockey fan. Her favorite team is the Assassins and her favorite player is Shea Adler. One day she meets him in a photo shoot and he is as much attracted to Elli as she is to him, and yes, you know where this is going.
But dating a hockey player isn’t quite easy: the timetables, the easy girls, the away games and the distance they involve…


But worse than that? Elli’s ghost from the past, her fears and insecurities that doesn’t
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, dnf
DNF at 30%. Too many "giggles", "you're" instead of "your" and vice-versa, and other such errors. Also, it was exhausting and boring. ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans who aren't bothered by a neurotic heroine
Not sure that I want to review this (and relive it) because it frustrated me so much...

I was full of hope going into it. A sports romance? Hockey theme? I'm in! The fact that the author is a hockey fan and not just pretending? Even better. So what if she based the character of Shea Adler after the actual NHL Nashville Predator defenseman Shea Weber? I can live with that. At least he didn't actually look like him (I think). That would've been...weird.

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I adored Shea. Apparently he was f
When I first read the summary of the book I was intrigued. Generally, I like reading sports romance, and the book received mostly good ratings. It stands to reason that I would like it, right? Wrong. I hated it. I'm going to try to explain my reasons calmly, but I doubt I'll pull it off.

Shae is a successful hockey player. He's handsome, rich, charming. True, he does have slight commitment issues, but the moment he sees Elli, he know she's different. He's used to skinny blond rink bunnies, and El
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*happy sigh* Aaaah, what an adorable ending!

I really liked Taking Shots. If I have to be picky I'd say it was a little drawn out and there was no real drama until very near the end... it's quite long and there are a few mini dramas throughout but it all seems to be going a little too swimmingly and then you think you're almost done with the book and boom, Aleo throws it upside down!

Really good read though. Shea is just to die for! Ugh, this perfect book men are making it entirely impossible to
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elli is a 27 year old photographer and a huge hockey fan. The Assassin's are her favorite team. She goes to every single home game. Elli is self sufficient, even though her family is wealthy. She has been single for the last 6 years and overall, she is happy with her life. Elli and her assistant/bff Harper get a job taking some photos for the Assassins. There she meets her favorite hockey player. Shea Adler.

Oh Shea... Shea is the captain of the Assassin’s. He used to be a playboy, but he is chan
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5 Gi-Normous stars for Mr. Gorgeous.... SHEA

“That’s NOT what drew me to YOU, it was your EYES...…and your ASS.”

"He has that SEXY smirk on his FACE, the one that made HER girlie parts SCREAM."


This is the FIRST book in the Assassins series. I didn't realize that until after i read the THIRD book. Ooops no big deal..hahaha!! This is the story of SHEA and ELLI. Shea is a professional hockey player for the Nashville Assassins. He is AMAZING, GORGEO
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Five Huge Gorgeous Shea Stars!!

I absolutely loved this book. Shea is the captain of the Assassins hockey team in Nashville. He meets Elli at a team photo shoot where she is the photographer. He gets her to do the photography at party of his and things start to progress from there.

I thought Shea and Elli were so sweet together. Elli has to get passed her weight issues (yes, she is a fill figured woman). She got sick at 19 with thyroid problems and gained a lot of weight. She is very self consciou
Duchess Crystal
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toni-aleo
***5 STARS***

I Love Love LOVE this book!!

I love Shea and Elli so much that they have made it to my "Favorite H/h Couples List"

1.)Chace & Faye-Breathe by Kristen Ashley
2.)Tack & Tyra-Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
3.)Shea & Elli-Taking Shots by Toni Aleo
4.)Caleb & Livvie-Captive in the Dark/Seduced in the Dark by CJ Roberts

Shea is such a sweetheart. He is captain of the Assassins, a hockey team in Nashville, TN. He is such a dork and the first time he is introduced I just LOL'd. He makes black f
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

***I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review***

Horrible family members, a past illness and a crushing career disappointment has lead Ellie to believe she is not good enough. She has rebuilt her life but cannot help but still see herself as what she was. A pushover, fat and just totally ashamed of herself, even though none of these things were her fault.

Shea Adler, highly successful, sexy, hockey player sees Elli for who she is and likes what he sees. But can he convince her that
2 stars

Whoever thought up the phrase 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder' was an idiot.
Absence makes a bitch go crazy.

I nearly DNF at least 3 times..
And I almost never do that.
I skimmed though. A lot.
I just can't enjoy a book if I don't like the characters and I really really didn't like Elli. Plus it was such a long book and got really boring at times.
Normally I wouldn't read the other books but I heard really good things about the series so I think I'll give the next couple books a ch
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]

The book was too long. 500 pages long for a very short and simple story. Add to that the fact that there was too much drama to enjoy, and you have (surprise) two stars.

And, i don't really care that it wasn't a very original story. At this point there aren't that many ideas left. That's OK. But , put some thought into it.


They needed a bit more thought put into them, but i can get over that.

||All in all„ could've been better||
I seriously don’t get it. I don’t understand the gushing reviews…. I don’t take most 4 or 5 ratings seriously anymore. They all seem to be some sort of shill reviews to sell more books. I don’t know how many times I read a book that had mostly high reviews and it totally did not do it for me.
I actually started this series with book 2 on accident and found that out about 30% in before I switched to read this one. I was hoping that the aggravation that I got from the 2nd book was an anomaly and th
I love romance novels with heroines of every shape and size, but I have a real soft spot for heroes that fall for the bigger girls. One of my favorite book/couples is Noah & Grace in Lori Foster’s Too Much Temptation. This book was an instant hit with me because Shea fell for a big girl and thought she was perfect.

