Out of Play

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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 ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781622660100
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Entangled Teen Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 330,803
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Nyrae Dawn co-wrote Dizzy with Jolene Perry, and is also the author of Charade, What a Boy Wants, and Freeing Carter, among others. She lives in California. www.nyraedawn.com

Jolene Perry is also the author of My Heart for Yours, Night Sky, and the Next Door Boys series, among others. She lives in Alaska. www.jolenebperry.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Love

    I love this book its so cute i love it anyway peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    good story

    This isn't your typical New Adult love story, far from it in fact. If you are looking for straight up romance this is the wrong story. However, if you are looking for one heck of a coming of age story all about discovering who you are and holding on to it even when that may mean changing everything about your life as you know it, then this is the story for you.

    This is so much more than about two people finding their way in life. In fact, Penny pretty much has it all figured out. That girl is one tough chick. She knows what she wants out of life and she goes after it. She isn't someone to mess with. The girl has serious skills on the ice. She is a little bit fierce, a whole lot strong, and a little snarky at times. And she has no idea that when Bishop walks into her life that everything she know will change.

    Bishop on the other hand really has nothing figured out. He's grouchy, he's hard to put up with and he has some serious anxiety issues that are starting to affect not only his career but his life as well. Not to mention the little problem he has with popping pills. The boy is a hot mess.

    These two coming together couldn't be more weird and wonderful at the same time and this story has Dawn and Perry written all over it and I loved every minute of it.

    Gramps is just amazing and everyone should have someone like him in there lives. He was everything a good grandparent (and parent) should be and I fell in love with his character.

    This story really is more than meets the eye and it just goes to show that sometimes what we don't know we want, what we don't even know that we need, can be right in front of us. It can be something we never would have imagined. The complete opposite of everything we ever pictured in our life and yet, somehow it is exactly what we needed, when we needed it and that is the real story of Bishop and Penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    PERFECTION!

    I love this book! I love bishop and penny and hockey POV and all the real life expeiriences that teens really go through and how they are all incorporated. Finished this in 3 hours. So obssessed with this book!

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    After a slew of reading Middle Grade books in my Middle Grade Ca

    After a slew of reading Middle Grade books in my Middle Grade Catch Up, I thought taking a breather with some New Adult would do me good. Maybe I’ve been getting spoiled on excellent MG, but I felt sadly underwhelmed by this book. I went back and forth between hating some aspects, meh-ing other parts and really liking others. Which was all kinds of confusing for me.

    Let’s start with some of the things I didn’t care for. I feel like this is happening more and more lately that it’s not any one big glaring error, but more of a small laundry list of little things that irritated or irked me throughout the book. However, my biggest annoyance with this book was that it was sold to me as New Adult when it wasn’t. It seemed up like upper YA trying to jump on the NA bandwagon. Despite how you feel about NA, I expect a certain maturity in my New Adult characters, something a bit past the pettiness that can come with adolescence. I didn’t get that at all. Of course the fact that we had two brand new 18 year olds as the main characters didn’t exactly help that.

    Then there other minor things like both characters were a little whiny and emo at times, or they were a little overly corny and sometimes the behavior was just slightly inconsistent at times. I also had many instances where the plot or characters would go off in a certain direction after being on a good direction and I mentally groaned and went, ‘no, why why why are you doing that, book? Don’t do that, that’s annoying!’ You know what I mean, everyone’s experienced this. All of these things ranged from the hate to meh areas.

    The things I liked. Penny’s deteriorating relationship with her best friend and presumed love interest, Mitch. It was resolved a little easily for my liking, but it called on some personal experiences in my life and the pain in the book felt very true to life. I also felt that Bishop’s addiction was pretty good. Not stellar, but I’ve read characters with addiction problems that were a lot worse.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Out Of Play is a contemporary romance written through the collab

