Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blog Tour: Into the Crease by Toni

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.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane 

Wren Lemiere has a problem. A big problem. Seems she and her lifelong friend/lover Bradley made a baby. But it's going to be alright. She's almost thirty, has a great job with the Nashvill Assassins, hockey team and is just about to inherit a nice chunk of change. There's just one stipulation-she can't inherit if she had a baby out of wedlock before she turns thirty. Barbaric, yep, but thems the rules. 

The only fly in the ointment-Bradley has his own plans. They don't include Wren nor a baby. Wren just isn't part of the image this power hungry lawyer needs. Her ample womanly curves don't fit the bill. 

"Yeah, it isn't like we love each other. I mean, come on. You're not even my type."
"Your type?"
"Wren, come on' he said simply, holding his hands out.
"You're not trophy wife material."

Jensen Monroe is the goalie for the Assassins. He's so close to getting his team to winning the Stanley Cup he can taste it! When that win comes, it's a little bitter sweet. His parents weren't able to make it to see him play and while all his teammates are being tackle hugged by their loved ones, he has no one. As much as he loves his life on the ice, his life off of it is lonely. 

Wren's known Jensen for years-he's her brother Wells' best friend. She's been the little sister, (although most of the players are scared of her temper!) and they were all protective of her. Of course, Jensen's feelings are far from brotherly.

Jesus, Wren Lemiere would be the death of him.
His best friend's little sister had always had him in knots. 

But he's never wanted to disrespect her family who mean the world to him, and deep down he has reasons to believe he's not nearly good enough for her. 

Wren takes things in her own hands, just meets with Jensen and puts it all out there. He's a great guy, he's single and it's only temporary. 

"I'd rather it be someone who knows my family, knows me, because it will be easier. I'm comfortable with you, and we can act like we're desperately in love."

"And we'll end it once the baby comes?"

Things are about to get complicated! There are secrets and hidden feelings and a real baby who will be here before they know it. 

Jensen is a great character, he suffers from self esteem issues but if he has a fault, it's that he puts everyone else's needs before his own. Wren is feisty and independent, but she can be too impulsive and inappropriate at times. (a certain wedding and her impulsive actions for one) But all in all, I could feel the connection between the two of them.

Life-he wanted to do life with her. Only her.

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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