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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,302 ratings  ·  335 reviews

Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band's next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.

Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she'd like to keep it that way. But the more Bishop gets

ebook, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Entangled: Teen
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Wendy Higgins
(Note - this is YA from Entangled Teen)

Yay, yay, YAY!!! *runs around dancing* I love this book!!! These are two of my critique partners and I bugged them to let me start reading it before they were finished writing, and I swear, I stalked them after every chapter for more! "Hurry, hurry!" It's soooo good. Bishop and Penny rock.

Oh, and don't let the "sweetness and softness" of this cover fool you - this is one of those instances when I really hope people don't judge the book by its cover. I was
Nyrae Dawn
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun to write! I got to incorporate many of the things I LOVE about writing and reading YA books.
Initial reaction: Not one of the better contemporary tough subject books in its genre that I've picked up. Honestly I found it rather...boring, and while it had several parts in the right place, I just couldn't get into it. I'm going to look through it again to see if my mind changes, but honestly - I wish it could've been better than what it was.

Full review:

Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn's "Out of Play" should've been a book that I loved. It revolves around sports, it has a female character that b
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Very satisfying story of opposites attract. I really like Nyrae Dawn’s writing style so I was excited to read this story, co-written with Jolene Perry.

The setting — Alaska, a rock star trying to get a drug problem he won’t acknowledge under control and a hockey playing girl trying to find her way in life despite everyone else thinking they know what’s best for her.

I’ll start off by sayi
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take 2 incredible authors, put them together and what happens? Magic. I loved this book so much. Rock star and hockey romances are among my favorite stories and this one has both.

The characters and story were strong and relatable. I both laughed and teared up. I heard it was a real thing to do BUT I would never want to break my nose around Penny ;)

I highly recommend this book and will be posting links to it everywhere I can once it is live.

3/5 stars

I liked it just didn't love it. The characters were okay, the relationship was okay, and how everything developed plot-wise was okay. It was easy to read but I felt something was missing.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Review: Out Of Play I love girl who have snarky attitude and smart words. I adore girls who re-define who they are. This story is exquisite.
Plot: You have this girl, Penny who plays a tough game both on and off the field of  ice hockey. She doesn’t let anyone be soft on her. Then Riley comes along. A smart kid who has geared off the path into hard times. Putting this two together is a smart choice for an excellent read. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading it.  The plot flowed w
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning you will cry in this book, if for some reason you don't you are heartless. This book had my two favorite things in it, rockstar bad boy and Hockey. Yes I know I am obsessed with Hockey.

I fell in love with Gary and Troy. Yes you heard me right I know that they are not the main characters in the book, but I think they are amazing. Now onto the main characters.

Lucky Penny, she is damn determined to prove everyone wrong and to show everyone that she can do whatever the hell she wants. She is
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
“He’s got history, you know? But those people are the best kind because they already know what’s out there and are ready to figure out what they really want. Do you know what you really want?”

I was drawn to this book for two main reasons: Penny and Bishop. Penny sounded like such a kick-ass girl in the description. I have what just might be an unhealthy obsession with the troubled “bad boy” actor/musician/fighter that is so common in YA and NA lit these days. Additionally, as I may have ment
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, new-adult, entangled
Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn was kindly provided to me by Entangled Teen and kept me riveted right from the very first page with its exciting premise and amazing characters.

Bishop Riley is the drummer for a famous award winning band and has been sent to Seldon, Alaska after nearly overdosing to think and sort out his priorities. Bishop was a broody character who was a bit of a mystery, I wanted to know more about him, his anxiety and addiction and what had
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
Out of Play isn’t the typical rock star romance, following a band on tour and some lucky girl who tames the untamable playboy musician. This is a Young Adult novel co-written by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn, so aside from drug use, it’s fairly tame for a story with a rock star protagonist. At its core, Out of Play is about the relationship between two teenagers on the brink of major life changes who come into each other’s lives when they most need someone. Overall, Out of Play is a sweet read wit ...more
Cassie Mae
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mmmkay... this book? Totes awesomazing! Hot and sexy, but also kinda cute and innocent too. It pretty much goes through the spectrum of butterfly emotions. *sings Colbie Caillat's Bubbly*

Let's start with Penny, who is my favorite of Jolene's girls ever! Okay, okay, maybe I'm lying because I've loved all her girls, but this chicka, she'll kick your butt and look good doing it. She hangs with the boys, knows how to take a good hit, and delivers it right back. She's the girl I wish I was in high sc
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
My blog received and ARC of this book for an honest review

This book had to be good - Nyrae Dawn & Jolene Perry?!
Well it didn't disappoint plus the female mc plays hockey! and you know I love my hockey books!

While the mc's were great - my favorite characters were Gramps and Gary. These two authors made them real. I pictured that would just be how a grandpa & sober assistant would act.

