Review of In the Penalty Box by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount (earc)




In the Penalty Box by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount

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.




I really enjoy these sports romance books.

Brodie is a star hockey player trying to get a scholarship to Boston College. His family has a lot of money and they own a hockey rink. Brodie’s mom died over a year ago from being hit by a drunk driver. Brodie doesn’t touch alcohol any more because of it, but his dad became a huge drinker. Brodie has a little brother with bad asthma. Their dad is always on business trips or drunk when home, so the care of Caleb mostly falls to Brodie.

Willow moved back home after living in Colorado where she trained to be an Olympic figure skater. She had an Achilles injury and her sponsors weren’t paying for her anymore. She needed to get back into perfect shape by January to be picked up by a team again. Willow stayed in touch with her best friend, Jessa, for years. So she doesn’t feel totally alone. Willow has been training by herself when the hockey players aren’t there. She and Jessa were watching the hockey team when a puck came flying at them. Willow blocked it and saved Jessa. When the team’s goalie got hurt, Brodie thought that Willow would be a good fit. He decides to help train her in hockey with the promise that she’ll get extra workouts to help her skating. Not all the guys on the team are ok with a girl, but Willow won the spot. Brodie knew she wouldn’t stay, but his main goal was to make sure the team won and made it to state again.

Brodie and Willow spend a lot of time alone together and they are attracted to each other right away. Brodie doesn’t want to date anyone and Willow won’t be sticking around. Also, the coach made a rule that no one could date. But Brodie and Willow grow closer and can’t help the feelings. They date in secret. Brodie starts to hate that Willow will leave him and he pulls away at times. Willow starts to love hockey and being part of a team. She’s conflicted about her dream and how she’s currently feeling. Brodie’s life starts to fall apart and he needs Willow to be there. He knows she needs to follow her dream and he’s proud of her. But he also can’t imagine being away from her.

I loved the friends in book. The romance was sweet and a standout. Being a part of a team was a big focus, but there was also focus on dreams, friendship, and family.

I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for my earc.

Warnings for alcoholism, drunk driving, death, illness, parental relationship issues, and sexism.


Have you read this?  Is it on your TBR?  Do you enjoy sports romance books?





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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