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Falling for the Backup (Novella): An Assassins Novel (The Assassins Series) [Kindle Edition]

Toni Aleo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Book Description


In Toni Aleo's sexy new eBook original novella featuring the Nashville Assassins will have you believing in the power of love at first sight . . . and second sight . . . and third.

After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is until the hottest guy she's ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and charms her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers?
Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice--finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he'd ever play pro hockey again, he's got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty--okay, beautiful--girl on a plane shouldn't be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he's not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her.

Praise for Toni Aleo's Nashville Assassins romances
"Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series."--Award-winning author Jami Davenport
"Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni's first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can't wait to read more from her. Don't hesitate for a moment to grab this book."--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
"A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around, readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling."--Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score
"Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn't just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!"--Guilty Pleasures Book Review
"Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust."--USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines
"Funny, charming, sweet, sexy . . . [Falling for the Backup] has everything you want in a story."--Blushing Reader
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Empty Net.

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About the Author

Toni Aleo is the author of the Assassins series, including the titles Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Falling for the Backup. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she's probably attending her husband's and son's hockey games and her daughter�s dance competitions. Toni lives in the Nashville area. Visit her at

Lucy Malone has narrated dozens of audiobooks and is one of the most sought-after voices for erotica narration. A number of her titles are consistent bestsellers on Amazon and Audible, and she has been described as having "the best voice in the biz."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1531 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (June 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CVS2KH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome story in the series! June 24, 2013
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As usual, I loved this book! Likeable characters, hot sex, humor, and a good story. I liked that it could have been a stand-alone book, but those who have read the first three books in the Assassins series will see some recurring parts. My only "complaint" is that I would have liked an epilogue at the end. Hopefully book 4 has a bit about Jordan and Aynslee. Toni has a great writing style and I'm looking forward to the next book - wish this novella had been a full-length novel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun read! July 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book. The heroine is a confident teacher with red hair and freckles. The hero, a professional hockey goalie, is regaining his self confidence after an injury. He is in the middle of a change the terms of the city in which he plays and this creates a genuine conflict. The chemistry between them is hot.

The things that make this story not so great is that there are a great deal of serendipity in the story that tests the limits of beliefs in a contempory romance. The running into each other in the city the size of Nashville I can believe. There is just some running into each other families that strain credibility. Other things could have been done with the plot in such a small space instead that would have enhanced the romance. I would have liked for him to have planned to go to her family's bar.

I believe that the conflict and angst are real and also could have not been resolved for a bit because of the hero's reluctance to ask and the heroine's reluctance to risk but the five minute clean up was just less than satisfying.

I like this couple and this hockey world. I think with their own full sized romance I would have liked the book even more but it was a good fast read on a Friday night.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series! July 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Review copy provided for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

Falling for the backup is a short, sexy, tender novella in The Assassins series. It is the perfect hockey fix to hold us over until the next installment, Blue Lines is released.

Ms. Aleo is a pro and creating captivating characters that are easy to relate to and impossible to not completely fall in love with. Her knowledge and love of the game is obvious as she actually places you right into the scene as you read the pages.

Jordan and Aynslee have burrowed a special place in my heart. They each have a professional agenda that doesn't give them much hope for a relationship. They both learn that with love comes sacrifice and compromise. It's an endearing journey to watch them figure out how to attain a future together.

I loved the way Jordan was portrayed. It's a completely different angle from most hockey heroes I have read about. After an injury has taken him from the starting goaltender to the backup, he really struggles to find his way in the game he loves. He not only lost his spot on the team, he lost his confidence. Usually hockey men are portrayed as cocky hard ass alpha men who show little weakness. That is not the case with Jordan. He is confused, shy, self-conscious, and even embarrassed about sitting on the bench. She really gave us an honest view from a player perspective how it tears them up inside to not be able to play the game they love. Hockey is much more than just a career choice, its life for these players. To be pulled away and have to watch instead of skate is pure agony. Jordan has a lot to work through in this book and it's not easy for him at times, but Aynslee is just what he needs to pull him through and help him shine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars! July 29, 2014
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Anyone who knows me knows that I am not into sports. At all. Besides ogling some of the players, I have no interest. Yet for some reason, I love Toni Aleo’s Assassins series! There is just something about her characters and writing I love. This novella was no exception!

