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New Release Review and Giveaway! OFFSETTING PENALTIES by Ally Matthews

Offsetting Penalties
by Ally Mathews
Publication Date:  November 6, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush



Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.


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Another cute YA romance, this one about two people who know what they want after high school but need a little help (from each other, of course) to get there.

I really liked both Izzy and Garret–the whole blackmail bit started them off on shaky ground, but fortunately they moved on from that pretty quickly. They’re both really good together (not to mention a freaking adorable couple) and each soon comes to respect the other for what they’re capable of and realize that when they use their strengths together they can each help to bring the other even closer to their goals. The ending was especially adorable–even though things get resolved a bit quickly and we don’t find out for sure what they’ll both be doing after high school, there’s definite hope for a future together and we see them both moving toward what it was they individually wanted.

Plus, football players attempting ballet. Just the images in my mind… 🙂

Offsetting Penalties is a sweet standalone from an author I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


About the author:

Ally lives in Texas with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, assorted reptiles, and her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies, and letting dogs in and out of the house. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.


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  1. Cynthia R Cynthia R

    I do love enemies to lovers books, can’t think of the last one I read so I’m way overdue for a good one.

  2. To be fair, the “enemies” portion doesn’t last all that long…it’s a cute story, though 🙂

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