Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

by Kelly Jamieson

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Overview

From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series comes a moving and thought-provoking novel about a college team facing hard knocks on the ice and off.

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 the opposite sex. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?

Skylar Lynwood’s freshman year of college was a disaster. This semester she’s working hard to get back to the grades her parents want to see, and she’s dealing with her painful memories by doing volunteer work. There’s no place in Skylar’s life for parties, fun, and arrogant jocks—until Jacob melts her resistance with his easy charm and rugged smile. The deal he’s offering could be a win-win: a fake relationship that will keep him out of trouble and her secrets safe . . . if they can keep their hands off each other.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT
BIG STICK

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Shut Out

“Sexual tension doesn’t get better than this! Shut Out is wickedly sexy, but with enough sweet moments to make it the perfect love story.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Sexy and sweet, yet layered with emotion, Shut Out perfectly captures the feeling of a first love!”—Award-winning author Katie Rose

“An absolute winner . . . I’m hoping to see more of Skylar and Jacob in the future.”—Dear Author

“Very powerful and thought-provoking in many ways . . .  Shut Out is the type of book that may stay with you a long time after you read.”—Babbling About Books, and More!

“The chemistry between these two is explosive and you fall in love with both of them and their struggles to find their way. . . . I have no doubt you will enjoy it as much as I did.”—Books & Boys Book Blog
 
“I applaud Jamieson. . . . This story just felt so important right now.”—Book Jems

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101968925
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Bayard Hockey , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 94,804
File size: 987 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
Jacob

I didn’t do it.

I’m tired of saying it so I just think it—for about the millionth time since that f***ed-up night went down three weeks ago. My insides are knotted so tightly I might puke. My shoulder and neck muscles are like boulders and my hands keep curling into fists. There’s so much tension and adrenaline building up inside me I feel like I’m going to explode.

This is so f***ing unfair.

“So I can’t play in the playoffs?” I manage to choke out.

The general manager of my Western Hockey League team regards me with sad resignation from behind the desk in his tiny office. “No. I’m sorry, Jacob.”

My throat feels like I’ve swallowed a hockey puck. I turn to my parents, who are with me for this meeting. I’m an adult at age nineteen, but this is some serious shit happening, and they flew here from Kamloops to help me deal with it, and to talk to Mr. Gagnon today.

“There were no charges laid against me,” I remind him.

“We know that, Jacob. But you were involved that night, and all three of you have been removed from the team.”
I swallow again.

Hockey is my life. My passion. I’ve always known I’m going to play in the NHL one day. I don’t consider myself The Next One or another Sidney Crosby, but I have talent and I’ve worked my ass off. The playoffs are only a week away and I’ve been kicked off the team. The draft is coming up in a couple months. This was supposed to be my year. The scouts from all the NHL teams have been at our games this year and I know the buzz is out there, and it’s not whether I’ll be drafted, but rather how high I’ll go.

Now that’s gone. I close my eyes against the sting behind my eyelids.

Jesus. I’m six foot three inches tall, nearly two hundred pounds. I have no problem dropping the gloves to fight if the situation merits it. I’m not going to f***ing cry like a baby here in Mr. Gagnon’s office.

But damn . . . if I can’t play hockey . . . what do I have? Nothing.

“Jacob,” Dad says, leaning forward. “It’s too late to fix things this year. But there might be a way to try next year.”
I grit my teeth and open my eyes to focus on him.

The disappointment and strain on his face make my insides hurt even more. I glance at Mom, whose face wears a similar expression.

I’ve never let my parents down before. Well, okay, they weren’t happy the first time it snowed after I got my driver’s license and I cracked up the car they’d bought me. But nobody’d been hurt and the car was insured, so they got over that. And they got over the first time I got drunk and came home and puked in my bed. But this . . . they aren’t going to get over this, and it f***ing kills me.

My parents have done so much for me to get this far. Sacrificed so much. They don’t deserve to be paid back like this. I’m such an asshole.

