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Shut Out

Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson

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Overview by Publisher:

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.

I don’t normally read books that feature college students, but I really enjoy Kelly Jamieson’s writing and this book is about hockey, so it was a definite read for me.

I am so glad I read this book and that I read it now.  It features a great love story between Skylar and Jacob.  They have insane chemistry and the romance between the two was so well developed.  Jacob is the hot new addition to the Bayard hockey team and he makes a deal with Skylar to be his pretend girlfriend to keep the puck bunnies at bay.  Neither of them really thought this through as you shouldn’t make plans like this with someone you burn for.  Time spent together leads to intimacy.  It’s not just physical, but a really well developed relationship between two people who like and respect each other.

Jacob has reasons for needing a pretend girlfriend.  This is his second chance and he can’t blow it.  Jacob was accused of sexual assault and the story delves into his perspective and the issues of college attitudes around rape.  Skylar is involved in a program to educate students about consent and rape – something that is very close to her heart.

I found this book really resonated with me because of what we have been hearing on the news for years.  As I write this review, the internet is in an uproar over the Stanford rapist, Brock Turner.  The author does an incredible job of addressing sexual assault and how it impacts lives.  She doesn’t pull any punches and I adored that.  This is the kind of book young women should be reading, as well as all women.  Ignorance is not an excuse and Kelly Jamieson addresses the role of the bystander so beautifully.  No one can say it is not their business or problem, as it’s all our issue.  Through the character of Jacob, the author doesn’t let him off the hook for his past.  He faces it and deals with the consequences of his actions.

Not only does this book feature very consensual sex between two hot college students, it tackles a sobering and devastating issue in society today.  Well done Kelly!