January 08, 2021

#BookReview: In the Penalty Box by @LynnRushWrites @KellyAnneBlount @EntangledTeen

Synopsis: The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights in a sizzling new hockey romance from bestselling authors Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush.

Figure skating was supposed to be my whole world. But one unlucky injury and now I’m down...but I’m definitely not out. I just need to rehab—a boatload of rehab—and who’d have thought I could do it on the boys’ hockey team?

Of course, the infuriatingly hot captain of the team seems to think I’m nothing but sequins and twirls. What’s a girl to do but put him in his place? Game on.

Hockey is my whole world. I’ve worked my tail off getting my team in a position to win the championships—hopefully in front of major college scouts, too—so what’s a guy to do when a figure skater ends up as our new goalie?

Of course, the distractingly sexy skater thinks I’m nothing but a testosterone-laced competitive streak. And surely she’s only biding her time to heal, then she’s gone. Game over.


Rating: 5 Stars 
My Review: This was such an adorable story!! I loved the romance between Willow and Brodie and all of the side characters.  This really reminded me of an older movie called the Cutting Edge about a hockey player that ends up having to be a couples figure skater.  So this of course going the other way was really interesting.  I will say that I kind of wished this would have been a new adult title as it does get somewhat on the steamy side but not as much as I was hoping for.  That being said it was a perfect middle too high young adult story.  

This one is for those who love contemporary stories. Even if you don't care a lick about hockey or figure skating it won't matter one bit!! I really loved how Willow became a kind of girl power/girls can do anything in this story for the fact that girls can play hockey as well.  I loved when the little girl came up to her and gave her a rose.  I also loved that even though Willow became very good at being a goalie she still held close to her dreams. And when those dreams changed she went with the flow.  I would really love to see this as a movie.  

Brodie was such a cutie in this one and a total epic book boyfriend.  So look out ladies there's a new guy in town!!  The side characters were all done so well.  I would love to have another story about another set of characters.  I would totally read that!! 

Overall, this was a light hearted romance about finding where your path truly lies.  


"I love this book so much! Brodie and Willow are funny, charming, and totally swoon-worthy!" -Tracy Wolff, New York Times bestselling author of the Crave series

"The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights--what's not to love? A fresh, sweet, and addictive romance!" -Ali Novak, author of My Life with the Walter Boys

"Sizzles with romantic chemistry while exploring shifting friendships, complex family dynamics, and uncertain futures. Strong, driven, and independent, Willow and Brodie are protagonists readers will root for both on and off the ice." -Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

"A sweet, charming dive into the world of high school hockey. Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount have crafted a sweet, heartfelt forbidden romance that will have you falling in love with high school sports and small-town life." -Samantha Martin, Frolic

"A fast-paced, funny, heartwarming read. Grab a cup of cocoa, sit back, and let the games begin." -Chris Cannon, author of Blackmail Boyfriend

"This novel is pure joy. A sweet romance, engrossing characters, and intense hockey action. Reading it was like sitting in a chilly ice rink, wrapped in a fleece blanket and sipping hot chocolate." -Rob Shapiro, author of The Book of Sam

"A flirty, sweet figure skater vs. hockey player romance with an adorable twist."  -T.H. Hernandez, author of Prom-Wrecked

"Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount have created characters you will fall in love with and cheer for--and you might even consider strapping on your own skates." -Fiona Simpson, freelance editor

"A heartwarming story of perseverance, love and friendship. Rush and Blount do an amazing job of weaving depth into this feel-good story. I enjoyed it from beginning to end." -Noreen Bruce, RespectYourShelves blog
"An action-packed YA hockey romance starring a courageous heroine and swoony hero you'll root for both on and off the ice." -Lisa Brown Roberts, author of The Bookworm Crush
"Ice hockey has never been this hot. Willow and Brodie will skate into your heart as they fight for their dreams and each other." -Amy Fellner Dominy, author of Announcing Trouble

About the Author

Kelly Anne Blount is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family now reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! You can find her everywhere: @KellyAnneBlount

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Rush is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattlesnakes. When she’s not running, writing, or reading, she and her Ironman husband are watching movies that fuel her undying love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural

Find her on social media: @LynnRushWrites

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