I know with Toni Aleo book reviews, my beginning line is always the same but what can I say, I LOVE Toni Aleo. I don’t know how she manages it but with each and every book, she made me feel like I was part of the story. I felt what the characters were feeling. I laughed and cried with them, I got pissed or happy for them. I can only thank her for taking me to such an amazing journeys. Toni’s ‘Assassins’ and ‘Bellevue Bullies’ series are my all time favorite hockey series and you can find the reviews of each book in my blog :). Of course with this much amazing heroes and heroines, I also have a favorites list 🙂 Unfortunately, with each new book Toni Aleo releases, I am struggling with the rankings and I love Shea and Philip too much to reduce their rankings. So since ‘Ice Cats’ and ‘Nashville Assassins: Next Generation’ are brand new series, I decided it was time to start a brand new list. And I am proud to say Niko Merryweather is on the top and I believe just like Shea, it will be impossible to kick him from the top 🙂
We first meet with Niko Merryweather in ‘Juicy Rebound’ and he also makes an appearance in ‘Dump and Chase’ but the person I get to know in those books wasn’t my favorite. He seemed really obnoxious so when I started reading ‘Wild Tendy’, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But oh heart! Be still! The Niko you will get a chance to see in this story will melt your heart and also panties 🙂 So let me give you bit of background info about Niko. He plays for Ice Cats and he is one of the best goalies in the league. He is funny, loud, quirky, sweet, and really tenacious. After Shelli Adler puts an end to their sexapades for Aiden Brooks, Niko feels abandoned and not good enough. However, when gets rear-ended by an amazing woman, Aviva Pearce, all those thoughts vanishes and he knows that he found his match. Aviva is strong, independent and a true fighter. After losing her mom at a young age, she is raising her 17 years-old sister, Callie, and also running their family business. Her life is super busy and she is barely making ends so she doesn’t really have time or energy for a relationship. But Niko being Niko he bulldozes his way into Aviva and Callie’s lives. I adored Niko and Callie’s relationship. Callie is an awesome teenager. She is strong, opinionated and loyal. She is Niko’s partner in crime and inside informant 🙂 Since Bellevue has a gymnastic team and Callie is a talented gymnast, maybe in the future we can see her in one of the books as a heroine 🙂 As for Niko and Aviva’s relationship, with time it gets harder for Aviva to fight the attraction and Niko’s awesomeness so she doesn’t have any other option but be with him 🙂 Both Niko and Aviva is struggling with their own insecurities and watching them to help each other to get over these insecurities was amazing. Also, when you start learning the backstories and the things they have been through, you will fall in love with them more. They are both very inspiring and beautiful inside and out. I want to say so many thing about these two but there is no way to do it without spoiling the story, so I will hold it back and let you find it out.
‘Wild Tendy’ is sweet, inspirational and emotional story that will make you feel so many emotions at one point or another and you won’t be able to put it down. I am hoping someday I can find someone who will love the parts of me that no one else knows how to love, just like Niko and Aviva did for each other.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Already did. Surprising? NOT 🙂
- Would I read future books by this author: HELL YEAH!
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e-ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.