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The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights in a sizzling new hockey romance from bestselling authors Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush. Willow 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 The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights in a sizzling new hockey romance from bestselling authors Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush. Willow 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. Brodie 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.


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The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights in a sizzling new hockey romance from bestselling authors Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush. Willow 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 The Cutting Edge meets Friday Night Lights in a sizzling new hockey romance from bestselling authors Kelly Anne Blount and Lynn Rush. Willow 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. Brodie 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.

30 review for In the Penalty Box

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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 This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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 both amazing characters. I liked them both right away and loved how much chemistry there was between them. I felt like these two were very good for each other and I loved the way that they pushed each other to be their best. Both have been through some really rough things but they both are able to pick up the pieces and move forward doing the best that they can. As a figure skater, Willow's injury has been devastating but she is working as hard as she can to get into top condition again. Brodie is the town's star hockey player who works hard to stay at his best. Brodie and Willow start working out together and eventually, she ends up as his team's goalie. I loved seeing these two work together and deal with the challenges Willow faced playing on the boy's hockey team. Brodie's story was really heartbreaking and I was amazed by how much responsibility he has been able to carry. I really liked seeing good things come for both of these characters. Nick Mondelli and Bailey Carr did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. I really felt like they were able to bring Brodie and Willow to life. They added a lot of emotion to the story and excitement when it was warranted. I think that their voices worked very well together and I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time. I think that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well done romance with fantastic characters, just enough romance, and quite a bit of hockey. I definitely plan to read more from this pair of talented authors. I received a copy of this book from Entagled: Teen and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library. Initial Thoughts Oh, I loved this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle's

    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 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 find love on the ice. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    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 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 school team. So them meeting on or around the ice rink was going to happen one day. It was all kinds of awkward but they seem to make it work. After some bantering and messing around, she winds up playing goalie for his league team. Most of the guys are on board with it but two of them just don't like it. They think they will be the laughing joke of Hockey. Or maybe they are just sexist pigs because they don't realize that girls are capable of doing anything that their heart desires. Guys also. Of course there's a forbidden romance that doesn't really go too far. Then there's plenty of drama on and off the ice. But have no fear, the end is coming near and it's predictably cute. Definitely enjoyed this nice and easy read and I look forward to the next book by this author!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    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 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 school and I think the authors should have bumped this up to the college level. Either way, I liked the romance between Willow and Brodie and the way they both care so much for their families and friends. The plot has a good amount of drama and hockey action and it was cool seeing Willow get better at goalie. I enjoyed reading this and I'm looking forward to more books from these authors! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 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 the future. I loved Willows independence and her no nonsense attitude! She spoke her mind and she wasn’t scared to take chances! Brodie was equally as amazing. He was a protector and he was someone you could always rely on but he wasn’t a cocky jerk! He had a beautiful heart full of love to give!