    Out Of Play is a contemporary romance written through the collaboration of two authors Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn, I have never read a book from either author before but have always planned on it at some point as both of their books sound really good.
    Unfortunately this book fell flat for me, I made myself plod through it so I could finish and be able to write a fair review, I'm not sure what it was exactly or that I could pinpoint precisely what gave me lukewarm feelings for it, I don't think it helped that the e-arc copy I received to review from NetGalley had typos, in particular the letter F, most of the time when a word started with F the letter went missing as well as the second and third letter of the word, so you ended up spending a bit of time trying to decipher what the word was which after a while became extremely frustrating, and yes I understand that arcs are sometimes like this but I've never read one when a whole letter from the alphabet upped and disappeared throughout the whole book!
    I also felt like this storyline had been done before, but done better, and with more likeable characters, that's not to say that I disliked all the characters in this book, but to me they seemed few and far between.
    I don't think it helped that after reading the synopsis for this book that I was all hyped up thinking this was going to be amazing, sadly that wasn't the case and I wonder if it would have been a better book having been written by a single author not two.
    I still plan on someday reading some of these authors other books, this just wasn't the one for me regardless I how much I wanted to love it.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    This is my first book by both Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn. I've

    This is my first book by both Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn. I've heard great things about both authors but just hadn't had a chance to read one of their books. I'm so happy I started with this one! I've been reading a lot of contemporaries lately and I love when I find those books that really make their own mark in the book world. The topics discussed in this book are not new to the YA contemporary world and neither are the issues both characters face. However, this story takes place in the Last Frontier (Alaska!) and I felt that was such a refreshing addition that I really enjoyed.


    The story is told from both Penny and Bishop's POV. Bishop is a drummer for a Grammy winning band, who is struggling with an addiction to pills. He denies he has a problem, yet after overdosing one night, his mother and people who care about him decide to step in and take matters into their own hands. Bishop is less than thrilled about being sent to Nowheresville, Alaska. In fact, he is pretty resentful. He is being treated like a child- having to endure walks with his manager's brother Gary, periodic check ins, and time for reflection. Yet, drumming is his passion and he can't imagine not being part of the band. Therefore, he finds themselves renting little cabins in Seldon, Alaska in hopes he will be able to kick his addiction. These cabins are under the ownership of Penny Jones and her family- her mother and grandfather. Penny is the only female hockey player on a men's team and she wouldn't have it any other way. She's definitely tough and easily fits in with the other guys. I loved how her teammates always had her back and watched out for her. However, Penny really only wants the attention of one guy- her best friend and fellow teammate, Mitch. Unfortunately, Mitch doesn't see Penny that way and instead clings to his girlfriend Rebecca, unintentionally throwing their relationship in Penny's face. Penny is an awesome hockey player- who has the potential to play at any college of her choosing- on a women's team. Penny, however, would rather stay in Alaska and play for the men's team. Even when people are trying to convince Penny of what's best for her future, she stands strong and won't let anyone else sway her. I love her resolve most of all in this book. She has known loss in her life, from losing her father at a young age and now is helping to take care of her grandfather who has early onset Alzheimer's. Her mother is always working late nights and shifts, so it's up to Penny to step up and be responsible.


    Penny and Bishop's relationship is pretty slow progressing. While Penny tries to be friendly to the brooding boy next door, Bishop is definitely not making it easy for her. Believe it or not, it takes a crazy old man who accidentally makes steak and strawberry pies, who listens to bad country music, and yet is way too perceptive for his own good to make Bishop start to open his eyes. Hanging out with Gramps and eventually Penny makes Bishop feel at ease. He lets the stress and strain of his old life fade away and he focuses on being the new Bishop- someone who doesn't need pills to thrive and succeed. His journey definitely isn't an easy one and Bishop still stumbles quite a bit along the way. Yet, he wants to be that guy Gramps is proud of, the kind of guy that deserves Penny, and the son his mom deserves. He's far from perfect, but at least now he recognizes when he needs help instead of ignoring it. Penny on the other hand, begins by crushing on her best friend Mitch. However, it's pretty obvious he's very into his girlfriend Becca and vice versa. Once Penny starts spending time with Bishop, she begins to notice the little things about him that she likes- like his smile. He doesn't do it nearly often enough and she starts wondering what she can do to put one on his face. The more time she spends with Bishop, the more she realizes maybe her feelings for Mitch weren't quite what she thought, but really it was just the fear of losing someone else that mattered to her. Yet Bishop is keeping secrets from Penny- secrets that could completely shatter their new found relationship. Bishop has to decide if he's strong enough to step up and be the new Bishop and come clean with her. Sometimes falling in love isn't easy, and you never know if the risk will outweigh the reward.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    When I saw Out of Play on netgalley I knew I had to request it,

