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    Toni did not disappoint!

    ​ **5 Stars** This book was just what I needed. I love everything Toni has written in this series and this book was no different. I loved everything about Vaughan and Brie's story was no different. I seriously can't get over how amazing this story was from start to finish, Toni has you fall in love with them both from the first time you meet them, but you fall even more in love with them as you read their stories. Vaughan Johansson is cocky, hot, a star player on the Assassins an he doesn't care who he lets know it. Vaughan doesn't do romantic relationships, lives his life at his own pace (outside of hockey of course, Ellie Adler runs at tight ship) and only allows those he wants to get close to him and know how his full story. The pesky team reporter Brie Soledad is someone he doesn't want to get close to him. She drives him crazy, but not in a good way, or does she? When Vaughan finds out who she is in relation to someone he wants to give a better life to, the game changes. Brie Soledad can't stand Vaughan Johansson. But, she needs this job. Being the care giver to her adult brother, Rodney, who has Down Syndrome, she needs the job to help support herself and him. She hasn't had an easy life, but this job is something she loves. Ellie Adler gave her the job of her dreams and allows her to be with Rod when needed. The only problem is, Vaughan makes her crazy. The rival between these two is something that you can't get get enough of. When their paths cross outside of work for an unusual situation will she have a change of heart? I can't get over their story. I can't get over how they fell in love and how they were given the chance to meet and finally get to know each other. The reason behind their connection is something I wasn't prepared for, but it couldn't have been more perfect. They had me laughing out loud at times because of their banter but in the end, their banter is what makes them perfect for each other. Toni said they were right up with Shea and Ellie as being one of her favorite couples, but I have to say I think Vaughan and Brie might just be my favorite couple, which is hard for me to admit because Shea and Ellie were perfect. But, Toni out did herself on this one and I can't wait to see what else she brings us in this series. I know it's going to be good.
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    Loved it

    Once again you always amaze me with your stories. I love the characters and their story. Loved it, keep it up & can't wait for more
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    Insomnina Inducing

    I’m functioning on minimal sleep today and Delayed Call is to blame. I absolutely ate up this book. The characters were likable- entertaining and lively. The story was comfortable but with enough deviations from stereotypical plot points to avoid monotony, and I laughed. I laughed so much. Delayed Call is the 11th book in Aleo’s Assassins series but can be read as a standalone. I’ve only read one novel and a short by the author and I had no trouble following along with the characters or team dynamics. As a hockey fan, the book contained a solid amount of details to satisfy me but not so many that would deter a reader who isn’t into the sport. Beyond a sports romance, it’s also an enemies to lovers story. Of course that means conflict from the jump and this couple doesn’t disappoint with the disgruntled comments and volatile interactions. The pacing was steady for the most part. There were bursts of exciting moments as conflicts reached their peak, but there were also moments the pacing slowed as the main characters warred over how to handle situations and the budding romance. Though the stop and start of the relationship slowed the plot a little, it never felt like the story stalled out and the consistent character growth kept my attention. I generally enjoy the damaged character angle because it allows for marked development throughout the storyline. Once the full backstories come out, Brie’s failure to trust and Vaughn’s refusal to commit makes sense. Yes, it’s frustrating, but the author never sweeps their issues under the rug or makes them magically disappear. The growth feels natural, hiccups and all. I really liked that the stereotypical plot points weren’t used to resolve the conflicts. It kept me engaged and invested in the characters. While I loved many aspects of Brie and Vaughn’s story, the dialogue was the clear winner for me. I am a sucker for good banter and Delayed Call had some of the best I’ve read in a long time, maybe ever. The characters all played off one another and I laughed frequently. The conversations flowed incredibly well- whether serious, playful, or squabbling- and it brought the story and characters to life. I’m not normally a re-reader of books, even if I’ve enjoyed them, but Delayed Call is certainly worthy of that. This sports romance was very well-balanced. It had the full range of emotions, stellar main and secondary characters, plenty of steam, “aww” inducing sweet moments, a whopping dose of humor, and of course HOCKEY. If you’re in the need of a pick me up, this is the book to pick up. *I received this ebook via Netgalley. The author and/or publisher had no influence over my review*
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    Delayed Call (Assassins #11) by Toni Aleo

    Toni Aleo is on a winning streak with DELAYED CALL, the eleventh book in the Assassins series. NHL star, Vaughn Johansson and Assassins' staff reporter, Brie Soledad, would both agree that they are each other’s nemesis, but situations arise that cause them to have to play nice. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. It takes place in Nashville, Tennessee. I have been looking forward to hearing Vaughn’s and Brie’s story since the previous book. I love the banter of their interviews. I enjoyed that they start out as enemies. Both characters have a lot of depth. They have great chemistry. Vaughn and Brie are both amazing characters with big hearts. They misjudge each other and end up having a lot in common. I love that Vaughn adopted Tricksie and how he came up with her name. I like the introduction of Jensen Monroe. He is a terrific friend and roommate. Brie’s brother, Rodney, is a wonderful character. He understandably wants to be treated as an adult. Having Down syndrome and some health issues prevents him from being able to be left on his own. I love the concept of NateWay. I have a few friends who work for Misericordia in Chicago. NateWay reminded me of that on a smaller and more specialized scale. Both are wonderful organizations. I was impressed by everything that Vaughn did. He really is an amazing guy. Toni Aleo did an incredible job with the plot. DELAYED CALL flowed well. It was heartfelt with interesting twists. I loved the ending; it was sweet and well resolved. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    Delayed Call

    A really good read demonstrated Once bitten lesson learned. Which made good story theme. The love story and the subject of Downs Syndrome was beautifully crafted.
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