Blog Tour- Face-Off At The Altar (The Assassins Series) by Toni Aleo

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Markus Reeves is sucking. Big-time. Toiling away on a minor-league hockey team hundreds of miles away from home, he's watching his dreams of an NHL career fade away. Add in the lingering guilt he has over the dramatic demise of his relationship with college girlfriend, Mekena, and he's a mess on and off the ice.

But the family of his heart, the Sinclairs, won't let Markus suffer any longer. When he arrives himself back in Nashville for a trial run on the Assassins, it feels like his life may be making a turn for the better. If only he could get Mekena to forgive him...

Mekena Preston has been hurting since fleeing Nashville following the horror of Markus's betrayal with her sister. Now a professional photographer, Mekena finds herself in the same place at the same time with Markus to celebrate Lucy and Benji Paxton's wedding. Neither of them has been able to move on—and they're starting to wonder if they really want to.

They're headed for a face-off at the altar unless they can confront their past and unearth the truth about what really happened on that fateful night.

“You are, by far, the most patient man I know.”

Baylor grimaced as she took Dawson from Markus’s outstretched hands. He smiled as Dawson looked at him innocently. He knew the little guy didn’t mean to puke all over him and he wasn’t upset, but he was trying to figure out a way to get to the house and shower before he had to talk to Mekena. He highly doubted that baby puke would be an aphrodisiac. Maybe it would be? Huh.

He wasn’t going to try, though.  

As Baylor cuddled Dawson against her, Markus waved her off. “It’s no big deal. He’s a baby.”
She smiled shyly. “Yes, but Ashlyn pooped on you too.”
He grinned as he shrugged, trying not to laugh. It was a tough rehearsal for Dawson, Ashlyn, and Markus. Puke and poop were big-time stars during the hour of watching the Sinclairs and Grace Justice try to put together a wedding. He wasn’t sure what was funnier, Jace glaring as Jordie walked with Avery, or Ashlyn farting and then realizing she had just shit all over him. It was a toss-up, but then Dawson decided to puke down the front of his shirt, and he figured he was now a substitute for a baby rag. “I volunteered.”
“Still, we’re really sorry,” Avery said, holding Ashlyn close as she rocked her back and forth. “I understand if you don’t want to watch her ever again.”
“Nonsense,” he said, laughing as he tucked his hands into his pockets and looked around. He spotted Mekena at the front of the altar, taking pictures of random things. He wasn’t sure if she was done, but maybe he could slip away. “How much longer until y’all are done?”
“We’re done, but Lucy and Benji have some pre-wedding pictures they’re having done with Angie.”
“So Mekena isn’t done?”
Avery smiled. “Nope, she’s got a bit.”
“Can you pass a message for me?”
“Let her know that I went back to the cabin to shower and clean up?”
“Yeah, of course. I’ll tell Jace to tell her since I’m taking Ashlyn to bed.”
“Cool, thanks,” he said, kissing her cheek and then Baylor’s, before rubbing Dawson’s head. “I’ll see you guys in the morning.”
Before he could get far, though, Baylor smiled. “Thanks again.”
“Anytime. I mean that.”
Avery smiled. “Thanks.”
“Also, good luck,” Baylor added.
Flashing them both a big grin, he nodded. “I need it.”
Heading out the back, he made it back to the cabin quickly. When he entered, though, Mr. Right was sitting on the windowsill howling. “Whoa, man. What’s up?”
Meoooooowwwwwwww, he wailed, with his mouth wide open as his hair stood on end.
“Bro, I don’t know what to say. I don’t speak your language. Are you singing? Do you want me to sing too? Meoooowwwwww,” he said, and Mr. Right looked back at him, almost with a glare. “We should add some beat to that and make a remix,” Markus joked as the cat wailed. Deciding that was a good idea, he pulled out his phone and started to beatbox as the cat wailed, recording it on his SnapChat. The cat must have realized what he was doing because he looked back, scowling, and Markus hid his phone. He didn’t want to admit it, but Mr. Right kind of freaked him out.

~My Review~ 
5 Stars

I Was Provided A ARC For The Blog Tour
(Possible Spoilers)

Two people pulled apart by lies, deceit and betrayal, find their way back together through, faith, love, and one strong bond.

Mekena Preston has been struggling the last two years. Lost, wandering through her life, not really living, since the night two people she loved the most broke her heart. Back in Nashville to shoot pictures for Lucy & Benji Paxton's wedding, Mekena is not at all prepared to face her sister, let alone Markus Reeves. When she lost Markus, she lost the future she saw them having. And being around him, for this wedding, surrounded by friends, family, and love, wont make this any easier. Being around Markus brings back all kinds of feelings, and pain from what was lost. Makena is about to find out, that night so long ago, was not what it seemed. There is lots more to the story, and she will have to navigate her feelings, and look for answers to what comes next. Apologies, forgiveness, and second chances, cloud her mind. Markus is all Makena ever wanted, but can they face all they have been through and still find happiness.

Markus Reeves is also lost, lost in the past and in the present. He feels like a failure, not making it to the NFL, playing for a team he doesn't feel he belongs to, and plagued with wondering what really happened the nigh he lost Makena. Markus finds himself asked to play with The Assassins, his dream team, he hopes that he can find a permanent spot on this team he loves, surrounded by his friends and family. With the up coming wedding of Lucy & Benji, Markus finds himself in the same place as Mekena again. He doesn't believe their is a second chance for them, but he needs her to know he never meant to hurt her. He needs more answers himself, to confront that nightmare from two years ago, to remember what really happened. So he can get back a part of himself he feels he is losing and show Makena  that he loves her and never wanted to break her heart. With the truth out, Markus worries it is not enough to fix the damage between them, but that wont stop him from trying his hardest to fix the broken parts and heal both their hearts.

Once again Toni Aleo brings us a gripping, edge of your seat, swoon-worthy, hockey romance. These characters are everything. I loved getting to fall in love with Makena & Marcus! Who were, beautiful, funny, and sexy to read about. Shy, sassy, and nerdy Makena, with her love of photography. Markus, the silly, sweet, and sexy hockey player.

I loved reconnecting with the whole Sinclair gang. Lucy, Jude, Jayden & Jace, are hilarious together. And when you throw in Benji, Claire, Baylor & Avery, its even better. We also get revisit the whole Assassins family. I just love love love this series. The mix of both the Assassins & Bellevue Bullies characters is so fun to read, I love how all these amazing characters interact. 

Love, laughter, pain, lies, anger, sexiness, and lots of romance, are a perfect blend to make this beautiful story, of time lost between two people more meant to be than ever, a must read. 

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
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 daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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