“Next year?” I glance at Mr. Gagnon.

He shakes his head. “Not for the Warriors. But I’ve been helping your parents explore some options.”

“Like what?”

“There’s a college down in the States that’s interested in you,” Dad says. “Actually, there are a few. But we’ve talked to the coach at Bayard College.”

“I know him,” Mr. Gagnon says. “We played for the Leafs together years ago.”

College hockey down in the States? I frown.

I can’t do school full-time while I’m playing major junior hockey, with all the travel and practices involved, but I’ve done a few university courses—some of them online, a few in the summer.

“It’s not guaranteed that you can play with them,” Mr. Gagnon says. “The Canadian Hockey League includes some players who’ve signed professional contracts, so the NCAA considers it a professional league, which makes you ineligible for NCAA competition. But there are ways to have eligibility reinstated. The school has to start the process. They’re interested enough in you that they’re willing to do that, but like I said, we don’t know for sure if it will be approved.”

“They also have a strict policy about their school athletic programs,” Dad says. “Athletes have to maintain certain grades and they have to stay out of trouble. But . . .” Dad hesitates. “Well, not to be crass, but they need funding and they need to win. Their NCAA hockey program is big there. You have talent and they’re willing to take you on.”

“Go to school?” My eyes widen at Dad. “Full-time? And play hockey?”

I’m not stupid, but I never planned on getting a university degree. My path to the NHL was clearly mapped out by playing in the Western Hockey League, getting drafted, and possibly spending a year on a farm team—although I’m goddamn determined to give my first NHL training camp everything I have in an effort to prove I can play in the big league right away. I have a plan. Or at least, I had one.