  6. 4 out of 5

    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 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 at home are falling apart. Since the death of his mom, his dad is gone all the time, and he’s trying his best to be there for his little brother. Here was this amazing guy sitting before me who was sweet, sensitive, and so very loyal. He was strong and an amazing athlete, but he had to carry so much on those broad shoulders of his. Way more than a seventeen-year-old should. - Willow I really enjoyed my time with Willow and Brodie. It was great to read about two athletes who were so focused and dedicated. Willow’s take-no-prisoners attitude had me silently cheering her on and I was so impressed with her tenacity and determination. But it was Brodie’s story that really engaged my emotions. I have a soft spot for characters who shoulder a lot of responsibility at a young age and that certainly fit Brodie. This was a young man who was still grieving the loss of his mother, living without the emotional (or even physical) support of his father, and taking on the burden of care for his sick little brother. Rush and Blount did a great job at showing Brodie’s struggle to keep all the balls in the air as well as his inevitable breaking point. Watching as Willow became more entrenched in the hockey team, and formed bonds with her teammates, was a real highlight for me. For the most part she was judged on her talent and what she brought to the team, and most of her new teammates welcomed her with open arms. There were a few holdout’s, however, and I appreciated how Willow handled herself when faced with opposition. The team was a tight-knit group of friends, both on and off the ice, and it was fun to be a part of their banter and ribbing and support. If I had any quibble at all it would be that the dialogue didn’t always ring true. Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time with teenage boys, but it seems unlikely they use terms like “what’s the tea” when it’s just the guys. The intensity with which she played hockey, battled off all those slapshots from Right Hand of God, and then the crap Pax, Eric, and even some of the town had thrown at her, she’d handled it all with grace. The grace of a figure skater and the guts of a pro hockey player. - Brodie In the Penalty Box was a sports romance that was heavy on the sports – and I loved that! As a hockey fan, I enjoyed the training scenes, the pick-up games, the trash talk, and the mental and physical strength that was required. The romance aspect was definitely on the slow-burn side and rated-PG. This was a great YA contemporary with a strong focus on friendship, loyalty, and overcoming hardship. Definitely recommended!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    3.5 Stars 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 3.5 Stars 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 there are some real life issues that the main characters are grappling with. This gives the story more depth, and the characters feel more authentic. Plus, stuff actually happens with conflicts arising and paths diverging or coming together. I am also thrilled to have another YA story with an ambitious and talented sportswoman. I liked the dual POV and found both characters relatable and likeable. A great addition to the library.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    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, 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, who had suffered an injury. She returned home to rehab, but was struggling until she temporarily joined the hockey team. I have seen the figure skater on the hockey team here and there, but I liked the Olympic dream angle in this story and how Willow was torn between the two worlds. I think many will appreciate Willow's story arc, but Brodie's was one I didn't quite expect. It was rather heartbreaking, and I was surprised with how all his personal drama escalated. I did feel it was a good way to help me understand why the relationships he built were so important. When he lost his mother, his girlfriend could not deal with his grief and left, while his father became more or less absent. He felt abandoned, and it made me more invested in him and Willow. It had me rooting for them to overcome every obstacle put in their path and get their HEA, because Brodie needed someone to not abandon him. Accompanying the romance, hockey, and figure skating was a great big dose of friendship. Many of the friendships enjoyed by both Brodie and Willow were showcased throughout the story and were very important parts of their lives. These people served as their sounding boards and support system, and let me tell you, both Brodie and Willow needed the support. I especially loved the bromance between Brodie and Preach, and Preach really stepped up in a big way when Brodie needed him. I am often let down by the endings of books, but Blount and Rush did a spectacular job tying up all those loose ends. Those who know me understand how this is of the utmost importance. I love when an author allows me to see a bit into the future. I need that peek to put any concerns or reservations I have about the characters aside. I got that here, and I felt fantastic about what was next for Willow and Brodie. Overall: This was the right book at the right time for me. It was a celebration of love and friendship, which highlighted the strength and determination needed to reach one's goals and overcome adversity, and left me with a smile from ear to ear. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    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 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 her so she can have more ice time. They begin to fall for each other, but the team has a rule: no fraternization. Dating is off limits. What will Willow do if she’s offered a spot on another skating team? Will she leave Woodhaven and her newfound abilities? Or will she stay and lead the team to state? This book was a typical hockey romance and actually reminded me a lot of a wattpad story I read once. The writing was very good too! I loved the alternating POVs between Willow and Brodie. The two authors did a great job of interweaving their writing, too. Sometimes that can be the most difficult aspect of writing a book together. I forgot most of the book that this was written by two people. Definitely a quick read if you need something light and fluffy to get through. I’ll likely read again

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    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 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 Entangled Teen Publishing. Thank you for an ARC. *This is not a full review because I did not read the full book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zeanna

    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 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 other girls” and the love interest seemed very basic, like I’d read 15 versions of him before. I had too many negative thoughts about the book to keep reading it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    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 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 Brodie's heads and getting to know them that way. While this was, for the most part, a fun, light-hearted read, both Willow and Brodie were dealing with some things that added a little more depth to the story. The story really amped up towards the end, with some of what happened taking me by surprise. Without going into detail, I do wish additional time had been spent on Brodie's past, particularly getting to know more about his parents. Sweet, fun, and a little bit heart-tugging, In the Penalty Box was a wonderful story of love, family, and friendships.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    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.*