    When I saw Out of Play on netgalley I knew I had to request it, and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I got accepted. When I received an email saying I had been accepted to read it I was beyond excited
    The very first chapter is intense, Bishop goes home after a concert and is trying to find peace, quietness, escape from the noise and attention. His chosen form of escape is pills and alcohol, until he wakes up in hospital and discovers he could have died. With the shocking discovery comes the unwanted decision from his manager and his Mum, sending Bishop to Alaska to get himself together, or end up out the band, or dead if he carries on with this path. Bishop is sent to live in Alaska with Gary, who is there to supervise and make sure he doesn't stray from the path chosen for him.
    Penny is hockey player on mans team, she shows all who doubt her who is the boss as she consistently assists in goals. She lives with Mum and Granddad and they own the cabins that Bishop is sent to for recovery.




    I love that although Out of Play is set in Alaska, and Bishop mentions a lot that it is isolated, I didn't feel isolated, the surrounding area they describe sounds magical and it would be a perfect place for me to be isolated. It also helps that Penny is constantly surrounded by her small group of friends, and you find yourself falling into this group and feeling like you are actually there, the times she is alone is still doesn't feel lonely. One other thing that I love is the hockey aspect, I have no balance and no co-ordination, so my dreams of being a fantastic hockey player are obviously just dreams, but I love how Penny has it all, she is the best hockey player in her team, she is the only female in her team and plays against tougher, taller, stronger opponents and comes out fighting. Nothing can stop her following her dreams and I love how she is sure of herself, and her dreams, and is prepared to fight for what she wants. She is true epitome of girl power. 




    After the initial misunderstanding between Penny and Bishop, I loved how he was there to help Penny with her Granddad when she needed it. The ups and downs between this duo are normal for every relationship, and THAT is what makes the story, the realism of their problems, secrets and feelings for each other. It's not rushed, hurried or fake, it's all real, the slow burning friendship that slowly grows and becomes flames of passion, feelings and romance. The sledding that Bishop participates in sounds crazy ass scary, and while I am a snow person and pray for snow constantly, I doubt I would have the guts to do that.
    Although Penny and Bishop do stand out, another character that does is Gramps, he see's behind Bishops disguise and tells him what's what. He is a sweet, old man that pulled on my heartstrings.




    I loved every single page of Out of Play, but with two amazing authors at the helm it's no surprise there. Out of Play was an easy book for me to love, the characters are real and feel like firm friends a few pages in. The setting alone makes you want to stay there forever. I could not put this book down, and if I had a physical copy and not an e-copy I would have finished it in a few hours, rather than having to read it only at home. I was instantly drawn into the pages of this book, I loved the characters, the area it is set, and I am looking forward to seeing what else these authors have to offer, either as a team or alone

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn 5 of 5 Stars Drummer

    Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn
    5 of 5 Stars

    Drummer Bishop Riley suffers from anxiety when in large crowds; not a good predicament for one of the stars from the world hottest rock band.  To ease his tension, Bishop began popping pills to take the edge off.   After overdosing on drugs, he is given an ultimatum by his mom and manager.  Go to Seldon, Alaska and clean up or he out of the band.

    Penny Jones is the only female playing on her high school hockey team.  She has received abundant women’s hockey scholarship offers.  Everyone is pressuring her to leave Alaska to attend one of the numerous schools in the country.  No one seems to understand that she loves Alaska and playing for the men's team.   

    I LOVE this book! Okay, first off, I admit I am a bit biased because my son plays drums and plays hockey so both subject matters are very near and dear in my heart.  That being said, Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn did an excellent job describing how those two activities make the characters feel.

    Perry and Dawn did such an incredible job describing what Bishop and Penny were going through in their heads.  The reader really feels what the characters are experiencing: their pitfalls and growths.  Out of Play is very well-written and believable.  

    I think part of the appeal of the story is that it is written in a two-person point of view so the reader has a lot of insight into Bishop and Penny, feeling their emotions.  I highly recommend Out of Play.  It is a truly wonderful book.

