In the Penalty Box
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I thought this took place in college and it felt like it through most of the story. It barely mentioned the high s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
CW: (view spoiler)[Death of mother in car accident - killed by drunk driver, father spirals into depression and is unable to cope (alcoholism, loss of family business), sports injuries, sexist attitudes to women in sport - challenged, another set of parents are in relationship counselling. (hide 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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
I received this book courtesy of NetGalley and Entangl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.*
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 ...more
There are immedi ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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