  15. 4 out of 5

    yahaira ✰

    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 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 and the rest was history! it was very interesting to see how fast (almost) everyone adapted to having a girl on the team. brodie has my whole heart. i truly felt for him. i adored the relationship between brody and his little brother, caleb. what i liked most about this book was the time skips. it didn't waste any time on unnecessary things and got straight to the point while still making focusing on the hockey aspect. i believe the romance was very well made and i just love willow and brody so much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    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 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 immediate sparks between her and the sexy captain, but dating him would cause tensions for the team, especially when not all team members are happy to have a girl and a figure skater to boot as a goalie. Brodie is laser-focused on winning championships and getting on a college hockey team, and dating Willow would be an unnecessary distraction. Not to mention that Willow is only playing hockey temporarily until she can return to figure skating and her dream of getting on the Olympic team. Will they be able to deny their attraction when they spend so much time together training and getting to know each other? I haven't read many NA romances lately and In the Penalty Box was such a treat! I loved Willow and Brodie and their sweet love story. I highly recommend this book to YA/NA readers and sports romance fans! *Free copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Noreen Machelle

    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! 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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    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 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 works to get stronger and get back to skating, she also begins to grapple with her dreams possibly shifting. Brodie had to take care of his little brother while his dad deteriorated around them, as well as play hockey to get a scholarship. I felt so bad for Brodie when all the drama with his dad was happening. Willow and Brodie had some really great chemistry. Right from the beginning there’s something between them, but I really liked that it was lust-at-first-sight and no heavy feelings. As their relationship developed the pacing felt really good. I liked the “secret girlfriend/boyfriend” element that was brought in, and I thought that all the drama that goes with those kinds of relationships made sense for the story and wasn’t crazy. Overall this was a really awesome read and I’d recommend it to fans of YA romance and contemporary reads.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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)[she gave up figure skating for hockey (hide spoiler)] , but I think that might 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)[she gave up figure skating for hockey (hide spoiler)] , but I think that might be my adult, finance-minded self kicking in. I received this eARC for free from Entangled via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

    ***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 ***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 team. An all-boys team. Though he does do some figure skating as well.   We get a little of both world, which was fun.   I also loved the friendships in this book and the team spirit, well for the most part.  I liked both main characters and thought they were easy to relate to. They both have their issues to deal with. They dealt with them in their way which not always was the right way.   I like Willow, I loved how she stood her own, in the team even though not everyone was for her being on a boy's hockey team. Some were just plain mean and rude, but she never gave up. That includes her dream to get back to figure skating. She definitely had spunk. But she also had some pretty selfish moments.   Brody, what was not to like, I liked him right from the start and he always knew what he wanted and fought for it. He definitely had a lot on his plate to deal with.  Almost a little too much, so just seemed a bit too piled up for dramatic effect.   Together I thought they were cute and I liked the training moments and the on the ice and game parts as well.    While it was easy to tell how it would end, I was curious half way through, because at that point it could have gone either way. Of course, with most contemporary some of the stuff was pretty predicable, but I still really enjoyed it.   Overall. I really enjoyed it and hope to see more in the series and this author duo. I’m really hoping we will get a book about Preach, you know maybe a friends to lover/hockey romance 😉   I rate this 4 ★ 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    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 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 therapy. After playing goalie in a pick-up game, she find herself loving hockey, and joins the team. Brodie, determined to play hockey for Boston College, refuses to let himself be distracted by anyone, even Willow. From both the cover and the blurb, this book was about as predictable as it could be. Not that that's a bad thing, it just means that the book just has to bring something else to the board. Sadly, this didn't. It was the usual contemporary romance, with the normal plotline. I liked both Brodie and Willow, but I wasn't head over heels for either of them. Willow got way too good at hockey a bit too fast for me, but I did emphasize with her. As an athlete, I can't imagine what injuring yourself so badly could be like. I was really rooting for her to recover, but I wasn't too happy with where her story ended. I liked Brodie, but I wish he would've gotten a bit more character development. I loved his relationship with his little brother, so I wish we would've seen a bit more of them, but whatever. The plotline about Brodie's dad felt a bit random, and didn't serve any purpose in the book. It wasn't explained as well as it could have been, so I'm not entirely sold on it. It was touching to see the friendship between Preach and Brodie though, so I can't complain too much. As for the relationship that drove this book, it wasn't my favorite, but it was enjoyable. I did get a bit tired of reading about how attractive they were, it was mentioned almost constantly. I also was a bit thrown off by the insta-love, but I enjoyed the romance against my better judgement. Despite this review being mostly complaints, I did enjoy this. It was stereotypical and predictable, but it held my attention. I got dragged into the book, and was really rooting for both Brodie and Willow. If you're a lover of romance and sports, you'd definitely enjoy this! Thanks to Lynn Rush and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aundreya

