In The Penalty Box by Lynn Rush & Kelly Anne Blount

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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!

In the Penalty Box 
by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount  
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Entangled Teen 


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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When I started In The Penalty Box I was hooked. I think the immediate chemistry between Willow and Brodie and just the general awesomeness of Willow sucked me in.

I really enjoyed Willow. She is hardworking and tough. Even though she hurt her achilles, even though she was taking longer to rehab then she wanted. She kept at it and was absolutely determined to get herself in shape. No matter what it takes. I find people like that amazing because I would consider myself on the lazy side.

Brodie is also a great kind hearted guy. He has some struggles in his personal life but he is a devoted brother and good friend. Sometimes though I felt a little frustrated with him when he was making some of Willow’s things about him. He’s also 17 though and that is what you do at 17. I also liked that there are some things in his life that are not magically fixed. Like it’s something that is a process and is going to have to take beyond the book.

The romance is cute and I did really enjoy the banter and chemistry between characters. Again towards the end I had some frustrations. I’m still not sure how I feel about it but I guess if that’s what the characters wanted that’s what they wanted.

It also addresses discrimination against girls and what people think figure skaters are like. Figure skaters are hard workers, just because they wear sequins and make up doesn’t make them any less so. I was a dancer and I remember when there was a whole football team that would come in for a class to help with their balance. I think you see the same thing here with figure skating and hockey crossover. I really enjoyed that part of it. I also enjoy sports in books even though I rarely watch sports in life. It’s kind of funny.

So this is a great quick read. I’m still conflicted about the end but it doesn’t take away from what the story is at all. 

About the Authors:


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, 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 that fuel her everlasting love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural. The books she reads usually carry the same theme, but this former college athlete loves reading sweet sports romances as well.

She’s madly in love with her Ironman husband of 20+ years who is the inspiration for what true love is. You can find her on social media as @LynnRushWrites and her 
website is: 

Kelly Anne Blount: USA Today Bestselling author and Wattpad Star Kelly Anne Blount has more than seventy-three-thousand followers on social media. Her Wattpad stories have been read more than twenty-million times. She’s contributed to Tap, Wattpad’s new app for chat-style stories, where her work has been “tapped” more than fifty-million times. She is a writer and reviewer for SpoilerTV, which has allowed her to develop an incredible network of film and TV stars.

Two of her Wattpad works, including Captured (seventeen-million reads), have been optioned for film by Komixx Entertainment, and she is regularly invited to present seminars about social media at author events.

Stop by any of Kelly’s social-media platforms (@KellyAnneBlount) and stay tuned to this website for announcements and information about upcoming releases and events.

Kelly Anne Blount is represented by Jennifer Wills ( and Nicole Resciniti ( of The Seymour Agency.



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