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Out of Play

Out of Play

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by Jolene Perry

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Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band’s next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.

Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she’d like to keep it that


Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band’s next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.

Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she’d like to keep it that way. But the more Bishop gets under her skin, the more she wants to let him in. And the more Penny lets him see, the more Bishop wants to know this stubborn girl with the killer body and soulful eyes.

The simmering heat between them won’t go away, no matter how hard either of them tries. Their time together in Alaska may be running out—but so is their resolve for not taking a chance on love.

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Out of Play

By Nyrae Dawn, Jolene Perry, Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Kelley Vitollo and Jolene Perry
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-011-7



Bishop! Bishop! Bishop!

The chants from the crowd won't stop rattling around in my head.

Bishop! Bishop! Bishop!

I stumble from the car to the front door, catching my foot on the step and slamming into the side of the house. The world around me blurs. It always does after a show.

Look, it's Bishop Riley from Burn!

Left, right, and left again, I look over my shoulder like the paparazzi are still behind me, their voices mixing with fans that haunt me. What kind of rock star can't handle crowds? It's pathetic. I'm pathetic the way I let the anxiety practically swallow me whole.

Just get inside. I need to get inside, and then it will all go away.

I wave my personal guard back into the car before grasping the handle, desperate for quiet. But as soon as I push the door open, it's like I'm back on stage again, everyone wanting a piece of me. People are everywhere, closing in. No one's supposed to be here. She promised. Maryanne fucking promised there wouldn't be a party tonight.

I shove my way through the people crowded in her living room. The crowd's screams during my drum solo overtake me, wipe away the high I get when my sticks slam down on the drums. No one's staring, but it feels like they're climbing inside my skin, gnawing from the inside out.

I need Maryanne. She said she had a surprise for me, and it sure as hell better not be this party.

Someone hits me on the left, scoots around me on the right. Each touch amplifies the screaming in my head, the vice twisting around my throat. I flex my hands, wishing I had my drumsticks.


I cover my ears, but then I realize it's Maryanne calling my name.

She bounces over to me, a big-ass smile on her face. "Come with me!" She's yelling, but I can still hardly hear her.

My feet tangle again as I go up the stairs and follow Maryanne down the hallway. With each step, the vice around my throat gets tighter, flashes of the show tonight playing in my head.

10,000 people.

Burn! Bishop! Burn!

It mingles with the phone call from my asshole dad. He wants more money, he always does. It's the only way to get him to leave us alone. I squeeze my eyes shut, everything becoming too much.

We slip into one of the rooms ... and it's quiet. Blissfully fucking quiet, the noise of the party muted by the walls. I turn on Maryanne, hating the way my hands shake. "You better have something good."

She holds up a pill bottle and grins.

My mouth goes dry. "What is it?"

"Come and see." Laughing, she backs away. As soon as I step toward her, she tosses the bottle at me. When I get the lid off, I toss the pills in my mouth and grab the beer Maryanne hands me to wash them down. Pills and beer gone in three seconds flat. Gone the way we used to be before I had the money to pay Dad off, when he would find us in whatever new town we moved to so we could escape him. Only the pills make me feel a whole lot better than leaving did.

Maryanne trails her fingers down my stomach. "How many did you take before you got here?"

"A couple. I only had a few with me, though."

"Here." Maryanne hands me her beer, and I down that as well.

It doesn't take long for the edge to start drifting away, for the vice, the voices, the hands grabbing for me to fade.

My cell rings.


I pull out my phone, knowing I'll get hell if I don't answer. People are always checking up on me.

"Where'd you disappear to?" Blake, my band's lead singer, asks. "I thought you were coming over."

The room is spinning. How the hell does a room spin? I fall onto the bed to see if that makes it stop. Nope. My body tingles all over. It's such an incredible feeling. So much better than the hands ripping at my skin during a show or the chanting trapped in my head.


Oh, right. I'm on the phone. "Paparazzi wouldn't stop following me," I say. "I had to ditch them." True. The word sounds funny, so I keep playing it over. True, true, true, true.

