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Blue Lines by Toni Aleo
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4 Assassinating, Confounding, Persevering, Relentless Stars * * * */*


The Blurb:

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

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As a person who came to Blue Lines by Toni Aleo without any knowledge of the previous stories, my time with Erik and Piper may be observed and processed a little differently than those who have been with them throughout the series.

I saw this as a study of nature verses nurture in a way.

You had Erik, this tough, hunk of an athlete who had a very tragic childhood with a physically abusive, domineering father and a drug addicted mother, left to handle all of this alone until he was 13 years old. He was rescued by Cooper and Alli and they provided him the only experience of unconditional love, trust and security. They worked hard to give Erik self worth and in many ways, they succeeded.

Then there is Piper, this beautiful, creative spark. A daughter to a family which loves her but questions and scoffs all the decisions she makes. She is more of a restless spirit than her siblings and is constantly being compared to them and feels judged.

These two each bring their own baggage to the mix and it is the power of desire, want and determination which pulls them through to the end.
It is Piper's unerring love and belief in Erik which is the main focus of this tale. She sees him through all of his posing as the carefree unfeeling stud of the team. She continues to hammer away at him; confronting mercilessly his walls of distrust and fear.

Of course all of these actions are in addition to chemistry and need these both have for each other; tasted and experienced from a night together that rocked both of their senses...

Side note: Ms. Toni Aleo... Thank you for your talent in setting up some of the most enjoyable steamy times......hot, wanton passion... yes, I can understand your following.

As the time goes on and the impending life changing event comes closer, both Piper and Erik must come to terms with who they are; what they are to each other and how they will go forward... if at all.

I understood all of the obstacles and most of the time; the inner dialogue was everything it should be. I did feel though at some point, the repetition of all the reasons of what they were fighting - either for or against was a bit too much.

That being said... the overall story, supporting players and the topic of overcoming what you have experienced and what type of long term impact it has on you was real.
I would also like to share my warmest thoughts to Ms. Aleo as she lost her mother and dedicated this book and all of her writing to her.

Arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which is the only type I do. :D

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Reading Progress

November 10, 2013 – Started Reading
November 10, 2013 – Shelved
November 10, 2013 –
0.0% "My first Toni Aleo ... Her rep is strong and I am excited to see all about these Men :D"
November 10, 2013 –
0.0% "Erik.... Hot, Built, and acting the fool...."
November 10, 2013 –
0.0% "per Erick : "Stupid Penis""
November 10, 2013 –
0.0% "these two need to get on the same page soon...."
November 11, 2013 – Finished Reading

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ A wonderful review Wendy! It sounds like a good message, but maybe it didn't quite reach its full potential...? Aaah the stupid penis! ; ))) (view spoiler)


Wendy'sThoughts I think maybe due to me being from a blankslate... I didn't have all of the wishes and history from the past stories.


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Oh, yeah that makes sense.... even if stand-alones in a series the MC oftentimes are significant side characters in previous books...


Angie **loves angst** Great review W! I can't wait to read this.


Wendy'sThoughts Angie **loves angst** wrote: "Great review W! I can't wait to read this."

Thanks - appreciate all the character development she did and the fan base really loves her.


Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister Lovely review, Wendy. Sweet of you to send warm wishes to the author. :) <3


Christy Fabulous review, Wendy! x


Wendy'sThoughts Kristin (KC) wrote: "Lovely review, Wendy. Sweet of you to send warm wishes to the author. :) <3"

Thank you Kristin... i always read all of the acknowledgements and dedications because sometimes you get a little more insight to who they are and what is important to them... She discussed this in the begining and the end of the book. losing loved ones is sad...


Wendy'sThoughts Christy wrote: "Fabulous review, Wendy! x"
you re always the class act... good weekend and holiday for you? MS 400+ books hahahahahha


♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥ Great review, Wm. I have this book from NetGalley and also haven't read the earlier ones, I was mulling over what to do..... maybe I will try and get in the first book?? xxx


Wendy'sThoughts Jxxx ♥ Pink Lady ♥ wrote: "Great review, Wm. I have this book from NetGalley and also haven't read the earlier ones, I was mulling over what to do..... maybe I will try and get in the first book?? xxx"

The deal is ths: I can be read as a stand alone... I think though f you know of more of the back story and family politics- it might enhance it.. you know..understanding a little more of all the history-
It has some vry tasty smexy scenes..written well imo... only downside is a bit of repetion on inner thoughts-


♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥ Wm AddictedReader&LovingTeamO wrote: "Jxxx ♥ Pink Lady ♥ wrote: "Great review, Wm. I have this book from NetGalley and also haven't read the earlier ones, I was mulling over what to do..... maybe I will try and get in the first book?..."