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Just so-so

    ## Just so-so for me. I loved the heroine Penny. I thought she was tremendous. I adored how capable and athletic she was. I did not like that she was in HIGH SCHOOL. And the hero I didn't like at all. The parties, women, pills, and the lying were such a turn-off, that by the time he came around I just couldn't see him as a hero! And whoever chose the books' cover did this book a disservice. The heroine was a tall light blond athletic girl and the hero was a rocker with tats and eyebrow & lip piercings. I won't be reading again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    A great read!!!

    This is probably the best book ive read in a long time. Lately the teen romance books have been so uninteresting and just seem to drag on with not alot of actual romance goiing on! This book got my attention with the unique characters and strong meaningful story line, and oh yeah there was a good amount of romance in it, just enough. Im really happy with this story and how it all turned out. Everyone should read this book!!!!

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

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    I love girl who have snarky attitude and smart words. I adore gi

    I love girl who have snarky attitude and smart words. I adore girls who re-define who they are. This story is exquisite.

    Plot: You have this girl, Penny who plays a tough game both on and off the field of ice hockey. She doesn’t let anyone be soft on her. Then Riley comes along. A smart kid who has geared off the path into hard times. Putting this two together is a smart choice for an excellent read. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading it. The plot flowed well with significant amount of memories that lay down the foundation for love and friendship. It’s easy to get lots in the book and find yourself among a couple who learns to fight for each other and love they never have before.

    Love: Putting these two together has got to be the funniest thing ever. You can’t even imagine how much I snorted, sighed and of course laughed my butt off. Every line of sarcasm that Penny delivers to Riley just amped up the romantic tension between the two. And when they slowly let down their walls down and became friends ….Now that is beautiful.

    Past: If you don’t deal with your broken past it will come back to bite you. In this case, both Penny and Riley deal with past hurt. Both past is what I expected it to be, its how they dealt with it that really ticked me off. I’m glad that even with the past coming back to them, its good to see them work through it together…..eventually.

    Verdict? AWESOME! AMAZING! SUBLIME!

    It’s takes a path created by two authors, to readers who yearn for a romantic yet fulfilling love. Accomplishing drama with cheeky sarcasm enough to make you snort, Out Of Play connects with readers with sentimentality and friendship. A collaborative duo, clever in capturing a great story, Out Of Play is full of WIN!

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    5 Crowd Screaming Stars! Okay, so maybe Bishop wouldn¿t appr

    5 Crowd Screaming Stars!




    Okay, so maybe Bishop wouldn’t appreciate the mention of crowds, especially screaming ones, but Penny sure thrives on that and the ice under her skates. In Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry’s Out of Play we meet Bishop Riley, drummer and youngest member of Burn, and Penny Jones, the only girl hockey player on the all guy’s team at her high school. These two couldn’t be more opposite in all aspects except for one; the need for an adrenaline-inducing rush. But even the way these two seek that out is different.
    Bishop is stranded to Alaska from his home in Los Angeles after he wakes up in the hospital from overdosing on pills. But he doesn’t have a drug problem, he only has anxiety and overwhelming panic just thinking about a large group of people and the pills help take that feeling away. The overdose was a one time thing, not going to happen again. But the look on his mom’s face tells him he hurt her and he needs to fix that, so he agrees to the two month “sentence” in Alaska. If he doesn’t get his act together or make everyone believe he is fine, he won’t be allowed back in the band.
    Penny has spent her whole life in Seldon, Alaska and never wants to leave. She is tough as nails, loves playing hockey, snowmachining, and holding her own in any situation. Nobody except for her best friend, Mitch, knows about the trouble she has at home with her Gramps having slight Dementia, her mom always working to bring in extra money, and her need to keep everyone around her safe. Being her senior year in high school, her team is so close to making it to state championships that she is desperate to win and her mom wants her to make a decision about college (preferably exploring the world and going out of state), but then all of her decisions about life seem insignificant compared to the feelings that stir in her when she meets the guy that is staying in one of the cabins her family rents out. 
    Penny may be “one of the boys”, but her looks definitely say she is all female which Bishop notices right away. And, God, is Bishop sexy as sin and Penny has never been so attracted to a guy before. Especially one that can keep up with her in all aspects of her life, admires that she plays hockey, and likes her smart mouth. As Penny and Bishop grow closer, secrets start to surface, feelings grow stronger, and then there is no stopping the freight train that is their desire and need for each other. That is, until betrayal and revelations slam that train into a brick wall, derailing everything they had. Can these two survive the earth-shattering heartbreak? 
    I was floored with the writing of Nyrae and Jolene. They have each written a character that compliments the other, but they didn’t stop there. I felt a part of the story, of their relationship, of their problems, or their desires, and their hope for the future. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this story is from beginning to end. You’ll just have to read it yourself. 




