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Cross Check

The first book I ever read by Kelly Jamieson, Shut Out, didn’t sit very well with me. I’m happy to say that the second book in the series, Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel, is an improvement, but there are still some aspects that simply grated on me. Ella Verran has made some bad choices in ...

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My Roommate's Girl

I know a lot of romance readers steer clear of NA books.  I get it, I do.  It’s difficult to achieve the right balance writing about college kids maturing into adulthood - and not a lot of writers are able to do it well.  One writer who does successfully navigate this transitional time period i ...

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Undeclared

I picked the first book in the Burnham College series, Undecided, as one of my favorite books in 2016, and guess what?  Ms. Keyes has followed it up with another winner!  Undeclared is funny, sexy, awkward, addictive, and frustrating... just like its principal character Kellan McVey.  This time M ...

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The Goal

Elle Kennedy has a special place in my heart.  The Off-Campus series was my first foray into the sports romance genre and launched my love affair with all things new adult, contemporary and sports team related.  Though I’ve since read many more (good and bad) series - it’s still #2 in my menta ...

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The Score

I have really been enjoying Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series about the guys of the fictional Briar University hockey team. The Score, the third entry in the series, is not as good as the first book (The Deal) but definitely better than the second (The Mistake). For sure, it's another tally in the ...

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Undecided

I loved Undecided and it’s easily the best NA novel I’ve read this year. Based on the cover art, you might assume (like I did) it’s going to be the standard NA romance with a messy love triangle. You would be wrong. Instead – and ironically - Ms. Keyes has produced a love story about the per ...

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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

I’m a big fan of the New Adult genre. With the exception of Robin York’s Deeper and Harder (both excellent), my favorite NA novels feature athletes. You can also guarantee I’ll read the book if it’s well reviewed and part of a series featuring recurring and related characters. Lately, I’ve ...

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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

Kelly Jamieson’s Shut Out is the fanfic that would result if you crossed an ABC After School Special with the current hot-button issue of college campus sexual assault, included lectures from a week-long seminar, tossed in a handful of clichés, and threw the whole thing on the ice for a hockey ga ...

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The Mistake

Do you remember when I reviewed Elle Kennedy’s The Deal and I specifically mentioned all of the hero’s hot hockey player roommates who were just itching for stories of their own? Well, they’re coming off the bench, and while not quite as good as the first book in the Off-Campus series, The Mis ...

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The Deal

I really, really liked Elle Kennedy’s The Deal. The characters are fantastic, and I stayed up into the wee hours to finish it. Unfortunately, as is the case for any story involving sports or other serious pursuits, Kennedy’s lack of accuracy in portraying the sport of ice hockey created a seriou ...