"You could have ditched them and still come over. I thought we all decided the band would hang together after the show tonight."

We did? Little bits and pieces try to form in my brain, but struggling to figure them out takes too much concentration. Blake's trying to kill my buzz. I'll be damned if I let that happen. The spinning starts to slow down, and I'm pissed about it. The dizzy was way better than dealing with him. "It's not that big a deal."

My upper teeth brush against something on my bottom lip, and it startles me. But then I realize it's my lip ring, and laughter starts pouring out of me. I don't want to stop. I don't remember the last time I laughed this hard — the last time I let loose with people who weren't in my head.

Burn! Burn! Burn!

It's more than our band's name when they yell it like that. It makes me feel like they're burning me alive. My high starts slipping more ...

I want to grab onto to it. Find something else to take to make sure it doesn't go away for the rest of the night.

"Bishop, you need to take this shit seriously. I can only cover for you so long before — "

Wait. "Cover for me? What the fuck does that meant?"


Mean? What is he talking about? The spinning slows to a stop. He's giving me shit for something all of us do. They're going out tonight. There's no difference if I do it with or without them. And at least I have an excuse. They don't feel like they're going to lose their shit on stage like I do. Not that I'd ever tell any of them that.

"Bishop," Maryanne whines. "You're ignoring me. I don't like to be ignored." She falls onto the bed next to me and runs her fingers down my chest again. My heart picks up. This is what I'm in the mood for. Not Blake's shit.

"Is that Maryanne?" he asks.

Bishop Riley! Burn, Burn, Burn!

My buzz is sizzling away ...

"Gotta go." I hang up the phone and drop it on the bed ... floor, I don't know and don't care. Maryanne's skirt is short — so short. "What'cha want, B.R.? I know you want more."

Do I? Yeah, I do. Just a few minutes ago, I was laughing. It takes the stress away so I can be happy.

I think she bats her eyelashes at me, but I can't tell. Maryanne gets up and walks over to the dresser. A bottle of vodka flies at me, which I almost don't catch. With a slow smile, she pulls out two more pill containers. The stress immediately seeps out of me, just that easily. I deserve to party once in a while. I'm tired of people telling me otherwise. I don't know anyone who doesn't let loose sometimes. Who doesn't need help relaxing after the crazy schedule we keep? The rest of the time, I just maintain. We all have to maintain.

For once, I want to do more than just maintain.

I get up and grab one of the bottles out of her hand, don't bother reading it before trying to twist off the top. It takes me three tries to open the stupid thing, but I finally get it before shaking whatever's left into my mouth.

"B.R. What about me?" Maryanne swats my arm, but I ignore it. I'm so tired of getting shit from everyone. Tired of feeling on edge all the time, like my own heart wants to eat me alive. I just want it all to go away. After fumbling a couple times, I finally manage to open the vodka before I down some, pills and all.

What feels like a second later, my legs go weak. The spins pick up again, but it feels like my head and not the room. Maryanne starts laughing and dancing around. I try to watch her, but a sheet keeps dropping over my eyes.

The room lurches. I fall to the floor. Maryanne's laughing, and I'm fighting to talk, but nothing comes out. Something tries to crawl up my throat. That stupid sheet drops down again, but it doesn't go away this time. Why won't Maryanne take it off? She keeps laughing ... laughing ...

Soon, there's nothing left.

* * *

I try to open my eyes, but it's like they've been sewn shut, giving just enough to partially lift, only to fall closed again. They're puppets on a string, someone pulling the lines so they don't listen to me. The thought makes me want to laugh. When I try, the sound won't come out. My throat burns. My tongue's dry as hell, and I'm heavy, paralyzed or something.

Oh, shit. Am I dead?

My heart starts pounding a really killer drum solo. If my heart's beating, I can't be dead, right?

I try to sit up. It's a no-go, so instead I focus on my eyes, fighting like crazy to pull them open.

"He's coming around," someone whispers. Mom? I think so but can't tell. When I feel a hand against my head, I know it's her. She's done that since I was a kid, and I want nothing more than to lean into it. That has to be good. If I can remember stuff like that, I have to be okay.

