Review: Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo
Boarded by Love
(Bellevue Bullies #1)
Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: Toni Aleo
Publication: August 19, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.
“I’m completely in love with this guy. It’s been fast, it’s been crazy, but it’s our love story.”
Boarded by Love took my breath away the moment I started reading it. It’s a kind of book that I consider my weakness. The book was packed with certain elements that I was looking for in a New Adult genre and although there were some parts that are cheesy, I did not mind it because I knew it’s going to make me fall in love. I love the sporty theme, the romance, the oozing hot chemistry of the characters, and the writing style of the author. Not to mention that Jude Sinclair is one of the best male leads ever.
I found myself truly invested in this book, but when I reached 70% and beyond, the fire slowly began to disappear. It’s because the lines, the scenes, and everything else were getting redundant. The romance and the daily cheesiness also made me feel wary at some point. It didn’t also help the fact that the female lead Claire Anderson lied to Jude and decided to keep her secret hidden until she was caught by Jude and she became guilty about it. She really drove me nuts! And because of her attitude, my feelings toward the book changed. She basically destroyed it for me.
But overall, I still like the book. I love how it ended. It was satisfying and so sweet. It’s one of the unforgettable NA reads I’ve ever had. I’m not closing my doors for this author because I will still read her other books for sure. I have this feeling that I will like them more.
Rating: 3 Stars
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