Clipped by Love (Bellevue Bullies, #2)
by Toni Aleo
Book 2 in the Bellevue Bullies series. This series is a spin of from the bestselling Assassins series. Although some characters cross over, you do not need to have read the Assassins to enjoy this, but if you enjoy these books, I highly recommend you go back and read the original series. I also recommend you read book 1, Boarded by Love before you embark on Clipped by Love. Although not essential it will give you a better background on the main characters and a storyline that does carry over into this one.
This is Jayden Sinclair's year. Gutted to have missed the NHL draft the previous season, he was also full of pride for his older brother Jude who was signed by the Kings. This year he is determined to shine and be the captain and leader he was destined to be. He just needs to ensure that the stresses of the family problems he carries don't get in the way of his goals.
Baylor Moore has been destined to become the first woman in the NHL since birth. Even with her coach of a father pushing her all the way, she still has to battle against the sexism ingrained within the fabric of the male dominated sport. Baylor may be seen as introverted, but she sees it as driven. She will not let her father down, not when he gave up everything for her.
When Jayden and Baylor cross paths on a pre-season break with friends in Florida, they are both surprised at the connection which buzzes between them. Things however turn sour and they are both faced with returning home to opposite sides of the country filled with regrets. Things soon change though when Baylor's father takes the head coach job for the Bellevue Bullies. Now they don't just find themselves team mates, but each others biggest competition.
I love ice hockey romance. The Queen storyteller of this genre in my opinion is Toni Aleo. I first fell in love with the Assassins series, so I loved the fact she was venturing into another genre I love, college romance. This series is a combination between the two and she has pitched it perfectly. I really enjoyed Jude and Claire's story in Boarded by Love, but Jayden and Baylor's story blew me away.
I fell in love with Jayden from page 1. He is such a sweet, caring person and one that leads by example. In Baylor he finds someone that he wants to protect, encourage and shout from the rooftops about. The love and loyalty he shows her made me swoon, as well the hot factor that oozes off him. Yes, he still struggles with the turmoil his family found themselves in during Jude's story, but the love he has for his siblings and mother shines through. He is a character I truly rooted for, and for me, a perfect book boyfriend.
Baylor's priority is Ice Hockey. She only has 2 friends and even then she doesn't give the friendships everything they deserve. Ice Hockey is her life and her one goal is to play in the professional male league. Meeting Jayden is a sidetrack that she doesn't need, but one that she finds harder and harder to ignore. He is everything that she wants in a man, he challenges her as a woman and as a player, but he also scares her. She isn't used to relying or trusting anyone except her father, so she fights Jayden all the way. She frustrated me because I just wanted her to open her eyes to the amazing man that wanted her. When she finally does, the steam is off the chart and she becomes his perfect love match.
A brilliant second book in a great series. I now look forward to book 3 and hope that it is baby brother and pretty boy Jase's book. That boy is a whole load of trouble, I can't wait to read about it. A MUST READ series for lovers of ice hockey/college romance.
Emma - 4.5 Crowns
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.