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Peek Inside In the Penalty Box

Figure skating was supposed to be Willow’s whole world, but now she’s down but not out. For Brodie, hockey is his whole world. But what’s a guy supposed to do with a figure skater as their new goalie? Only time will tell.

In the Penalty Box

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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.


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.


"A love story that nails every goal with heart to spare." --Kirkus Reviews

"A story of perseverance that will appeal to romance readers and ice sport fanatics." --School Library Journal

"I love this book so much! Brodie and Willow are funny, charming, and totally swoon-worthy!" -Tracy Wolff, New York Times bestselling author of the Crave series

In the Penalty Box will make you want to put on some skates and soar alongside a wonderful icebound OTP.” --Chelsea F., Goodreads

“This was a sweet, romantic read with just a hint of drama to round it all out for me. I enjoyed it very much.” --Shirley Q., Goodreads

A sizzling romance that is sure to check all the boxes right from the start.” --P.L., Goodreads

“A friends to lovers young adult sports romance packed full of action, emotional situations, and lots of lovable supporting characters. Swoony and hard hitting, a YA that reminded me of The Cutting Edge mixed with a little bit of the Mighty Ducks.” --Brook L., NetGalley

“This was a fun, easy read and I really enjoyed it…it had me giggling to myself and smiling silly.” --Kristine C., Goodreads

“LOVED IT! I’m a sucker for sports romances with a strong heroine and this story did not disappoint! Willow and Brodie have chemistry in spades – sparks fly from the get-go. But what kept me turning the pages was the heartwarming story of love, friendship, and the will to persevere. If you love excellent writing with strong, savvy women and sexy guys with heart, then this book is for you.” --Victoria B., NetGalley

I honestly could not put this book down. I read it in two days!!! The dynamic between the main characters and the relationships built. UGH SO GOOD!” --Taylor R., NetGalley

All hail the cute sports romance!!” --Cara D., NetGalley

I was obsessed with this book. It really satisfied my craving for a good teenage love story.” --Vanessa N., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815830
Release Date: Jan 5, 2021
Page Count: 390
Imprint: teen
Genre: sports romance, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, enemies to lovers

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By Brinley October 31, 2020

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 ...more

By Noreen October 18, 2020

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 ...more

By Akshaya November 02, 2020

I really liked this book! It was the perfect sweet romance to curl up and read on a cold day. I have something of a history of reading YA hockey romances, so I was thrilled to find this one on NetGalley.
Willow Covington's dreams of becoming an Olympic figure skater are crushed when she injures her ...more

By Erica (storybookend) November 03, 2020

I think this is the 4th sport romance book I’ve read this year. Who am I? 😂 I don’t really like sports, but apparently I love sport romances.

I do actually like watching figure skating, so reading about a figure skater dancing on the ice was really neat. I loved how the beauty and grace of figure ska ...more

By Konny November 03, 2020

In the Penalty Box by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount, published by Entangled Publishing is a stand-alone, sports romance and I greatly enjoyed reading this beautiful story.
I gingerly started reading this book, because co-written stories sometimes don't do it for me. But I'm happy to say, these two ...more

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Kelly Anne Blount

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Kelly Anne Blount

KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, snuggling her five furry rescues, or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.

Lynn Rush

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Lynn Rush

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 rattle snakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, she can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop over a scorpion. When she’s not running, writing, or reading, she and her Ironman husband are watching movies that fuel her undying love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural.

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