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.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I believe Delayed Call by Toni Aleo is the best story in the Assassins series since Blue Lines. I fell hard for Vaughn, Brie, and her little brother Brandon.
I already loved the animosity between Brie and Vaughn in the previous books, and I’m happy I was not wrong to recognise it as foreplay.
The dynamic between them is insanely well written. This battle of wits will make you grin from ear to ear.
It really was only a matter of time before things would explode. While Brie is all in after a rough start, it’s Vaughn who’s hung up on some past issues.
Trust does not come easy for them, though they also do not give up easy.
Special mention for Brandon, Brie’s baby brother who has Down Syndrome. This guy will melt your heart, and make you fall even more in love with Delayed Call.
I love it when a book has a lot of humor, that also translates well in real life and actually makes you laugh out loud. Vaughn, Brie, Jensen, Wren…they just leapt off the pages, and became real people. So caught up I was in the story, and so well written they became tangible.
With Delayed Call, Toni Aleo has once again proved she is the queen of hockey romance.
Assassins – Reading order and purchase links
*All books can be read as a standalone, but have interconnecting characters*