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In The Crease (The Assassins Series) by Toni Aleo Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt


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.

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 whole soul is yours, because a heart can stop and a mind can forget, but a soul neither stops or forgets. It only loves, and my soul belong to you.”

Holy cow!!!! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! This has to be one of my favorite all-time friends to lover’s book EVER!!!! I loved absolutely everything about this book! Jensen has to be the most perfect book boyfriend. He has ruined me for all other book boyfriends.

Jensen is the goalie for the Assassins, and he should be on top of the world with their huge win! Yet, he’s not. He doesn’t have anyone besides his best friends to share it with. He longs for the HEA with the wife and the children to share his life with. He has one particular woman in mind, Wren. But, she’s always been off limits because she is not only his best friend’s sister, but she is a good friend to him as well. He thinks she will never see him any differently.

Wren appears to be self-confident and self-assured. She is the therapist for the team, and she doesn’t do relationships. All those notions come to a halt when she finds herself expecting a little bundle of joy. Too bad, the baby’s jerk father wants nothing to do with Wren or her baby. She has to find a fake husband and father for her baby to be able to get her inheritance that she and her brother desperately need. She turns to Jensen. He is sweet, loyal, and not hard on the eyes either. She makes him an offer with an out soon after she collects her money. Jensen has thrown her for a loop…he has a counteroffer…she has to try to make this real for six months. Will she finally give Jensen a chance?

Aleo has always made me swoon over her guys, but never so much as with Jensen. He has it all…looks, but it’s his heart that makes him perfect! AHHH…be still my heart. He could have anyone he wants, but his heart belongs to and always has belonged to Wren. He sees who Wren is, and he loves her despite her flaws, which is really only her mean streak. He was offering her the world, and there were times I got so mad at her! However, I understood what her motivations were. She appeared completely self-confident, but she doubted herself and hid that behind her sexuality. She never stayed with anyone because she was always afraid of getting hurt, and she never saw herself for the beautiful woman she truly was. But, Jenny helped her see that, and I loved him for it. She always had feelings for him, but she kept them hidden because she knew he had the power to break her. I loved the woman Wren was by the end of the book!

I only discovered Toni Aleo a year ago, and I can’t believe I hadn’t read her before. She quickly became one of my top go to writers, and she NEVER, EVER disappoints me. I just love her!!!!



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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