Cross Check – 4 Stars

Cross Check (Bayard Hockey, #2)

 Kelly Jamieson

A Bayard Hockey Novel (Book 2)

Release Date: July 25, 2017


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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.

Shut Out (Book 1)



kelly jamiesonKelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that’s sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here…) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories. She loves hearing from readers, so please visit her website at



4 Stars

I thought that Cross Check was a sweet and emotional romance that was filled with lots drama and angst.  Tons of sexual tension. And conversations filled with quick wit, humour, and just enough naughty talk to make a girl blush.  It’s an awesome book and I most definitely enjoyed reading it.

Ella is trying to rebuild her life after last year’s mistakes.  She has a lot to make up for – she partied too much and took her friends for granted.  She didn’t try as hard as she should of in her classes.  She is determined to not be distracted from her old ways or boys.

But Ben just keeps on popping up and these two just cannot escape the way they make each feel. Or how they seem to understand one another.  But they doesn’t even like each other. Or at least, that’s what they keep telling themselves.  Their acted on their attraction feel inevitable and you devour page after page for the moments they do.

As their storied unfolded, I loved that I was experiencing their ups and downs – I was completely caught up and consumed by Ella and Ben.  It’s a great coming of age, friends to lovers romance.  One that I would absolutely recommend others check out.


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