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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the new Bayard Hockey series. Over the last few years I have been reading more and more stories about hockey and thoroughly enjoy them. Kelly Jamieson has done a great job with this book and I look forward to reading more in the series. Jacob Flass is not where he expected to be at this point in his life. Well on the way to being drafted to the NHL, he suddenly finds himself playing hockey at Bayard College, desperately needing to keep out of trouble. However he doesn’t count on meeting the temptation that is Skylar Lynwood; a young lady who also has her secrets. Shut Out is not just a story of romance and love; Kelly Jamieson deals with the serious issue of sexual assault and the ramifications that occur when poor choices are made in a very respectful way. It only takes one mistake to change the course of a life forever and that is what happened to both Jacob and Skylar in the past. Jacob and Skylar are attracted to each other and the chemistry between them sizzles. But what happens when they each learn about the other’s past? Can their fledgling love survive? I look forward to reading more in this series….
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
5 Star Review A new hockey series from Kelly Jamieson and what a way to start, what a subject to start with. Jacob is at a new college after being accused of a serious offence that he never committed but as it was him and two other hockey players being accused an example needed to be set. He missed his chance at the drafts and now finds himself trying to keep his grades up and keeping the puck bunnies at arms length at a new school with new friends. Skylar is trying to be what she believes her parents want her to be but she is also hiding a secret that will destroy friendships if it comes out. Jacob and Skylar are perfect for each other the chemistry is off the charts and he treats her like a lady. This is a book every college kid should read it explains how one bad decision could change your life and not in a good way. Everyone needs to learn consent is required and if She's too drunk to consent that's called rape...... I admire Kelly writing a book that is based on such a difficult subject but this book has so much more, It has love, romance and friendship and I can't wait to see what's next in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall not a bad plotline, i enjoyed the read. If you like this book you will probably like The Deal by Elle Kennedy as well!
IsaLaCroqueusedeLivres More than 1 year ago
Well after several disappointments in the NA/College category, I finally got a great story with an interesting topic (rapes in athlete’s world). Jacob and Skylar are solid characters, the pace, the immediate chemistry is absolutely trustworthy, and the steamy scenes were really, really great, never cliché. Their background / past was very well handled too. So this is so much more than a “give me sex scenes to read” A really entertaining reading.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Jacob and Skylar meet at a party. The attraction is just instantaneous. They both have secrets that may keep them apart. Can anything come of this? Skylar is surprised that Jacob is working so hard to be good. He has a look of "party playboy" and she is not sure what to think at first. Then they get closer and the sparks ignite. This was a story I could not put down! The characters are just so honest & clearly want to be together. I cannot wait to read more in this series. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson was a good start to the Bayard Hockey series. It was a lot deeper than what the blurb described, and I totally got into it. The storyline kept me turning the pages and I enjoyed watching the relationship between Jacob and Skylar develop and grow. Shut Out was a well written, emotional and heartfelt read, I highly recommend it. I'm a big fan of sport romances, can't wait for the next installment in the Bayard Hockey series.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
Shut Out is a perfect example of why Kelly Jamieson is one of my favorite authors. This awesome story took on the subject of rape and handled it well thanks to the excellent writing skills of the author. Jacob and Skylar's chemistry is off the charts in this sweet and steamy hockey romance. They drew me into their world. They made me laugh, they made me cry. They gave me warm fuzzies. I absolutely loved this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Up and coming hockey star, Jacob, is getting a second chance after wrongly accused of rape. He is sent to a new school (Bayard Bears) where he must run the straight and narrow and keep his nose clean of any possible accusations. Skylar is totally focused on her future plans and has little time for becoming social. She is also very passionate about rape awareness and education where she volunteers as a counselor in new mandatory college program. Jacob comes up with a scheme to keep the puck bunnies away by asking Skylar to become his “fake” girlfriend. I’m sure you know the fake didn’t make it long. The relationship runs hot and cold and hot again with Skylar going along for the ride until she discovers Jacob’s real reason for coming to Bayard. Jamieson hits on the tough topic of rape and consent while working in flame worthy sexual attraction and romance. If you are a Sports Romance fan, check out Shut Out, you won’t be disappointed. I received this ARC copy of Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Shut Out is a timely book that focuses on college issues like sport, dating, rape, and suicide . The book focuses on the choices that 18-22 years olds make and how their decisions play out. The book opens with Jacob the jock enrolling in Bayard University to play hockey. He meets Skylar at a party and they decide to become each other fake boyfriend/girlfriend. they become friends and soon the fake relationship turns very real, but Skylar and Jacob are keeping a lot of secrets that have huge repercussions on their lives. Will their budding romance survive when each learns about the other's past? I love almost everything that Ms. Jamieson has written. She has a talent for taking hard subjects and making them relate-able through the characters in her books. Both Skylar and Jacob are realistic, mature, and interesting. I love this series and will continue read written about Bayard! