Monday, April 27, 2015

Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo Review

Toni Aleo's spin off series from the Assassins is the Bellevue Bullies series. In the first book we meet the very hunky and very talented Sinclair brothers. Jude Sinclair is quite the lady's man until he comes across a certain redhead that I came to love in Breaking Away, Claire Anderson. I simply loved this book and have re-read it numerous times. 

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.

My Review: 5 Stars
I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I have read this book. I love it. Jude is a great character, he is cocky and confident but also amazingly sweet, funny and oh so loving. Claire has had a rough go of life and that has made her tough, but with Phillip and Reese's love she has opened her eyes to the fact that she can be more than the daughter of a drugged out stripper. Together, they have lots of sexy times, but under all the sexiness you can feel the love and tenderness they feel for each other. This book has just the right amount of drama, sexiness, fun, humor and heart. 

About the Author:

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville 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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