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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.

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.

©2015 Toni Aleo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Jace's second chance at the draft.

Note: This book overlaps with the Assassins series. If you would like to read the books of the two series in order, before reading this book you should read Overtime (Kacey and Jordie's story). After this book, you should read Rushing the Goal (Lucy and Benji's story).

It was hard watching Jace lose his chance at entering the draft with Jayden when he took a hit for Baylor, his teammate and friend, on the ice in Clipped by Love. Without that happening, though, he would've never had the chance to meet Avery.

Jace is possibly the cockiest of the Sinclair boys, which is really saying something. Considering the cockiness of Jude in Boarded by Love, it is hard to believe, but it's true. With both of his older brothers in the NHL, this is his year. He is going to be captain of the Bellevue Bullies, like both of his brothers, and generally attempt to outdo them in any and every way. He fancies himself a 'player' and is excited for all of the different women he will sleep with this year. Despite his cockiness and assurance that he's a player, though, Jace does have a good heart.

Avery sees right through Jace's playboy persona to the man he really is. Choosing to go to Bellevue in Nashville, TN was her chance to get out from under her family's thumb and follow her dreams. Her plan was to focus on her studies and her music to be as successful as possible. She is determined to make it as a singer/song writer. She wants absolutely nothing to do with men, particularly hockey players. The very cocky and determined Jace, though, is throwing a very large wrench into her plan. But with Jace showing true interest in her, she lets him in and comes to depend on him.

Avery's family is full of jerks. She is the only girl of four children. All of her brothers play hockey and have her whole life. Her dad is commissioner of the NHL. Her entire life has been about hockey and her brothers. She feels absolutely no love from her family, who don't seem to care about her happiness, just their own agendas. Her family's focus of making her brothers' dreams of being in the NHL come true eclipses all else. To the point that they turn a blind eye to how horribly her brothers treat her, especially her twin. After all in their eyes, if she were just supportive and would come home, it wouldn't be a problem (as if).

It was hard to read about Avery's lack of love and support and the hostility of her brothers towards her. What was also difficult to hear about was her struggles with depression as a result of all of this. Her parents believe her brothers when they say she's just looking for attention, even when she attempts suicide. While her illness is completely understandable and nothing to be ashamed of, her family doesn't see it that way. As a result, she is also ashamed of her illness and incredibly hesitant to tell anybody the details, even Jace. Her brothers will do anything in their power to sabotage her though, even downplaying her illness and pushing the image of her being crazy and completely unstable to Jace's brother Jude, which of course gets back to Jace.

All of the forces in Avery's life take their toll on her and Jace's relationship. Jace's love and assurance that he isn't going anywhere isn't enough to make her feel secure in their relationship. But when she discovers the unthinkable, that she's pregnant, Jace proves that he is all in. The two do find their HEA by the end of the book and there is no cliffhanger.

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please don't stop

without a doubt should have read these books first . if you haven't read the books about the assassins already ,go for them next . All comes together .

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Best of the series!

I just really enjoyed this entire series and this final book was the best of all. The near Instalove between the heroine and the hero is so sweet to watch. They have a lot of challenges, the biggest being her family and the 'surprise' that they have come up. I really grew to hate her brother Maddy too! The narration was just great and I totally recommend this audiobook!

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Loved Jace and Avery!

This book was amazing! I loved the connection these two had it was magnetic and so real!

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book hog

I have over 500 audiobooks. Yes I got a badge for that. I love hockey. Played goalie for a girls floor hockey team. So if I get a chance to listen to one I go for it.
However not all books are created equal. You have a great story & ear bleeding reading. At times you get the Sebastian York reading a book I say book because there isn't my story in it.
I have Toni Aledo & Sawyer Bennett's books. I love them. So why am I giving this book her only hockey book a review? Well first I don't usually do reviews. That book has to reach down deep and grab my soul. Second I guess it's time for someone to remind her that dedicated fans will listen even if they loose that magic of the first 3. Then they get inspired and write a blow me away book again.
This story would have 5 to 14 stars if it wasn't for all the same phrase she used. "Sliding our noses" is extremely old. It's in all her hockey books. Man it really just bugged me. A perfect story wreck by all the same phases in all her books.
I grew up if you don't have anything nice to say don't do it. These writers have feelings & it takes nerves of steel to put yourself out there.
So all I really need to say & I hope the author hears this and comes up with new parts of kissing other than their noses sliding. I will buy the next book in the series. If the phrases haven't changed, I will sadly give up. That is how much it bugs me. Toni's hockey books are great as is her book called Civilized man. Lord above that book was fantastic.

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awesome

Jace and Avery's story is awesome. It's my favorite out of the three Bellevue Series! they had the biggest endevour to face, still bummed with Clipped by love. I didn't like Balor's character. She made Jayden worked too hard and still working hard now supporting in NHL

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HOORAY for the Major Recovery

I REALLY did not enjoy Clipped by Love, which was Book 2 of this series. HOWEVER, I have loved every other Toni Aleo book. So, I wasn't going to let that one experience ruin my love of fictitious Nashville hockey. I am SO GLAD that I didn't give up! I REALLY enjoyed Hooked by Love. The characters were extremely well developed, and every chapter and twist/turn that that characters took added to their story as opposed to merely stretch it out. The narrators, again, did a fantastic job. Definitely worth the credit!!

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Laughter and Tears

I didn’t hate this story, but I don’t think I loved it as much as most people. Jace is a great book boyfriend, but something about the story was just a little off to me. I think it may have been how quickly things developed, especially closer to the end; and yet some other things never seem to be resolved. I laughed a lot and there were some really sweet moments as well. It is not a bad story by a long shot, I just wasn’t in love with it.

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female narrator ruined it

The story seems interesting but I just couldn't get pass the female narrator and therefore could'nt get pass the first few chapters. Joe Arden is always awesome but I'll be avoiding anything read by Felicity Munroe.

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the narrator is too young. it is really too bad bc i loved the assasins series.

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  • iam_me03
  • 01-28-17

Awesome listen

I really Love this book this should be on everyone's must read/listen list. Awesome listen