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.
Fortunately or unfortunately our pasts define who we are and the way we will react to situations/people in the future.
For Baylor Moore it was the moment her mother abandoned her and her father, for Jayden Sinclair was the moment he found out his father was not who they all thought he was.
Baylor is kind of awkward, she's afraid to give her heart to someone, but she's one hell of a fighter and an exceptional hockey player. She's been trying to prove herself all her life to people around her, not only because she's a woman in a man's world and her father is her trainer, but because he's also respected coach in the college circuit.
Jayden has been going through some hard personal times. His father left his mother to fend for herself, and although his older brother and NHL player, Jude, is helping, it's Jayden who's in the home front taking care of things.
Baylor and Jayden meet while on vacation in Florida but things didn't go too well for them, but when things are meant to be nothing will stop them. As luck will have it Baylor's dad is assigned as the new head coach for the Bellevue Bullies and that's when things start getting interesting and Baylor and Jayden reunite. They have the same goals in life, Jayden wants to prove he's as good as his older brother and he can get in the NHL through his own merits, for Baylor is to show the world that the hockey world is ready for a female to be playing with the big boys.
I absolutely LOVED this book, these two fantastic characters along bring this beautiful story to life and keep the reader glued to their journeys until the last word has been written. I loved how Toni made this a journey for both of these people, she built their relationship block by block and the result was a beautiful well crafted story full of struggles, love, and great accomplishments. And did I mention that Mrs Aleo is the queen of sexual tension? Yeah, she's pretty damn good at that and it's one of the things that keeps me coming back to her books.
I thought I loved Jude and Claire but Jayden and Blayre completely stole my heart. I'm looking forward to more from the Sinclair family and perhaps Markus (hint hint Toni.)
This is an absolute gem that you need to #oneclick ASAP
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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