Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Out of Play

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.




Review:
This was my first read by the dynamic duo Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn. Measuring Up introduced me to Dawn's wonderful writing style and I was pleasantly surprised to see it still thriving in Out of Play. Many co-authored books don't have that special spark that solo authored books do, but Out of Play really hit the mark for me. The storyline was refreshing and the characters were real and at times quirky. It was fun to read the back and forth POV shifts between the Bishop and Penny. It also helped play out Bishop's addiction problem and the drama that ensues. I loved Penny because she was such a strong character and I think it's wonderful and important to have strong leading heroines in novels. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more from Dawn and Perry!

Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Vanessa