    (I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Warning you will cry in this book, if for some reason you don't

    Warning you will cry in this book, if for some reason you don't you are heartless. This book had my two favorite things in it, rockstar bad boy and Hockey. Yes I know I am obsessed with Hockey.




    I fell in love with Gary and Troy. Yes you heard me right I know that they are not the main characters in the book, but I think they are amazing. Now onto the main characters.




    Lucky Penny, she is damn determined to prove everyone wrong and to show everyone that she can do whatever the hell she wants. She is after all a badass hockey player from Alaska. She has had a lot of people let her down so of course she tries not to let anyone or anything affect her.




    Bishop Ripe or Riley whatever it is he calls himself is your typical bad boy rocker but with an extremely big heart. I was so mad at him for not just doing what needed to be done in the first place, but then again isn't denial one of the emotions that you go through. I am so glad that he finally found that person that he could trust with all his secrets and boy did he have a lot of them.




    Did I mention that there is a crazy old man that makes pies and dances naked, no well there is and his name is Gramps and he is the backbone for the entire story for me. Without him this would have been just any other read.




    Boy oh boy did these two authors make me cry, I mean like a sobbing mess. So badly I had to tweet them about it. Then I had to let them know that I was okay and that the book was an amazing read. Now is the part where you go buy it and let me know what you think about it. Brandi @ Dirty Girl Book Club

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    I've been excited about Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jo









    I've been excited about Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry since I first saw the book cover, and read the book synopsis.  The story begins in Bishop's point of view were we learn that he is a talented drummer in a famous band called "Burn."  Bishop doesn't do well with crowds, close spaces, and loud noises.  He develops acute anxiety when he hears the crowd of fans chanting his name, and when he's trying to get away from the paparazzi.  His method of coping, or lack thereof is pill popping, and chasing it down with hard liquor.  Unfortunately, he takes too many pills one night and almost aspirates.  He wakes up in horrible condition, and is offered an ultimatum by his band's manager (Don).  His ultimatum is Alaska with Don's brother, Paul, to try and clean up his drug addiction, or he will be forced to leave the band.  Bishop doesn't think that he has a problem, and is angry with Don, but he feels like he doesn't have much of a choice.  Drumming is his passion, and he can't imagine not being a part of the band anymore.








    Then there's Penny.  She is a tough chick who plays on her high school's all male hockey team.  The best part is she's one of the top players, is independent, puts the boys in check, and is well respected by her team mates, as well as her community.  Penny's father died when she was young, so she has been brought up by her single hard working mother, and "Gramps," who is suffering from the beginning of Alzheimer's.  Penny loves to work on her retro Corvette that used to be her father's, spending quality time with Gramps, and having fun with her team mates.  Her best friend is her team mate Mitch.  She has had feelings for Mitch as more than a friend, yet Mitch is going out with Rebecca.  Rebecca is Penny's opposite in many ways, and Penny can't help but feel jealous and aggravated by Becca's constant prescence.








    Paul (who has experience with working with drug addiction) ends up renting a set of mini cabins from Penny's mother for Bishop's stay in Alaska.  Bishop is not allowed to tell anyone who he really is.  He become's Penny's next door neighbor, develops a close friendship with Gramps, and gets to know Penny on an intimate level.  This story was told from Bishop and Penny's alternating point of views.  These two develop a close connection, get to know one another on a deep level, and help each other deal with the current stresses and problems in their lives.








