Monday, December 28, 2015

Hooked By Love by Toni Aleo: Release Blitz and Review

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)

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     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.
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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)

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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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And now... I am proud to FINALLY introduce you all to:

HOOKED BY LOVE

(Bellevue Bullies #3)

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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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REVIEW


     Toni Aleo has to have some sort of magical power. That is the only way she can keep coming up with such unique and amazing stories. 

     Right off the bat, I wasn't Jace's biggest fan. I thought he was overly cocky, entitled, and unappreciative of what he had. But as the story progressed, he grew on me. He's not my favorite brother and wasn't too similar like Jude or Jayden, which I liked. He had his own way to living life and it worked for him. I did think his people skills lacked a little, but his devotion to his family and Avery overshadows it. It was very clear that when Jace cared for someone, he would do everything his power to make sure they were never hurt.

     While it took time for me to warm up to Jace, Avery I liked right off the bat. Honestly, I think it's impossible to not to love her. Her family disgusts me and it's interesting to read how even though she's lived with a family like hers (including her beyond evil brother, Matty who can just go far far away and never come back) and is still fighting those demons, she is still incredibly independent and fierce. One thing about her character that really got to me was how all she wants is love and affection, which are two things I take for granted. It just suddenly hit me that there are probably so many Avery's in the world who may not have a Prince Charming like Jace.

     As is with all Toni Aleo books, Jace and Avery together was fantastic. They honestly showed that they couldn't live without each other. After they met and started talking, the bond between them was obvious.  They were clearly made for each other and were put through a lot. Out of all three couples in this series so far, I felt like Jace and Avery had the hardest time, because the majority of their problem was dealing with emotions. There were so many people in their lives trying to dictate their lives and it was staying strong enough and sticking together that was the hardest for those two. 

     One of my favorite things about this book was Jace's family. They were so much more involved in this book than in the others and it was a great addition to the book because it added some depth to the overall series. We really get more information about the divorce between Jace's parents and how despite all the drama, their family dynamic is still strong as steel. I loved getting to know Lucy more and I really hope she gets her own book so she can get a happy ending. 

     In conclusion, I thought this was a great addition to the series and I'm very excited to see what comes next.



xxo,
A