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Markus Reeves is sucking. Big-time. Toiling away on a minor-league hockey team hundreds of miles away from home, he’s watching his dreams of an NHL career fade away. Add in the lingering guilt he has over the dramatic demise of his relationship with college girlfriend, Mekena, and he’s a mess on and off the ice.

 

But the family of his heart, the Sinclairs, won’t let Markus suffer any longer. When he arrives himself back in Nashville for a trial run on the Assassins, it feels like his life may be making a turn for the better. If only he could get Mekena to forgive him…

 

Mekena Preston has been hurting since fleeing Nashville following the horror of Markus’s betrayal with her sister. Now a professional photographer, Mekena finds herself in the same place at the same time with Markus to celebrate Lucy and Benji Paxton’s wedding. Neither of them has been able to move on—and they’re starting to wonder if they really want to.

 

They’re headed for a face-off at the altar unless they can confront their past and unearth the truth about what really happened on that fateful night.

 

 

“You are, by far, the most patient man I know.”
Baylor grimaced as she took Dawson from Markus’s outstretched hands. He smiled as Dawson looked at him innocently. He knew the little guy didn’t mean to puke all over him and he wasn’t upset, but he was trying to figure out a way to get to the house and shower before he had to talk to Mekena. He highly doubted that baby puke would be an aphrodisiac. Maybe it would be? Huh.
He wasn’t going to try, though.  
As Baylor cuddled Dawson against her, Markus waved her off. “It’s no big deal. He’s a baby.”
She smiled shyly. “Yes, but Ashlyn pooped on you too.”
He grinned as he shrugged, trying not to laugh. It was a tough rehearsal for Dawson, Ashlyn, and Markus. Puke and poop were big-time stars during the hour of watching the Sinclairs and Grace Justice try to put together a wedding. He wasn’t sure what was funnier, Jace glaring as Jordie walked with Avery, or Ashlyn farting and then realizing she had just shit all over him. It was a toss-up, but then Dawson decided to puke down the front of his shirt, and he figured he was now a substitute for a baby rag. “I volunteered.”
“Still, we’re really sorry,” Avery said, holding Ashlyn close as she rocked her back and forth. “I understand if you don’t want to watch her ever again.”
“Nonsense,” he said, laughing as he tucked his hands into his pockets and looked around. He spotted Mekena at the front of the altar, taking pictures of random things. He wasn’t sure if she was done, but maybe he could slip away. “How much longer until y’all are done?”
“We’re done, but Lucy and Benji have some pre-wedding pictures they’re having done with Angie.”
“So Mekena isn’t done?”
Avery smiled. “Nope, she’s got a bit.”
“Can you pass a message for me?”
“Sure.”
“Let her know that I went back to the cabin to shower and clean up?”
“Yeah, of course. I’ll tell Jace to tell her since I’m taking Ashlyn to bed.”
“Cool, thanks,” he said, kissing her cheek and then Baylor’s, before rubbing Dawson’s head. “I’ll see you guys in the morning.”
Before he could get far, though, Baylor smiled. “Thanks again.”
“Anytime. I mean that.”
Avery smiled. “Thanks.”
“Also, good luck,” Baylor added.
Flashing them both a big grin, he nodded. “I need it.”
Heading out the back, he made it back to the cabin quickly. When he entered, though, Mr. Right was sitting on the windowsill howling. “Whoa, man. What’s up?”
Meoooooowwwwwwww, he wailed, with his mouth wide open as his hair stood on end.
“Bro, I don’t know what to say. I don’t speak your language. Are you singing? Do you want me to sing too? Meoooowwwwww,” he said, and Mr. Right looked back at him, almost with a glare. “We should add some beat to that and make a remix,” Markus joked as the cat wailed. Deciding that was a good idea, he pulled out his phone and started to beatbox as the cat wailed, recording it on his SnapChat. The cat must have realized what he was doing because he looked back, scowling, and Markus hid his phone. He didn’t want to admit it, but Mr. Right kind of freaked him out.

 

 

Review

* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 4 Second Chance Stars ~

It’s been awhile since I have been with the Assassins Family and oh how I’ve missed them!!

I almost forgot how well Toni Aleo did writing a sports romance story. She has the perfect blend of drama, spice, and sports to make it the perfect read.

What I love about the Assassins series is that they are truly like coming home when you read a new book in the series. Each book can be read as a standalone and they don’t need to be read in order either. Toni does a fantastic job filling in all the spots that you might have missed by not reading them in order. I love that each book reconnects you with past couples and characters that you never have to wonder what they are up to. You can’t help but feel like you’re a part of this hockey family 🙂

In Face Off At the Altar we follow the journey of Mekena and Markus. Their love story is a second chance story. Mekena and Markus used to be together until the unthinkable is done and Mekena runs to Florida to make a new life for herself and forget all about Markus. But she soon finds out that he is very hard to forget. Fast Forward a year and Markus and Mekena are reunited at their friends wedding festivities. Can Mekena ever forgive Markus for the past. Will they ever find out the truth about what happened on that night?? You will get these answers and so much more when you read this book. I thought Mekena and Markus’s story touched on a very serious subject, and I think Toni did an excellent job in writing this storyline. I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to spoil things. Just know this book will have you laughing, smiling, blushing, crying and even yelling. And you can’t forget your panties melting 😉 I thought Toni did a great job pulling out all of the readers emotions in this book.

I loved that we got to be reconnected with some of my favorites of this series. I always love when we get to see Ellie and Shea again, they are my favorite couple of this series. But it was great seeing the Hockey guys again. Like I said earlier you truly do feel a part of this Hockey family when you read her books. I truly hope she writes more books in this series and that we get to see a story between Vaughan and Brie.

So if you are a fan of Toni’s Assassins Series you don’t want to miss Mekena and Markus’s story in Face Off At the Altar. But if you haven’t read this series yet….what are you waiting for? This is the best Hockey Series I have read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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