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson could easily be mistaken for another entertaining sweet and sexy romance, but to categorize it purely as such would be wilful ignorance of the powerful social message it delivers. Jacob and Skylar meet at a time when both are at a crossroads in their lives. Skylar is barely keeping one foot in front of the other after the death of one of her best friends, and struggling to maintain pace with her uber-successful older sister. Jacob has been forced to move countries and enroll in college in order to continue to have a shot at a pro-hockey career. Determined to stick on the straight and narrow, he finds his resolve quickly crumbling once he meets Sky. Initially, their relationship is one of mutual convenience, but they can't deny their feelings for one another and the lines between what's fake and what's real become blurred. The romance and sex scenes were well-written and I totally ship our couple. Because they are both battling such heavy, complex demons, they inevitably lose their way at one point. I love these type of angsty stories so this book was right up my alley. I loved Jacob's group of friends, less so Skylar's. I always enjoy NA that's set in uni with a sports theme and the worldbuilding was great. The plot is predictable enough, but it doesn't matter because this book has a lot going for it. Both Jacob and Skylar have been impacted by rape. While Jacob is guilty of walking away without considering the consequences for all those involved, Skylar's experience has been more personal. Through their interactions and the amazing training programme that Skylar part-delivers, Jacob begins to reflect on how he could have acted differently. It changes him and we see concrete evidence of that in later scenes. While this is a heavy and sensitive subject matter it is dealt with in an exemplary fashion, and in a way that doesn't overshadow the rest of the plot. This element was superbly executed in my opinion, and I love that Kelly explored how training, education, and support can help all the victims of rape. This plot line wasn't sensationalized or glossed over - it was very appropriately handled and I applaud the author for that. I really enjoyed Kelly's writing style and it flowed effortlessly. All in all, this was a great read and a great introduction to this author. I look forward to checking out more of her work and more in this series. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a great story that touched on a few serious items throughout the book. Both Jacob and Skylar dealing with some serious issues. And how both persevered in their lives. They were strong even when they felt weak. Their "pretend" relationship was very sexy and hot. I totally enjoyed the bantering of Jacob and his teammates. They were hilarious. I liked how Jacob and Skylar's secrets didn't come out until they knew each other a little more. They were very encouraging and supportive of one another while trying to deny their feelings. This was a great story with both Jacob and Skylar's points of views. I love when an author does this so I can understand what each character is thinking. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A sweet, sexy and poignant young adult story. Kelly Jamieson expertly balances between fun and cute lightheartedness, the excitement of hockey entwined in serious matters such as rape culture and bystander intervention. He started to walk and play hockey at the same time and ever since, Jacob Flass’ dream is to join the NHL and he was well on his way until a not well thought out decision almost ruined his chances. Bayard College is willing to give him a second chance though if he can prove his worth, maintain good grades and in general keep his nose clean and away from girls. How will he ever accomplish the latter though when there are so many vying for his attention and he can’t stop himself from flirting with the one girl who barely gives him the time of day? Easy, he’ll just ask her to be his fake girlfriend, right? Skylar Lynwood needs to make it into med school and try to achieve a fraction of what her sister has become as a doctor. She’s already let her parents down by flunking two courses last year after one of her best friends committed suicide, she can’t afford to be distracted by the intense attraction she feels towards the gorgeous, wishy-washy hockey player, no matter how benign his proposition sounds. She especially shouldn’t risk her heart when it’s still getting over the events that led up to her friend’s death. But nothing has ever felt so natural than spending time with the smart jock. Can they help each other or will their pasts break them apart? These past few days “rape” has been a buzz word all around the internet after a decorated Stanford college student was tried and convicted of sexual assault. Reading all these articles had a definite impact on my reading experience of this story and I’m very glad and grateful for authors like Kelly Jamieson who not only strive to give us an entertaining romance but also educate while doing so. The hero in this story got mixed up in a gang rape scandal, but unlike the real person I mentioned above, Jacob was guilty of leaving a party before making sure the involved parties were sober enough to give consent. He’s first angry and frustrated with what he feels is an unfair situation but trying to make the most of it with the options available to him. “The only real mistake is not learning from them.” After he goes to the school’s awareness program lead by none other than the sexy Skylar, a whole new outlook opens up allowing him to reflect on his actions and driving him to