Sunday, July 21

Review: Empty Net by Toni Aleo

Title: Empty Net
By: Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #3
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
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Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.
She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.
Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything.
After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanley Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.
Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?
Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?

This is the third book in the series, the first two I have yet to read, and although there are characters from the beginning, I would say that this book could be considered a stand-alone.  After reading Empty Net it made me want to read the first two.

Audrey may not have been my favorite character in this book because while she was so strong in other ways, she failed to be strong when it came to Levi (Levi=jerk.)  She knew what she wanted in life, a real life Prince Charming, but when he came she shied away leaving poor Tate absolutely confused.  Because of her shyness, I considered this to really help me as the reader learn more about these two characters.  Audrey laid it on the table that all they can be are friends and nothing more.  This gave me that awesome part of the story where a relationship grows from a friendship that is formed.  To me, friends turning into lovers are always the best stories. 

Tate has to be the sweetest guy ever.  Audrey would give love, freak out, and then take it all back but Tate just accepted it.  He wanted her in his life so bad that he was willing to take anything that she was willing to give.  If that is not the definition of Prince Charming then I don’t know what is.

Oh yeah, Piper and Erik's story really has me intrigued for the fourth book.

3.5 Stars

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