The Penalty Box (Greyford High, #4). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Penalty Box by Anna B. Doe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Liam Ward just got the starter position on the hockey team and he’s determined to have the best year of his life. If only his teammates would stop pointing out how “grown-up” his best friend has become and putting thoughts he most definitely shouldn’t think about in his head.


Evie Clark wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her best friend, but she did. She doesn’t know when or how it happened, only that one day being close to him brought butterflies to her belly and her heart would start racing every time he was near. If only the feeling were mutual.


Just when Evie thinks there might be hope for the two of them, she sees Liam flirting with another girl. To put a stop to her feelings before it’s too late, Evie will do anything, even go out with a football quarterback.


She might have put him in the penalty box, but the moment the timer buzzes, this hockey player is determined to win the game.


The Penalty Box is a complete standalone, sweet YA sports romance novella taking place in the world of Greyford High.

The Penalty Box

Sweet High School Romance!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Greyford High and the surrounding community.

The Hero: Liam – Sophomore in high school. Liam is a Hockey player and is popular. He always makes time for his best friend Evie. He waits for her to walk with him and sit at his table for lunch, he drives her to school each morning. But he never thought of her as anything but his best friend until some of the guys started commenting on how cute she is.

The heroine: Evie – Sophomore in high school, she is a mix of a tomboy and a girly girl. She likes action movies rather than chick flicks, hanging out with her best friend Liam, and watching his hockey games. She also likes wearing short skirts, tight tops and a bit of makeup. Her heart flutters when Liam is near.

The Love Story: Liam and Evie are next door neighbors, their Mom’s are best friends and they have been hanging out together since they could crawl. They are best friends, but Evie starts to feel something for Liam and is afraid it will ruin their lifelong friendship since Liam doesn’t feel the same way.

This was your standard high school romance. There were popular athletic boys, the studious girl who is just coming in to her own and hot senior girls who usually win out in the love department. There are sports events and high school parties as well. Evie is not only worried about losing her best friend because of her feelings for him, she is suffering from doubts and fears that he will be with someone else.

Evie decides to try to put her feelings behind her by going out with the football player that has been asking her out for a while. She had been turning him down because of her feelings for Liam, but she changes her tune after seeing Liam flirting with a popular senior girl. I like the situations and the feelings and the fact that Liam is so kind to Evie. It was a good short read, though I tend to like steamier fare.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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