Review: Blue Lines, by Toni Aleo


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance. Sports.

Publisher: Loveswept – Random House.

Pages: 384


Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.






I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This book isn’t the first one I’ve read by this author. In fact, I remember when I discovered her very first books a few years ago and that’s when I truly realized how I can’t resist Romance novels featuring a hot hockey player. 😉

As usual, the author created a great love story. The characters have their flaws, their hang-ups and screw-ups, but that’s what make them so likable. I can understand them and I truly felt invested in Erik and Piper’s story.

The writing style is pretty flawless. It flows perfectly, the narration is interesting and works well, the dialogues don’t seem forced or fake, the descriptions aren’t overdone and don’t break the rhythm of the story. Honestly, when it comes to Toni Aleo’s writing here, I can’t exactly find something to criticize.

The plot itself is pretty classic, but that’s also why it works so well. The dynamic between the main characters is great even though too repetitive for me. I like the pull and push things going on between characters, but I like it more when circumstances are adding more obstacles triggering the push and pull dynamic. Here, I think it’s too centered on Erik’s issues without putting his issues into perspective with some things that could have happened other than his relationship with Piper evolving. I think it’s too reductive and puts a dampen on the characterization. But honestly, I still had a hard time putting this book down so it’s probably me asking too much like often when it comes to my favorite authors. 😉

As usual, I love the secondary characters. In this series the author created a real little world with hockey as background and I love it tremendously. Though, I’m not going to lie, I would have loved to see a little bit more hockey in this book. Would have been nice.

Also, sometimes I think Piper went a little easy on Erik. I understand her and where her heart is, but still. Somehow it bugged me a few times. That’s also why I wanted to yell at Erik and that’s when I know I’m really into a book.

I’m not disappointed by this addition to the series and I still think that this series is a must read in the genre.

What do you think of Erik? Book Boyfriend material?





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