    I really loved Out of Play.  The story was smooth and seamless.  The descriptions were perfect, and gave me great visuals of the story.  Penny and Bishop were well-rounded characters that fascinated me .  I loved the uniqueness of Penny's character.  She was a refreshing change from the more typical female characters that I read about in romance novels.  She was a great role model for what females should strive to be.  I loved her strength, independence, perseverance, loyalty, and compassionate heart.  Not to mention that she was competitive, not only kept up with her teammates, but could kick series butt!  The setting of Alaska was both different than most settings I've read about, and fun!  I loved reading about all of the competitive and extreme outdoor activities!  I could feel the cold Alaska snow on my face, and the adrenaline rush from going sledding down huge hills, and using snow machines.  Out of Play was a book full of adventure, transformation, and self actualization.  I loved the themes, and deep messages contained within its pages!    








    My Rating:








    I give Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry 4.5 heartfelt, Romantic, Adventurous, and Journey Filled Stars!  Ms. Dawn and Ms. Perry have proven to be a dynamic duo when it comes to creating a fabulous, gritty, and emotional story!  I loved this story, and I know Ms. Dawn and Ms. Perry's fans will love it as well!  A word of warning--get your tissues ready because you will cry with this one!  New Adult Readers, add this story to your TBR!








    My Favorite Quote:








    "And I want you.  I slide my lips against his, and his reaction is immediate.  I don't melt into his kiss-I dissolve into it.  Into him.  And as screwed up as everything got, it's pretty perfect right now.  And there's no way in hell I'm going to let that change."  (eARC, pg. 229)




    ~Penny








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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an hon

    This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    When I read this synopsis, I knew I had to have it. See, I played hockey with guys for over 9 years and I’ve been waiting for a story with a girl hockey player. And ahhhh I loved it. I could totally relate to things Penny was going through.

    Penny was a really great heroine. I loved her feisty attitude and her badassery. She’s very self sufficient and very driven. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to step on people’s toes to achieve it. She is gorgeous but doesn’t know it and she’s just really down to earth. She’s so tough but I realllyyyy loved that she was girly at the same time.

    Bishop was also a great character to me. At first, he was totally in denial about his problems but when he met Penny and Gramps, he had his life really put into perspective. He realized he was not as strong as he thought and that he needed some real help. It was interesting to read about someone going through an addiction because I really haven’t before. At times, he didn’t make the best decisions, but he definitely made up for them. And danggggg he was sexy!

    One of my favorite characters of all was Gramps! His story was so sad but I just adored how much he cared for Bishop when Bishop really needed him. Penny’s mother annoyed the mess outta me in the beginning but she redeemed herself at the end. The boys on the team were such a great group and I could feel the camaraderie they had. It was adorable how they worked so great with Penny. It really reminded me of when I played hockey…memories. :)

    This is a dual POV book, with Perry writing Penny and Dawn writing Bishop. I can’t decide whose POV I liked more because they were both amazing. I do wish there was a bit more action other than the last little bit of the book. Other than that, this book was a slam dunk. The romance was cute cute cute. I love books where the rockstar gets together with a normal girl. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite storylines ever. And this was one was just so sweettttt and well excecuted.

    As a hockey lover, I knew I’d love this one and I really did. While it is not a top favorite of mine, it is most definitely worth a read.

    Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: His lips touch mine as he speaks. My heart starts hammering at the thought. “I—” I was going to say I don’t think so, but the way he’s looking at me... I let him take my hands with his and guide me to lying down next to him. Close. Touching. I can’t take in a deep breath with his bare chest against me, but I love it. Love that he does this to me, to my body. Love that he wants to be here. Wants to have this effect on me.¿Our eyes lock in the dim light. “You’re beautiful, Penny.”

    Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    'Out of Play' is a fabulous new book from Nyrae Dawn and Jolene

    'Out of Play' is a fabulous new book from Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry. I love books about rock stars and I love books involving sports (especially female athletes), and this one delivers both. This book definitely fits within the YA category, but I also thought it fit as borderline New Adult. The characters had quite a bit of independence in governing their daily lives, though it takes place at the end of Penny’s senior year of high school. Both characters are trying to figure out what is next, and how to deal with their lives changing.

