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Review : Delayed Call by Toni Aleo

*** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review ***

If you're looking for a fun hockey romance with some laugh out loud moments, than look no further than Delayed Call by Toni Aleo. Delayed Call is #11 of the Assassins series but can be read as a standalone.

Vaughn Johansson plays for the Nashville Assassins hockey team and he is one arrogant playboy. With his hard exterior shell he is hard to trust others and let his softer side shine. Behind the scenes he organizes NateWay, a living community for Down Syndrome adults and dedicates it to his brother Nathan who he lost. Burned once by love he doesn’t do relationships. No sleepovers, Fuck’m and leave’m is his motto… nothing more.

Brie Soledad is the Assassins team reporter and she absolutely loves her job. She is a kicks ass and takes no prisoners type of reporter which lands her in the NHL. The only thing she can’t stand is interviewing Vaughn Johansson. There is just something about that man that gets her fired up! Working and taking care of her brother Rodney who has Down Syndrome, does not leave her much time in the romance department. Since her mother passed she is still paying her bills, she wants to eventually get Rodney in a better living environment but money is pretty tight, so when the team's owner moves her into the team’s complex she finds herself across the hall from non other than her arch-nemesis!

When Brie’s brother hounds her about a new living accommodation called NateWay and wants to move there all her insecurities and trust issues arise. When she realizes who the owner is, can she move forward and separate the playboy from the charitable man? After spending more time with Brie and her brother, can Vaughn start to trust others and let a new love into his heart?

The two go head to head everyday and don’t let up, heat is fired up between the two which will leave you turning the page for more of the quick banter. I loved the quick wit that Toni Aleo makes Brie’s character out to be, she is a strong female but cares deeply and knows what she wants. Good to see a story line of a male lead having to beg for second chances for messing up over and over, but the heartfelt sincerity that Brie has for him is undeniable! Be prepared for some comedic relief as well as some intense scenes of intimacy and self discovery!