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In the Penalty Box

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  427 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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, th
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Entangled: Teen
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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Oh, I just loved this book! I have found that I have a bit of a soft spot for hockey romances so this was a book that caught my attention right away. All of the hockey romances that I had read prior to picking this one up targeting adult readers but I was eager to try this Young Adult title. This book grabbed my attention in the opening scenes and never let go. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

Brodie and Willow are
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the penalty box was ticking all the boxes right from the start. I love hockey romances, it’s by my favourite publisher and it’s a sweet teen romance.

Willow is a figure skater with an injury. She can no longer do the twists and jumps. She needs to find a new way to love the ice.

Brody is the ice king. He’s rich, popular and a great hockey player but none of those things define him. When his puck finds Willow sparks fly both on and off the ice.

Can these two people from different walks of life f
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the Penalty Box was a pretty likable and predictable book for me. The one thing that I just couldn't wrap my mind about: the fact that these kids are in High School. Not sure why my brain was thinking this would be a college type romance but it did.

In it, you will meet Willow and Brodie. She used to be one of the best figure skaters in the nation until the day she hurt her Achilles. He is a hockey star for his league and
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an easy read that was fairly predictable but still fun. Willow is a figure skater who suffered a big injury and is trying to get back to her full strength. Brodie is a hockey player who's team needs a goalie and Willow happens to have some talent. They fall for each other, but have to keep it a secret from their teammates and Willow is still holding on to her skating dreams.

I thought this took place in college and it felt like it through most of the story. It barely mentioned the high s
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Willow and Brodie’s story blew me away! I loved this sweet small town romance!

I was not expecting this story and it packed cute surprises! What I loved though is that these two teenagers were trying their best to get through life! Brodie and Willow both had some challenges to face but I loved how they leaned on one another! They built a friendship and through that they discovered more! As they navigated their secrets both had to make some tough choices that didn’t affect just the now but also t
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Figure skater Willow is back at home to recover from an injury. She is determined to rehab, get back to 100%, and return to the elite training facility where she has her eye on the Olympics. But not only is her recovery taking longer that she wants, it seems like her parent’s are arguing all the time.

Brodie lives for hockey and, going into his senor year of high school, the pressure is on to take his team to the championships and become a third generation Boston College hockey player. But things
Claude's Bookzone
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

Well I am stoked to have found another YA romance that will appeal to older teens.

I don't mind the odd cookie-cutter, cheesy romance story. However, I think romances are better when th
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya, contemporary
They both needed to stay focused this year. Willow had to concentrate on her recovery and getting back on track for the Olympics, while Brodie had to sharpen his hockey skills and secure a college scholarship. When a wild puck and a fast hand brought them into each other's orbits, would Brodie and Willow allow romance to distract them from their goals?

I never get tired of reading books, where a girl dominates on a boys' team, and this one came with a great twist. Willow was an elite ice skater,
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was super cute! I picked up this book not knowing a whole lot about it, but I’m glad I did.

Willow was a top figure skater until she hurt her achilles. She had to move back home to Woodhaven, WI after her team in Colorado dropped her. While healing at home, Willow is asked to join the boys hockey team scrimmage as the goalie. The team realizes she has a natural talent, and except for a few jerks, want her on the team. Willow makes a deal with Brodie. She’ll join the team, if he trains
Jan 02, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: books-i-own
I am currently DNF’ng this book at this time. I didn’t have any real problems with it and I wanted to like it. I stopped around 50-55%. I was hoping the story or characters would grab me but there was just not enough to keep me reading. For fans of young adult sports romance, you might like this. It’s definitely more sports heavy than I usually see in these types of romance books, so if you like hockey or skating this might be up your alley.

I received this book courtesy of NetGalley and Entangl
Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I recieved an advance readers copy of this book from Entangledteen and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I dnf-ed this book @ 10%. I didn’t enjoy what I’d read. None of the characters seemed real, they didn’t even talk like real teenagers. I’ve never heard a teenager describe anyone as “strapping”. I thought maybe this wasn’t targeted for people my age but I read a little bit too my little sister who is 16 and she through it was cringy. The main characters was very much “I’m not like o
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
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 h
In the Penalty Box is one of those books I would have devoured as a teen, and I'm not ashamed to say as a grown woman I absolutely did!

Willow and Brodie are such likeable characters, you can't help but fall for both of them. Brodie is the epitome of a good guy, strong and protective, and Willow is one cool chick, independent and kickass. I really enjoyed their "meet-cute", and the slow build of their relationship. I'm so glad this book was told in dual pov. I liked being in both Willow and Brod
3.5 stars

In the Penalty Box by Lynn Rush & Kelly Anne Blount is a sweet and entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, it held my interest from start to end, I enjoyed watching the friendships and I loved watching the relationship between Willow and Brodie develop.

Overall, In The Penalty Box is an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.

*Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy.*
yahaira ✰
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

okay so the synopsis for this book wasn't very clear but the premise still sounded interesting! it reminded me of the iconic disney channel movie "go figure"

i honestly thought this would be a fun, lighthearted read and while most of it was, it also dealt with serious matters.

willow had a dream of going to the olympics as a figure skater since forever, but an injury set her back. she ended up joining a hockey team while she healed
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-tours
In the Penalty Box is a New Adult sports romance from a writing duo, Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount. It's my first book from these authors, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a sweet and angsty romance between Willow, a figure skater, and Brodie, captain of a hockey team. Willow is recovering from a bad injury and unable to compete until she completes her recovery. While she recovers, she gets a chance to build up her strength by playing ice hockey with a local high school team.

