Taking Shots

revised TAKING SHOTS 2

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In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Along Came Trouble.

Reader Reviews

She (the author) stated that reviewers have said that when reading Taking Shots they felt as though they were a part of the story. Apart of Shea and Elli’s life, as though you were living every moment with them. That couldn’t be more accurate. I do believe that is a great testament of the caliber of writing. Especially by a first time published writer, and what a first book! Toni really started out of the gates with a bang!
Book Junkie

I really truly LOVED the story! Yes, there were quite a few editing mistakes, but the author has since had them corrected. If you have an unedited copy,please overlook the mistakes because you will find a great love story!
The Autumn Review

All in all, I really LIKED Taking Shots. I will DEFINITELY be reading the next book in the series, Trying to Score, which is coming this spring. And I will be keeping my eye out for more book by Toni Aleo, she is one to watch!!
A Tasty Read

This is the ultimate *Gordie Howe hat trick* book for any hockey lover. There is fighting and lots of assists and of course it ends with a score. 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. Every girl deserves to have her own Shea Adler.
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Character Bios



Elli is special in my eyes. She has so many issues, so many inscuries, when she really doesn’t need them. She is beautiful inside and out. When I found this picture on Pinterest, I thought it fit what in my mind was Elli. I love the shape of her face, the set of her eyes, she kinda reminds me of Kirsten Dunst. Either way, this is my Elli Fisher.


“With his almost black hair that fell in the brightest blue eyes she had ever seen, and a crooked nose that had been broken two years ago during a game with the Red Wings, she had to admit that she had a little bit of a crush on him. When he smiled, her heart melted.”
This is my Shea Adler. Perfect jaw line, fantastic eyes, crooked nose. He has the kind of eyes that could make panties drop, honestly. He’s perfect!
I found him before I found Elli, and he fits the bill to a tee when it comes to Shea Adler!


Harper is a nut, through and through, but she is also very beautiful. In the beginning of the book, she has spiky purple hair, but by the end she has her normal brown and it is a little shorter than the way this model has it. I just loved this model’s face.
Its so Harper. With the cute little nose, and thin mouth, she’s perfect!


Jakob is a Russian Stud with deep set green eyes and brown hair. He is devilishly sexy with his chiseled jaw and scruffy chin. Totally hot, and totally not your normal guy. He is sweet, and caring, and like Shea always says, “He could fall in love with a rock.”
With those bedroom eyes, who wouldn’t fall in love him?