Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn & 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 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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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Bishop Riley almost dies from an accidental overdose.  In order to save him and the band, his manager and his mom are sending him to Alaska to get his head on straight.  He and his keeper Gary have rented out a resort of cabins on the off season so they will be the only ones there.
Penny Jones and her mom own the cabins that Bishop and Gary are renting.  So she spies him occasionally smoking outside his cabin.  She notices he isn’t happy to be there.  She loves where she lives.  She plays hockey with the boys and goes snowmachining whenever she wants.  What isn’t to love?  She lives with her mom and grandfather.  He grandfather has a bit of dementia and gets confused at times.  So she has him to worry about and her dad’s car to rebuild.  Even though colleges are trying to recruit her, she doesn’t want to go anywhere.
Bishop notices Penny and her boys.  She even asks him to join them on a couple of adventures.  He doesn’t want anyone to know who he really is.  It could devastate his band and his career.  He is worried after he buys a drum kit in town but continues as things are, doing things with Penny and rebuilding the car with Gramps.  When the truth comes out about everything, Bishops has to decide what he wants and what he needs to do to get it.
This book was an intense storyline.  Drug and alcohol use was Bishop’s coping mechanism.  The reality is that it almost ruined what he worked so hard for.  I liked how the author presented Bishop realistically with denying he had a problem.  The fact that addicts constantly do this made things in the story seem authentic. 
Bishop’s stay in Alaska starts out miserable as he expected, then the author presents this larger than life character in Penny.  She is fearless and straightforward.  I like the way he seems stunned to witness her personality.  He doesn’t know what to do with her at the beginning.
The author makes the two of them work well together.  He understands her like no one else seems to.  It’s fun to watch them interact with each other and how they compete.  Penny is an excellent character in the sense that she also knows what she wants and didn’t let anyone try to tell her it was wrong.  Bishop supported her in her decision which was sweet.  Yet his life was a mess and full of lies and secrets.  Her strong female character brought life into a dark subject.  I thought the author did a great job showing how Bishop changed as he got to know Penny.  A wonderful story of self-discovery for Bishop and being true to yourself for Penny.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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