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Taking Shots: An Assassins Novel (The Assassins Series Book 1) by [Aleo, Toni]
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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

From the Author

DISCLAIMER: This book was re-edited by a professional on 1/30/2012. I am truly sorry to anyone that bought TAKING SHOTS before that and received the copy that James Literary Services edited. If the book does not say 'An Assassins novel' under my name then the book edited by James Literary Services, and is not the a real edited version. Please, contact me at toni.aleo@yahoo.com! Again I am sorry for the wait but I thank you for buying my book! Happy Reading!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4203 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSW7PV6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed the story line and couldn't wait to see how the relationship played out. At times, I had tears in my eyes at the emotional scenes between Elli and Shea. Who could have thought a man could be so sensitive! The only reason that I couldn't give this book the maximum stars was because of the non-editing! There were so many grammar errors that at times made me stop to think what the author was trying to say. Believe me, it was bad!
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In it's current incarnation, Taking Shots is a good rough draft for a sports romance. H is a gifted professional hockey player who comes from a stable family and is actually a really nice guy. h is a poor little rich girl who has issues with her family and her body image. That notwithstanding, she is supporting herself as a professional photographer and is doing well. How she works through her issues and is finally able to accept her HEA with H could have been a really good book.

One of my smain gripe is the author's writing style. The whole book sounds like it was written by an eighth grader -- full of "he saids" and "she saids" and for a change of pace "she gushed". Thanks to the Kindle word search, I found out that that phrase was used sixty-seven times! Enough! If all else fails, use a Thesaurus to find some alternate words.

The author also gets bogged down in the minutia of the characters' lives. h gets up in the morning, she showers, she shampoos her hair, she rinses her hair, she gets out of the shower and wraps herself in a towel, she combs her hair, she puts on her makeup, her lip gloss, and her mascara, she curls her hair... By the time I got to 20% of the book, I was looking at the progress bar on my Kindle to see how much more there was to read.

There are also two scenes where the heroine vomits and one where the hero vomits. How this is supposed to be romantic? I don't understand, but that's just me.

From reading other reviews, it seems that the original version of Taking Shots was full of grammatical errors. The author has a disclaimer on the book's Amazon page which says that it has been edited. If this is true, it wasn't edited well enough. It's still riddled with grammatical errors, spelling errors, weird word usage.
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I downloaded this because it came up as a recommendation for me, it had a good number of reviews (which I should have admittedly read more of), and I'm a fan of both Rachel Gibson's and Deirdre Martin's hockey series. However, it was very clear after only one chapter that despite what might be a "cute" story (according to reviews - I could never get that far in to it), this was a very poorly written telling of that story.

Yes, there were editing problems, but my dissatisfaction stems more from things such as simplistic sentence/paragraph construction and awkward dialogue. In just the four chapters I could manage to get through, the number of paragraphs that included multiple sentences in a row that started with the word "He" or "She" in reference to a character really grated on my nerves. They read like check lists, not narratives. If you are writing a story, you should closely examine the sentence and paragraph construction of books you admire. You can't just string a bunch of sentences together that basically say (in this precise format): "She took this action. She took another action. She took another action," and pat yourself on the back for having put together a decent paragraph.

And then there was the strained dialogue that sounded less like two people of reasonable intelligence talking to each other, and more like too moronic teenagers talking outside of their lockers in a high school corridor. It's hard to identify with chemistry between two characters when you are questioning their intelligence in the first place.

I know this is particularly harsh, but the fact is, it's a lesson for the consumer. You really need to investigate a book when you download, since it's now so easy to just buy a book without thinking much of it beforehand.
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While I loved Shea, I wanted to tell him to run far and fast from Elli. Maybe it was just me, but I was soooo over the "I'm fat and unworthy of love" that I wanted to scream. Okay, we get it. You could lose a few pounds. Enough already. I found it sort of funny that she's got all these weight issues, yet the author has her eating high fat foods all the time. And having thyroid issues myself, I can tell you that a bum thyroid won't make you gain HUGE amounts of weight. Ten to twenty pounds is the average thyroid-related weight gainand anything else is on you. I know, people try to say that they're fat because of their thyroid, but in the vast majority of cases that just isn't true. Elli's only symptom was weight gain, but what about the fatigue, depression, sensitivity to cold, and the hair loss? Also, when you're on meds, then you can regulate your weight like pretty much everyone else. So that whole story line felt very manufactured and I felt there was a real lack of research. Elli seemed manipulative and secretive, and I don't like either of those things. Shea was a sweetheart and honestly, he could have done better. :p
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