Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

Jude 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.
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.

If you're rolling your eyes right now, fuck you. I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I finished Phillip and Reese's story. I have stalked Toni Aleo's Facebook page and constantly checked Amazon in hopes that had been released early. And now, I read it. And I loved it.

Claire and Jude. Their names even sound perfect together. Their relationship beats all the Assassins by far. I loved that they weren't super mushy all the time and that they were very real. One of my favorite things about their relationship is that Claire didn't play hard to get. She knew she liked him and she didn't try to convince herself otherwise. Not only did this make her so much more likable, but it made the book so much more enjoyable.

Their relationship. I will gush and gush about this because it was that perfect. Their Facebook posts? Yes please.
“I would never want to make her feel the way I made other girls feel and again, I am really sorry for that. Claire has completely changed me and made me the man I want to be. Everything I do is thoroughly thought out because I don’t want to ever embarrass her or make her unhappy. I just want to be the man she deserves and that’s my new plan.#MyGirlfriendIsBetterThanYours #LifeIsCompleteWithHer #WifeyMaterial"

“They always say that love is a fantasy, but with this girl, it’s a reality.” 

Jude. You can't not love him. He is literally my dream guy. I'm hoping this is a sign from the future. Everything you could want in a guy, you have it. He's fucking sexy, romantic, a family guy, a hockey player, and he is incredibly sweet when he's with Claire. Maybe he was a little bit TOO perfect for romance novel standards, but realistically, he's perfect. His attitude really struck me. He's a player, but not really an asshole. He really had no idea how much the girls loved him. And you probably won't believe me until you read the book.  In short form, Hey Jude, is sexy cuddly teddy bear.

This book really was Claire's story. We knew everything she knew at the beginning and experienced the present with her. While we did get a bit of background of Jude, it didn't ruin the book and it took out a lot of unnecessary scenes. The only reason I'm pointing this out is because many authors try to keep suspense in the book by withholding information and it ends up ruining the whole book. Toni Aleo was able to give us information on the characters while carrying out the suspense. Beautifully written story.

The Assassins. Yes, they're back. Phillip and Reese were incredible and I loved their wedding. It was a little strange reading about them from a younger point of view, but it was easy to adjust to. I loved that we were able to see Claire's relationship with them in more depth. The end with Phillip and Jude was probably my favorite scene.

This review is probably all over the place cause when I read a book like this, I can't even organize all my thoughts. So if you basically suck and haven't read any Toni Aleo books, go read one, and then join the club.