Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Out of Play
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.

I've tried to steer clear of this whole new adult trend that seems to be taking over, but as a big fan of bad boy meets good girl books I just knew that this was one that I'd really enjoy. I haven't ever read anything by either of these authors before, and the cover doesn't really have any whammy but the idea of a messed up, stoner rock star meets good girl with her own troubles. I was thinking I'd get something on the level of Perfect Chemistry or Pushing the Limits just a little bit more mature. I didn't quite get something on that level, but I did get something that was deep, engaging and I'm glad I picked this book to open me up to the world of New Adult fiction.

I wasn't too keen on Bishop to begin with, mainly because his voice was so real and he was just so brash and obscene but he really grew on me as he started to come to terms with his issues and he started to actually fall for Penny. I loved Penny from the start though, she was kick-ass and tough and actually seemed real. I loved Penny's relationship with the boys on her team, especially her relationship with Mitch which really was something special. I also liked watching her development as she falls for Bishop and opens up to other people a little more.

The ending was sweet and everything played out the way I though it was. There was never anything particularly shocking happening and the whole storyline is pretty generic for the genre, but it was all enjoyable to read with enough emotional moments to keep me invested in the characters.

Book released  6th August 2013 by Entangle Teen
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (NetGalley)

1 comment

  1. It sounds like a good book to read without being neither irked not horribly invested emotionally, I'll probably keep it in mind for when I need a break from other books! Also, glad to hear the female character was kick-ass!


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