The Penalty Box (Vancouver Wolves Hockey, #3)
He's a professional hockey player that lives on the edge. I prefer to play life by the rules. I’m the personal assistant at a sports agency that no one notices. Unless they need coffee.I don’t like sports and I like professional athletes even less. I’m indifferent to the mostly male clientele, except for one.Mica “the savage” Petrov. When it comes to wild antics, Mica is the biggest offender of them all. He’s reckless, wild and carelessly charming. I’m mortified that I find him attractive. But it doesn’t matter because the guy hasn’t taken a second look at me.Not once. In two years. Mica's career jeopardizing situation requires drastic measures to be taken to keep him in the game. He’s got money, I’ve got debt and my boss has a crazy idea.Which is how I found myself stepping up to save him from himself.But at what cost? How long can I keep fighting my attraction?What ghosts from his past is he brawling with?All I know is that I need to defend my heart before this big defenseman steals it away. Can we win this game? Or is it too late for either of us?

The Penalty Box (Vancouver Wolves Hockey, #3) Details

TitleThe Penalty Box (Vancouver Wolves Hockey, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2019
PublisherOdette Stone Publishing Inc.
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

The Penalty Box (Vancouver Wolves Hockey, #3) Review

  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    It felt too real, too intense, to be anything but.The Penalty Box is a slow burn marriage of inconvenience (lol) read. Mica and Charlie are reluctant to get fake married to save Mica’s career on the ice, but once they come together they can’t resist the natural attraction they have toward each other. It’s a slow burn, but once they start burning it is HOTTT. I enjoyed this story, because they truly do fall in love during the story. The attraction is quick, but the feelings take some time. There It felt too real, too intense, to be anything but.The Penalty Box is a slow burn marriage of inconvenience (lol) read. Mica and Charlie are reluctant to get fake married to save Mica’s career on the ice, but once they come together they can’t resist the natural attraction they have toward each other. It’s a slow burn, but once they start burning it is HOTTT. I enjoyed this story, because they truly do fall in love during the story. The attraction is quick, but the feelings take some time. There is a bit of a suspenseful side plot. There’s some angst, but honestly the couple navigates it all well. Such a good read and I can’t wait to see what’s next from this author!!AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!*ARC provided by BookSprout
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  • Jennifer D.
    January 1, 1970
    I have recently developed a thing for hockey romances and this one did not disappoint! It sucked me in from the start and I couldn't put it down. This is the first book by Odette Stone that I have read and I will be back for more.Holy smokes is Mica hot! He needs to get married to a "good girl" in order to save his career with the team he loves. Charlie is his Agent's PA and has had a crush on Mica for two years. Talk about the perfect set up for a great romance. :) They have crazy chemistry tha I have recently developed a thing for hockey romances and this one did not disappoint! It sucked me in from the start and I couldn't put it down. This is the first book by Odette Stone that I have read and I will be back for more.Holy smokes is Mica hot! He needs to get married to a "good girl" in order to save his career with the team he loves. Charlie is his Agent's PA and has had a crush on Mica for two years. Talk about the perfect set up for a great romance. :) They have crazy chemistry that they both try to fight but in the end, it's just too powerful to ignore. This book has it all - fake marriage that turns real, sexy chemistry, suspense, heartbreak and happily ever after. An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Jenny B
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book and need more. I am not usually a fan of the fake marriage story line but this one caught me hook, line and sinker. Mica is a yummy alpha Russian hockey player who has to marry Charlie to keep his hockey contract and clean up his image. His character is very well written and I loved his strength and his background. Charlie is the sports agency assistant who marries him to help clean up his image. The author did an amazing job with this story and the development of th I absolutely loved this book and need more. I am not usually a fan of the fake marriage story line but this one caught me hook, line and sinker. Mica is a yummy alpha Russian hockey player who has to marry Charlie to keep his hockey contract and clean up his image. His character is very well written and I loved his strength and his background. Charlie is the sports agency assistant who marries him to help clean up his image. The author did an amazing job with this story and the development of their relationship as well the little twists and turns built in that kept me on my toes. Highly recommend this author who was a first for me but I will definitely be going back for more reads now.
