Blog Tour- Delayed Call (The Assassins Series) by Toni Aleo

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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.

When Tricksie started to bark more frantically as he put his hat on, he looked down at her. “Two seconds, baby.”

She continued to bark as he grabbed his keys before reaching for the door, which she took off out of. He went to tell her to calm down, but before he could, he heard a woman’s voice, “Oh, my goodness! Hello!”
Peeking his head out the door, he found Brie on the ground. On her back, her arms around Tricksie as she jumped and licked her to death. “Oh, my God! Hello. My name is Brie. You are the cutest little dog I’ve ever seen in my whole life. Yes, you are. What is your name? Tricksie? Oh, my goodness, I just love you, I do. Is that your name because you are a three-legged baby and your daddy thinks he’s awesome at scoring hat tricks? I bet so.”
“For your information, yes.”
Brie just grinned as she continued to kiss and love on Tricksie. Which Tricksie was eating up like mad. “Do you want a treat? Treat? Ah, come on.”
Then she yanked the leash out of Vaughn’s hand before picking Tricksie up and kissing her head. “Hey, that’s my dog.”
“I know,” was all she said before pushing her door open and taking his dog into her apartment.
“Can I have her back?” Peeking his head in her door, he watched as she went to the kitchen, grabbing a treat bag before putting Tricksie on the counter and feeding her.
“Don’t worry, they’re all-natural treats. The guys across the hall in my last building had four French Bulldogs, and I used to give them treats until they went into food comas.”
Tricksie was going crazy, obviously falling for the blond-haired beauty who stood before her. Like the day before when they had moved Rodney in, she was wearing jeans and a shirt that he assumed said something witty. He couldn’t see because she was still cuddling Tricksie as she fed her. “You shouldn’t give treats to other people’s dogs.”
She looked up from Tricksie, her lips still curved in the most beautiful grin he had ever seen on her face. “You’re right. I’m sorry. Is it okay if I continue to feed her?”
Why did he find her so lovely at that moment? Her hair was a mess, tucked into a knit cap, yet she looked like someone he could cuddle with. If he cuddled. Not that he cuddled. Unsure of his feelings, he shrugged. “She needs to pee.”
“Okay, one more,” she said sweetly before feeding Tricksie and then kissing her hard on the head. “You can come in.”
He didn’t like how she was making him feel. It was weird. Like he wanted to go behind her, bury his nose in her hair, and just hold her. She looked so damn gorgeous, snuggling his dog and making her feel like the princess she was. Vaughn’s hands itched to touch Brie, and he didn’t understand that. He never itched for anything. He fucked women and moved on, but watching Brie as she acted a fool with his dog, he wanted to…cuddle.
Why did he keep thinking that?
Grumbling at his stupidity, he entered, shutting the door but staying right by it. “She really does need to pee.”
“Oh, yeah, sorry,” she said, kissing Tricksie again. “I really love dogs. I never got to have one growing up. Rodney is allergic to them.”
He nodded. “Yeah, Jensen said he had to put her up when Rod came over the other day.”
“It sucks, but I love them so much. They’re so much fun, and bless her, she’s gorgeous. What happened to her leg?”
“Hit by a car. I adopted her like that. She came in hurt, and they fixed her up.”
Her eyes lit up. “That’s sweet you adopted her. She looks happy as all get-out.”
“She’s spoiled, that’s for sure.”

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~My Review~
5 Stars
I Was Provided A ARC For The Blog Tour
(Possible Spoilers)

Brie Soledad, staff reporter for the Assassins is one spunky, headstrong woman. She has a lot on her shoulders, juggling her career, providing for her brother, and handling all the worry of his health, money and having to leave him at times for her job. The last thing she needs is the cocky, smug, Vaughan Johansson, star Assassins player, pushing her buttons. Every time the two are in the same room, its a surprise they don't kill each other. He's a pain in her a**, a drop dead sexy one, but she wont let her thoughts go that way, she can't. She wont risk giving her heart away again. Especially to the one man who can make her so angry, yet so turned on in the same breath. Those thoughts get harder to ignore the more Brie gets to see under Vaughan's playboy, hot-stuff, personality, and to the vulnerable, caring man few get to see. But can she take that chance with a man who is confused on what he wants, who's damaged when it comes to love?

Vaughan Johansson, kicka** Assassins player, thinks he's content with his life, awesome job, great friends, who are more family, and his baby (his dog). But deep down he's knows he is missing that one thing he didn't know he was really looking for. And is too afraid of finding again after being burned so bad in his past. All kinds of feelings get stirred up whenever he is butting heads with the curvy, sarcastic, gets under his skin, reporter Brie Soledad. He can't decided if he can't stand her or if he wants to kiss the hell out of her. She drives him insane yet he can't stop thinking about her. Vaughan finds a strong connection with Brie, he finds he could find happiness with this crazy woman. But his doubts and his fears will hold him back from embracing something really great between them. He'll have to trust her and himself to give them a chance. 

Oh wow Delayed Call was SO awesome! Brie and Vaughan are the best. Some of the funniest characters Toni Aleo has brought us. I just love them! Brie is so great, this curvy sassy, silly, big hearted, strong chick was so fun to read about. Love, love, love her, lots. Vaughan, hot damn, this cocky, stubborn, sweet, funny, lovable dude, is so damn swoon-worthy! I couldn't get enough of this guy. LOVE him. And together, wow, are these two explosive, funny, sexy and oh so entertaining. I love diving into a new assassins book, meeting and falling in love with some great new characters like, Rodney, Jensen, Wren and Wells. And catching up with all my favorites. Delayed Call is a fantastic part of one of my favorite series. And I can not wait to read what comes next! 

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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