Blue Lines: The Assassins Series. Toni Aleo
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I’m a sucker for a decent romance and this sounded promising. So after reading several paranormals I got stuck into Blue Lines. Piper, sweet girl, has had a crush on Erik for years, then after a one night stand the inevitable pregnancy happens. I understood her dilemma and why she did the head in sand ostrich thing – with family that always seem to be expecting her to mess up though they love her dearly, she didn’t want to let them down once more. But babies can’t be ignored and finally she has to make a decision. Erik though – what she saw in him other than a hot body I just don’t know. She’s an attractive, hard working independent lady and he’s…well, an overgrown teenager it seems. He’s a dick about the baby right from the start and only thinking of himself and his reputation. Selfish to the core. When he moved in his gaming stuff and just expected Piper to cook for him, but not to have to be sociable and eat at the table with her she ought to have blown a fuse. Instead she lets him get away with it, and the romance – such as it is – continues like that. I just couldn’t take to him, understood he’d had troubled past but he was just so selfish, and though he did get better his attitude and behaviour really spoiled it for me. I like some heartbreak to balance the happiness but this book it all seemed jumbled and one sided. The plot is good, the writing excellent quality, it’s just the characters and the actions that didn’t work for me 😦 Piper needed more backbone and Erik needed to grow up. The promised steam was good, some very sensual, sexy scenes and the ending was solid but there was just too much of Eriks selfishness for me to really like him.
This is book four in a series, I’ve not read the others but this can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. After all thought it wasn’t great for me we all like different things. If I’d read the other books and saw how these characters interacted it may have added more to the story, and perhaps I’d have understood and liked Erik more instead of finding him juvenile. Priced at £3.70.$5.89 I don’t have page length info. I’d guess around 200 pages.
NB: ARC supplied via Netgalley
Stars: three – it was OK, just not great for me.