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  • JudyAnnLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Ryan and Zoey’s story in “Home Game” I was forever hooked on Odette Stone’s books and could not wait to read Mica’s story and this book did not disappoint. Mica is sexy as sin, loyal to a fault and confused as f*ck when he’s forced into a marriage of convenience to save face with his team. Charlie is a headstrong independent woman who has secretly been crushing on Mica. When he needs a wife she agrees to do it even though she knows her heart is at risk. Watching them both fall in l After reading Ryan and Zoey’s story in “Home Game” I was forever hooked on Odette Stone’s books and could not wait to read Mica’s story and this book did not disappoint. Mica is sexy as sin, loyal to a fault and confused as f*ck when he’s forced into a marriage of convenience to save face with his team. Charlie is a headstrong independent woman who has secretly been crushing on Mica. When he needs a wife she agrees to do it even though she knows her heart is at risk. Watching them both fall in love is a bittersweet ride peppered with entertaining characters like Mica’s fashionable chain smoking mother and of course Zoey and Ryan. As a fan of hockey romances this one ranks easily in my top 5. I highly recommend this book.I’d like to thank Odette Stone for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alley Ciz
    January 1, 1970
    OMG Odette totally lit the lamp with this one. I started to fall for Mica back in Home Game but oh my word was he perfect in this. Him and Charlie were just so damn perfect for each other. I laugh, I cry, I sat on the edge of my seat NEEDING to know what happened next. It was so, so, so good. 1-click this today
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  • Gretchen Chasse
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it, this book was amazing! This series started off strong and the book 3 only keeps delivering. I love hockey romances but this is much more, a funny, crazy, steamy read that you won't be able to put down.
  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    Grabs Your Attention From The First Page - Russian Party Guy & Hockey Player Mica Is Forced To Fake Marry Good Girl Charlie!Mica Petrov has a reputation for partying. He also has Russian mob ties. He left Russia at age nineteen, was signed by the Wolves, and seven years later still sports #28 for the Canadian team. He enjoys many women, including his share of puck bunnies, but never had a serious relationship. In fact, he made no bones about the fact that he would never marry and never have Grabs Your Attention From The First Page - Russian Party Guy & Hockey Player Mica Is Forced To Fake Marry Good Girl Charlie!Mica Petrov has a reputation for partying. He also has Russian mob ties. He left Russia at age nineteen, was signed by the Wolves, and seven years later still sports #28 for the Canadian team. He enjoys many women, including his share of puck bunnies, but never had a serious relationship. In fact, he made no bones about the fact that he would never marry and never have children. Charlie works two full time jobs and still cannot make ends meet. She is a PA by day for Krista, who runs a top PR sport agency, and a bartender by night. She is swimming in debt. As PA, she interacts with all sorts of famous athletes, but only one has caught her attention during her two years on the job: the insanely handsome and savage Mica. She is good at her job, though, and manages not to swoon in his presence. Instead, she is rather hostile towards him, which isn't too hard because she doesn't even really like him as a person. When Mica gets caught up in something big, the heat is on and his career is in jeopardy. The only way to save himself is by a wild PR stunt. Krista arranges it so that he keeps his job if he marries her PA - the feisty, 'good girl' Charlie.They just have to be roommates for the year and attend public appearances together. It won't be a real marriage. But things quickly become all too real and very complicated. Admirers, family, friends, work, mafia, and law enforcement all pose problems for Mica and Charlie as they try to tread water in their new marriage and become acquainted with one another. This book has it all: romance, hot alpha, sassy heroine, sports, danger, and suspense. It is very well-written and grabs your attention from the first page. The characters feel real. Charlie is hard-working and honest. Mica is loved by all, and his bad reputation can mostly be attributed to guilt by associstion. Mica suffers from an event in his past; is is rewarding to see him finally work through his issues. Mica and Charlie have great chemistry and the tension between them is electric. They earn their HEA! Don't forget to download the free bonus epilogue.One issue bothered me. It felt like it took much too long for Charlie to understand that Andrew's attentions were inappropriate. She handled it poorly. I was also surprised by Mica's tolerance. Certainly he might have calmly explained that even if Andrew was harmless, the appearance of his presence was cause for conern given their marriage was based on the need for Mica to appear solid and stable. Charlie opened herself up to scrutiny and it was her job to know better. Thus this didn't seem authentic.I would give this book 4.5 stars if possible.