I really enjoyed this book and the friendships that the characters had. With that said, there were some things that I didn’t enjoy or annoyed me. One was Ellie’s mom…she was just horr
• Lisa •
Loved this book, love the characters the sport want to read it all over again could not put this down!! Sweet romance and great plot if you like books with heart and soul read this!
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I almost didn't rate this book because I came down with a terrible case of indecision. Three-stars? Four? It's funny that the very issues that some reviewers had with this book were the very things that I loved; the length, Elli's never ending insecurities. It's all about perspective so here's mine...

First lets discuss Shea's the book's length ;-) Most defintely longer than the average book. I have to admit that while reading Taking Shots I had
Am a big fan of sports related romance so I liked the story, loved Shea, the Hero, the heroine, Elli...nah, not so much. Shea the sexy, sensitive, tattooed hockey player for the Assassins wears geek glasses is muscled, funny, sweet, jealous, possessive and totally in love with and devoted to Elli. And Shea’s absolutely adorable with his sister, Grace, and her family. Gotta tell ya, I'm a sucker for any story with a guy that's good with kids. Shea’s biggest flaw? Having the hots for Elli. It's mi ...more
Awesome book especially for a first time author!!!! I can not wait to read more!

The book flows very well, not a slow or dull moment with this cast of characters! I did not want to put my ereader down....and according to my husband I didn't.

I even looked up the Lady Antebellum song that is referenced, since I do not like or listen to country music (kind of a scary thing since we are moving to the Nashville area in a week!) The song was so fitting for Shea and Ellie!

Job well done Ms. Aleo! Keep
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Oh, please! Like I care if I make you jealous!”

“You know you do!”

“You’re acting like an idiot!”

“Damn right, love does this to a person!”
Elli and Shea

Wow!!!Taking Shots was way different from the second book in the series Trying to Score.Wondering how I know that?Well,when I first saw the series I was more interested in reading the second than the first book and now I see how right I had been.Although there were times that I really liked the book I wanted to so much to kill Elli(she's so insecur
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fifty Shades fans!
Okay, so you know how sometimes you come across a book that really just puts you on a monstrous emotional roller coaster and leaves you breathless by the time you hit that last page? Well, this is definitely one of them!! Good lord, not since Fifty Shades has a book left the blood pulsing so fast while at the same time crushing my heart and then piecing it back together!! Whew!

Right off the bat, I knew I was going to love the sweet Elli. She is your everyday girl, with real insecurities, real se
Shawna LeAnn
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have been very fortunate lately when it comes to book recommendations and Taking Shots is no exception. Not knowing exactly what to expect when I stared, I was blown away by just about everything I read. It has been FOREVER since I read a contemporary romance that was so emotionally packed and had enough sexy action to keep those pages turning well past my bedtime. This bo
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I wanted to like this book, in fact, I wanted to love this book. I just couldn't do it.

I finished it, so this book is OK in my opinion, but I'm not rushing out to read the next one. The plot line of the book was similar to almost every other romance, which was fine. It was a good book with a solid romance plot line. I did love Shea as the main lead. He was a great character and the perfect hero in a romance novel. I loved Harper, Jakob, Grace, James, and the rest of the cast and even the villain
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elli Fisher doesn’t think she’s good enough. She lost her Broadway career and her fiancée when she suffered from a thyroid issue which caused her to gain a lot of weight. She has always been a huge Assassin Hockey fan but when she gets a chance to photograph the team for a promotional shoot she meets the man of her dreams, Shea Adler.

Shea Adler is a superior athlete and the captain of the Assassins. He has his pick of women but when he sets eyes on Elli Fisher something just clicks and he can’t
- A good story which is well written. ✔
- Like author. ✔
- Both points of view. ✔
- Full of angst, both his & hers. ✔
- Full story - 592 Pages = Value for money ✔
- Liked H & h and all other characters. ✔
- Will follow series and read about all the other Assassins. ✔

- Went on far too long! X
- Had sections where story not moving forward. X
- Would have benefitted from being cropped. X

Not often a reader complains about a story being too long, normally we are screaming that it should have been l
Sammy ⭐️
I just loved this book.

Shea is the captain of the Assassins ice hockey team and Ellie is a photographer with some major insecurities.

You could feel the connection between the two of them very early on in the story and it was great to watch them fall in love. Shea would literally do anything for Ellie even memorise Pride and Prejudice for her which is so sweet.

The book was full laughter, drama and Love and I can't wait to read the whole series. :)
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 13, 2013 marked it as considering  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Mukadis
No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor 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.

Sounds super cute!!!
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My name is Toni Aleo, and I’m a #PredHead, #sherrio, #potterhead, and part of the #familybusiness!
I am also a wife to my amazing husband, mother of a gamer and a gymnast, and also a fur momma to Gaston el Papillion.
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“Whoever thought up the phrase ‘Absence makes the heart grow founder’ was an idiot.
Absence makes a bitch go crazy.
-Elli, While Shea is Away”
“That’s not what drew me to you, it was your eyes…and your ass.” 75 likes
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