Take a time out in “The Penalty Box” with Deirdre Martin

Thumbs up for The Penalty Box. Deirdre Martin creates another book in the series New York Blades which will touch your heart as a nerd and ex-hockey player will find love.

Katie was always considered heavy and was teased always in school but school is out. As Katie begins to write her novel she comes back home for some research. She ends up going to her reunion and is surprised by the many people who are actually nice and admit they were mean to her expect her nemesis Liz. But that is not all that happened that night because Paul finally noticed her.

Paul, an ex hockey player taken away from the game before it was time. He hated it and settled for coaching but it was not in the league he wanted. Coming back to his home town was not what was expected especially when he finds a much prettier Katie.

The two start dating but it is rocky as he already slept with Liz again and he is the coach for the little league of Katie’s nephew and Liz’s son.

With stories that are about bullying for me they are so much more powerful. It should be discussed because it happens to many. I loved how Martin creates Katie to be stronger but inside she is still hurting.

This story was a roller coaster. There were great highs and the lowest of the lows. I didn’t know how the story would end up but I hoped with a happy ending.

All the characters from bad to good guys were very realistically written and entertaining to read. I loved the story on Tuck, the nephew because it seemed so real.

The Penalty Box will pull at your heart strings and make you believe in second chances.

His Secret Agenda by Beth Andrews

“Dean Garret is about to break the number one rule of undercover work. And it’s all because this new “boss” is as pretty as a professional cheerleader and has a do-gooder’s heart. Who can resist that combination? Still, Dean suspects Allison Martin is hiding something behind her dazzling smile. That something being the runaway mother and son he’s been hired to find.

To get the job done, he needs to gain Allie’s trust. Only, the lawyer-turned-bar-owner isn’t cooperating. But she can’t remain immune to his good ol’ boy charm and sexy drawl forever. Because Dean never fails. And he’ll do anything to solve a case. Even it means he has to break all the rules.”

This book pulled at your heart strings as you learn about what each character has gone through. Dean and Allie are both rememorable and dynamic characters that you want to see good things happen to. It kills you when you read that Dean gets close to Allie and still ends up betraying her but there is always a bright light when love is involved.

His Secret Agenda was a very fast read with a charming plot and dynamic characters. Beth Andrews brings a group of lively characters to the pages in this enjoyable book.