Do I want to be okay?

"Bishop?" Mom whispers again. The pain in her voice slices me open. I hate it when she's hurting — hate it more that I'm pretty sure I fucked up big, and I'm the one who made her feel that way.

"Ma?" My voice won't come out right. There's something in my throat. I fight to open my eyes, but they sort of flutter instead. First, I only see fog, but slowly it starts to clear, and she's leaning over me, her brown hair hanging down. She smiles, but a tear slips down her face and lands on my cheek. I'm supposed to protect her, not make her cry.

Yeah, I totally screwed up.

This time, I try to move my arm but realize it's strapped down. Tubes are all over the damn place: on me, hanging from stuff. There's a constant beep that I must have missed before.

Panic sets in, and I try to push up again. To do something, anything. Since my arms aren't happening, I go for my legs. Try to get up.

"Shh. It's okay, honey. Just relax."

I can't stop. I'm freaking the hell out here, and she wants me to relax?

"He's too agitated," a voice I don't recognize says. "We're going to give him something."

Give me something? Yeah, that actually sounds good.

Mom's face starts to blur. The last thing I notice is she's not even trying to smile anymore, and then I welcome the darkness that takes me over again.

* * *

"I'm not going to Alaska." When I feel my heart kick up, I fight to slow it down by squeezing the arms of the chair.

My band's manager, Don, doesn't even attempt to hide his anger the way Mom's trying to hide her sadness.

Don crosses his beefy arms and leans against his desk. "You're going."

I shove out of the chair, and it crashes to the ground behind me. "First of all, I'm an adult. You can't make me do shit. Second, it was an accident. A onetime accident."

I still can't believe it happened. Waking up and finding out I could have choked on my own vomit? I've never been that messed up before. It was a really bad night, and I got a little carried away, that's all.

Pills are a way to unwind. A way to stay calm when I feel like I'm cracking apart.

Mom's shaking hand moves to her mouth, and she gasps. I didn't even say anything, but it's the first time we've even partially put it out there since I woke up in the hospital a week ago. "Ma, I'm sorry. Seriously, you know I didn't mean anything. It was ..." I shrug. "I don't know. Just something to do, or whatever. I was tired after the show and all that press stuff. It helps me relax. It's not like I do it all the time." When Maryanne hooks me up, I can make a whole bottle last over a month. That's nothing compared to some of the people I know. Not that I could tell my mom.

"Bishop ... you could have died." Mom's crying again, wiping tears with her pink-painted nails. I hate myself a little more for making her feel like this. "Do you realize how serious that is?"

Do I realize how serious that is? That's the stupidest question I've ever heard. "Yeah, Ma. I'm the one who woke up with a tube down my throat."

That only makes her cry harder. If possible, I feel even shittier. Mom doesn't deserve this crap, doesn't deserve my screw-ups since she's given up everything so I can be here. Too bad I can't seem to make myself do anything about it.

Don clears his throat. "If you understand how serious it is, you get why you're going to Seldon. Your mom and I have been talking, and we think — "

"Don't talk about me like I'm an idiot. I don't need you two discussing shit behind my back."

When he speaks again, Don's voice is hard. "Do you know how long I've been in this business, Bishop?"

Right now, I couldn't care less.

"Over twenty years. I've seen a lot of talent come and go. I've seen people make it big and people screw it all up." He shakes his head. "I've seen people die."

"I — "

"Shut up and let me finish. I believe last week was an accident, but I don't believe this was a onetime thing. You might think I'm an idiot, but I can tell when someone's high. I've been around the block with musicians both in better and worse shape than you. I also know you're on the edge. If you keep going the way you are now, you'll take a header right off it. It starts out as a way to relax, then you start losing control once in awhile like last week, and before you know it, you don't have any control at all. I've seen it."

"We just want you to take a little break, sweetie," Mom adds. "That's all. Get a clear head and see what you're doing."

