The Penalty Box

The Penalty Box

by Deirdre Martin

Can a jock and a nerd find true love together?Everyone from Didsbury High remembers Katie Fisher as the dumpy brainiac from the poor side of town.Everyone from Didsbury High remembers Paul van Dorn as the school hockey star and heartthrob.But now they're facing off -- and matching up in more ways than one.

Katie's lost the pounds, added some self-confidence, and become a drop-dead gorgeous sociology professor.And since a series of concussions put an end to Paul's pro hockey career, his star has dimmed.

And the battle of wills that ensues just might knock love right out of the game.

  • Series: New York Blades
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.81
  • Pages: 342
  • Publish Date: March 7th 2006 by Berkley Books
  • Isbn10: 0425208907
  • Isbn13: 9780425208908

What People Think about "The Penalty Box"

Katie pondering her screw-up sister Minas naming of her nephew Tuck.

I wish I was joking.) I wanted to love Paul van Dorn. I hated him when he started talking smack to Michael Dante in Fair Play, but I just assumed by the time his book rolled around, wed love him. But thats all we know. We dont know who he is, where he comes from, etc. I wanted to love this book. I want to love Deirdre Martin. Unfortunately, this book fell WAY short of the mark, and I just cant even pretend to recommend it!

There was no real depth to the characters or the romance - it was fun and they had cute moments, but it was also fluff. I would love to read a sports romance where the hero isn't an injured (former) professional sports jock and the heroine doesn't fit the TSTL profile.

Like the other books of Martin's I've read, this one makes good light reading. Paul was introduced in at least one of her other books that I've read. Overall, like I said, it's a cute story and good if you want some light reading, but if you want something deeper, I wouldn't recommend Martin's books.

Podía haber sido un 4 pero el final no me termina de gustar demasiado, no es que termine mal pero me falta algo más en la relación de Paul y Katie.

That's not to say it's impossible to do a good romance-on-the-ice (I thought The Cutting Edge was great), but the main characters have to have something in common. Katie has returned to her hometown after ten years away to help look after her poor nephew, while Paul has ended up running the titular bar after injuries ended his hockey career.

This was my least favourite book in the series so far. Paul is a character from previous books and one I did not like. 1. He was a hockey superstar that had to retire after having too many concussions in a short period of time. The only thing said was that his dad was always pushing him too hard with hockey as he grew up. 4. He spends the entire book trying to hold onto whatever fame he has left now that his hockey career is over. When the secret came out she couldn't stop being embarrassed.

Well, this book didn't get great reviews on GR either, but I actually liked it....better than the last one. It's about Paul, who you got to know a bit in a previous book, and honestly, he seemed like a real prick. Although she made me crazy, I also felt for her....the burden of always feeling like the 'fat girl', the girl that always had to be 'good' and the girl that felt that she had to prove to the 'townies' that she was better than them really plays a toll on her, which in the end effects her ability to tell Paul how she really feels about him. There were tons of laugh out loud moments in this book, and honestly, there was more emotional burden in this one, which kept me reading because I really wanted these to two to get rid of their demons and be together! Here are a few good moments: "Katie?" He looked up at her woozily. "What are you doing here?" "That was my bumper you tried to kiss." Paul chuckled, then grimaced. Katie lifted her head, peering down the length of her body as Paul continued to gaze curiously at the intricate netting of pearly white lines crisscrossing her hips. "From when I was fat." Paul pulled her back toward him, pressing his mouth to the marks and letting his lips linger. They're part of you, so they're beautiful." He kissed her right hip again before spreading the afghan over the two of them and settling back down with Katie nestled in his arms. If you don't want me, I know plenty of women who do." "Like Liz Flaherty?" Katie snapped. "I'm what Katie?" Paul raised a questioning eyebrow. You 'fuck' away all you want." Katie lifted her head, catching her mother's eye.

Well, this book didn't get great reviews on GR either, but I actually liked it....better than the last one. It's about Paul, who you got to know a bit in a previous book, and honestly, he seemed like a real prick. Although she made me crazy, I also felt for her....the burden of always feeling like the 'fat girl', the girl that always had to be 'good' and the girl that felt that she had to prove to the 'townies' that she was better than them really plays a toll on her, which in the end effects her ability to tell Paul how she really feels about him. There were tons of laugh out loud moments in this book, and honestly, there was more emotional burden in this one, which kept me reading because I really wanted these to two to get rid of their demons and be together! Here are a few good moments: "Katie?" He looked up at her woozily. "What are you doing here?" "That was my bumper you tried to kiss." Paul chuckled, then grimaced. Katie lifted her head, peering down the length of her body as Paul continued to gaze curiously at the intricate netting of pearly white lines crisscrossing her hips. "From when I was fat." Paul pulled her back toward him, pressing his mouth to the marks and letting his lips linger. They're part of you, so they're beautiful." He kissed her right hip again before spreading the afghan over the two of them and settling back down with Katie nestled in his arms. If you don't want me, I know plenty of women who do." "Like Liz Flaherty?" Katie snapped. "I'm what Katie?" Paul raised a questioning eyebrow. You 'fuck' away all you want." Katie lifted her head, catching her mother's eye.

New York Times Bestselling Author Deirdre Martin was six when she wrote her first "book,a Peanuts parody. Over the course of her twelve year freelance career, her work appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Seventeen, YM, McCall's, Fitness, New Woman, Bride's, Bridal Guide, Inside Sports, Woman's World, Modern Maturity, Islands, Newsday, and the New York Times. 2008 also saw the publication of JUST A TASTE, which made The New York Times Bestseller List. But the New York Blades keep calling her back: her next book, ICEBREAKER, will be published in 2011.