Dec 28, 2015

*Review* Hooked by Love (A Bellevue Bullies Novel) by Toni Aleo

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. I already have one foot in the draft and I’m ready. This is my last year in college–it’s basically a conditioning year to get me ready for the NHL, to further my game, and I have to be focused. But then, it’s also my last year to have fun and not give a damn before my life really starts. Which means I’m gonna run through every girl I meet. That’s my plan. Because my one and only love is hockey. It 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 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 I’ve watched my mom get broken by the person I call my father, 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.

* * *

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. The thing is, I came to the University of Bellevue for one reason and one reason only. To make my dreams of being a singer/songwriter come true. To work in the industry and pay my dues. Become who I really want to be.

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.

I received an advanced reader copy of this story for an honest review.

Author Toni Aleo builds on her already solid Bellevue Bullies series with her newest release Hooked by Love. Hooked by Love is full of the passion and intensity of young love but has a depth of emotion that made this a truly satisfying read.

What I Loved: Jace and Avery are not perfect characters. They are full of flaws and make mistakes just like most 19 - 20 somethings tend to do. Those "imperfections" made them very real and very easy to love. Both characters have great growth and I enjoyed how their story developed. One of the best parts of the story though had to be the many scenes with all three Sinclair boys and their lady loves. The extended family unit the Sinclair boys have created made me smile.

What I Didn't Love: Toni Aleo can write one hell of a villain. I know Matt Haverbrooke is a fictional character but the hate that I feel for him is very, very real. While Avery and Jace find their happiness despite Matt's awfulness, I needed Matt to be held more accountable for his actions. It felt like unfinished business.

Favorite Quotes:

"The air around us, I swear, is crackling. I don't hear anything bu the crackle and my own heart, in cadence with his. It's like a song. A song I've sung a million times."

"Trust and believe, baby. Anything you say to me, I will listen. I may not understand it or get it, but I'll listen and we can figure it out. Just give me the chance, you know? Let me in." 

"I will take on everything, fight every single one of the battles alone, as long as you are happy and feel loved."

Hooked by Love (A Bellevue Bullies Novel) is a solid read that I recommend checking out. While it could be read on its own I strongly suggest checking out Boarded by Love and Clipped by Love.
Happy reading.

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