ARC Review: Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson

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Shut Out (Bayard Hockey #1)
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Sports
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ASIN: B019B6XJM4

WHR Synopsis

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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Shut Out is the very first book in the new adult genre that I have read by Kelly Jamieson. Frankly, I hope she continues in this genre further because I vastly enjoyed this book. I’m excited to see where she goes with the rest of this series in particular.

I’m used to Ms. Jamieson’s hockey romances, I’ve read many of them over the years. In fact, they are probably some of my favorite and definite go to books when I want a great sports romance. She knows her stuff, especailly when it comes to hockey and that makes her books all that more interesting to me.

Shut Out, in particular, is the start of a new series that takes place at Bayard college. Roughly 275 pages, told from a dual point of view between the main characters and it does have an HEA. It has what I like to call a slow build start, one that is well worth the reading you put into it because it flushes out the background of the book so well.

I found this book sweet, it evoked the feels and had a great storyline. The characters were fun and engaging, I felt like I got to know them to an extent. The book itself touches on some sensitive topics, too but even those are very well done. (Again, because of that slow build start!)

Shut Out would have been a full 5 stars for me, but I’m putting it more at a 4 and a half, only, and I’m stressing this here, only because it cuts off very abruptly. It’s really just like, boom, you’re done. I personally wanted more. Outside of that, it was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it.

WHRRating

4 star

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