Blue Lines – Toni Aleo

16061112Blue Lines (Assassins #4) by Toni Aleo
December 9th 2013 by Loveswept – Random House
Source: eARC via Netgalley

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.

I reviewed the first three Assassins books last June. I read each of these in a single sitting and new I needed to get my hands on the fourth companion book ASAP. This book was not a let down, it had to be my favorite yet! Aleo’s writing has improved immensely since book 1. I started this one around midnight (don’t ask me why) and did not fall asleep until I finished. The chemistry between Erik and Piper was crazy-sexy and I could not get enough of it.

Piper was a fiery character that has been continually trying to prove herself to the ones she loves. She is a bit of a free spirit and therefore has trouble staying at one job very long. All of Piper’s loved ones want to she her happy but also want to she her successful. Just when they thought she found something to make her happy, she is off changing her mind. I felt that Erik helped her stay in one place. At first you don’t expect Erik to want anything to do with Piper and the baby but he wants to do right by this situation. Piper helps change Erik’s image in the end, which he needed because he was close to getting kicked off the Assassins.

The one turn off for me in this book is that I felt like Erik and Piper were having the same argument over and over. They would bring up the same issues that had been resolved just chapters earlier. I can understand that this helps build tension (of the sexual variety) between them but it just got to the point where I wanted to shout GET OVER IT. But outside of that this book was perfect and my favorite of the four. This can be read out of order since they are companions but reading in order will allow for you to get excited over old characters reappearing.


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