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Suspense, Laughter, Hockey Fights, Doggies, Cuddles, Cameos and SwoonsMica Petrov is about to lose his position with the Vancouver Wolves after some off the ice connections put him in a compromising position. Now it’s time to settle down and get more in line with the family values the Wolves owner appreciates. Charlie is in trouble. After being on the hook for an unending debt her brother owes to a really bad guy she finds herself with the opportunity to put herself in a more financial stable si Suspense, Laughter, Hockey Fights, Doggies, Cuddles, Cameos and SwoonsMica Petrov is about to lose his position with the Vancouver Wolves after some off the ice connections put him in a compromising position. Now it’s time to settle down and get more in line with the family values the Wolves owner appreciates. Charlie is in trouble. After being on the hook for an unending debt her brother owes to a really bad guy she finds herself with the opportunity to put herself in a more financial stable situation by helping Mica with his situation. There’s only a few problems - she hates sports - especially hockey, and doesn’t really care for athletes....except the one she may have had a crush on for the last couple of years who she just agreed to help out.The Penalty Box is the third book in the Vancouver Wolves series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I absolutely love this series, so when I was able to read an ARC for The Penalty Box I was beyond excited (there may have been a happy dance involved...don’t worry I didn’t hurt anyone with my dance moves). This story was done perfectly for me. We get my favorite slow-burn with some great tension thrown in (and later one very dirty talking hockey player!). We get acquaintances-to friends-to lovers, where their connection just deepens the further you get into the book in the best way. We get suspense, laughter, hockey fights, doggies, cuddles, cameos and swoons. We get an amazing book period. I’ve recommended this series to several people before and will continue to do so with this book! I loved it! If you’re looking for a book that will make you want to read late into the night to finish it, well, this book is for you. (Also, if you’re looking for a book that will make your significant other give you funny looks because you’re laughing/nodding/tearing up/talking to it - this book is also for you! Whoever said books were not interactive wasn’t reading correctly.)Side note: I know we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover - but I’m in love with that cover. Just saying.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Odette Stone out does herself again with The Penalty Box, book three in her Vancouver Wolves series!As heroes go Mica was deliciously bad. Full of abundant charm it was hard not to initially be taken in by Mica, but what kept his allure going was Ms. Stone's adroit incremental exposure of the man behind the high profile escapades. This character had lots of depth and integrity that never let up allowing those willing to look to see both his value and his potential. Charlie's strength was her cor Odette Stone out does herself again with The Penalty Box, book three in her Vancouver Wolves series!As heroes go Mica was deliciously bad. Full of abundant charm it was hard not to initially be taken in by Mica, but what kept his allure going was Ms. Stone's adroit incremental exposure of the man behind the high profile escapades. This character had lots of depth and integrity that never let up allowing those willing to look to see both his value and his potential. Charlie's strength was her core goodness. Yes she was able to face her obstacles like a boss, even when it seemed like they would never let up, but it was her ability to believably not succumb to defeat and become cynical that made her a really well written heroine. Sometime it takes a while to see the connection between a hero and heroine but that was not the case with Mica and Charlie, their relationship had many layers that went beyond the physical from the start. When this couple had their attraction breakthrough the sexual tension that was set off from that point on was excruciating, exciting and full of powerful feelings that could be felt vicariously.Support characters such as Krista, Ryan, Zoey and Mica's mother punctuated this work with a mix of fun and touching moments. This author used her secondary characters fantastically. Ms. Stone's inclusion of an intriguing subplot gave added appeal.Odette Stone is the kind of writer where you pick up one of her books and disappear into the pages. Engaging, she instinctively knows what her characters need to say and what her audience wants to read. This writer has a natural flow to her work that shows in how effortlessly she appears to relate her stories. Don't miss out on The Penalty Box, it is everything you could ask for in a good story!*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.**This book can be read as a standalone.*