    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 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 (if the season goes right). But his dream might be taken away with an injured goalie and a second rate replacement... until he meets the gorgeous, blue eyed figure skater who might just be his ticket to gold, if he can convince her... and keep his hands to himself. Oh... did I mention his is HAAAWWWWWWT?!?!?! Now teammates, Brodie and Willow have a deal... to spend every moment they can training her to be goalie and also strengthening her for her skating career. By January, Willow might just be back in Denver with her team. But "no fraternizing between teammates" may be the hardest part of it all. The chemistry between these two were REAL, all consuming and sweet. A great romance for all with its YA writing style. A puck head and an ice princess is just what I needed! From sweaty practices to freezing on the ice I was HOOKED on these two. My favorite part? The team. The games were epic, and watching them grow, cheer each other on, and find success had me smiling till the very end. Read if you like: -the cutting edge meets hockey hotties -young love -big dreamers -young adult genre - girl power! -HEAs Rating: Story- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 romance- friends to lovers steam-"pans slow camera down sweaty abs, and 4 scenes of mouth plundering?... ya that sums it up." song: Oasis by Sam Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    "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 "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 Brodie be able to convince Willow to stand in as goalie and assist her recovery by working out with the boys hockey team? The force is strong with young Padawan, Willow, but she needs the help of Hockey Yoda, Brodie. What's the brute squad of boys going to do...Accept Willow into the family? Or form an anti-Willow Coalition? Sequins and twirls are out. Pucks and sticks are in. The duo must face their fears in order to make their dreams come true. Game on. Hey, yooooou guuuys! (Said in best Sloth voice). For the love of ice! YA readers need this novel! ITPB was so dang cute! GAH! I was swooning so hard. Several scenes left me giddy! Brodie and Willow's nickname of affections...Toe Pick & Puck Head. 🥰 They're just precious. Brodie is one tough hockey 🏒 player! But he's also super sweet, so very loyal, nice, and thoughtful. Willow handles everything with "the grace of a figure skater and the guts of a hockey player." She's a BAWSE. Strong female lead, right here. In the Penalty Box has everything that I'm looking for in a young adult book: pop culture references (Goonies never say die! Star Wars and even The Princess Bride), an adorable meet-cute (albeit a tad painful), witty banter (Willow can dish the sarcasm), family dynamics (Brodie’s home life isn’t as perfect as it appears🥺) and a dreamy love story (grinning through so many chapters). #IsThisAKissingBook- 👍🏼two thumbs up👍🏼. If you enjoy small-town, sports romances In the Penalty Box needs to live on your shelf. For the occasional squeeze hug, of course. Guaranteed to elicit smiles, bookworms! Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount are pure magic! 😘🤌🏼 *Chef's kiss* Perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series. I cannot thank Entangled Teen, Lynn Rush, and Kelly Anne Blount enough for gifting me this sweet book! You're a GEM. All of you. 🎶 Song: High Hopes by Panic! at The Disco 🎶

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    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 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 not without its difficulties, and especially when her feelings for the team captain, and new friend, Brodie, start to complicate things. For Brodie, he’s known as Wind, the captain of the team, and on track to go to Boston College and play professionally, just like his dad, and grandad before him. However, his home life isn’t perfect. His mam was killed by a drunk driver a few years ago, his younger brother has asthma and is ill, and his dad is slowly becoming dependant on alcohol. This was a book I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I enjoyed it. Willow is on track for the Olympics, until an injury caused her to tear her Achilles’ tendon, and her to be dropped from the team. She’s gutted, and needs to recover, and fast, if she has any hope of achieving her goals. Playing in goal for the hockey team was a lark at first, but soon became really important to her. Some of the team members, like Pax and Eric, were misogynistic and angry that she had taken the spot of one of their friends, but for the most part, people really respected and were glad she was playing for them. The only real issue was the no fraternisation rule, as Brodie and Willow are interested in being more than just friends. I really liked Brodie, too, and felt for him after what was happening at home, and the pressure he is under. Okay, some parts were really over the top, and I was rolling my eyes at times, but all in all, I enjoyed the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yara