Looking at her hurts too much, so I look at Don instead. It's easier to be pissed at him.

"You're lucky you have people who care about you. Not everyone has that. I've been around long enough to know that even though you're making me money now, you get worse and you're going to start costing me money. It's Alaska or rehab. You choose. We can keep Alaska quiet, which honestly is a damn blessing. The press doesn't know what happened last week, and we might be able to keep it that way. They find out and every thing changes. It's not about the band's music anymore. It all turns into 'How's your drummer? Staying clean?' I won't let you screw up my band up like that, Riley."

I hate the way he pulls that last name bullshit. Don looks at me all cocky, like he knows he has me. Music awards are all over the walls of his stupid office, taunting me. Our Grammy from last year.

"And if I refuse?" The look on Mom's face tells me I broke her further. Don's scowl says he's beyond pissed, but what the hell? They're not the ones getting shipped away.

Bishop! Bishop! Bishop!

Focusing, I think of the pills I have back at home. After dealing with this, I deserve one

"You're a natural drummer, kid."

I shake my head, wishing my hands would stay still. He knows it pisses me off when he calls me kid even more than the last name thing.

"You're one of the best I've seen, and you're still a damn teenager. I'd hate to lose you. The guys would hate to lose you, but you're no good to us if we have to worry about you swallowing your own tongue because you're too fucked up to see straight. One night leads to two, to three. You'll keep getting closer to that cliff and I'll be damned before all our hard work goes to waste because you couldn't handle it."

Handle it? How do I handle this? The feeling that everyone at a show is inside me, taking over my insides and jumping on my heart. Pills are the only things that dull the chaos in my head.

Mom reaches over and touches my shoulder. "I only want you okay. I don't care about the band. I care about you. We need to do what's best for you."

If that were true, she wouldn't be listening to Don. "The guys won't go for this. They have my back." We're on top of the world right now. Three number-one singles in the past six months and he wants me to hide out?

He rubs his beard. "You disappeared for a day in Tokyo. You passed out and missed that interview in New York. You missed a band meeting the same day you downed a bunch of pills. They're not going to have your back on this. And they've also been instructed not to talk to you while you're gone. You're stepping away from everything while you're there."

"I —" They're not allowed to talk to me. The guys, my bandmates, know about this. They sold me out. I've talked to every one of them this week and no one said anything about Alaska.

Don cuts me off before I can think of something to say. He sighs, his body going a little limp like he actually cares. "We have nothing going on for the next couple months. The guys are all taking some time off. This is the perfect chance for you to figure out what you want. To back your ass away from the cliff. You have two months to get it together or you're out. That'll give us enough time to pull someone in before the tour."


Excerpted from Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn, Jolene Perry, Heather Howland. Copyright © 2013 Kelley Vitollo and Jolene Perry. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

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.
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.

