Cross Check by Kelly Jamieson.
The Story –
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.
Story 5 *, Emotion/Passion 4.5 *, Sizzle 4.25 *.
I love this author and don’t hesitate to push the one-click button when she has a new release.
This is the second of the Bayard College Hockey Series and it is Ella’s story. She is an emotional mess, failing her classes and known for being a party girl. She is just beginning to repair her relationship with her very BFF Skylar after a tumultuous year for both. Ella hasn’t been doing well academically or socially since the suicide of a close friend the year before.
Whenever she is with Skylar and her boyfriend, his teammate Ben is there and there is no love lost between Skylar and Ben. In fact, one might say they are enemies…except somehow, Ben’s eyes are always on Ella and she certainly keeps tabs on the quiet, snobby but hot and charismatic Ben. He is just so rude, calling her “Party Girl”. Their mutual attraction grows and each tries to ignore the other. It takes time for Ben to notice that Ella has changed and is now focused on studying and repairing relationships. Ella doesn’t trust Ben, or hardly anyone.
The reader is sucked in, captured by the story and anxiously hopeful throughout that these two will pay attention to each other. Missed communications and perceptions create a bit of angst.
The author addresses some heavy topics of depression, slut-shaming, suicide and date-rape. These important issues for young people are integral to the story and sensitively managed. With this author, a satisfactory HEA is a guarantee! #MainelyStories #KellyJamieson #NetGalley #Loveswept @Loveswept @KellyJamieson