There are immedi
Noreen Machelle
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story of perseverance, love and friendship. I truly enjoyed this story! Willow was an amazing female lead! She is strong and knows what she wants and works hard for it. Brodie is such a great guy! Definitely worthy of the book boyfriend list! I can't wait to see what this author team does next! ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5/5 stars
I liked this book so much! I was smiling most of the time I was reading it, and it was such a cute story that had so much more beneath the surface than I’d expected.
Going on I thought this would be a fluffy contemporary hockey romance, and while it did have those elements it was way more. Willow is still recovering from an injury that put her figure skating career on pause, and while she
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The concept of this one is amazing. It's basically The Cutting Edge only sport-swapped, so it's an injured figure skater who joins a hockey team as a goalie as a form of physical therapy. The book definitely skews cutesy (oh my gosh is used 18 times) and sweet, but I think it works for the intended audience. It's a quick, easy read for fans of sports romances. Though I'll admit I was a little bit bummed (view spoiler), but I think that might ...more
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
***I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!***

I really enjoy hockey books, and this one was no different. When I saw it on NG, I didn’t check too much and didn’t know that it was YA but that was okay. Both of the characters seemed pretty mature, especially Brody. 

I think what I liked most about this book was that it was a little different than most hockey romances, instead the guy trying to figure skate, we have her on the hockey

This book was definitely something I enjoyed, but didn't love. I tend to enjoy sports romances, so I liked that about this book, but I just never entirely connected to the characters. The hockey matches were very well written though, I felt like I was there with the characters.

In the Penalty Box is the story of Brodie and Willow, hockey players looking to win the state championships. Willow, a competitive figure skater had injured her Achilles, forcing her to go through grueling physical therap
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Takes a lot more than a little fall like that to knock me out of the game. Like Celine Dion says, my heart will go on."

Willow Covington. Olympic Skater now injured and taken away from the dream that's been all she's known her whole life. Now she's back in her small town, spending every waking moment strengthening herself to return. Well... until the a hot gust of "Wind" about takes out her best friend with a puck.

Brodie "Wind" Windom. Captain of the hockey team. Soon to be college hockey star
Katie Prouty
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"There's nobody I'd rather be in the penalty box with than you."

Brodie "Wind" Windom has his senior year all planned out: focus on hockey, get on the Boston College team, and no distractions. Until, son of a puck!, some ice princess rams right into him. Willow Covington's whole world is figure skating. But she's nursing an injury and rehabbing to be back in time for next years competition. The Fall League hockey team's goalie is out. Brodie needs the best people on the ice to win State. Will B
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

In the Penalty Box sees injured figure skater, Willow, recuperate and train with her local hockey team. Back in Wisconsin, and at risk of losing her place on her Olympic squad, Willow knows she needs to train, and train hard, if she has any chance of coming back after her Achilles tear. Joining the local hockey team was a way for her to have more ice time, but being a girl on a boys’ team is no
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Slight spoilers...

This was a cute YA sports romance with a very strong female lead character. Willow, our MC, is a very dedicated and driven figure skater who suffers a big injury leading to months of PT and recovery. She goes back to her hometown to recover, meeting Brodie and his pack of hockey friends in the process.

I really enjoyed Willow and Brodie’s developing friendship, Willow’s close friendship with her local friend as well as her foster sister friend. I also really enjoyed
Brook Obsessed
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
A friends to lovers young adult sports romance packed full of action, emotional situations, and lots of lovable supporting characters. A coming of age story about an ice princess falling for the star hockey player. Swooney and hard hitting, a YA that reminded me of The Cutting Edge mixed with a little bit of the Mighty Ducks.

After a figure skating injury, Willow returns home to recuperate. In her journey to recovery Willow meets Brodie Wind, a star hockey player who convinces her to try out for
Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
This first thing I thought of when I read the premise for this book was a line from D2: The Mighty Ducks “Ken Woo. What can I say? I convinced him that hockey had more of a future. We put a stick in his hands and no one has been able to touch him”. No?! It’s just me who was able to quote this line without looking it up?

Willow and Brodie are sweet. They are the definition of young first love when the butterflies flutter over the sweetest smile or faintest touch. I liked how both Willow and Brody
Leah | what_leah_reads
It has been a long time since I’ve picked up a YA sports romance and the young teenager that lives deep inside was very excited about this one.

While much of the plot was predictable, I did like the flair that the authors were able to add to the story line. I loved how Willow never shied away from a challenge and always spoke her mind. It is nice to see a female lead in a YA book stand up for herself in front of a group of boys. I liked that the hockey/skating and romance aspects of this book ha
Thuy Taylor
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an easy, fun YA sports romance read. Think of a teen movie where up and coming figure skater gets injured, loses all her sponsorships, moves home to rehab and finds herself in the mix with the Hockey kings of her hometown. Also, falling for the hockey captain wasn't in the plans.

Brodie and Willow strike up an unusual friendship. Brodie, captain of the town's hockey team, he lives and breathes hockey, but also has the weight of the world on his shoulders with his home life. Willow is ded
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
The premise for this one sounded good, I’m always down for a sports romance, but I didn’t end up enjoying it very much. At some points there was just too much drama going on for it to even be believable. It was pretty predictable and I didn’t like the ending. I didn’t like that the main character basically gave up her dreams for a guy which I think the author tried to play off as not the case but it still came off that way. The secret/forbidden romance aspect was good but I just didn’t real
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New York Times & 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. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.

When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies

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