Monday, December 28, 2015

Hooked by Love by Toni Aleo

Hooked By Love is finally here!

But to understand the end - you must first start from the beginning...

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(Bellevue Bullies #1)


Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.

He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.

You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.


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(Bellevue Bullies #2)


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.


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And now... I am proud to FINALLY introduce you all to:


(Bellevue Bullies #3)

Hooked by Love-high



Things are out of control for the Sinclair boys! With two already in the NHL, Jace Sinclair is ready to follow in his brothers’ HUGE skates in the last Bellevue Bullies novel…

Jace Sinclair here, and I’m amazing. There is no other way to describe me. I am the leading scorer for the Bellevue Bullies, I’m the captain, and people love me: my family, my teammates, my coach, and the NHL. This is my last year in college–I already have one foot in the draft. Hockey keeps me warm even when it’s freezing. It’s always there when nothing else is. And it pushes me to be the best I can be. It’s my one and only love.

That is, until I see her against a tree with a guitar.


The last thing I wanted was to meet anyone. My heart is on the bench because of what happened with my parents, and I don’t want that for myself. I don’t want to be hurt by anyone. I can’t give them that power.

But my heart is begging for ice time, and I can’t control it around her.

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I’ve always been in the background. No one has ever had time for me and that’s fine; I’ve learned to cope. Coming from a family where hockey is life, the last thing I want is some big, burly hockey player charging at me. I don’t have time for it, but Jace Sinclair isn’t one to be deked around.

I didn’t want to meet anyone. I didn’t want to end up freezing the puck with him. It’s not what I want.

I have demons.

I have issues.

Living in the shadows, no one even knew until it was too late. But Jace wants to know.
He wants me.

And that scares me the living hell out of me.

We were so worried about what would happen if we fell, but we never thought what could happen in the process of falling. We never saw it coming. But it’s here, and the repercussions are not pretty.

We should have known that there is no way out of the zone when you are being Hooked by Love.


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Christy's Review: 

4 stars!!!

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Toni Aleo writes some of the best sports romances out there. The Bellevue Bullies is her second hockey series and it focuses on the Sinclair brothers. The first book was Jude Sinclair, then middle brother, Jayden Sinclair. Now it’s book 3 and time for the baby, Jace Sinclair.

Avery and Jace are two very driven characters. Both are in college and have big dreams and big goals and don’t need any distractions along the way. Avery Rose has a dream to be a singer/songwriter. Coming from a family of hockey players with brothers whose dreams were always more important than hers, she’s determined to make it on her own. Jace Sinclair has huge footsteps to follow. His older brothers both made it in the NHL first draft. He’s all about hockey. This is his year and nothing will get in his way.

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Then they meet each other… and everything changes. Avery never expected to fall for this oh so charming hockey player with all the right lines. She decides it is okay to kind of date him (Javery… ;)) but her heart can’t get involved. Jace is smitten right away with Avery. It’s love at first sight for him. He never in a million years thought a girl could steal his heart at first glance, but it happened.

Jace and Avery fell quick and they fell hard. As much as she tried to fight it, it couldn’t be stopped. Yes. There is a good bit of ‘insta love’ in this one. But for the most part, it worked. I loved that these two found that they could have each other without sacrificing their dreams, wants and desires. That is what true love is. They had many obstacles to overcome, Avery’s past, her family, Jace’s dad, and some other things that surprisingly pop up along the way. It really puts their love and devotion to the test.

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Jace Sinclair is a stand up guy. He’s funny, sweet, protective and completely loyal. Avery has issues from her past, but Jace is always by her side helping her cope and always being there for her. It was wonderful to catch up with all the Sinclair’s (minus dad… grrrr) I love this family!

The Assassin’s and Bellevue Bullies will always hold a special place to me. They were the first sports books I’ve really gotten into and opened up whole new little sub genre for me. I adore these Sinclair boys and I wish there were MORE brothers to write about! Maybe we will get another Bellevue book? Perhaps Marcus will get his own story...

Hooked by Love made me laugh, smile, and cry. It was sweet, steamy, funny and heartwarming, but had it’s moments that were a bit angsty and some that were downright hard to read. Overall, I enjoyed this one lots and give it a solid 4 stars!

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“I thought I could never love anything more than hockey, but then you came along…”


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