want to help raise consciousness with his peers. Something I very much appreciated about this story because it emphasizes matters such as consent and intervention without it being over the top or taking over the plot which revolves around Jacob’s need to do well in order to get his shot at the NHL and Skylar worry over pleasing her parents and their mutual attraction. Jacob and Skylar were sexy, fun and sweet together with great chemistry and an equal interest and investment to help each other. Of course there were some clichés and overreactions typical of young people learning to be in relationships, but mostly these two are young people who see the best in each other and support and help one another become better as individuals and a couple. The ending was perfect, without it being a hearts and flowers forever after which would have been outlandish for the two, it ended with them in a good and happy relationship.
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thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson's first book in the Bayard Hockey series has a great story, relatable characters, and delivers a serious message. Shut Out is not your typical sex with puck bunnies kind of storyline ( yes, they really call them puck bunnies). There was a lot of action, both on and off the ice, but the author's storyline about consensual sex, gave this novel a very serious subject. Jacob was accused of rape and was kicked out of his Canadien Hockey League. He ended up at Bayard University, playing hockey, trying to keep his grades up, and keeping a low profile. As part of his deal with the school, he takes part in a beta course about consensual sex and rape, a course that opens his eyes to the behavior going on around him. He meets Skylar at a party, then again at the beta course, and talks her into a fake relationship. Supposedly to help hold off temptation, create a safe environment, and concentrate on his grades and hockey. Of course, there is this huge attraction between them, and that fake relationship soon becomes very real. Jacob was charmingly cocky, too good looking for his own good, and confused about the new direction his life has taken. Skylar is dealing with her best friends suicide, and her own insecurities, but is also sweet and had a lot of humor and heart. They did seem to have more problems than the average pair, but something about them was very real and believable. Even more important, they were very likable. Kelly Jamieson took a very difficult subject, and wove it through the storyline very eloquently. What I thought would be a light romance, wasn't, which was a nice surprise! Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of humor, but there was even more depth. If you like sports romances, this is one that will surprise you and is worth picking up. I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing-Loveswept, through NetGalley for my honest review. This book will be released on June 07, 2016.
booklover0813 More than 1 year ago
Jacob Flass was living his dream of becoming a NHL star, but after one night when wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit his world is turned upside down. in order to keep playing hockey he is transferred to the states to Bayard College and while there he must attend the SAPAP program and this is where he meets Skylar Lynwood the trainer for the class, they make up a fake relationship so that Jacob can stay free of any trouble but that shortly changes when Jacobs reasoning for his transfer is revealed, and Skylar does not know how to handle it because she had been raped by her friend that later committed suicide, but the time she had spent with Jacob she knew that he was not capable of what he was accused of and after some time away from one another they soon realized that the fake relationship wasn't so fake after all because they had fallen in love with each other
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
*I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review. Kelly Jamison is always on my must read list and I love all of her books. Shutout was a different genre then I normally read. I am not usually a fan of young adult novels but this book was well done and sucked me right in. This story is about Skylar and Jacob, she is a college sophomore and he is a Star hockey player who transfer to Bayard after a scandal threatens his chances of having a professional hockey career. Jacob swears off girls, he needs to focus all his attention on school and hockey. After a chance meeting Sky and Jacob decide to have a pretend relationship to help keep Jacob on task. These young adults are dealing with some very grown up issues and I thought they were handled extremely well. Drawing attention to a serious issue that is becoming more and more common in today's society. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy romance with some hot hockey players, a strong heroine, and a awesome story!
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story kept me reading until the end. There are some very gritty elements to both Skylar and Jacob's lives, and the aftereffects almost pull them apart. I really loved how Skylar took what happened to her and tried to do something positive for others. Jacob was so sweet most of the time and he was able to help Skylar see the good in the rest of her life. I highly recommend this book.