Series: Assassins #12
on August 22, 2017
Pages: 487 pages
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Jensen Monroe is a unicorn. As handsome as any model, as polite as can be, a goalie of unmatched skill, and the best friend anyone could ask for. But he longs for a particular special someone to make his life complete. He’s been in love with Wren since he was a teenager, but as his best friend’s sister, she’s always been off-limits.
Wren Lemiere has prided herself on being a love ’em and leave ’em girl her whole life. She’s all about equal opportunity in the battle of the sexes. Why should guys like her brother and his best friends get to be the only ones allowed to play the dating game? One wrong move, however, and she finds herself in violation of her own rules.
In need of a fake husband and baby daddy for her unexpected bundle of joy, Wren finally accepts Jensen is the logical one to ask for help. Except he has a counteroffer…one with so many strings attached, they may just find themselves wrapped up in ties that bind. Forever.
Hockey Romance is one of my favorite genres of all time and since I started reading English books, I have had a love affair with Toni Aleo’s Assassins. When this reader met Jensen Monroe and Wren Lemiere in Delayed Call, the previous book in this series, I knew I was in for a treat.
Jensen seemed like a genuine good guy and as we all know, “Good guys finish last”, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when Wren asked him to be her fake baby daddy so she can get her inheritance. Jensen, as the good guy he his, jumps at the chance to help the woman he has loved since his teen years.
This book took on an angsty note I didn’t expect. I was truly worried (along with Jensen’s friend Vaughn) that Wren was going to chew and spit out Jensen when she got what she wanted, which is why I was very nervous for him. But he took me completely by surprise, since he decided to take a chance in hopes of getting everything he had ever wanted, Wren and a family. Jensen has certainly made me question my favorite Assassins man cause this guy is solid evidence that the good guy truly deserves a top spot, if not the prime spot.
Wren is the best heroine Aleo has written to date. She is on the curvy side, and we hear her struggles throughout the storyline. As a woman who is born with curves and a little extra, I connected with her on a very personal level, and with her slightly pessimistic perception of herself, I felt like she was more real than most of the romance heroines out there. I was truly worried about how she viewed herself and her lack of self worth, and the fact that she didn’t think that she was deserving of all the love that she got from Jensen without giving anything in return.
All in all, this book is one of the best, if not the best installment to the Nashville Assassins series so far. I read this book in one setting and was so disappointed when it ended. I loved the angst, the real hockey references along Wren and Jensen. It delivered the right amount of swoon, angst and humor, which is why In the Crease gets 5 stars from me.