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One Timer

One Timer

by Toni Aleo


You’ve known Harper Allen and Jakob Titov since you met them in Taking Shots. You know their story already, right? Ha! You only think you do. In One-Timer, they’ll tell it for themselves.

Harper has been hurt so many times, and she has no interest in anything more than a one-time thing, but Jakob Titov has other ideas.

He is looking for his forever. He has his sights set on a girl who is so good at blocking his attempts, she could be a star goalie in the NHL. Jakob is persistent, though, and he knows what he wants: Harper—forever. together, he knows they’ll make one hell of a team.

The last twenty years have been even better than they could have dreamed. But when their daughter comes home, informing them she’s giving up everything for a boy, they know it’s past time to tell the truth about the shutout they scored all those years ago to get where they are.

It wasn’t easy. But sometimes, that one-time thing leads to a fairy-tale kind of ending.


I think I’ve been secretly waiting for Harper and Jakob’s story since Taking Shots. And I loved the format of One Timer. Harper and Jakob have been together for 20 years but now they’re facing a crisis with their daughter. They decide to tell her the truth of how their relationship started. One Timer mostly runs parallel with Taking Shots and I really want to reread it now. However, it offers the perspective of Harper and Jakob on their own relationship as well as Shea and Ellie’s.

Jakob falls head over heels for Harper on their first meeting. They start out as a one-night stand that doesn’t end. Harper has been horribly burned in the past and is very hesitant to have a relationship. Jakob is persistent without being creepy and wears down her resistance to a relationship. What I also liked was the views into their lives later and the stress their relationship underwent when Jakob retired. One Timer was the story I always wanted for Harper and Jakob!

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