Series: Assassins #11
on March 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins' star player. He's brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn't afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.
Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she'd like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?
Brie has been the match to Vaughn's gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part...
Brie's been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn's past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.
One of the first series of hockey books I ever read was Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins. Ever since I read Taking Shots, I have been anxiously been waiting for each new installment. The great thing about Toni Aleo’s writing is that the reader can always expect great hockey sequences, a solid plot line with intriguing characters and swoon worthy romance. Delayed Call is not different, it actually have an added bonus. The level of hilarious banter between the main characters is spot on and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
This is the story of the Nashville Assassin’s star player Vaughn Johansson and the team reporter Brie Soledad. Vaughn and Brie don’t have the best relationship. They basically hate each other, but as they say; there’s a fine line between hate and love… I mean lust.
This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. As I mentioned, the banter alone is fantastic, and the sparing between Brie and Vaughn is one of the best elements in this book. You honestly have no idea what they will say or do next. But what really make this book great are the characters of Brie and Vaughn, and Rodney. Vaughn is an asshole, towards Brie no doubt about that, but otherwise, he is an all round incredible person. From the love he shows Trixie (his beloved dog), to his friends and the community is nothing short of amazing. Brie should be a role model to every woman in the world. She has been through hell and has come up on top. After the loss of her mother, she is the sole guardian of Rodney, her younger brother who has Down’s syndrome. She is strong, resilient and will settle for nothing but the very best for herself and Rodney. Rodney is another added bonus to this story. He brings a level of heart to this story that you just can help to fall in love with.
All in all, this book might very be on its way to my favorite Assassin book so far, but the buildup to what I expect is the next book in this series took over a few times, and didn’t necessarily book this book forward in its own storyline, which is why it gets 4.5 stars.