By Toni Aleo

Spiked by Love

(Bellevue Bullies #6)

Allison Titov and Asher Brooks have been best friends their whole lives. Brought up together as part of the Assassins family, they might as well be related. But… Ally has never felt anything sisterly toward Asher.

In love with Asher since she was a teen, Ally has gone pro at keeping her feelings a secret. It’s been easy… as long as he’s stayed halfway across the country at college and she has a volleyball to slap her frustrations out on. But now, he’s home. And having his quick wit, heart-filling laugh, and adorkable smile so close is going to test her like never before.

After being dumped by his fiancée, Asher is at a loss what to do next. He craves stability, but with an unexpected kiss, Ally might as well have spiked Asher in the face with a volleyball. Now he’s faced with the dilemma of his life. Does he keep Ally in the friend zone, or does he take the ultimate risk for love?

If they’ve learned one thing growing up in the glow of hockey greatness, it’s that you can’t win it all if you don’t play the game. And by serving one hell of an ace into the middle of Asher’s safe little life, Ally is ready to claim victory. 

We are just friends. The more Ally repeats it, the more she might actually believe it. She was able to hide it these past years, but now that Asher is single, and moving back, she doesn’t know what to do. Their easy friendship is definitely my favourite part. These are two young people who know each other through and through. The underlying sexual tension, and jealousy towards other interested parties is just a bonus.

Spiked by Love is a good, and fun friends to lover romance. Especially the lovers part was extremely hot to read. The part I didn’t quite like so much was the fact that everyone of their friends and family kept pushing them together. Kept asking them when they would finally get it on, and not just their peers, but their parents, aunts and uncles. Which to me was a bit much, and actually had the opposite effect on Asher, and Ally. Thus making them more hesitant to start something up, because the expectations were so high from those around them.

Asher and Ally are in general very confident people, and clearly know what they want. Though love seems to turn us all into insecure, half-wits. Revealing their feelings to each other did not go as smoothly as you’d expect. Cue the drama, and we love a bit of drama. As always Toni Aleo’s books are character driven, and I love that big family feeling we get from this Assassins bunch. 

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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About the author

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?