Review of Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews (digital arc)




Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews


Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.



Izzy and Garret are about as opposite as you can get, but their growing relationship was adorable and fun to read about.

Garret’s family doesn’t have much money.  They struggle to pay the bills.  He knows that his only chance to get out of Texas is to get a scholarship to play college football.  His alcoholic dad runs a salvage yard and wants Garret to stay there and take over.  His mom supports him in everything though.  He also has a little sister who wants to be a ballerina.

Izzy’s parents were actors, but her mom died from her addiction issues when Izzy was a baby.  Her dad became a politician.  They had a big house and plenty of money, but he wasn’t home much.  Izzy wanted to join a ballet company, but wanted to get in because of her talent and not her dad’s wealth or influence.  Izzy also rebels a bit by being somewhat goth.  She has purple in her hair and wears dark make-up , but her piercings are fake.

Garret’s coach suggests he take ballet to strengthen an injury he had.  Even though he and Izzy go to school together, he really didn’t know her.   He is terrified of others finding out that he’s taking ballet.  Izzy needs a partner for her performance and tryouts, so she decides to blackmail Garret into helping her.

Luckily the blackmail didn’t last long.  Garret and Izzy end up getting along well and they find that they want to help each other.  Their chemistry is great and Izzy is strong and not afraid to put Garret in his place when he needs it.

I liked that the relationship grew throughout the story and that neither tried hard to fight it.  We didn’t have to wait until the end for them to date.

This was another cute, quick read published by Entangled Teen.  I received a copy from the publisher for review sent through netgalley.  I gave this one 4 stars.

Extra love for the cute dogs in the book and that the author has reptiles.


Expected publication: November 6th 2017 by Entangled: Crush

Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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