January’s Book Love

Seriously…January is over already? When and how did this happen!? I feel like it was just last week we were counting down from 10 to 1! But my calendar doesn’t lie and it is the end of the month so I guess it means it’s time to look at what I read this past month and what book I wanted to give a shout out to. Before I do, last week I added a page with all of 2013 Book Favorites and you should definitely go check it out if you are looking for some new reads or perhaps my 2013 Top Reads that I uploaded last Friday. You may be wondering why those 2 lists are not identical. Sometimes in a month I will read a lot of amazing books and I will have to chose one to give some love to, in some cases books have ended up on both lists and sometimes not. Also, one last admin detail I have changed the name of this series to Book Love as I never or rarely did more than 1 book and the name just irked me so new year new title. And now, enough of the long rambling intro I present you…

17332383Out of Play – Nyrae Dawn & Jolene Perry

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.

Why I Loved: In the past I have always enjoy Nyrae Dawn’s work so I knew going into this that there was a 93% (ever notice if a percentage is not round it seems more plausible?) chance that I would love. Then, when reading the summary over at Goodreads and read we had a female hockey player I was even more intrigued. Add to that she seems content with her life and knows where she wants to go, I got pulled in more.

Penny was a really great character! Her confidence in knowing what she wants and where she wants to be was so refreshing and enjoyable, especially with her loved ones encouraging her to make other choices and assuming the reasons for her choices. This is a female that I wish we saw more of on TV and in books. She did not put up with Bishop’s attitude and called him out. A lot.

I don’t get the lure of drugs but whenever I read a story where one of the characters is an addict it tugs at my heart, as it should. Bishop was a really heartbreaking character, but yet felt real. Sometimes when you read a story with one lead being famous and it is hard to relate, unless you are famous, which I’m not,  but Dawn and Perry managed to write Bishop as very relate-able.

All around I really enjoyed this one!

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