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Changing Lines

(Bellevue Bullies #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Claire and Jude Sinclair have been living the perfect life for the last ten years.

Blissfully in love, professionally successful, happily married… They have everything they want—except a baby to make their family complete.

On the eve of the birth of the baby they’re planning to adopt, Jude gets traded to another hockey team in another state, and their thoughtfully
Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published June 25th 2019

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Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Bringing up to date with your favorite characters.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Changing Lines was the fifth book in the Bellevue Bullies series by Toni Aleo. It was a sweet novella as a follow up for Jude and Claire Sinclair, book one.

Aleo took us on a quick journey for the next phase of Jude and Claire’s lives, parenting. They had been trying for awhile but ran into a few road blocks. Aleo demonstrated the emotions, thought processes and options while navigating through a team trade (NHL) for Jude.

In the end, it was short, sweet, emotional and a great ten year follow up
Nancy The book junkie
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella takes us back to Jude and Claire's story. We get a sweet glimpse into their life as a couple, and they are struggling to start a family. Toni Aleo has such a gift for writing the stories dealing with hard subjects - alcohol or drug addiction, abandonment, infertility. These are tough subjects that I'm sure at least some of her readers have had to deal with, and she does not shy away from them. She tackles them head on and, while we get our HEA, it's not without its share of ...more
Stacey Adam
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be still my heart..
Toni has done it once again!
This little novella was perfect in every single way. It was gut wrenching, heart soaring, and just absolutely beautiful.
I fell in love with Claire when we first met her in the Assassins series and always rooted for her and then once again when we met her along with Jude in the Bellevue Bullies opener. They are both so strong individually but together they are a force to reckoned with, and it shows in this little novella. I laughed with this, and I
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire & Jude are one of my favorite characters. I don't know a couple in the authors books that are more deserving to be so happy. This book shows how no matter what life throws at your relationship, having a partner that loves & supports you, will help you overcome anything.

The story was beautiful and the characters still have the same fire they had all along.

Awesome Read!

You definitely should read their whole story(Boarded by Love) before reading this one.
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

"The greatest things are worth the wait"

Sigh... this novella was everything I never knew I needed.

And I didn't know how much I missed Jude and Claire until I read it either.

I like the way that Ms Aleo tackles the hard subjects, and has me coming out loving the characters more than I thought I could.

This was a lovely look back at Jude and Claire as a couple. the struggles with hockey players being traded and the hardships it can put on relationships.

This pair
Erin Lewis
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star Review Changing Lines (Bellevue Bullies #5) by Toni Aleo

I am new to Claire and Jude Sinclair as I have not read any other books in the series. However, having said that, I had no problem following this story.

What an emotional roller coaster of a read this was. Jude and Claire are so in love, the only thing that would their lives complete would be a baby. Sadly despite many attempts, infertility and heartache abound.

Just when it looks like they will finally be able to adopt the baby they
Love N. Books
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pet’s $0.02

This was a cute return to the world of the Sinclairs. I’m not going to lie. The Sinclair men have never been my favorites in Aleo’s hockey worlds, but this was done well, and Jude came across as way more loveable this time. I liked that he supported Claire and made sure she knew that their status as parents would never change how he felt about her.

Claire was all wound up about being a mom. With Tristen, her heart was in the right place, but the amount of stress she was putting on
Brianna Jehl
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changing Lines follows the story of Claire and Jude, a Toni Aleo classic couple. These two have always been among my favorites and I was so excited to get to read more about their lives. I would suggest reading Claire and Jude’s first book before reading this one so that you know their whole story (it is a great read, I promise).

Jude and Claire are a young couple thriving in their perspective careers. However, personally, they are struggling with infertility. While adoption is an option for this
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Spoilers Ahead

I have loved Jude and Claire since the moment I picked up “Boarded by Love”. To be honest, this was the book that started it all for me. I read “Boarded by Love” before I started any of Toni’s other books and after I finished it, I was hooked. (Intentional hockey pun) Jude was the bad boy player that every girl told all their friends they would never fall for, but secretly crave. Claire was a troubled youth who needed the love that no one thought a guy like Jude could
Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores
Let me preface this by saying that I haven’t read any of the previous Bellevue Bullies books, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this novella at all.

I loved that this was about the struggles of a married couple. I just don’t think you see that often enough in romance novels. I also loved that you could really FEEL the love that Jude has for wife, Claire. They are struggling with something so many real life couples have struggled with, infertility. They are under some serious stress, but they
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, was an amazingly beautiful story. It gutted my heart, broke it into pieces, but Claire and Jude's journey put it beautifully back together again. Claire and Jude have been together and gone through ups and downs, but are still there for each other. Claire struggles with what her and Jude go through, but man, Jude is a rock and so sweet to Claire he makes you swoon every time. This story will make the waterworks happen on full blast, but the journey Claire and Jude go through together is ...more
Claire has been a favorite character of mine since Breaking Away with her Uncle Phillip. I love her and Judes' love story in Boarded By Love and so happy to see where life brought them years later. It's not enjoyable to read about infertility, but it's alot of people's truth, so it should be written about. I just love how the whole storyline went, though I do wish we could have started from when Claire met Tristan and it be full length book. I'll take any number of pages from the Assassins' ...more
Diane Lynch
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, hockey-romance
Toni Aleo has a game-winner with CHANGING LINES (Bellevue Bullies #5). I was so excited when I discovered that Toni Aleo was going to write another book with Claire and Jude Sinclair. CHANGING LINES is a heartfelt novella about their struggles to get pregnant, their decision to adopt, and the unexpected occurrences in their lives.