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Out of Play 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of Play is a book about Bishop, a drummer for a well-known band who has a problem with pills. In order to come clean, he's sent to a cabin in Alaska with his bodyguard. While there he meets the cabin owner's daughter, Penny. Penny is in her last year of high school and is looking to hopefully get a scholarship to play on a boys hockey team. There's something about Penny that helps quiet the noise in his head and makes him realize that maybe he does have a problem with pills. However, nothing is as easy as that. Penny's father was killed by someone who was high on pills and the fact that she has no idea who he is or why he's really renting out their cabins has Bishop regretting his addiction and wanting to change for her. Out of Play sounded like a really interesting story. I was ready to dive in and fall in love with these characters. However, while I enjoyed the story, there was just something holding me back from really enjoying it and I don't know what that was. What I liked: Penny's a female hokey player on an all-boy team. Penny is by far the coolest chick ever and someone that I'd love to be friends with. She's your typical tom-boy. Gramps. That dude was pretty freaking cool. Bishop's struggle with his drug addiction. It's written by two authors. What didn't work for me: The story itself fell flat for me and I don't know why. I didn't find anything original to set it apart from other new adult romances I've read. You knew how everything was going to go down shortly after meeting the characters.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Penny is amazing. She is a high school hockey player - on the boy's team. While that is suitably impressive, she doesn't loose her femininity. She's still a teenage girl looking to her future and wondering what it may hold - school, sports, family......and of course boys. But being on the hockey team has made just another teammate to most of the ones she knows. She's pretty down to eartch and watching her help take care of Gramps really showed how much home and family meant to her. Enter Bishop - rockstar drummer with a drug problem. Here to detox and get his crap together. I think the author handled his drug problem in a really great way. We got to see the denial, the partial recovery, the relapse and the affect it had on him both mentally and physically. Most people would have never guessed he had a problem. But he is a strong person with a great network of support, that now includes a hot hockey player named Penny. But - yes the big but - she doesn't know who he is or why he's really there. It bothers the heck out of me when people hide behind lies and deciet, but I sort of got it this time - him being famous an all. There were some times that things seemed to ramble on a bit and I wondered when the story was going to get moving again. The side characters really helped make this story pop - especially Gramps - he was just amazing. This was a great twist on the more traditional sports romance, and I love the more new adultish themes that weave their way through the young adult romance (college, family, career). Great book! *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing YA/NA (one of those I'm not sure how to define) story set in Alaska. A bad boy rock star who made it huge at a very young age. Although very successful Bishop has always struggled with anxiety over performing in front of a crowd. To get through it he turned to drugs and alcohol until it all became too much and he almost died. Given the ultimatum of clean up your act or your out of the band, Bishop agrees to go to Alaska to get himself together out of the public eye. He's not exactly dedicated to the cause though and sneaks in pills with him. Once there he meets Penny, a hard hitting hockey player who may look like an angel but plays with guys on the ice and doesn't take any of his bull. He also becomes friends with Penny's Gramps, an old guy who may be losing it a bit but still has more wisdom than most. His new relationship with these two slowly make him realize what a waste his life has become. A great read that I would definitely recommend to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I found to be refreshing about this book was the female main character. I mean it's told in dual POV's.... But Penny really stood out to me. She's not really a girly girl. She plays hockey, can smack a puck around, and all the while is devoted to her family. She's a bad-ass in the rink and at the same time a likeable and relatable character. I don't know if it's just me, but I can totally relate to her loyalty when it has to do with family. At the same time, she's a girl with a bright future, scholarship offers, planning for college, etc. The only down side is that it seems that her family is holding her back in a way. Insert Bishop, a superstar drummer forced to spend some time in Alaska to help him get a hold of the substance abuse problem that he's in denial about. The way these two come together when neither one is really looking for something more is awesome. Dawn and Perry really write well together and hopefully readers get a chance to read more from them in the future. There are plenty of steamy moments. Some heartfelt ones as well. If you get a chance please check this out! It's a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its so cute i love it anyway peace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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.
JD1360 More than 1 year ago
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.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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.
Much_Loved_Books More than 1 year ago
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
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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!
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
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!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Lind More than 1 year ago
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 To Read more book reviews, visit A Bookish Escape
tarheelbibliobabe_12 More than 1 year ago
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!
BookLabyrinth More than 1 year ago
'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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
ValleyoftheBookDoll More than 1 year ago
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!
Heather_Anne11 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. And I especially love it when a book is written by two authors, but it seems as if it was written by one. The storyline flowed together so smoothly and held my attention throughout the entire book. Out of Play will make you laugh and even cry a little. I just loved everything about it and how relatable the characters and the story was.  Penny also wasn't your "average" teenage girl. She fit in more with the guys than the girls and I found it refreshing, but I also didn't consider her to be too much of a tom-boy. Bishop also isn't your average badass in a band. He may appear so at first, but as the story goes on, his many layers are revealed.  Another thing I really loved is the dual POVs. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good book with multiple POVs. To me, it just makes a story that much more and reveals so much more about a person and the story in general.  This is definitely a book I would recommend and it didn't take me long to read at all, mostly because I couldn't put it down. When I had to put it down, I couldn't help but think about what could happen next. That's when you know a book is a great one.