Today we're excited to spotlight Offsetting Penalties by Ally Matthews, plus author guest post, and giveaway!
Meet Ally Matthews!
Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she's saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She has many stories in her head waiting for the opportunity to escape onto paper.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website ,Facebook , and Twitter , though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.
Meet Offsetting Penalties!
All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.
Top 5 YA Sports Romances
I thought my choice of subject, The Top 5 YA Sports Romances, would be a fun and easy topic to prepare, but I quickly discovered that we are in desperate need of more YA authors to write sports romances. Sports Romances that actually include both sports and romance in them, since many seem to skip one or the other of those rather important qualifications.There are literally tons of NA and adult sports romances that are quite popular, so I don’t understand why there are so few in YA, especially since high school is usually the time in the life of most people when they are most likely to play a sport.
Rest assured that my recent YA debut, Offsetting Penalties, features both a football player and a ballerina, so it meets the rather lax requirements I created for this list. I also need to caution you that I decided to include ballet as a sport for purposes of this post. Agruing about whether ballet is a sport or an art is a subject for another day.
I’ve read all five of the books on my list, and I promise they’re all worthy. In no particular order, they are:
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
This is the story of West Ashby and Maggie Carlton. West’s dad is a former pro football player who is dying of cancer, and Maggie has moved to town to live with her aunt and uncle after her father murdered her mother. So no, this is not a light and fluffy story, but it’s full of emotion, and football is what holds everything together. There are two other books in the series so far, but this is my favorite of the three.
Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross
What I love best about this book is that both of the main characters are athletes. Serious athletes who have promising futures in their chosen sports. Annie Lucas is a high school track star, and Jason Brody is a nineteen-year-old rookie pitcher for the Kanasas City Royals, the team where her father was recently hired as the pitching coach. Since Jason is completely off limits to Annie, of course they end up secretly dating, but when her father finds out, he orders her to end all contact with him.
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
This is another book where both of the main characters are athletes and the balance between football and romance was well done. How can you go wrong with a romance where a girl is the quarterback and captain of the football team? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, because there’s a new boy in town, and he wants to nab the starting quarterback position. I also feel obligated to mention, for those of you who hate them, that this book has a love triangle.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
This is the book that I arbitrarily decided to call a sports romance even though it’s about ballet dancers. Just go with it, please. At the very least, you have to admit that ballet requires tremendous athleticism. This book is set in a prestigious ballet school where three girls are vying to win the leading role. Make no mistake, these girls are talented, dedicated, manipulative, and willing to risk everything to win.
The story does border on the melodramatic at times, but you can consider this book a guilty pleasure read if it helps.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fifteen year old D.J. Schwenk lives in rural Wisconsin, and she’s had to take over the bulk of the chores on her family’s dairy farm since her dad broke his hip and her older brothers both left to attend college by way of football scholarships. When D.J. decides to try out for her high school football team, she becomes the talk of the town, which is a very uncomfortable position for a girl who doesn’t usually talk all that much.
What books would you add to this list? Please tell me there are more sports romances that I’ve somehow missed.
By: Ally Matthews
Release Date: November 6, 2017
One winner will receive an Offsetting Penalties swag pack + $5 Amazon gift card. (International).