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book! Jacob was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, heading for the NHL. A dream come true and within reach, until that one night in town that changed everything! Now he stays away from girls, studies, and plays hockey. Until he sees her, and can't help but flirt. Skylar is a sophomore in college. She had a horrid freshman year and from the results of that year, she volunteers with Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Program and that's where she meets Jacob. As all Kelly Jamieson's books are, this was a good story! Loved the characters! It's a great beginning of a new series! I look forward to reading more in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for my honest opinion on this book. Let me start with this: I love a Kelly Jamieson story. HOWEVER, when I saw the premise for this book, I was hesitant to read it. Kelly Jamieson is amazing at writing hot love stories but the main characters are in college. Sophomore age college kids at that. I know it was a while ago, but I had a hard time believing the heat and love and overall story of these two would be "up to par." But Kelly delivers again! This story is about a young man, Jacob, who seems to have the potential hockey world at his finger tips. A bad decision leads him to Bayard College in the States. Skylar is the girl who wants to do it all, be it all--all while fighting with a terrible loss from the year before. Together they fake a relationship in the hopes they'll both be able to pull off the grades they need to keep their dreams alive: his to stay in school which will lead to the NHL; hers to make her parents proud and become a doctor. Along the way they fake relationship becomes a true friendship. A friendship that could be more, if they stop fighting the truth. The truth that they may be fighting to keep what they only THINK will make them happy. Now, it's been a bit since I was in college. I'm sure a lot has changed in the details of how "things" are done. Social Media wasn't a big factor back when I was their age. But ultimately the college experience is the same as I remember. Kelly takes us *older* readers back to when we were that age: 20/21, trying to figure it out, be adults, and have fun. Making the grades or playing the game really just background noise to the college experience every 18-23 year old wants. The experiences in the book are realistic. Underage drinking and trying not to get caught. Partying, dancing, hanging out with old friends--making new friends. All of those experience are the background to the love story. Just like in real life. College wasn't just about the course, but the course you take to find yourself. Question is: What will Jacob & Skylar find? Will their course lead to a forever love? A just friends for now? Or will it blow up in their face?
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
ARC provided for an honest review. So this is a tough one for me. This book is a bit outside my normal read. I tend to stay away from books that take place in college these days. I have a hard time relating because, well, I'm old. LOL. That being said, I still give this book 5 stars. I think Kelly did an awesome job with this book. She tackled an extremely difficult topic, and did an amazing job of it. We got to see the many faces of sexual assault and awareness. From the side of the victim to the side of the wrongfully accused, family, friends, believers, doubters. It was very eye opening and I wish this was something taught at every school. Skylar and Jacob, on opposite ends of this spectrum, we're both very strong characters. They both faced horrible situations, but flourished in spite of them. They both could have very easily given up, but they took what happened and made a difference with it. I love Skylar's courage in deciding to educate others, her courage of not letting what happened rule the rest of her life and her courage to not judge others based on her past. I love that Jacob, in spite of being innocent of what he was accused of, still was able to look at what happened and learn from it rather than resenting it. I think the characters, although young, were very mature. And despite the underlying topic, there is that air of innocent love, that makes you long for a simpler time. A coming of age, where who you are is defined. And of course we get that awesome KJ steam we all know and lust!! :) If I had to pick something I didn't like, it would be that we didn't get an epilogue. I'd love to get a glimpse of what is to come for them. So I'm hoping we get to visit with Sky & Jacob in the next book to see what they're up to.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, for the most part, but not quite as much as the Aces series. Jacob Flass faces an accusation that could end his career but instead he is given the choice to move to the U.S. and play college hockey. He meets Skylar who is a student and they meet at a party and connect right away. There is an underlying story about rape, consent, and counseling. This was a good book and full of angst and hockey and college fun. I'm not sure I will go out of my way to read further books in this series, though, since this was too NA for my taste but it was an overall good book. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
SociallyAwkwardBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy for an honest Review, I liked this book. Heavy subject matter but coming the way the characters come of age per say helps. Despite the heavy subject matter the undertones are sweet and simple romance. Glad someone is speaking out about the Treatment of Women/Rape victims on College campus and everyday life.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
This book is difficult for me to review. I did enjoy the book and thought the characters were well rounded and interesting, however, the secondary storyline was pretty heavy for a romance type of novel. Honestly, this book was more of a 3 1/2 book for me but I threw in the extra 1/2 star because I really like Kelly Jamieson books and this book is a good book, just a bit of a downer when I definitely enjoy uppers more:) I would recommend this book, but I would definitely mention the sexual assault theme through out the book, as this is not a subject that everyone is comfortable with. I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson....What a great start to a new series. This book hits on heavy tough subject, but it is still an amazing story. The characters Jacob and Skylar are very likeable and boy do they have chemistry. Kelly Jamison knows how to write a gripping wonderful story and I can't wait to read the next book she writes. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.