Monday, October 1, 2012

Empty Net: Book Tour, Review & Giveaway


Hey guys! I am not sure if you remember, but a while back I had joined the cover reveal of this book, and hastily agreed to join the actual tour to get a hold on the book itself. So here goes my review!

Contemporary Sports Romance
Author: Toni Aleo

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?

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(To buy the first two books in the series here: Amazon - Barnes & Noble)

*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*


I am not sure why I agreed to be a part of this tour when I hadn't read the first two books in the series. But I was hoping it was one of those books that had an independent story that had tiny ties to other ones, and it turned out that was true. That and, I took part in the cover release and I'd been cover-lusting after it ever since. No really, it was absolutely stunning and one of my complete favourites this summer. I also had loved the synopsis as well as the intriguing - and well-fitted - title, so I joined and read it enthusiastically.

Audrey is an intelligent and sexy as hell woman, one who's looking so hard for her prince charming, and she wouldn't mind if he was as perfect as her brother-in-law Lucas. Why can't she find a guy just like him? Too bad for her she's great at attracting jerks who treat her like crap and don't want long term relationships. But that's not the only thing, she seems to accidentally push away viable candidates as she  keeps going back to those suckers who treat her badly. Is it that she can't find her perfect guy, or is she avoiding anyone that could be the perfect guy?
Tate's new in town and looking for a relationship. He feels so alone being so far from home, and wants someone to share stuff about his life with. One day at a club he finds the perfect girl, too bad she had to be his best friend's sister-in-law. That doesn't seem to be the only problem as the girl in question refuses to give him the time of day, playing it hot and cold with him as she drove him mad.  He really thinks they would be perfect together, but how to convince her of that?

When I first read the 'Assassin's series' part, I got the wrong impression since it didn't work well with the synopsis and the vibe I'd gotten from the book. I was obviously relieved to know it's the name of the hockey team. I also just came to the realization that I love hockey books. Hey, who knew? I mean, I'd read a few before that I'd enjoyed, but this one just made it obvious that I am into hockey books.

Now, as to the characters, I need to read the first two books to appreciate the secondary ones well, for example, Lucas, I am dying to know more about Lucas! I also like Fallon and Adrian so I can't wait to get my hands on this book. But I did hate Audrey for occasionally going back to Levi when he treated her like dirt. I know this is a common thing that happens with most women, but I couldn't fathom it and hated how she'd preferred him to Tate - a man she was completely attracted to and was halfway in love with anyway!

Tate's background story was so sad and I cried at how emotional he got. I am starting to count a book an automatic success if it makes me cry. The only books that make me cry are ones where I am so emotionally invested, which means this book was very much a success. I loved it, and hated it and was all mixed up about it. Though technically  I didn't hate it, I just hate that it was left on a cliffhanger and book 4 comes out in 2013.

I loved the writing. I am honestly declaring Toni Aleo one of my new favourite authors. I love her, and love family books, and now hockey stories. She fed all of those obsessions of mines in her writing, as well as the romance, the trouble and the intertwined stories. All combined with a great cover, how could I say no?

I am so glad I got a chance to read this book, I'll work on acquiring the first two books in the series as well, not to mention, I need some form of help to survive the next few months till 2013. I mean, I know the other books in the series sound good enough, but my God, the next one is the one I am rooting for, I am just hoping that what Toni wrote on her blog was just toying with us fans -yup I'm a big fan now - otherwise I'd die.

Rating: 4.5/5


Trust me, you guys need to read this book, and here's a healthy chance to win a copy of it to read!

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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?

Author Links:

Website - Facebook - tonilovesweber6

Now, I know this isn't supposed to be a part of my post, but I can't help it! I am adding the playlist of the song because they really do get you into the mood of the book so well, and I've been listening to the songs with it non-stop!

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  1. what a great review! Sounds like a good read!

  2. Interesting playlist...I've been looking forward to this book!


  3. Not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say this book sounds really good-I'm adding it to the want to read list!