    Bishop is a broken boy character who could have easily become a stereotype, but instead he was deep and honest and real. He was such a fabulous layered character and I felt like his struggles were so true to life. Penny was an incredibly strong female lead: she takes no prisoners, she’s competitive and athletic. What I liked about Penny is that she was all those things, but it wasn’t all she was. She wanted her own Happily Ever After and wanted to be liked by a boy as more than just friends. I loved the slow moving, but deep, relationship between Penny and Bishop. They fit together so well as friends and more.

    The secondary characters in ‘Out of Play’ were amazing as well. Penny’s hockey teammates were all three-dimensional, as were the people in Bishop’s life, but the character that stands out the most is Gramps. What a fabulous character! He also could have felt like a stock character, the wise old man who who gives advice and cracks jokes, but he came to life as so much more than that. I adored the way he interacted with Penny and Bishop, and you could really see the love he felt for both of them.

    There are so many great things about this book. I loved the Alaskan setting and the hockey. I liked the dialogue about how one person's idea of a fabulous opportunity is not necessarily another's. I liked how Penny championed the idea that staying where you are and being happy at home doesn’t equal giving up.

    ‘Out of Play’ is a very well written book which flows seamlessly between the narratives. Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry have written a great novel, featuring a fabulous pair of characters, and I'd love to read another collaboration from them in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Loved!!!!!!

    This was such an amazing book! Jolene and Nyrae make a great writing team... you cant help but fall in love with Bishop and Penny, Gramps and the whole cast of characters. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster... I didn't expect that.. and it made this book a "can't put it down until I'm done reading it" book. I stayed up all night long after my son went to bed, just so I could read the entire book in one sitting.. I love both authors, and as a team they ROCK!!

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Out of Play by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***


    Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry
    Publisher: Entangled Teen
    Publication Date: August 6, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from the publisher (for the tour)


    Summary (from Goodreads):



    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.



    What I Liked:



    I'm on the blog tour for this book, but I would have requested to read this one early anyway, because I absolutely love Jolene's books, and Nyrae's books! I was so excited to see how this collaboration would turn out - I believe it's their first. Jolene and Nyrae both have a way of creating broken yet beautiful stories, so when you put them together... well, let's just say that this book is DOUBLE the broken/beautiful-ness! 



    Bishop has been taking drugs to help with his problems with crowds and anxiety. He thinks he doesn't have a problem - but he definitely does. He almost dies, and is sent off to quiet Alaska, to recover from his drug problem with the media knowing.



    He and his "babysitter" rent cabins from Penny's mother - which is how Bishop meets Penny/Penny meets Bishop. Penny is a tough girl - she's the only girl on a men's hockey team. She's a high school senior looking to go to a college that she wants, and not what everyone else wants for her. Everyone wants her to go to a university with a top ice hockey women's team, but she wants to stay in Alaska, and play on a men's team.



    Penny basically carries a chip on her shoulder for a lot of the book. This isn't a bad thing, but she walks around with an attitude. She gets mad about her mother never being around. She gets mad about having to leave parties to take care of Gramps. She gets ad because she's had a crush on her teammate and best friend Mitch, but he's dating someone, and he's totally in love with his girlfriend.



    When Bishop and Penny meet, they don't instantly fall in love with each other. Both of them recognize the chemistry between them, but Penny lets her attitude shield herself, and Bishop would rather not deal with her finding out about who he really is. Eventually, Penny starts to hang out with Bishop, because Gramps tell Penny to be nicer to him.



    I love the character of Gramps. I think that despite the onset of his disease, he is very astute and intelligent. He saw right through Bishop from the start, I believe, which is why he wanted Penny to be nicer to Bishop. Gramps likes Bishop, and he lets Bishop help fix Penny's car (which, at first, Penny does NOT appreciate). I was glad when Gramps had such a large role in Bishop's healing/recovery process.



    The romance in this book is very... wonderful. Penny and Bishop slowly learn to trust each other, like each other, need other. Bishop doesn't tell Penny everything, but Penny trusts Bishop to tell her when he's ready. I LOVE that. No one is obligated to tell a virtual stranger EVERYTHING, all at once. That's something that people always expect, in YA lit, that they shouldn't. I liked seeing this level of trust come from Penny, when it finally did.



    The plot of the book is really centered around Penny and her ice hockey tournament. We all know what to expect coming down to the end of the book. Penny's team will make it to the championships... and Bishop will have to go back. For good? Temporarily? Find out when you read it!



