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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blog Tour! In The Crease By Toni Aleo

Jensen Monroe is a unicorn. As handsome as any model, as polite as can be, a goalie of unmatched skill, and the best friend anyone could ask for. But he longs for a particular special someone to make his life complete. He’s been in love with Wren since he was a teenager, but as his best friend’s sister, she’s always been off-limits.

Wren Lemiere has prided herself on being a love ’em and leave ’em girl her whole life. She’s all about equal opportunity in the battle of the sexes. Why should guys like her brother and his best friends get to be the only ones allowed to play the dating game? One wrong move, however, and she finds herself in violation of her own rules.

In need of a fake husband and baby daddy for her unexpected bundle of joy, Wren finally accepts Jensen is the logical one to ask for help. Except he has a counteroffer…one with so many strings attached, they may just find themselves wrapped up in ties that bind. Forever.

So lately this series has been hit or miss for this book whore, and for a while there I thought I had another miss with In The Crease but I am glad it is solidly in the hit column.  I have read every book in this series, I love seeing previous characters play an important role in current books and that that feeling of family is still strong throughout the series.  So before I get too in depth into this review let me get the bad out of the way so I can focus on the good.

For about the first I would say 60% of the book I loathed Wren.  She came across as selfish, immature and just an ungrateful money hungry bitch.  Now stay with me for a minute I promise I will get to the good.  She came across as someone who was completely cold hearted who only thought with well let’s say her vagina (sorta like when guys think with their dicks) and no I am in no way slut shaming her because it is said to her in the book that is what she does.  Her reaction to kids when she is pregnant really in a sense had my fists up ready to punch her.  Then slowly you got to see the vulnerability underneath the hard, you saw the sweet soft side that you could see why Jensen loved her as much as he did.  She became who she truly was meant to be.  Hey I am a bitch in real life but guess what like Wren that bitch tends to be used as a means of defense to keep me from getting hurt just like Wren did.  Now was Wren an angel at the end of the book, no but what she was, was real and likeable and redeemable.  So if you are like me and not loving Wren give her time you will really be surprised about how much she is vulnerable.

Okay so while that was sorta bad let’s move forward to the good.  Jensen Monroe has taken one of the top spots in my heart for guys in this series.  He was all around that good guy, the prince charming you wish would sweep you off your feet.  He was totally in love with Wren and my heart hurt when she would say or do something to hurt him even if it was unintentional.  When I was wondering if In The Crease would be a miss he was the winning goal.  Yeah that is cheesy I know.  Deal with it I am a hockey fan and if I can do a corny joke I will.  Jensen may have come across as perfect but he was also human and when there was a moment or two that I wanted to yell at him myself I stopped and put myself in his shoes and realized I would have acted the same way.  Jensen is a character you can’t help but fall in love with.

In The Crease ended up being a really good book that reminds us how our insecurities, the way others treat us, and comments made can all hold us back, hurt us, and make us put up walls to protect ourselves.  But once you are able to get those walls to crumble that it is all worth it when you are finally with the one you love.  In The Crease is one I think Toni Aleo fans will love, I know in the end I did.  I must say I hope we get a book for Wells, because I think that is going to be one wild ride for sure.

Brie snickered as Vaughn went on. “I know this is going to be hard. Like, really hard on you. But, buddy, I’m sorry to say, we bought a house.”
Jensen just stared back at him. “Okay? Why is this hard?”
“Because you’re not moving with us.”
He rolled his eyes. “Jo, we haven’t lived together for six months since you moved in with Brie.”
“I know, but we were across the hall.”
Jensen laughed. “I’ll be fine without you guys—”
“Now, I know this comes as a shock, but we’re having a baby, and we need space for us and the baby.”
“I know—”
“Now, Jenny, I know this is going to be difficult, putting space between us—”
“You know we lived apart for years, right?”
But Vaughn went on. “Just know I will always and forever love you as my brother, and nothing will change. Not the space, the new ball and chain, or the baby.”
“Are you done?”
Brie apparently thought this was hilarious since she was basically choking she was laughing so hard. Which wasn’t anything new. Vaughn might be an idiot, but he was a funny one. As always, Vaughn was unaffected as he said, “We’ll never be done, Jenny, never.”
“Okay,” Jensen said, rolling his eyes again. “Listen, this is awesome. I’m happy for you guys, and let me know when we need to start moving stuff.”
“You’re such a good man,” Vaughn proclaimed before clapping his hands together. “This weekend good for you?”
Laughing, he just shook his head at Vaughn’s antics. “Yeah, man.”
“Thanks, Jensen.”
He smiled over at Brie. “Anytime.”
Rolling his eyes, he went back to eating as a grin played on his lips. He wanted nothing more than for his friend to grow and be in love. Brie was that for Vaughn. They were moving and having a kid, and it was great. Vaughn needed that. So did Wells, who was getting married the following month. Both his best friends were living life, happily and to its fullest. Meanwhile, Jensen was stuck.
He didn’t know how it happened, or even why, but it had. He wasn’t interested in anyone he met, and he didn’t just want to fuck around. He wanted someone to love him for him. The quiet, weird guy in the corner. The one who would lay down his life for anyone he loved. He had redeemable qualities, but for some reason, no one wanted them. They just wanted to have sex.
He didn’t want Netflix and chill; he wanted Netflix and breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and more.
Hmm, he should copyright that.
Taking a huge bite of his chicken, he felt his phone start to vibrate. He pulled it out, seeing that it was a text from Wren, as he chewed. Like always when she texted him, his heart sped up, and his palms went clammy as a lump formed in his throat. Or maybe that was the chicken, he wasn’t sure. Either way, he slid the notification over so that his text thread with her opened up before he read her message.
Wren: Are you free anytime this week?

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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