I adore Toni Aleo’s books. She writes sports romance like no other author. When I read Boarded by Love, I met Jude Sinclair and his brothers. I love these Sinclair boys- all three of them! Jayden is my absolute favorite of the bunch. This book made me laugh, made me smile and even gave me a bit of the feels. It was an all around great read.
Jayden Sinclair takes the weight of the world on his shoulders. He is the middle boy of the three. He feels like he needs to support and protect everyone. He’s focused on hockey and his family. That’s all he has time for. He’s not interested in finding a girlfriend. Then Baylor Moore comes along and she isn’t like any woman he’s ever met before. He is completely fascinated.
Baylor is a female hockey player, but she doesn’t play like a female. She’s good enough to hold her own with the boys. She actually plays with the boys in college and has big dreams to be the first female hockey player in the NHL. Her father won the cup back in the day and she’s determined to make him proud. Hockey is her life. She isn’t interested in dating. Then she meets Jayden…
Jayden and Baylor challenge each other. Jayden is one of the first guys who sees Baylor as a woman and an amazing hockey player. He doesn’t go easy on her, he respects her and likes her. I loved their friendship in the beginning. How each one feels like they can open up to the other little by little. How their friendship and attraction turn into so much more.
Baylor isn’t always the easiest heroine to love. She pushes people away, she is almost too driven and too focused. But she has a good heart. And she has good reasons for being this way. She may be stubborn and bull headed, but she is a good person. Now Jayden… Jayden is pretty much perfect. He is officially tied with Phillip for my favorite Toni man. Jayden is determined. He’s selfless, loving, kind and considerate. I love that he never gave up on Baylor.
“I’ve known from the beginning that you were different, Baylor. I just need you to know that I am too.”
This story had plenty of steam and touching moments, but what I loved most about it was the humor. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, but I seriously laughed out loud more than once while reading this one.
I’m not a huge sports person, but Toni’s books just do it for me. I love these stories. It was great to catch up with a few of the Assassin players, plus Jude and Claire. Jayden was amazing and even though Baylor was a little too stubborn for me, she grew on me by the end and completely won me over. This is a great addition to Toni’s Bellevue Bullies series and I am very much looking forward to the third Sinclair brother, Jace’s book!
Clipped by Love by Toni Aleo
Things are heating up for the Sinclair boys! With one already in the NHL, Jayden Sinclair is hoping to be next!
This has been the toughest year of my life. I watched my brother go into the draft without me, my mom got divorced, and the weight of my family’s issues is heavy on my shoulders. I feel like it’s my job to fix everything while working my butt off in school and trying to make my game better. I have to go into the draft. It will give my family the support they need, and it will prove that I’m good enough. But to get there, I have to show I can be the best captain for the Bellevue Bullies. The spot is mine—no one can take it. First though, Jude is making me go on a brother’s weekend. Innocent enough, I guess…until I see her. She’s the biggest competitor I’ve ever faced. Not only for my spot but also my heart. It’s hard to ignore someone like Baylor Moore.
I don’t lose. I can’t. My dad has bred me to be the best in anything I do. I am driven, I am smart, and I am going to be the first woman in the National Hockey League. No two ways about it. I’ve worked too hard. I’ve been through too much not to have what I want. I know I can do it. I will make my dad proud, and no one will stand in the way of that. That is, until I let him in. He scares me. He makes me feel. And he could very well be the one person who can make me want more than just to win.
We both have the same goal. Victory. But how do you compete against the person you want to win? It’s not easy. Love isn’t something you can control. It isn’t like a puck that can be handled by a stick. No, it has a mind of its own and does what it wants.
Neither of us saw it coming, and we really don’t know if there is a way to score, especially when you’re being Clipped by Love.
About the Author
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.