Saved by Love is the latest release of Toni Aleo’s Bellevue Bullies series, but this book could have been the part of the other two series she is concurrently writing, Assassins New Gen and Ice Cats. I love how she manages to bring all her amazing heroes/heroines together. Saved by Love was an amazing book and I already read it twice. It is really hard for me to articulate what I felt/thought while reading this book, with words so maybe that is the reason, I start reading it for the third time. I am hoping what I am about to write will do justice to the book. If I am all over the place and doesn’t make much sense, sorry in advance 🙂
Evan Michael Adler decided to retire from NHL due to his mental health issues. He feels like a failure for giving up something he worked his whole life for because he couldn’t handle the stress and coming from a family who are all successful and involved with hockey in some ways doesn’t help. With each and every step he takes he is unconfident and doubts himself. He doesn’t see that walking away for his mental health was not something many people could do. Just like everyone around him, I am proud of him for putting his mental health first. But the road ahead of him is not an easy one because he is constantly putting more pressure on himself, and the doubt is constant on his mind. Now he is back in college. He becomes the RA for the University of Bellevue hockey team and the athletic trainer for the women’s gymnastics team. Until he met with Calliope Pearce, he couldn’t even see the possibilities in front of him, because he was too lost in his mind to see the reality. Callie is one of the strongest, sweet, and most loyal heroines I ever read. She already knew that Evan was coming to Bellevue thanks to her sister Aviva and dad-guy Nico Merryweather who used to play with Evan. She wanted to support Evan and be there for him even before she met him. I liked her when I first met her in Nico and Aviva’s book Wild Tendy but now I am in love with her. Also, if you are following my reviews, you probably know I love Niko. That was until I read this book. I am not a fan of him anymore. The way he acted through this book was ridiculous and annoying so yeah say bye to the top three heroes Mr. Merryweather because I doubt you will ever see the top again. Let’s get back to Callie and Evan. I loved how their relationship started. They were attracted to each other from the beginning, but I loved how they became friends and shared a lot of things they couldn’t talk about with anyone else. Callie helped Evan see the possibilities that are in front of him, and she also helped him to gain his confidence piece by piece.
Saved by Love was an emotional read which I read with tears in my eyes from beginning to end. Sometimes these tears were because my heart was aching for Evan and Callie, sometimes they are from laughter. OMG! I was laughing so hard when reading Adler/Brooks dinner. Quinn Adler and Emery Brooks, even though they are the smartest of their family, the dinner just showed how not smart they were or so their families say. Also, I am hoping the next book will be Benson Jeannot, billet boy of Adlers and Callie’s roommate Cameron White. I believe that book will be fun to read.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Done that already 🙂
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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e-ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Toni Aleo is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the Assassins Series. She enjoys hockey, hockey, and hockey. 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. Aleo lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.