I loved this book. It made me smile and cry. Jude and Claire are amazing characters. They have grown so much since they were introduced: Claire in BREAKING AWAY
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A glimpse of one of my favorite young couples! Ashley @ Carolina Chic’s Read

This novella give us a glimpse of Jude and Claire’s story and how they struggle to start a family. I love how Toni is not afraid to tackle the hard subjects and this one does not disappoint. This was an easy read that will give you all the emotions you expect from Toni!
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This quick read was worth it all ... it made me sad, happy and down tight excited at times. I love Claire and Jude both and this book made it even better. Im so glad that these two get there happy, they get there dreams and so much more. These two have been through so much and deserve the love and happiness.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this one is short it covers a lot and that is just in feelings alone. Many times I found myself tearing up due to the choices the characters made. Some of them were hard choices, but in the end I think everyone did what was right for them. I loved the ending, loved the big happy family celebrating so much!
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changing Lines is the fifth book in the Bellevue Bullies series by Toni Aleo. It's a novella and it serves mostly as an epilogue to Jude and Claire's story. Some of you might already know them from
Boarded by Love book one in the series. I haven't read their book, but I had no problem getting into this one. Jude and Claire had problems conceiving, but know they are expecting their first baby. Tristan is pregnant and she doesn't want the baby because she is not in the right place at the moment
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Just perfect. Short read but so very emotional. I think I cried through most of it. Loved catching up with Jude and Claire. Great to see the whole family again as well.

Perfect extended epilogue of the whole series.

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jude and Claire have always been one of my favorite couples in Toni Aleo's Bellevue Bullies series, so it was so much fun to get to catch up with them and see what is going on in their world now!

Things are going great for the young couple. Jude is doing amazing things on the ice, he and Claire have just bought a house and they are preparing for the adoption of a baby. When Jude gets the news he's been traded, it obviously throws quite the wrench into the plans that he and his wife have. The one
Mary McFarlane
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh this book had my crying so hard for being so short. I loved see Claire and Jude again and their families again. I just wish this was longer so we could meet baby number 2!!!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story

It was so great to catch up with Jude and Claire. While this was a very emotional read it was so well written.
The Book Lover
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? the queen of hockey has done it again! what an emotional ride this book was, I'm glad that Jude and Claire got the happy ending that they wanted! I loved the story from beginning to end, it was full of emotions with every page you turned, simply amazing.!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changing Lines

What can I say? I have always loved Jude and Claire. This book pulls at my heartstrings! It follows the ups and downs of Jude and Claire’s infertility issues.

As their life in Minneapolis has grown, Jude and Claire have started a foundation that Claire is very active in. While working in a woman’s shelter Claire befriends Tristian, an unwed mother. This could be there chance, until Jude gets traded... Will it work out?

Another great visit with old friends!! Thank you Toni Aleo!!!!
Elizabeth Clinton
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone deserves their happiness and after ten years, Jude & Claire Sinclair seem to be right there.
Still madly in Love they have everything they ever wanted, successful careers, Amazing families but the one thing that would make it complete would be a child of there own.
Just maybe their dreams are coming true and they can see happiness right there in front of them, they will go through so many emotions and you can’t help feel them right along with them. Jude & Claire just want what
Jackie Ziegler
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the feels with this one.. Jude and Claire have been through many ups and downs but the ultimate heart break has been in conceiving a child.. When Claire meets Tristan at the shelter and finds out Tristan doesn't want to keep her baby she can only pray that maybe it will be their baby since nothing else is working. Tristan knows Claire and Jude will be the perfect parents but Claire still wants to experience everything. As Baby Sinclair is born and they come home to a full house will they be ...more
Stacie Redinger
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire and Jude have been living their best life for the last 10 years. College sweethearts, they have been through it all. The one they want is to have a baby, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for them. They are planning to adopt a baby, they’ve finally set down more roots in Minnesota, they are living the good life…and then Jude gets traded. That wrench thrown in their perfectly laid out plans, throws them for a loop, but the two know that their love can get them through anything.

Melanie Helms
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I missed this family and all of the craziness that comes with it. Claire and Jude were the first ones to capture my heart in this series with they're love for each other and always wanting to see each other succeed and this novella broke me a bit just to see them struggle to give each other what they each most definitely wanted and had tried so hard for. Even though it was only a novella i loved and enjoyed every bit of this one. I loved seeing how much had changed since the endings if the ...more
Elizabeth Jensen
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Toni continues to sweep me up into the world of her characters, between books I am chomping at the bit for any glimpse into their lives and this book hit the bull's eye. Jude and Claire have always been favorites of mine, I have read their story in Boarded By Love more times than I can count. There is so much good in this book. There is strength and love between Claire and Jude and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their lives and how their relationship has grown over time. The kinship that ...more
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