Release Blitz and Review: Hooked by Love

Hooked By Love is finally here!

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

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BOARDED BY LOVE

(Bellevue Bullies #1)

17448422Jude 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.

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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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CLIPPED BY LOVE

(Bellevue Bullies #2)


23172090Things 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.

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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:

HOOKED BY LOVE

(Bellevue Bullies #3)

Hooked by Love-high

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY || SARA EIREW
COVER DESIGN || REGINA WAMBA


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.

Avery.

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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Toni Aleo can write some super hot hockey players! This book is no exception. Hooked by Love is the third book in the Bellvue Bullies series, a spin-off of her Assassins series. This follows the baby of the family, Jace Sinclair, as he prepares to tear up the ice during his last year of college. He also plans on playing with as many women as he can. He only wants to have to think about hockey—not relationships like his brothers. Oh how quickly the mighty fall. One look at a green-eyed song bird and he is done for. Tongue-tied, fall down stupid, done for. 

I thoroughly enjoy the writing of this author. Overtime was one of my top reads in 2015. This book may be one of the most emotional she has written to date. The book is filled with humor and cheesy pick-up lines via Jace. It has a strong heroine in Avery. I mean, she has endured and fought against difficult odds and still is doing her best to keep her head on straight. I would have been happy with the cat and mouse chase game between these two along with some steamy loving. But, no. Ms. Aleo had to bring out some big guns and give us so many feels! I was ready to put the book down and finish reading when I was done with work. Well, this one made me call in sick to work! Seriously! It got to about 2/3 into the story and I. Could. Not. Put. It down!!! 

The book has us questioning what it means to be in love. The heart does not wait for the most opportune time in our lives to fall in love. Does love surpass everything else? Can we do things we love and still uphold the person we love above all things? Can broken hearts be repaired? 

Thank you once again for bringing to life realistic, believable characters with all of their flaws. Loved seeing Jace’s family rally around him. Loved how much his brothers show their love and support. Totally loved how Jace wanted to bring all that love to Avery to make her feel special, too. 

You could read this as a stand-alone, but don’t. Read the whole series. You won’t be disappointed! 

*ARC received for an honest review. 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines, and Overtime.


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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