Shut Out - Kelly Jamieson

Shut Out

By Kelly Jamieson

  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings


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.

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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

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  • Hot is hot

    By 2kasmom
    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.
  • If you are a Sports Romance fan, check out Shut Out

    By Tome Tender
    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.
  • Great story with a message.

    By Valkia12
    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.
  • Awesome new series

    By Mojo back
    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!
  • Heavy hearted but hopeful romance

    By MiekeReads
    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.

    By Mom's Cooking The Books
    BOOK REVIEW: Shut Out BOOK SERIES: Bayard Hockey #1 AUTHOR: Kelly Jamieson GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult PUBLICATION DATE: June 7, 2016 CLIFF HANGER: No REVIEWED BY: Beth – Mom’s Cooking the Books 3 Stars 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. MY THOUGHTS: This book by KJ is different than her other hockey series (Heller Brothers) as it deals with college players rather than NHL players, and the fact that it discusses a problem on college campuses with the incidents of rape on the rise. If you have triggers for this subject matter, then this is not the book for you. KJ handled this sensitive subject very well, it informed the reader as well as gave food for thought for young readers about making sure that everyone gives their consent to have sex. The characters were developed and they were likable. This book concentrated less on Jacobs hockey playing and more on the relationship between Jacob and Skylar, as well as secondary characters. There were secrets kept on both sides for Skylar and Jacob and added to the drama. There were sexy times that were pretty steamy. Overall a decent read. This book had sweet heat and was an easy light read even though it had an intense subject matter. ARC kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
  • Shut Out (Bayard Hockey, #1) by Kelly Jamieson

    By dsubsits
    Kelly Jamieson notches a win with Shut Out the first book in the Bayard Hockey Series. Rising hockey Star, Jacob Flass, attends Bayard College after having no other playing options. He wants to stay out of trouble and convinces, Skylar Lynwood, to pretend that she is her girlfriend to keep the puck bunnies away. This new adult sports romance takes place at Bayard College. Sophomores Jacob and Skylar met at a party and then again, at a school required Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Program (SAPAP) for incoming freshman and transfer student. Skylar is a facilitator; Jacob is attending the program. I thought it was interesting that each character portrayed two different scenarios on the same topic in this story. My heart went out to both characters. Kelly Jamieson does an incredible job tackling a sensitive topic and showing multiple viewpoints. I loved the characters so much I didn’t want the story to end. The characters are very well-developed and genuine. They are people that I would want to know in real life. Jacob is a good guy. He cares about his friends, family, and team. He doesn’t want to disappoint people. I like Skylar. She is still struggling with the suicide of one of her best friends, Brendan, that happened the second semester of her freshman year. She has a lot to deal with and has high expectations for herself. I love that Jacob and Skylar help each other develop into better people. The sports side of the story is well done. Jacob plays left wing. Skylar knows nothing about hockey until she starts to attend some of Jacob's games. Kelly Jamieson does a great job depicting the team comradery, play, and fans. I loved the dance off at the practice. Shut Out is an amazing start to the Bayard Hockey Series. Kelly Jamieson is a talented writer. Her stories flow well. At 272 pages, Shut Out was still a fast read because I was so mesmerized I could not put the book down. I highly recommend this story to people that enjoy sports romances that also contain sensitive real-world issues. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
  • Heavy stuff!

    By Burton 74
    I'm a huge fan of the hockey stories and I love Kelly Jamieson. Usually these stories are light and fun. This one, not so much. This book deals primarily about rape. In fact, this book had more of an educational side to it. Not only does it talk about rape victims but also about men who have been falsely accused and how to step in if a situation needs intervened. It's not what you would expect from a college hockey romance book. Despite the heavy subject matter, this was still a very good book. That's not surprising coming from this author. I look forward to the next book in the series. Even though I did enjoy this book, I hope book #2 is more on the light and fun side. ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.