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Dump & Chase

The Dump was only the beginning. The Chase is worth waiting a lifetime for. Dump & Chase by Toni Aleo is available now!

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Shelli Adler has known what she wanted since she was eleven years old. Aiden Brooks. But Aiden has always had other ideas. After spending the early years of his life without his dad, hockey legend Lucas Brooks, Aiden is determined not to settle for anything less than true love. When he’s ready. Now he’s living the fast life of an NHL bachelor. He won’t give his heart to any one girl, but they can have his body—all night long. The party to celebrate the start of the second half of the season was supposed to be no different from any other night. And when a stunning stranger approaches him, he can’t seem to keep his hands off her. The next morning, she’s gone, and he’s been traded to his dad’s former team, the Nashville Assassins. All of his professional dreams are coming true, but he can’t shake the memory of the girl from that last party. He wants to see her again. Though, after moving across the country—and without knowing her name—that dream seems like a puck destined to miss the net. For Shelli, her night with Aiden was everything she’d ever imagined it could be, and she’s sure it is all about to change for them. But for that to happen…he would have to know who she was. The Dump was only the beginning. The Chase is worth waiting a lifetime for.  

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?

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I actually read Dump & Chase twice. The first time was for me to enjoy seeing the next generation of character I love. The second time was for the review. Shelli and Aiden are both children of characters from Toni Aleo’s initial Assassins series. Aiden especially played a big role in his parents’ book. So it was to my delight to see them fully grown and falling for each other. Shelli was a minor character in the series as a child and then played a bigger role in her cousin’s Amelia’s book. We learned that she has always had a serious crush on Aiden and Dump and Chase starts with them finally hooking up. However, to Shelli’s dismay, Aiden does not know who she is and what should have been the start of relationship becomes a one night stand.

Shelli and Aiden’s paths cross when they both return to Nashville. Aiden is back to play for his father’s former team (which Shelli’s mom owns) the Nashville Assassins. Needless to say, Shelli and Aiden are quickly thrown back into each other’s company and start dating in secret. They have a few stops and starts in their relationship and the closeness of their families certainly causes issues. Aiden especially is afraid of relationship due to his parents’ past and he ends up hurting Shelli as he work through that. That being said, I loved the ebb and flow of their relationship and Shelli certainly isn’t without fears either. I loved the interference of their families, not because it helped their relationship but because I love revisiting older characters. Dump & Chase was everything I wanted for Shelli and Aiden and more.

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