Aynslee is 31, a teacher, and she is single. Coming from a large Irish family, there is a lot of pressure for her to marry, have babies etc. Jordan Ryan is a goalie for the Nashville Assassins. He used to be the best of the best, but two years ago he was injured. Now he is just the backup goalie. Aynslee and Jordan meet on an airplane. There is an instant attraction between the two. Jordan was great- but I Aynslee won me over right away!

She won me over right then and there. Ever since Jordan was injured, he has become insecure both on and off the ice. Aynslee knows that instant connection they felt is something she has to pursue, so even though Jordan is a little shy- she goes after him. Aynslee is sweet, funny, and supportive of Jordan. Although Jordan is shy and insecure at first, he is also very sweet, sexy and just amazing! Loved these two together. With Jordan’s career on the line, he isn’t sure where their relationship is going, he’s afraid of someone getting hurt, but he has to be with her.

This was a fabulous novella. It was emotional, sweet, steamy and heartwarming. The ending left me with a huge smile on my face! All fans of The Assassin's series need to pick this one up right away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy fireworks, Batman! February 16, 2014
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I really love the Assassins Series, even though I know nothing about hockey, Toni Aleo is giving me a hockeymacation. My favorite type of series are the ones that aren't cliffy and the same characters are part of each book. I get attached to the hockey players and their families and friends. It's like a reunion when I get to read each new book and catch up on their lives. I love Toni's writing style, she makes me feel like I'm in the room as I laugh at the witty banter and blush at the sexy scenes. Falling For The Backup is a short, sweet, funny, and hot novella. The chemistry between Aynslee & Jordan (aka Mr. Sex) is immediate and strong. I really enjoyed getting to know them and look forward to many more books in this series. ❤️
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Assassin series
I absolutely loved this novella. I wish that they had a full length novel, but their story was absolutely perfect as written. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved!
Loved this couple! Was sorry to see where the story physically took them in the end, but loved the short, cute courtship between the two! Hope they come around in future books!
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pain Of Being In Love, And Getting A Ttansfer
This is a charming story of a couple who share chemistry and crotchless panties. I am not a hockey fan, but will learn about the sport vicariously through Toni, the author. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
What a love story! Can you imagine spilling coffee over a beautiful woman. Do you think she would still want to talk to you? Aynsley and Jordan started this way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erika Daman
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, and hot.
I enjoyed this shorter story in the Assassins series. This is the story of Jordan and Aynslee. They meet in an unconventional way, on an airplane. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Jordan & Aynslee
I love the fun, carefree romance between Jordan & Aynslee. Once again it was a book I couldn't put down until it was finished. Thank you Toni, patiently waiting for book #4.
Published 3 months ago by Pam Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Short and sweet. Read it in a day and fell in love in the process. I love all of Toni Also's books.
Published 3 months ago by saada jobe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this and all of Toni's books
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
I just started to read toni books.its a good story,quit read. I think I will read the whole series for sure.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Hedlund
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable taste of the Assassins with a super sweet hero
I love Toni Aleo's books, but I was worried when I saw she had a novella that it wouldn't be as good. Aleo writes great stories, but they are long. Read more
Published 5 months ago by WeeBeaks
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My name is Toni Aleo!
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it's cause of my intense love for hockey!
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena's glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn't pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son's hockey games, my daughter's dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life...probably Belle, and did I mention I love hockey?
I hope to hear from you on here, my Facebook, or my twitter! Thank you so much!

please visit Toni on her Facebook at:
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My book list is as follows:
The Assassins Series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines, & Breaking Away.
The Bellevue Bullies series: Boarded by Love
Standalones: Let it be Me, Whiskey Prince.

Upcoming from Toni Aleo
A Very Hockey Holiday (Assassins 6.5)
Laces and Lace (Assassins 7)
Becoming the Whiskey Princess (Taking Risk Novel 2)
Clipped by Love (Bellevue 2)

And a brand new series is coming in 2015 from Toni Aleo
The Spring Grove Novels
Bring on the cowboys!


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