Sunday, November 3, 2019

#REVIEW: Shut Out (Bayard Hockey #1) By Kelly Jamieson

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Shut Out By Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Format: ebook
My Rating: 
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From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series comes the first novel of a new hockey romance series featuring a college team whose players are heating things up both on and off the ice.

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. 

I'm a big fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey romance novels, so I was excited to see her tackling one in new adult (or college/university setting). I do love reading books set in college, so this one was a fun one.
This one seemed a bit different than her others books as it tackles a lot of "issues." Athletes behaving badly, sexual assault, mental health and even ruined friendships. I think at times it could be a little preachy and hit you over the head, but I don't think that was a bad thing. Asking for consent is a good thing, and being absolutely sure about that is important. I don't remember having to do through consent training when I entered college, but the program that Bayard is working on sounds like a really good idea. I think every college should do it.

The situation that Jacob is in is a bad one, and it causes a lot of issues with him and Skylar, especially knowing what she went through. I do like that this happens, because it allows us to see that people can make mistakes and can grow from them. Jacob was able to do that I liked that Skylar helped him with them.

I liked their relationship a lot, and there are some fun sexy times in this one. If that's not your thing in romance books, then maybe pass on this one. If you like Jamieson's other books, I definitely recommend this one.

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