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review 2017-08-11 06:39
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Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

This is book # 2 in the Bayard Hockey series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Ben & Ella have best friends in common, who are dating.  They are always invited to get together with them.  They do not really seem to get along.

 

Ella finds herself suddenly attracted to a man she never considered remotely hot before.  She is appreciating all the other qualities about him she never knew.  Now if only she knew why?

 

I love this series!  Whew.  Okay, now that we have that out of the way - I just want to tell you I think this is the best book yet.  I really love the controversial subjects and how they were handled here.  The characters are very down to earth with real world problems.  Who doesn't love a story with hot hockey players?  Great solid read.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-06-23 21:48
Shut Out By Kelly Jamieson 99 cents!
Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?
 
Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.

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review 2016-06-25 04:04
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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

Jacob and Skylar meet at a party.  The attraction is just instantaneous.  They both have secrets that may keep them apart.  Can anything come of this? 

 

Skylar is surprised that Jacob is working so hard to be good.  He has a look of "party playboy" and she is not sure what to think at first.  Then they get closer and the sparks ignite.

 

This was a story I could not put down!  The characters are just so honest & clearly want to be together.  I cannot wait to read more in this series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-08 11:27
Review: Shut Out
Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson takes a heavy topic such as date rape, drinking and suicide and uses it well within Shut Out(Bayard Hockey #1), what at first seems to be a typical new adult set in college. Because of the deep subject matter within in the story, this isn’t your typical angsty romance. The main couple appear very well rounded and mature for the things they have endured, which should appeal to readers.  The way Kelly has Jacob and Skylar handle these issues is impressive, but at times I felt like there was something big missing between these two. There’s open dialogue and very little miscommunication, but the tension and drama is a bit lacking. But overall Shut Out is a pretty solid read.

 

Jacob was a rising star in the Canadian hockey league. But one night everything came crashing down on his head. He was guilty by association because two of his buddies raped a girl during a party, who was too drunk to understand what was going on. Jacob left before he was too involved, but didn’t stop what was happening. Because of it, he has incredible guilt because he should have stopped this awful and traumatic act. But because he didn’t, he now has been exiled to America, and in order to have any type of career in professional hockey, he has to graduated college, and keep his nose clean. Jacob leaves everything behind to start over again, hoping no one finds out about his recent past.

 

Skylar is studying to be a doctor, not because she loves medicine but because she wants to make her parents proud. Her older sister is the shining star, and Skylar feels like a failure, especially when one of her best friends kills himself. Her life is studying and volunteering for a group to discuss sexual harassment and rape. She meets Jacob a second time at the group and is less than impressed with him. The reason is because the first time she met him, she was pushed to going to a party by her roommates. She and Jacob hit it off, they begin to make out and then he backs off. She feels insulted because he makes her think it was a mistake he kissed her. Jacob soon realizes he hurt her feelings, and wants to make it up to her. He’s attracted to her, and is impressed by her work ethic and dedication to school. Eventually Skylar thaws toward Jacob, and soon they’re friends who become more.

 

Jacob is all about respect now, especially with Skylar. He asks her for permission regarding any type of intimacy because of what happened back in Canada. When she gives him the go ahead (to give her as many orgasms as she can stand), he feels like he’s king of the world. He also listens to Skylar and gives advice about her future, recommending she come clean to her parents about what she really wants to do with her life. But then can Jacob come clean with her about his past that brought him into her world knowing she might reject him if she thinks he’s guilty of hurting another woman?

Shut Out reads like your typical romance set in college, but again because of the subject matter of rape and consent, there’s more here to process. Jacob is a sweetie pie of a hero who loves women and loves being with them, but he’s now more cautious and has learned a big lesson when it comes to a woman’s consent, especially if she’s been drinking. That message is loud and clear and well written. There’s also a big twist with Skylar and her friend who killed himself. That was a big shock because it was unexpected, and gives another dimension to the consent issue that’s rarely discussed. It really makes you think. Shut Out is the type of book that may stay with you a long time after you read because of that.

 

Those who enjoy new adult college romance will want to read Shut Out, including the topics and subject matter Kelly brings up that’s very powerful and thought provoking in many ways.

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review 2016-06-08 02:38
Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson
This story kept me reading until the end. There are some very gritty elements to both Skylar and Jacob's lives, and the aftereffects almost pull them apart. I really loved how Skylar took what happened to her and tried to do something positive for others. Jacob was so sweet most of the time and he was able to help Skylar see the good in the rest of her life. I highly recommend this book.
 
 

 

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