Monday, December 9, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Blue Lines by Toni Aleo!

Welcome to our celebration of Toni Aleo's new book Blue Lines! 

Here at Confessions of 2 Book Lovers, we're huge fans of Toni Aleo's books. And you probably won't find a bigger fan than Nikki. The first moment she hears about a new book from Toni, she starts a count down to release day. We're talking über fan. She's even a card carrying member of the Toni Aleo chapter of the author stalker club. 

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.

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

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Going into this I knew there was a 99.9% chance it was gonna be a 5 star book for me. This is because, out of the five books by Toni Aleo that I've read, four were, you guessed it, five star books. So, the bar for Blue Lines was already high. And I won't lie, there were a lot of times throughout that I was mentally knocking stars off for various things and starting to worry that there might not have been a strong enough comeback to bring my rating up.


But luckily for me, Ms. Aleo is a very talented writer and she did the unthinkable, she turned that %^&#$%^& (assclown) Erik Titov into a worthy hero!

Erik Titov. Oh let me count the ways I was mentally plotting your very painful castration. This guy, a man whore of massive proportions, was not only that, but he was the asshole to beat all assholes. Let me explain a little something about me. I love the 'bad boy'. I love when the hero is a little unconventional. Maybe he even has a touch of asshole in him. But he always redeems himself and treats his lady love with care. Eric definitely had the unconventional going for him. And he had a lot more than a touch of asshole. And I won't lie, 90% of this book I hated him so hard. I was distraught with worry for how Ms. Aleo could possibly redeem him after doing such a bang up job of writing him to be such a plain 'ol DICK! First, he treated Piper like a leper. Like the lowest of lowly and I hated that. He said so many things and did so many things that hurt her that I just couldn't believe my eyes and what I was reading! (More on how I disliked Piper putting up with this soon) So here I am, sticking it out when there were a few times I really wanted to put my kindle down to catch my breath and reign in my anger. Ok, now I know you're thinking, "Is this a good review??" Yes it is. First, when an author can evoke such strong emotions in me and make me literally fume with fury for a fictional character, I call that fanfuckingtastic writing! There are a lot of books out there. A lot of great ones, some not so good ones, and the ones in between. Same goes for authors. So when I come across either book or author that can make me feel, I love it! So while I was hating on Eric for most of the book, I was crushing on Toni Aleo for, yet again, making me fall in love with another of her books. But I digress... So Eric treats Piper like crap. He takes her for granted and is a selfish prick who has the biggest blinders on and doesn't see what's right in front of him, even when everyone around him tries to make him see. But. He starts to come around. It takes a bunch of drama and almost losing what he *thank f++k* finally realizes he wants and deserves to open his eyes. And in the end, Ms. Aleo did the unthinkable task and made me lo... like him a lot! winking

On to Piper. Now I liked her at first. Then it was touch and go. Then back to liking her. She put up with too much crap from Eric and let him walk on her. I felt like she was making excuses for how he was. Like it was ok he said mean things and treated her that way. At first I didn't get it. Why? What was so great that made her do these things? I mean, was he really that good in bed? (The answer to that is a resounding YES btw...) Is his wang made of magic orgasms? (probably) And honestly, those questions were only partially answered. This is because women are fickle creatures. I can say this as I am one! winking Piper loved Eric. The kind of love that, even if nothing ever came of it, she would never move on from. Never let that go. So, once I finally let myself realize this, I figured out why she kept letting him in. I did like that she stood up to him towards the end. She let it all hang out and basically told him to get his shit together or get out. And, incidentally,  this was where things started to look up for my boy Eric. He took her words to heart and did some soul searching. I really liked how he finally stepped up and did the right thing. And I liked how Piper stuck to her guns. She wanted it all and was no longer going to settle for less than she and her unborn baby deserved. Go Piper! And can I just say, I even felt bad for Eric when he was was trying to explain to Piper how he felt and how things had changed for him because of her. Poor guy could barely get a word in what with their friends and family constantly intruding and interrupting. Although, this did make for some quite humorous reading big grin But once he finally got his say, he dun good! I have to say, of all the books I've read, Eric wins the award for Best Comeback. I wasn't sure if he'd make it, but he did! Yay!

So overall, it was most definitely a 5! I had my ups and downs, I went though a wide variety of emotions but in the end, I never did put my kindle down for that breather. I just couldn't. Afterwards, I sat and thought for a while on how I felt and came to the conclusion that, like the rest, I freaking loved this book! Once again, Toni Aloe did a fantabulous job and made me fall for Eric. I was very happy about this! I loved the epilogue the most. I loved that even though things were harried for most of the book, she was able to bring it back around and it ended on a super sweet note. I loved seeing Eric and Piper and their baby have their HEA.

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, 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.


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