Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cross Check by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Cross Check
Author: Kelly Jamieson
My Rating: A-

Genre: New Adult Romance 
Series: Bayard Hockey #2
Main Characters: Ella and Ben
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Oooh, this story was good. These two characters do not like one another at all, but they keep getting thrown together because they're best friends are dating. 

To Ella, Ben is a stuck up, cocky jock who's completely full of himself. 

To Ben, Ella is a party girl, more interested in drinking, partying, and sleeping around than anything else. 

They are both completely wrong, but it's not until they keep having to spend time with one another that they begin to realize that.

I liked the slow build to this romance. Even when they begin to realize that they are sexually drawn to one another, it takes a while after that for them to realize that they are drawn to the person too. It's not all hate anymore. That made the story and the romance feel more realistic. 

One of the things that's so good about this series is that there are social issues playing out in the background of them. In this one Ella is dealing with a lot of guilt after the guy she had a crush on committed suicide. She's dealing with that guilt and becoming more aware of recognizing signs of depression and mental issues. Those things that she didn't see in her friend. There's also a lot of discussion about consent when alcohol is involved. Ella used to drink a lot and then have sex when she really couldn't consent. These are really amazing themes to play out in a New Adult stories.

I really enjoy hockey themed stories...add in college...and enemies to lovers...and this book hit several of my YES tropes. 

I liked it and definitely recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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