    The ending is great! I liked it, but I can't say anything specific about it, without giving anything away. I totally saw it coming, but that's okay. It's a predictable ending, but good nonetheless.



    What I Did Not Like:



    I kept mentioning how Penny has this attitude, right? It's a great display of tough-girl, especially since she's surrounded by hardcore males all day... but sometimes, it rubbed me the wrong way. I have a feeling that Penny and I wouldn't be friends in real life, if she weer real. I'm not a girly girl that freaks out about hair and makeup and clothes, and I'm a die-hard sports fan and athlete... but I'm not as rude and harsh as she is sometimes.



    ***Possible general spoilers coming in the next paragraph***



    I also sort of hate the ending. While I absolutely love it, it's predictable, and there's something specific that I hate about it. You know when the guy bends over backwards to please the girl, and he changes his life for her? Yeah. That. I hate that Penny makes zero effort to be with Bishop, whereas Bishop drops everything for her. And himself, sort of, but for her. She's such a "tough girl", but she lets others conform to what she wants, rather than compromising. I hate people like that.



    ***End possible spoilers***



    Would I Recommend It:



    Despite the things that I disliked, I would totally recommend this book to YA readers! Youths and adults alike will enjoy this refreshing contemporary romance novel. I really enjoyed it, especially the sport aspect of the book, which usually isn't featured in YA books! Especially when it's the girl. Love it!



    Rating:



    4 stars. Definitely worth the read! Two fantastic authors come together and make magic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Bishop Riley knows all too well that being the drummer of a succ

    Bishop Riley knows all too well that being the drummer of a successful rock band isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The pressures are crashing down on him and he has formed a pill habit to cope. After waking up in hospital from a near overdose, Bishop is faced with an intervention. Either be shipped off to Alaska to detox out of the public eye, or be kicked out of the band. Bishop is in denial about having a problem. He just needs a pill occasionally to take the edge off. If he wanted to stop he could. Music is everything to him though, so he agrees to go to the middle of nowhere.

    Due to her talent on the ice, Penny Jones has her choice of scholarships. She loves hockey, but doesn’t want to travel to pursue it. Why can’t everyone around her see that she is perfectly happy attending a local college and staying in Seldon, Alaska? They all insist it’s her fate to move on to bigger and better things though.

    “When was life last simple for you Bishop Riley?”

    You don’t need to be in the big city to make things happen.
    Bishop and Penny both discover that it’s the simple things in life that are the most satisfying. When you concentrate on those, everything else falls into place. Together they learn what is important to them, and it’s not necessarily what they expected.

    This story made my heart feel light and happy. It had the perfect balance of heartfelt emotions and fun, carefree moments. Nyrae and Jolene were able to capture the feelings of young love, heartbreak and angst flawlessly, and the characters complimented each other really well. Such a cute book! 5/5 stars!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I usually don't read many contemporary romance books in the YA g

    I usually don't read many contemporary romance books in the YA group. In the case of Out of Play, I forgot entirely that it was YA while I was reading. The characters are so grown up for their age and they struggle with problems that not many teenagers have to face. They've both had to go through things that made them grow up quickly. The characters and story were so relatable and it all felt so real.
    I really loved the intro of this story. It gave such a great description into the life of Bishop Riley. I was able to immediately get into his head space. You know exactly what he's feeling and why he needs that escape. It was great to have his POV. The back and forth between the two's POV was done so well and it read smoothly. The illustration of both their lifestyles, enabled me to really get to know where they were coming from."This guy is all new, felt all new when I patched up his nose, and he looks…misplaced up here. But more than that. He looks misplaced inside. That's not something so easily fixed."
    Both characters are extremely strong-headed and put up walls that are difficult to knock down. Slowly but surely they helped one another heal and overcome their battles.They live two completely different lifestyles, yet somehow they work so well together.Penny Jones is such a great character. She's a tough girl and admirable heroine.She doesn't let anyone put her down for being one of the guys. Bishop Riley is another excellent character. He's so complex and constantly dealing with his inner demons. 
    This was such a mature story for YA. I was very impressed with it. Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry have written a beautiful story. These two need to team up more often!

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