The very first book I wrote was a YA hockey romance. I loved the hero and heroine in that story, but alas, the structure of the book was messed up, and there were way too many chapters that had great, witty dialogue, but they didn’t advance the story. I was more than a little discouraged when I learned enough to realize that book would have to be completely rewritten, so I decided to try something else. I started reading historical romance when I was twelve, so when I came across a contest for a Jane Austen inspired short story contest, I decided to give it a try. Though I didn’t final in the contest, a few bloggers gave my story an honorable mention, so I decided to turn it into a novella. That novella became my first published book.
Six historical romances later, I mentioned to my editor that I really wanted to write a YA romance. We brainstormed together and came up with the idea of a story about football players taking ballet lessons. When I looked online, I found a lot of videos of current and former NFL players who took ballet lessons to improve their game, so I decided we were onto something.
When I sat down to plot out the story, I decided it would be better to make it about one particular football player who had been injured the previous season and was desperate to earn a college football scholarship. His coach suggested he take ballet lessons to improve his game, but when he arrived at the dance studio, a female classmate of his that he didn’t know well saw him and decided to blackmail him because she was equally desperate to try out for a prestigious ballet company and needed a partner to dance with her. That’s how Offsetting Penalties came about, and so excited to have my first YA release!
Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?
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.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.
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What reviewers are saying:
5 Stars I devoured this book in a day! I loved the banter between the two of them. Highly recommend! ~Jaime M., Goodreads Review
5 Stars I found myself sucked into this book and easily could have finished it in one sitting if I didn’t have to go to work. I literally had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. ~Lauren, SERIESous Books
5 Stars I really adored this book! ~Michelle, Goodreads Review
5 Stars A fresh cute story that is about blackmail, football and ballet. ~Carmel, Bookablereads Reviews
5 Stars This is a fun YA that once I started reading I couldn’t put down. I highly recommend it. ~Bette Hansen, Goodreads Review