Title: Breaking Away
Author: Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication: June 10, 2014
BREAKING AWAY is a story of loss, healing, and love… where unexpected turns and heartache lead to passion.
To Nashville Assassins’ leading scoring center Phillip Anderson, playing hockey has always been easy… as natural as breathing. His life is no different. That’s until his world is turned upside down by the death of his sister. While mourning his loss, Phillip has to find a way to make his very angry sixteen-year-old niece, Claire, happy. Now, as her guardian, he discovers the only thing that seems to heal her lonely heart is dance class. But what he didn’t count on was the attraction he’d feel towards her drop-dead sexy dance teacher.
For Reese Allen, dancing has always been part of her soul. After having her heart broken in New York, she comes home with the determination to make her dance studio one of the best in Tennessee and succeeds. When she sees Claire dance for the first time, she knows the girl is bound for greatness and takes the troubled teen under her wing. Using dance as therapy, she suddenly finds herself bound to the young woman… and her hot-as-sin uncle.
However, Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. It’s simple. They do what they want, who they want, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, the attraction is undeniable. Soon, they are more than willing to spend just one night tangled in the sheets. But, one night turns into two, and two turns into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be something more… if only Reese and Claire allow it.
Can Phillip find a way to thaw the hearts of both the women in his life, or will he be forever trying to break them away from their pasts?
I received an ARC of Breaking Away in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is book #5 in the Assassins Series. I loved the other books so I’m sure you won’t be surprised if I tell you that I loved Phillip and Reese’s story.
Phillip is the sexy hockey player who plays the field until he meets Reese. Going along with her on the concept that they’re “just having fun” he finds that maybe it’s more than just fun and that she means a lot more to him.
Reese is a beautiful dancer who had her heart broken and is now afraid to let anyone in for fear of being hurt. When she sees sexy and charming Phillip she embarks on “fun” times with him and scares herself when she realizes that it might just be more than fun.
Luckily for Reese, Phillip is a very patient man and he’s willing to wait for her to realize she can’t live without him.
Then there’s Claire, Phillip’s niece. She’s had to suffer things that no sixteen year old should have to endure. When she first goes to live with Phillip she is mistrustful but once again, Phillip is patient and just keeps right on loving her, hoping that eventually she will come around and understand that he won’t let her down.
I loved Phillip and Reese together. They were fun and sexy. Throw in all the other characters from the previous books and it was a truly enjoyable book to read. I’m not gonna lie. I did shed a few tears, but everyone knows what a sap I am. I definitely gave this five very hot and steamy cups of coffee.
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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.
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