Out of Play

Out of Play

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Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn
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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 22mm | 322g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1622660102
  • 9781622660100
  • 698,170

About Jolene Perry

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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3,314 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (857)
4 40% (1,317)
3 27% (903)
2 5% (174)
1 2% (63)

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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.show more
by Michelle Smith
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!show more
by jessica louise
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!show more
by Zandalee
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.show more
by Heather Anne
Riley Bishop is the hot young drum player in the famous band Burn. After too much pills and booze land him in the hospital, his mom and manger decide intervention is necessary and Bishop winds up finding himself in the middle of nowhere "Seldon Alaska," being babysat by his manger's brother Gary. Eighteen-year-old Penny Jones is a senior in high school and the only girl on an all-male hockey team. Penny is also one of the best players on the team and can go head-to-head with any guy out there. In fact, she has offers from many, many colleges trying to enlist her to play on their women's hockey teams. Penny and her mom also own the campground that Bishop is renting. Bishop is hot, very hot, has the whole rock star vibe thing going on, though he is trying to disguise it so no one will recognize him. He's cocky and a little grumpy, with tattoos and a lip ring. You'd think he was confident and arrogant, but inside, he is really unsure of himself and suffers from anxiety, and Penny, well he thinks she is way out of his element. Penny is tall, blonde, really pretty, really tough, strong, and confident...at least with pretty much everything except guys. It's in that area, she feels very unsure of herself. When Bishop and Penny meet, they butt heads pretty much, but the spark and chemistry between them is something they can't deny. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between them. Bishop begins to learn a lot about himself, his denial, and as his desire to finally do better, but after Penny reveals some things about her past to Bishop, will it be too little to late. Just when it seems like things are coming together, tragedy strikes and changes everything. As time passes and they recover, they both have to make choices regarding their futures, deciding what is best for each of them, what it is going to take to get there, what they are willing to give, what they are willing to give up, how much they can forgive, and mostly, if love is enough to bring them together again. I totally loved Out of Play. It is told from from both Penny and Bishop's alternating POV's.. I just totally fell in love with Bishop. He was funny, he could be a jerk, but I loved getting inside his head and getting to know him, and I just wanted to help him get better. Penny is great to. She has a temper and she has issues, but she is really a great girl. The secondary characters were all fun to get to know to. My favorite was Penny's grandfather, who they affectionately refer to as Gramps. He was a hoot. The story kept my interest from beginning to end, and though there were some really serious, sad, and painful things dealt with, they were perfectly balanced with humor, romance, and fun things. I loved the Alaskan setting also. Overall, Out of Play is a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely would recommend.show more
by Ellen Gault
Take 2 incredible authors, put them together and what happens? Magic. I loved this book so much. Rock star and hockey romances are among my favorite stories and this one has both. The characters and story were strong and relatable. I both laughed and teared up. I heard it was a real thing to do BUT I would never want to break my nose around Penny ;) I highly recommend this bookshow more
by Kimi Flores
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