Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review & Giveaway: 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. 

Fans of Toni Aleo will want to dive head first into Clipped by Love, the latest release in her Bellevue Bullies series.

Jayden Sinclair (brother of Jude from Boarded by Love) has his eye set on the prize, that prize being, having an awesome season on the ice for the Bellevue Bullies and to go into the NHL draft post season. This plan didn't include a girlfriend, but to quote the poet Robert Burns, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

Enter Baylor Moore

Baylor is a great hockey player, make that the best and she will be the first female to play in the NHL, just ask her. She has the skills, the drive and determination to make it happen. She's had her heart broken in the past and she knows she needs to focus on her game, not her love life, but after an unforgettable (and somewhat painful) encounter with Jayden while on break at the beach, she is left feeling rejected and is even more focused on her goal. Her dad is appointed to coach a new team and she finds herself playing on a line with her almost, "fling".

Fireworks erupt, great hockey is played and two people with similar yet different goals find that there may be something better than just playing the game they love, maybe loving someone they play with isn't such a bad thing.*
Clipped by Love is a sexy-fun read! If your having Jude withdrawal you will get to spend some time with him and Claire from Boarded by Love and to top it off a guest appearance by my favorite Toni Aleo couple EVER, Elli & Shea from Taking Shots Assassins Series Book #1). Clipped by Love is a great marriage of new adult and sports romance and it is definitely one for my keeper shelf. I can't wait for more form this series.

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty 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, scrap booking, 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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Note: I was given an ARC copy of Clipped by Love in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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