    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 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 Willow’s interactions with them hockey team and how they came to realize that each other’s misconceptions were wrong (figure skaters vs. hockey players). Brodie is going through some personal family drama, but he’s a great guy, not letting that get in the way of spending valuable time helping Willow with her injury recovery, as well as leading the hockey team to victory, not to mention being a great friend to many and older brother. The synopsis is slightly misleading since Brodie isn’t frigid at all, which seems to be the problem for most of the story... The drama towards the end was a bit *gasp*dramatic :) but considering it’s YA, I was expecting it. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and would definitely read more from this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    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 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 the boys team. With training and lots of practice, Willow becomes a goalie and the two become inseparable. In the process of becoming fast friends, they both deal with the ins and outs of following their dreams and the issues that come with growing up and finding your future. This deals with alcoholism, parental death, and bullying, but also has a lot of light-hearted moments. What impressed me the most about this novel was that the actual plot is completely based around hockey. A lot of the novel took place during competition and I loved that the authors made the sport a focal point. I ended up really enjoying the combination of hockey, figure skating, a girl playing a boys sport, and the seriousness of competition. A realistic and heart-warming story of finding happiness and falling in love.

  27. 5 out of 5

    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 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 used their individual strengths in their own specialty to help bring out the best on eachother. I love how great Brodie was throughout the whole story. He didn’t have any qualms with a girl on a hockey team and saw Willow for her talent instead. He defended her and try to encourage others to see her as a teammate rather than a girl on a team. Willow doesn’t back down against those who doubt her because of her gender. Instead of cowering she wants to let her actions and natural talent speak volumes. The author did an excellent job embodying what pressures and expectations young athletes have to not only excel in their field for others but also the self imposed pressures they place upon themselves. It takes a lot of determination and strength to not only figure skate, but rehabilitate yourself back to your prime after a devastating injury. Not only will Willow persevere through this difficult time, she also decided to take on a new endeavor of playing hockey. It was great to see a character take this opportunity as a way to further strengthen herself in the sport she is trying to get back too. The sexism was beyond irritating. I didn’t appreciate the snide comments that were written immaturely. Pax was an irritating character and though I understand his role in this story, I felt his juvenile behaviors made it hard to read his words. I think because I am an older adult reading this story, I don’t have the patience for his puerile attitude and misogynistic tone. At times the languages used confused me because the dialogue would read like young middle schoolers, but then there would be surprised phrases that felt more proper for their age range. The family drama of this story made my heart hurt for these characters and the pain and struggles they went through on a daily basis This was a real easy read. The chapters are short which I think played well for this book and myself as an adult reader reading a YA story. The author's writing is really well done with this story. It incorporates specific details that make the imagery of the story come to life like the small scar on a hockey player's face to the trajectory of a puck flying into the crowd. This book took me back to my childhood where I wanted to play hockey but obviously I had no skills whatsoever and reminded me why I love and adore my Mighty Ducks and why Connie was one of my fave pyre characters. Willow embodies a lot of her determination , sassy attitude, and her tenacious spirit. Because like Connie, Willow is ““no lady, I’m a Duck” #ducksflytogether… well in this case a Falcon.

  28. 4 out of 5

    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 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 had equal representation. I feel this will connect to a wider range of YA readers making this book more accessible. While largely a sports romance, I liked the fact that the primary and secondary characters all had different home lives, some more complex than others. This provides readers a larger opportunity to connect with characters on a deeper and more meaningful level. While there were so many things this book did well, I did find that at times the dialogue wasn’t always the most believable, especially as someone who works with teenagers on a daily basis. I also wish more time had been devoted to Pax coming around to having Willow on the team. I think it's important for teens to see the growth in the antagonists, and I don’t know that we got that in this story. Overall a great read that I think will appeal to many of my students and I plan to add it to our library collection! Thank you to Entangled Teen for an advanced copy of this book in return for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thuy Taylor

    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 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 dedicated to figure skating but her dreams crushed when she gets injured. But, she has alot of determination to get back into the figure skating world as soon as she can. They also discover she has what it takes to be goalie on their team. Not everyone is happy and welcoming to the idea of a girl being on the team. Fraternizing with your teammates is also off limits. The chemistry and anticipation of the kisses, it gave me all the giddyness feelings. I loved the dual POV, their thoughts and their honesty. YA sports romance lovers, this is right up your alley!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    2.5⭐️ 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 2.5⭐️ 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 really like the other storylines or the majority of the side characters.

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