BREAKING AWAY is a story of loss, healing, and love… where unexpected turns and heartache lead to passion.
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?As I am sitting here trying to typing this review I am having a hard time putting my thoughts down into a review. Here is the problem. I loved and hated the book. I loved Phillip, he absolutely won my heart. What he has lived through, what he has stepped up to do for Claire, and the loss he has felt made me want to wrap my arms around him and just give him a hug and say I am proud of you. Reese though, was a cold hearted, selfish bitch that even though she wasn’t always like that with Phillip, she was one to everyone else. I had a very hard time with her character, and while normally it is something that I could get past, this time I can’t but I shall continue with what I did love.I loved how all of the team truly is a family, that they are a part of each other’s lives and not afraid to stick their noses in everyone’s business. That through thick and thin they are there for each other and know what true friendship’s and love really is about. I am a huge hockey fan, and Ms. Aleo’s series is one of my favorites, and while this one may not have been my personal favorite, it is still a good book. I am looking forward to more of these sexy hockey players and the women that bring them to their knees.
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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.