Clipped by Love by Toni Aleo
Bellevue Bullies #2
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.
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.
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I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
When you're a hockey fan, you're an all the way fan. You have a favorite team, a favorite player, game day favorite rituals. You follow minor league and farm teams wondering which team will be the next source to round out your team. As my husband has brought me into the hockey fold I've marveled at not only fan devotion but the ingrained from birth devotion of the players. I've heard countless stories of players strapping on skates as soon as they learn to walk and falling for the sport hard. Author Toni Aleo beautifully captures the passion and pain of two young people basing their childhood aspirations on the pursuit of a professional hockey career and learning how to make that dream a reality while still building a fulfilling personal life.
Jayden and Baylor are two young people who have devoted years of their lives to achieve the cherished dream of being drafted into a professional hockey team. Years of blood, sweat and tears on the ice in preparation of going pro bond them where their gender divides them - Jayden is man and Baylor is a woman. As the two compete to take the Captain role on their college hockey team the spark of competition turns into something hotter. Can the two achieve professional success and personal happiness? Or will love on the ice lead to the ultimate time out for one of them?
What I Loved: Dear Lord, the literary gene pool that Aleo has cooked up with the Sinclair boys (Jude in Bellevue Bullies #1, Jayden in this story) is a stunningly beautiful one. Jayden manage to be witty, panty melting, and heart wrenchingly sensitive. The romantic spark between Jayden and Baylor is instant but has there is a nice slow build that got me fully invested in the pair. I believed in Baylor's pursuit to break the gender barrier in professional hockey so much it lead to a lively debate with my husband about gender equality in sports. Feisty and swoon worthy romance aside, this book is going to make you think and start a great conversation.
What I Didn't Love: Not going to lie, Baylor had me fall for her quick but then kept challenging that love. I respected her drive and dedication but was frustrated when it tipped occasionally into alienating obsession. Don't give up on her though, Baylor grows immensely over the course of the story and deserves both her professional and romantic happy every after..
"I don't know what she is thinking, but man, I'd pay to be in her brain. Because I can't figure out if she wants to fuck me or beat me. Maybe even both."
"I hate the way she makes me feel, but then I love it. She almost makes me feel like I'm bipolar and my sanity is nowhere in sight. I just don't understand it. While she is sitting here, screaming at me, I should be pissed, screaming back, but I want to kiss her."
"Because being loved by someone I love is my oblivion."
Clipped by Love will make you laugh, squirm, yell, and cheer. What else can you ask for in a book? While you wouldn't have any problem reading Clipped by Love as a standalone, I recommend reading Boarded by Love first (it's a personal favorite so I may be a wee biased). The Bellevue Bullies Series is all around solid.