It is a worthy read and entertained me well.
Audrey Harte
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! It's rare for me to have much time to read these days, but when I pick up a book that sucks me in, I make time! I thought it was well-written and I loved the main characters: the beautiful, balsy, hockey-playing Penny and the moody, gorgeous, incredibly talented drummer Bishop, but the supporting characters were great as well. I can easily see this being made into a movie and can't wait until it is! ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was anxiously awaiting this book after meeting both authors at SFINE in San Francisco. I love both of their work and together they slay..Dizzy! Add in a tomboy who plays hockey and a rockstar drummer = me reading and loving!
Julia Kai
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I haven't read this book sooner? I absolutely loved it! It even made me cry ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from the publisher (for the tour)

Summary (from Goodreads):

Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he want
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do you send a pill head drummer for a band that has Grammies under their belt and he needs to get his stuff together? Alaska?! This seems like a great idea for everyone but Bishop. So yeah, maybe he did almost die by downing too many pills this last time and yeah, maybe he has been letting his band down by not showing up to places he was supposed to be…but Alaska? His mom, who he loves very much, and his manager have come up with the idea for Bishop to take a couple of months off with Gary ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Out of Play is the sort of book that deals with tough issues really well but doesn't completely mangle your heart in the process. Not that I'm not a fan of the occasional heart-mangling (you know I love a good cry now and then), but I think it's great to have books that tackle these types of issues in a somewhat lighter, more accessible manner as well. A book that gives you the feels, but doesn't tear you to shreds in
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I saw Out of Play on netgalley I knew I had to request it, and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I got accepted. When I received an email saying I had been accepted to read it I was beyond excited
The very first chapter is intense, Bishop goes home after a concert and is trying to find peace, quietness, escape from the noise and attention. His chosen form of escape is pills and alcohol, until he wakes up in hospital and discovers he could have died. With the shocking discovery comes the
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bishop Riley is a drummer, and not just any drummer at that. He’s the drummer for a celebrity band…and the drummer who may have a pill addiction. He doesn’t think it’s an addiction though, so when his parents ship him off to Alaska to get clean after an accidental overdose, he’s more than a little mad. Female hockey player Penny Jones, resident of Alaska, is a little mad too. Her family is pushing her to accept a hockey scholarship away from Alaska, but Alaska is exactly where she wants to be, e ...more
Jessica Louise
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bishop Riley knows all too well that being the drummer of a successful rock band isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The pressures are crashing down on him and he has formed a pill habit to cope. After waking up in hospital from a near overdose, Bishop is faced with an intervention. Either be shipped off to Alaska to detox out of the public eye, or be kicked out of the band. Bishop is in denial about having a problem. He just needs a pill occasionally to take the edge off. If he wanted to stop he c ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed Nyrae's solo efforts so far, and Out of Play was no different. It takes place primarily in Alaska after the story is set up, so for anyone expecting to read about a rockstar on the road meeting a girl in the audience/ backstage etc who catches his eye, this book is not that type of story.

After nearly dying, Bishop is sent to Alaska to get his act together and off pills unless he wants to be kicked out of his band. Penny's family owns the cabins where he and his "babysitter"
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was SO FREAKING EXCITED to get an ARC from a book by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry. Love them so hard!!

Out of Play is a book about self discovery. I loved Bishop - hot, intense, tortured drummer - what's not to love?? Well, I guess there is one thing. Um, Bishop has a problem with pills. So he's far from perfect. His band manager and mom send him to Alaska to get himself together.

Penny is the female lead. I want to be friends with her!! She is very adventurous. She plays hockey on the guys team
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Bishop, a drug addict, almost overdosed...

Penny has a lot going on...

As well as looking after her grandfather who has Alzheimer's, her mums hardly around and she's crushing on her best friend...

They meet in Alaska where Bishop is trying to recover...

My thoughts

Being in a band, Bishop is a drug addict and we find this out from the very beginning. I was actually glad with the way things went in this book.

"It's hard when so many people expect so much."

The relationship between Bishop and Penny i
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

Playful, a little sexy but with a lot of heartfelt emotions.

This may also be one of the few cases where the heroine (Penny) totally stands on her own. I absolutely love the way she was written. And of course we all know how well Nyrae Dawn writes broken boys & Bishop was no exception.

Despite all their issues I felt this was a very realistic, healthy romance because as much as they helped each other, it was about helping themselves first.

Good stuff. I read it in 5 hour
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

This book was a surprise to me. I went into it expecting a light teenage romance - but I got a real good developed story that felt real. If the Blurbs sounds interesting to you - I would encourage you to read it.
Nancy The book junkie
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
This is my first book by both Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn. I've heard great things about both authors but just hadn't had a chance to read one of their books. I'm so happy I started with this one! I've been reading a lot of contemporaries lately and I love when I find those books that really make their own mark in the book world. The topics discussed in this book are not new to the YA contemporary world and neither are the issues both characters face. However, this story takes place in the Last ...more
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