Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Empty Net by Toni Aleo

Contemporary Sports Romance

Title: Empty Net (Assassins #3)
Author: Toni Aleo

Published: September 3, 2012


Definition of an Empty Net:
 When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.

Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.
She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.
Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything.
After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanly Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.
Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?
Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?

My Review:
Rating: 4 stars

I chose to read this book as I love a great romance. Adding sports to the plot seems to make romance novels refreshing. This is the third book of a series, and after reading this one, I would definitely read books one and two. I did enjoy the author's writing.

The novels starts out with a one night stand, but little does Audrey know that she is hooked to this one night man in many ways. Once the story ties together the link, the book took off for me and was a page turner. However, I was turned off with the large amount of foul language used by all characters. I just didn’t think it was necessary.

I did enjoy the romance between Tate and Audrey. It was an enjoyable story and mostly believable. But hey, who doesn’t love to dream. The friends on both sides were amazing and a lot of fun. They added to the story and helped to provide more to the novel than just the romance.

I did enjoy the cupcake aspect. Kind of fun, except, I really wanted a red velvet cupcake. Too yummy!! Audrey makes several other kinds of cupcakes too. I kept looking for the recipes to appear in the book like they do with cozy mystery food themed books. Oh well, I’ll have to see what I can find on the internet.

I did really enjoy the book and would recommend it to any romance reader. Definitely a good story.

Buy from:  Amazon

Author Bio
I am a wife, mother, and 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 daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.
I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?
Twitter: tonilovesweber6

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


  1. Hockey *and* cupcakes? I'm SO in!


  2. I have never tried red velvet cake or cupcakes. Great review this sounds like a fun, sweet romance

  3. I loved this book. Great review.