Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn

Out of Play
by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn
Published:  August 6, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source:  eARC provided by publisher for honest review.  
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 wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska. 

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door. 

Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.

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Picture from Nyrae Dawn's blog
My Thoughts:  Riley Bishop is the hot young drum player in the famous band Burn.  After too much pills and booze land him in the hospital, his mom and manger decide intervention is necessary and Bishop winds up finding himself in the middle of nowhere "Seldon Alaska," being babysat by his manger's brother Gary. Eighteen-year-old Penny Jones is a senior in high school and the only girl on an all-male hockey team.  Penny is also one of the best players on the team and can go head-to-head with any guy out there.  In fact, she has offers from many, many colleges trying to enlist her to play on their women's hockey teams.  Penny and her mom also own the campground that Bishop is renting. Bishop is hot, very hot, has the whole rock star vibe thing going on, though he is trying to disguise it so no one will recognize him.  He's cocky and a little grumpy, with tattoos and a lip ring.  You'd think he was confident and arrogant, but inside, he is really unsure of himself and suffers from anxiety, and Penny, well he thinks she is way out of his element.  Penny is tall, blonde, really pretty, really tough, strong, and confident...at least with pretty much everything except guys.  It's in that area, she feels very unsure of herself.  

When Bishop and Penny meet, they butt heads pretty much, but the spark and chemistry between them is something they can't deny.  I enjoyed watching the romance develop between them.  Bishop begins to learn a lot about himself, his denial, and as his desire to finally do better, but after Penny reveals some things about her past to Bishop, will it be too little to late.  Just when it seems like things are coming together, tragedy strikes and changes everything.  As time passes and they recover, they both have to make choices regarding their futures, deciding what is best for each of them, what it is going to take to get there, what they are willing to give, what they are willing to give up, how much they can forgive, and mostly, if love is enough to bring them together again.  

I totally loved Out of Play.  It is told from from both Penny and Bishop's alternating POV's..  I just totally fell in love with Bishop.  He was funny, he could be a jerk, but I loved getting inside his head and getting to know him, and I just wanted to help him get better.  Penny is great to.  She has a temper and she has issues, but she is really a great girl.  The secondary characters were all fun to get to know to. My favorite was Penny's grandfather, who they affectionately refer to as Gramps.  He was a hoot. The story kept my interest from beginning to end, and though there were some really serious, sad, and painful things dealt with, they were perfectly balanced with humor, romance, and fun things.  I loved the Alaskan setting also.  Overall, Out of Play is a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely would recommend.  

Picture from Nyrae Dawn's blog

This is from the beginning of the book shortly after Bishop arrives in Alaska, when he meets Penny.  It's told from Bishop's POV.  I just love this guy.    

I'm walking around the other side of the house when I see the leggy blonde standing by a kickass Corvette. Deprived as I am, I take a minute to admire them both.  I've seen her come and go a few times.  Not close enough to see her face, but the rest of her is gorgeous.  Her hair is just past her shoulders, stick straight, and I swear it's only a few shades darker than the snow.  She's tall.  Taller than I usually go for, but not too tall to appreciate.  She's curvy in all the right places.  Yeah, definitely something to appreciate..........The Snow Queen pushes off the car, and I try to turn so she doesn't realize I was staring at her, but she catches my eye before I get a chance.  Two thoughts slam into me at once.  First, she's unreal beautiful.  Not plastic in the way the girls I know are.  Big eyes, slim lips, and a nice little smile............

........."Tilt your head back and come inside.  I'll get you cleaned up."  Still no worry.  Like this is no big deal and people break their noses in her garage all the time.  But then she glances back and i think there might be a little concern in her eyes.  Part of me wants to tell her I'm not going anywhere with her, but it's cold and my nose hurts, so I follow her out of the garage, around the front of the house, and through an unpainted metal door.  
     When we walk inside, the only light comes from a small window lighting up the racks of helmets and black duffle bags of who knows what.  Snow gear hangs from a bar on the wall and almost every other surface.  The floors and walls are wooden, and there are about five refrigerators down here.  That's strange as hell.
     Maybe it's where they keep the bodies.
     Fucking Don and his need to get me up here - he'll be sorry when I end up in pieces in someone's freezer in a crazy house in Alaska.  
     I pause when my eye catches the back corner of this big open space.  It looks like there's an old trailer struck inside the house.  A trailer.  Inside the house.  Definitely crazy people.
     She jogs up the open wooden stairs, and once again, I follow.  The stairs stop in the kitchen which is really just half the upstairs with a huge-ass picnic table in the middle of it and windows all along the front.  I can see Gary is still outside, that same grin on his face.  God they talk more than teenage girls.  
     My eyes are still watering, but this is the craziest house I've ever been in.  I blink a few times.  The other half of this floor is full of old couches, an ancient TV, and a few dead animals on the wall.  It's creepy.  I need to get my ass back to California.  

Hop on over to Nyrae Dawn's blog because she is there talking with Bishop Riley.  Then you can visit Jolene Perry's blog where she is talking with Penny.  

Jolene grew up in South-central Alaska. She’s lived in Anchorage, near the Alyeska ski resort, on a cabin on an island on a lake, and then in a boring old house.
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.
Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.
She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.
She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.
Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Many times. Life is good.
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Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. 

She writes for Entangled PublishingGrand Central Publishing and is self-published. 

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  1. Going to buy this one right now!

  2. I love this duo when they get together and write, you always know it will be fantastic! I have this up for review soon too. I really enjoyed it as well.

  3. Wasn't this amazing Ellen! I loved both Bishop & Penny and the setting was awesome.

    A fantastic review! :)

  4. I really enjoyed Out of Play, and love the pictures in this post. This excerpt was a great moment in the book. I'm happy to see that you loved Ouf of Play, Ellen. Great review!

  5. Penny and Bishop sound awesome and I do love the excerpt. Great review.

  6. I gotta say... I'm hooked! I'm not a fan of the cover, I wish it had shown Bishop as the dark brooding type instead. But I have heard amazing things about this book and I'm very curious. And I love the Alaskan setting!

  7. Great Review!!! I really need to squeeze this one into my schedule so I can read is SOON!! :)


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