Friday, May 8, 2015

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | Clipped by Love by Toni Aleo


Clipped by Love by Toni Aleo

Contemporary Romance





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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.

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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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Boarded by Love
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"But love isnt' controllable Baylor! It's hard, it hurts, and fucking hell, it's not predictable! It isn't a hockey game, it isn't like controlling a puck with a stick. It's real ad it can knock you on your ass."

I love the Sinclair brothers!!! I have read the first book – who starred in Jude, and I was eagerly waiting for this one.

Baylor is one of the most determined, strong, and ambitious heroine I have ever encountered. She can be too much, her attitude could rival some men, her temper needs to be in check at times, but hey – this girl could prove to be the first one to be drafted in the NHL. Because she plays really, really well. Enough to topple all the men in college hockey. She had been trained that way. She has been in skates even before she can walk. She was trained to be the best, and determined to be the best there is. Now if she can only tweak the attitude a little, live life rather than competing in every turn – this girl could have been perfect.

If Baylor is a worry wart and control freak, Jayden worries, but he was set off to live his life (as pushed by Jude, the other hot Sinclair brother we met at Boarded by Love). It saddens him that he didn’t get to be in the draft when Jude did, but his agent insisted he needed to have one more year in college to hone his skills. What came unexpectedly was meeting a girl when he went into a vacation with his brothers.

It was the most trying time in their lives: Jude being away, their father leaving them and their mom struggling. He worries for everyone, I was glad Jude talked to him. He still worries, but he gets to enjoy life too. He had never met his match, until Baylor. Not only he challenges him on ice (or street-hockey), but off-ice as well. It would have been perfect, but he got all gentlemanly (didn’t handle things real smooth!) instead, he broke her heart. He thought he was never going to see her again – much to his surprise.

Because Baylor was now in Nashville. Playing for his team. With her father as coach. Trying to get the captainship of the team. Well, not if he can’t help it.

What I love about this Sinclair brother is it didn’t bother him that a girl could be as good as him. He wasn’t a chauvinist who thought girls couldn’t play college hockey as roughly as them.  Jayden knew he was good, and he knew Baylor was great as well. But being on the same team, fighting over a championship after what happened could indeed get rough.

The passion these two has for the sports is overwhelming. It makes the competition a little bit fiercer, but nonetheless healthy. I love how Jayden is protective of Baylor, and how he tries to get into her skin. But what I love the most is the change in Baylor. From enjoying (or living) in solitude, she was taught not only by Jayden, but by Jace, and sweet Markus that having friends (besides her two crazy female friends who are twins) can be great as well. So day by day, she tries to put down those walls, be a member of a team and finally realize that they were more than just a group of men (and woman) who play hockey. They were a family.

Their chemistry was off the charts, they tried to fight it at first (or Baylor) did, but if she was determined, Jayden was persistent. He wore her off, she agreed if only to keep it a secret. She didn’t want anything to change. She wanted to protect him from her father. But I was right when I thought keeping it a secret was a disaster waiting to happen.

Jayden was a swoon-worthy boyfriend. He cares about her, he wants to show her off to the world. If she will only let him. He respects her decisions, and he wouldn’t push her off her comfort zones. So, despite the fact the emotions he was feeling was a bit overwhelming that it shakes his chest fiercely, he bottled it up, until he thought she was ready to let him all in. Problem is, this girl is a control freak. And love is a very uncontrollable emotion. Would they ever make it?

I enjoyed Clipped by Love as much as I enjoyed the first book. It made me laughed at times, fall in love in most pages, and had my adrenaline pumped up during those games I felt I was watching while reading it. More than that passionate romance friendship and love for sports, this story taught me that you make things happen if you are determined, and stubborn. But sometimes you cannot do it alone, you need another people to boost you up and support you for you to reach your maximum potential.




Purchase on Amazon:
http://amzn.to/1F2tyTa

CHECK OUT THE OTHER BOOK IN THE SERIES:
Boarded by Love
❉Purchase Link ➙ http://amzn.to/1p9oqWD
❉Review Link ➙ http://bit.ly/1s6JqiI



Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille 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, 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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