Ok... thank you, Wm x


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Jen Wendy, brilliant and honest review hon!!! Super proud of you for how you worded it..In my opinion, you did beautifully! Hugs to you, and good luck with your next read...Oh, and I feel blessed to have come across you on GR! Thank you for being a friend!♥


Debra Awesome review, Wendy!! :-)


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Barbara Fab review, Wendy! x


Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen SPECTACULAR review honey!!! I love your rendition of the nature vs nurture!! Hahaha...I actually did a paper on that for psychology last year!!


Jacqueline's Reads Fab review!


Wendy'sThoughts Jen wrote: "Wendy, brilliant and honest review hon!!! Super proud of you for how you worded it..In my opinion, you did beautifully! Hugs to you, and good luck with your next read...Oh, and I feel blessed to ha..."

Big hugs and kisses to ya... and i feel the same- glad you liked the review :D


Wendy'sThoughts Debra wrote: "Awesome review, Wendy!! :-)"

Debra... i always get a little grin when i see your pic on a comment for me :D Thanks


Wendy'sThoughts Barbara wrote: "Fab review, Wendy! x"
Ms. Babara ~~~~~Thank you :D


Wendy'sThoughts Carol wrote: "SPECTACULAR review honey!!! I love your rendition of the nature vs nurture!! Hahaha...I actually did a paper on that for psychology last year!!"
I bet it was something... The more I read all of these books - the more I am struck of how very different people's life experiences are... yet how we all want the same outcome- to be loved, cared for and to give to one another.Everyone comes from a different starting point but the goals always are the same. :D


Wendy'sThoughts Gabriella *is awesome* wrote: "grt review babes !"
oh, la la... Thank you Gabiella :D


Wendy'sThoughts Jacqueline's Reads wrote: "Fab review!"

Great, thanks :D


Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾ Lovely review, Wendy! <3


Wendy'sThoughts Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾ wrote: "Lovely review, Wendy!

Thanks....I was able to meet her at the event. ...so sweet.



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Mysza Great review Wendy!


Wendy'sThoughts Mysza wrote: "Great review Wendy!"

Mwah Mysza... Thanks <3


Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️ Awesome review, Wendy!! I need to continue with this series. I love a good sports romance. xo


Wendy'sThoughts Shannie⭐️this Whore Loves BIG C##KS⭐️ wrote: "Awesome review, Wendy!! I need to continue with this series. I love a good sports romance. xo"

This was a strong romance plus all the sports fun. Met Toni Aleo's and she wAs wonderful♡ thanks


• Lisa • Toni Aleo tops the charts for me she's a fave !!! GREAT review lovely x


Wendy'sThoughts Lisa Jayne wrote: "Toni Aleo tops the charts for me she's a fave !!! GREAT review lovely x"

You my friend turned me on to her and this was my first read. I met her last weekend and she is CRAZY about you. We talked about how you are the Bomb. ♡♡♡♡ thanks


• Lisa • Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "Lisa Jayne wrote: "Toni Aleo tops the charts for me she's a fave !!! GREAT review lovely x"

You my friend turned me on to her and this was my first read. I met her last weekend and she is CRAZY ab..."


Eeeeeek I'm so jealous that you got to meet Toni - she is a beaut. In fact I'm jealous that Toni got to meet YOU I want a Wendy cuddle !!! Aaaaaaw you've made my day ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Wendy'sThoughts Lisa Jayne wrote: "Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "Lisa Jayne wrote: "Toni Aleo tops the charts for me she's a fave !!! GREAT review lovely x"

You my friend turned me on to her and this was my first read. I met her last wee..."


You have my cuddles anyday of the week. ....Toni seriously adores you and so do I xoxoxoxox


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Didi Great review Wendy!


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Mo Wonderful review, Wendy. I am on holidays and cannot keep up with goodreads.


Wendy'sThoughts Didi wrote: "Great review Wendy!"

Thanks Didi....great to see you♡


Wendy'sThoughts Mo wrote: "Wonderful review, Wendy. I am on holidays and cannot keep up with goodreads."

Thanks Mo. ...have the best time ♡


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