Title: Delayed Call
Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 399
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins’ star player. He’s brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn’t afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.
Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she’d like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?
Brie has been the match to Vaughn’s gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part…
Brie’s been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn’s past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.
I love this author. I love reading about hockey. She has never, not once let me down. I never thought I could read a book in her Assassins series and love it more than Shea and Ellie’s book, until now. It was spot on. The writing, the people, the energy, just everything. We do still get our famous first couple, not only that we get so much more. I can truly tell she is a girl after my own heart and loves the game of hockey. I loved the detailed writing about the game. I felt like I could smell the ice and feels its energy. It was just so detailed.
This book is a bit different from the rest in this series and you can tell from the opening paragraph. The banter is refreshing and I absolutely loved it hands down. The relationships between teammates, family, friends as not so friendly friends is simply awesome to read. I’m having a hard time putting it into words without giving anything away. Though it is a good thing. I started and just couldn’t stop reading.
Now let’s talk about the main people. Brie or B as her brother Rodney calls her. Se is taking care of Rodney since her father left and her mother is gone. She is working as a sports reporter for the assassins. Brie is struggling to cope with her brother Rodney who has down syndrome, though that isn’t the issue she is concerned with it’s about his heart. She loves him with everything she has but wants to keep him safe. Rodney just wants to be a man that he says he is. That was so endearing. The love these siblings have. Then Vaughn and Brie. This is where a lot of the banter comes in. There is a love/hate relationship with the cocky and arrogant Vaughn. They absolutely set each other on fire both sexually and intellectually. They say that they hate each other. They say there is a fine line between love and hate. There is so much more to these two.
Vaughn. I loved him. He is cocky and arrogant and has some of the best friends he calls family. I love all their dynamic. From Jensen to Wren and Wells. He has had a couple of things that make him who he is and why he is afraid of commitment. Join this gang for funny all out belly laughing fun with the hottest sexual tension you can have. Oh and don’t forget Vaughn’s Tricksie. I loved her.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be another book in this series and I am hoping its Wren and what is going on in her personal life. If you love hockey, a foul-mouthed, sexy, alpha, arrogant man with a huge heart that is funny and thoughtful please read this. You will be happy you did.