Saturday, November 14, 2015

Barb's Review... Breaking Away

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?

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Well.. I’m just… wow. I thought the other books were full of emotions and ups and downs. This is seriously a roller coaster of… sorrowful happiness. At times. I’m still in a hangover. Like… all was good then they meet, try not to fall and then.. all hell breaks lose. The world's axis is flipped and I’m hanging on for dear life trying to not lose it with these two. (laughs) I loved this story. I think.. it’s possibly the most emotional book of the series.. as of yet anyhow. Toni made me happy, sad, mad and then gutted me before she sewed me back up again. Ha.

When we first meet Phillip he is harassing Shae about Ellie. And as the stories evolve you get to see more and more of the woman eater (and NO that wasn’t meant that way. You dirty people.) He’s a player. Never bedding a chick for longer than necessary. but after the sudden death of his sister, his life is turned upside down and he has to grow up, quickly. His niece Claire needs him to. The angry teenager and the hot hockey player… lord help them I thought they were going to kill each other. Though fate had other plans for them both. After working things out with his schedule they came to an agreement of sorts. When he was on the road, instead of her going with him as she had been she would stay with Harper. Thats where Reese sees her dancing in her room.

Talk about magnets sticking to one another. Reese knew from the moment she saw Claire the girl was full of raw talent. The kind that is hard to find, and can’t be faked. Agreeing to dance for Reese Claire is given a trial run at Reese's studio. This means Phillip and Reese will have to see each other and there is a spark there, one that is one sided… at first. Not how you expected it but he goes after her not just to tap that arse but because she calls to him. but what he doesn’t get is Reese is broken and living in the past. Way on back in there. Alongside having a one date rule she is all kinds of messed up. There were MANY, MANY times where I wanted to go through the pages of this book and choke the stupid out of her. (laughs) Girlfriend has some serious issues.

I know this book was about Phillip and Reese but it also focuses on Claire a lot and I for one am happy about that. The struggle this poor girl goes through daily not many people can understand. Its really one of those “unless you’ve been there, you won’t get it” deals. I think that is what helps her and Phillip bond. He’s been there, moved on from it and made a name for himself. His will power and determination spur her on to be a better person. Reese helps her there. Pushing, pulling and molding her into the woman that they all know she is deep inside. She is not her mother, she is better than that. And as the relationship between Phillip and Reese comes to a head, choices have to be made. No matter who they hurt or the leave gaping like a fish out of water. Sometimes it’s the truth that hurts the most. But when things go bad you have two choices… give up or fight. If you give up you lose. Even if you fight, there is no guarantee you will win.

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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