In the Crease by Toni Aleo – Jenn’s Review


Assassins Series is an all-time favorite of mine.



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.


have been waiting for Jensen and Wren to have their happily ever after since watching Jensen pine for best friend, Wren, in Delayed Call. In the Crease can be read as a standalone, but I always recommend reading a series in order for maximum enjoyment. Wren and Jensen’s story truly begins in the previous book.

I discovered Aleo’s books shortly after she published her first one and have been an avid fan from the very start. She writes some of the best male POV out there. I love how strong her knowledge of hockey is, and how well she incorporates that into her stories. In the Crease takes place during hockey’s off-season, so we get a little bit more relationship time. 🙂

There was a lot to love about this story, but unfortunately for me, one of those things was not Wren. I really struggled to connect with her. I understood her predicament and how much her life was about to change. Approaching Jensen and asking him the impossible would be hard for anyone, but I felt like she never truly was in it for real. Her viewpoint and feelings felt very repetitious. Every time we went inside her head, it was the same, monotonous story. More than once I wanted to shake some sense into her, and I knew when my eyes started rolling, it became too much for me. Thankfully, there was Jensen.

Jensen was the saving grace of this story. He was everything! I loved how he took Wren’s terms and flipped them to make them work for him, and ultimately for her. Jensen knew this was his one chance to make the girl of his dreams see him as more than just her brothers best friend. He was damn near perfect. I love my husband, but I wouldn’t mind my own Jensen.

I really enjoyed all the side stories in this book. Tate’s struggle was at the forefront and my heart broke for him. I loved getting to see more of Vaughn and Brie, and Wells’s story brought tears to my eyes. In the Crease was a lovely addition to the Assassins Series, and I look forward to see who comes next.

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