by Kelly Jamieson
Published: June 7, 2016
Sold by Random House LLC
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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.
My Thoughts: I've read several books by Kelly Jamieson and I have enjoyed them all, so naturally I was looking forward to reading Shut Out, the first book in Jamieson's new Bayard Hockey series. Shut Out actually turned out to be a really good book, having steamy romance, a hockey hottie, and a really good female lead. In addition to all of that, the books addressed some really serious subject matter that faces so many in the college-age group, and Jamieson did an excellent job in portraying that. While I liked Sylar and Jacob, I really had to push through until about the halfway point in the book, because while likable and a good story, the characters and the story didn't grab me up until that point. The last half of the book, however, was really good. The characters were much more personable in the last half, and the story itself took on that edge that keeps you turning the pages and anxious for more. That said, Shut Out is a really good read with a really great message, which makes it definitely worth checking out.