Monday, November 4, 2019

#REVIEW: Cross Check (Bayard Hockey #2) By Kelly Jamieson

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Cross Check By Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Format: ebook
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
A party girl and a clean-cut college hockey player discover that they’re not so different in this sexy, soulful Bayard Hockey novel from the bestselling author of Shut Out and the Heller Brothers series.

Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around—taunting and tempting Ella in ways she never thought possible.

As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways—and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.
I am such trash for hate-to-love romances, don't @ me! So I was pumped for this one. This book is the follow-up to Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson. It follows Ella, Skylar's bestie from the first book. A lot of the books is about Ella trying to right her wrongs from the previous book. So while I think you can read this one without having read the first book, it's probably better if you read them in that order.

I really liked Ella and Ben together, and there are some hijinks when they do get together. Note to self, don't ever use warming condoms. LIKE OMG NO!! I really liked when they were finally together, but then Ella gets too inside herself about things and of course there was a break up. STAPHH!!! Don't worry this book has an HEA!

One thing I liked about this one, was that I find a lot in romance novels the dude is the one who has slept around and the woman hasn't or is uber innocent. There's nothing wrong with that, however, I did like that with Ella she was a woman who slept around as much as the dudes did. But of course the double-standard exists, and it was interesting to see Ben experience it and realize how messed up it was. Like, why are men?

I really liked this one, but I'm bummed there are only two books in this series. I would love to read about more of the guys on the team. I especially love college-aged romances and I wish I had them when I had been in college. 

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