Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Breaking Away by Toni Aleo

Breaking Away by Toni Aleo 

To Nashville Assassins’ leading scoring center Phillip Anderson, playing hockey has always been easy… as natural as breathing. His life is no different. That’s until his world is turned upside down by the death of his sister. While mourning his loss, Phillip has to find a way to make his very angry sixteen-year-old niece, Claire, happy. Now, as her guardian, he discovers the only thing that seems to heal her lonely heart is dance class. But what he didn’t count on was the attraction he’d feel towards her drop-dead sexy dance teacher.

For Reese Allen, dancing has always been part of her soul. After having her heart broken in New York, she comes home with the determination to make her dance studio one of the best in Tennessee and succeeds. When she sees Claire dance for the first time, she knows the girl is bound for greatness and takes the troubled teen under her wing. Using dance as therapy, she suddenly finds herself bound to the young woman… and her hot-as-sin uncle.

However, Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. It’s simple. They do what they want, who they want, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, the attraction is undeniable. Soon, they are more than willing to spend just one night tangled in the sheets. But, one night turns into two, and two turns into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be something more… if only Reese and Claire allow it.

Can Phillip find a way to thaw the hearts of both the women in his life, or will he be forever trying to break them away from their pasts?

         I don't think you understand how much I have stalked this book. Literally since May, Toni Aleo's website has become my most visited website and her Facebook page is always open. And every time a new teaser came out, I just needed to read this even more. 

         And then came this morning where the first thing I did was grab my Kindle and start reading. I didn't even stop for breakfast cause Phillip, Reese, and Claire needed my full attention. The minute I finished the book the thoughts that went through my head were literally, "Perf perf perf , I need Claire's story, omg Phillip is my new favorite, I need more." As I do with all amazing romance novels, I sat on my bed for a good five minutes just imagining Phillip and Reese's life after the epilogue being all dance and hockey and hotness. And that brings us to present time, where I'm writing this review.

         There is something about this series that is so damn addicting. It's like chocolate. I don't know if Toni Aleo puts pixie dust in her books, but I am so in love with them. Just like the other four books this one, I was immediately hooked in. Not just by the words, but by the cover. If you know me, you will know that a good book cover is a must for me. After admiring the cover for a while, I finally started the book, and met Phillip and Claire. And I loved them immediately. In Blue Lines, we meet Phillip as a cocky player who doesn't know a lick about love. But by the first chapter of Breaking Away, we find out that Phillip indeed has a heart and for now, his love is for his niece Claire.

        Claire is a character that you just have to love. Out of all the characters in the entire series, she is the one that I connected with the most. As a person who uses dance to release my anger and stress, I understood exactly why dance was so important to Claire. You could see Claire's progression through the book as she came out of her shell and opened herself to Phillip and Reese. Claire is another reason on why this book is so special. This story focuses on the two most important types of love. The romantic kind and the familial one.

         When Reese first came into this book, I was a bit unsure of how I felt about her. I don't understand how someone could be that broken over a person, but as someone who has never been in love, I can't understand it. As the story progresses, you can't help but love Reese. Reese is a strong independent woman who has so much love for dance, her family, Claire, and eventually Phillip. Yes, she was broken, but the best always are.

         There was a flow to this book that I haven't found in the others. I feel like while the other couples are perfect for each other, Reese and Phillip were meant to be together. This book had a lot more depth in it, than the others. This is cliched as shit, but my absolute favorite line from this book has to be,
    "I can't believe I am saying this, since Dirty Dancing is my favorite movie, but I don't      want Johnny, I want Phillip."

        Just reading this book has me so excited for Claire's story. To finish my own novel of a review, I have to say, you will not be disappointed with this story, and The Assassins series is by far the best sports romance series ever.


I hope you all have a chance to read this story and fall in love with the Assassins as I did.