Cross Check (Kelly Jamieson)

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.

Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next couple of days to read her review.

I’ve read so many books by Kelly Jamieson in the last year or so, that I’ve lost count, eheh, but I have to be honest, I usually love books told on the first person, but incredible, I like her books told on the third person slightly better?! Something felt off with the writing at times, and I don’t know if the first person was just not working that well for me, or if I found the book overly descriptive, or a combination of both, but I definitly thought that it could have been shortened in some portions, especially in the first 40% or so.

I really liked the two main characters. Ben and Ella are both complex characters, with much more to them than meets the eye. I liked their layers and how they affected them, how they acted towards other people and their fears. I also really enjoyed the romance, because hate to love rules, and their chemistry was all kinds of hot.

This book is full of personal growth, and facing several issues. I liked how it dealt with mental illness, the stigma that still surrounds it, it also kept the theme of sexual assault and consent coming from book one, as well as the difference in attitudes when regarding a man and a woman’s sexuality. These are super important and relevant themes, and I’m so glad this series keeps hitting them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, especially the second part of the book, when the characters stopped fighting their feelings, eheh.

Shut Out (Kelly Jamieson)


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 read Shut Out as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. I’m trying to totally convince her that hockey romances are the best! 😛 You can check out her review of this book HERE.

I have to say that this book was nothing like I expected it to be. And that’s a good thing 🙂 . I liked the writing, it didn’t blow me away, but it was good. The only thing is that the language was sometimes a bit repetitive, especially during intimate scenes, but hey, there aren’t that many words to express some things.

I liked both main characters, though I think that for the first time in a NA book, I liked the female MC, Skylar, better than her romantic interest, Jacob. But ultimately they both have a good character growth. They’re also very interesting, both struggling with events in the past and trying to overcome it. One thing I really loved was how detailed the hockey scenes were. It shouldn’t be a surprise by now that I love hockey romances, and this one had the perfect amount of hockey in it.

This was yet another “fake relationship” romance, though there isn’t ever a doubt that Sky and Jacob are attracted to each other, and they act on their desires ALL THE TIME. So they’re mostly a real couple who just don’t admit that they’re for real. EHEH! Also, their intimate scenes were hot!

The theme of this book is clear and important: sexual assault, the rape culture, violence within relationships and consent. I really liked how consent is a HUGE theme throughout all the book, and it shows how simple and tricky it can be at the same time. While some situations will be clear as day, others will be gray as hell, and seeing the difference can be hard. Kudos to Jamieson for writing a book about such a difficult topic.

In the end, this was a good new adult read, with interesting characters, a good romance and a very important topic at its core, so I highly recommend it.