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The Penalty Box (Berkley Sensation)
by Deirdre Martin | Romance
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 7/27/2007
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by KateKintail): travelling


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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, July 27, 2007

10 out of 10

I'm a hockey nut. So after stumbling upon this series from Deirdre Martin, I quickly fell in love, even though I don't usually enjoy romances of any sort.

This book is the 4th in the series.
The order is: Body Check, Fair Play, Total Rush, The Penalty Box, Chasing Stanley

This is my second favorite in the series, even though there isn't as much hockey as others. I thought the characters in this one were wonderful and realistic, with tension enough (but not annoying). I really liked the dynamics and the look at a post-hockey life. The fact that my name's Kate and I'm a bit of a bookish nerd probably doesn't hurt, either. heehee


Book Description:
In high school, Katie Fisher used to be a dumpy brainiac. Paul van Dorn used to be a hockey heartthrob. But now their lives have changed--and they're facing off in a battle of wills that just might end in love.

From Publishers Weekly:
In this fun, fast rinkside contemporary romance from Martin (Total Rush), down-on-his-luck hockey jock Paul van Dorn and formerly overweight overachiever Katie Fisher answer the age-old question: can you ever live down high school? Reintroduced at their 10-year reunion, Paul is stunned to find the girl he dubbed "Bubble Butt" grown into a sexy sociology professor. Recently forced to retire from the NHL, Paul has returned to their hometown, tiny Didsbury, Conn., where he stews in post-pro blues at his bar, the Penalty Box. Katie, on a yearlong book sabbatical, has moved home with her mother and nephew Tuck, whose own mom is stuck in rehab. Despite Paul's past cruelty, Katie falls for him after he gives a revealing interview for her project on sports and male identity. What begins as an undercover affair blossoms into a life-changing relationship as the pair discover that living in the present beats living in the past. Martin scores with this witty blend of romance and family dynamics. (Mar.)
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From Booklist:
Katie's mother has done the unthinkable: she's responded yes to Katie's high-school-reunion invitation. Thin, beautiful, and a successful academic, Katie is only back in her hometown to complete her new book and help her mother take care of her nephew while Katie's sister is in rehab. Back in school she was teased mercilessly about her weight, and she is surprised at the reunion when most of her former tormentors apologize for their former transgressions. But one nasty encounter induces her to flee, and she runs straight into the subject of many adolescent fantasies: Paul Van Dorn, a professional hockey player for the New York Blades until too many concussions brought an end to his promising career. Katie and Paul secretly become a couple, but they have issues. She believes he is living in the past--a place she does not want to be. Following Body Check (2003) and Total Rush (2005), Martin scores another goal with another witty, emotionally true-to-life, and charming hockey romance. Maria Hatton
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Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, July 27, 2007

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NOTE: This copy was in my permanent collection. I'm registering it here to help resume a bookring that seems to have been lost in the mail :-(

Original: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4953563 


Journal Entry 3 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, July 27, 2007

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The Penalty Box Order:
KateKintail (in US)
L8bloomer (in US)
Ibis3 (in CA)
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Journal Entry 4 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

This book has not been rated.

It''s on its way to L8bloomer now.

DC#: 0305 1720 0001 2595 4536 


Journal Entry 5 by L8bloomer from Winchester, Virginia USA on Monday, August 13, 2007

This book has not been rated.

:-) Hockey Romance ring....yeah!!!! Thanks KateKintail!!! 


Journal Entry 6 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 30, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received in the post today! Hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon. Love the little Stanley Cup bookplates, btw. 


Journal Entry 7 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 15, 2008

7 out of 10

Read this one today. It was pretty fun & a little less conventional than most of the other romance novels I've read (the 'consummation of the relationship' comes pretty early on, but the difficulties continue). I was hoping for a little more hockey and I found the ending to be very quick, almost like the author decided to cut some stuff to make the book fit a given length. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the story, and was only compelled to pick up my editor's pencil a few times which isn't bad. Looking forward to Chasing Stanley. 


Journal Entry 8 by Ibis3 at Fairfax Station, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 02, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (8/2/2008 UTC) at Fairfax Station, Virginia USA

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Sent to KateKintail today. Thanks again for sharing! 


Journal Entry 9 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 23, 2008

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Home again, home again! Thank you, everyone, who participated and kept this book going! 


Journal Entry 10 by wingKateKintailwing at Fairfax Station, Virginia USA on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (2/25/2010 UTC) at Fairfax Station, Virginia USA

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Sending out to the winning bidder of my fandom bookbox. I hope these books are enjoyed. Thank you for helping Haiti! 


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