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  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    4-4.5 starsOdette Stone is quickly becoming a new go-to author for me. This book has a lot of my favorite tropes with some sexy Russian sprinkled on top. Charlie is our down-on-her-luck heroine who gets suckered into marrying our hero, Mica, a brooding Russian with a mysterious past. Odette Stone is a fairly new author and I feel like her books just keep getting better. Something I've noticed in this serious is that in book 1 peripheral characters were not included, which for a sports romance is 4-4.5 starsOdette Stone is quickly becoming a new go-to author for me. This book has a lot of my favorite tropes with some sexy Russian sprinkled on top. Charlie is our down-on-her-luck heroine who gets suckered into marrying our hero, Mica, a brooding Russian with a mysterious past. Odette Stone is a fairly new author and I feel like her books just keep getting better. Something I've noticed in this serious is that in book 1 peripheral characters were not included, which for a sports romance is weird especially because we barely interacted with teammates. She got better about that in book 2. In this book it was more of the same, the only teammate mentioned by name/really interacted with is Ryan. One of my favorite things about sports romances is the team camaraderie and getting invested not only in the H/h, but getting to know the teammates and looking forward to the next player's book. And unfortunately Stone is still falling short on that for me. Other things that would've made this a five star read: I would've liked to have seen a bit more resolution with Mica's family history. His mom was an interesting character and then she just kind of disappeared and had no speaking role after that. Would've been cool to try and reconcile father and son. Also, I feel like it would've been cool to explore Charlie's relationship with her last remaining family member: her mysterious (older?younger?) brother. But honestly this is really close to a five star read for me, I'm just really enjoying Stone's writing style and she ticked a lot of boxes with this one.I'm definitely looking forward to Andrusha's spin off book! I love all things Russian mob so I can't wait for that. I'm also excited about the next book in this series, which will be Krista's (Charlie's boss), but I'm not always the biggest fan of older woman/younger man and I'm pretty sure that's what it's gonna be.
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  • Julianne Macneil
    January 1, 1970
    i read this book as part of an arc program. This is the third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series. In this book, Mica is in trouble after a friend from his childhood gets raided during a poker game. The police try to get evidence of criminal activity and Mica is investigated. Mica is in danger of being traded and his agent saves him be saying he is getting married to a wholesome woman, the only problem is Mica is against marriage and he isn't dating anyone. Charlie is the assistant to Mic i read this book as part of an arc program. This is the third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series. In this book, Mica is in trouble after a friend from his childhood gets raided during a poker game. The police try to get evidence of criminal activity and Mica is investigated. Mica is in danger of being traded and his agent saves him be saying he is getting married to a wholesome woman, the only problem is Mica is against marriage and he isn't dating anyone. Charlie is the assistant to Mica's agent and has secretly had a crush on Mica for two years. Charlie is also working two jobs trying to pay her brother's debt to a crime boss. When Charlie is offered money to marry Mica. she agrees hoping to pay off the debt. Mica knows about her brother's debt and he wants to help, but Charlie is unsure he can. Charlie moves in with Mica after her apartment burned down and she makes friends with a neighbor and his dogs. When more threatening things keep happening, Mica wants to protect Charlie and find whoever is behind them. Charlie and Mica are growing closer, but Charlie knows they are only going to married for a year, so she is scared to get too close to Mica because she doesn't want to be hurt. I really loved this book. I loved Mica and thought he cared for Charlie and he was scared. Mica had a lot of things from his past that he had to deal with and heal from and Charlie brought them to the present. I think Charlie and Mica were great together and had amazing chemistry. I love how protective Mica was and i think he really cared for Charlie. Great story.
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  • Jeeves
    January 1, 1970
    Impossible to put down from the very beginning, The Penalty Box is fake relationship romance at its finest. Featuring two leads who seem to be total opposites but who have palpable chemistry, the story follows a pro hockey player, Mica, whose reputation has become so tarnished that he needs to settle down and marry if he wants to remain on the team. Enter Charlie, the forgettable assistant to his agent. The two have known each other for a few years but while Mica doesn’t think about Charlie much Impossible to put down from the very beginning, The Penalty Box is fake relationship romance at its finest. Featuring two leads who seem to be total opposites but who have palpable chemistry, the story follows a pro hockey player, Mica, whose reputation has become so tarnished that he needs to settle down and marry if he wants to remain on the team. Enter Charlie, the forgettable assistant to his agent. The two have known each other for a few years but while Mica doesn’t think about Charlie much, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. She doesn’t like hockey, she doesn’t like his wild behavior and she doesn’t like the string of puck bunnies he’s left in his wake. But they both have their reasons for going along with the plan to get married, and they’re hoping to make the best of a bad situation.This book drew me in from the very start. Both Mica and Charlie are extremely likeable and I found myself rooting for them right away. Mica believes that Charlie dislikes him (a belief she’s intentionally tried to cultivate), and he’s never even considered her as anything other than an assistant - though you wouldn’t know it from the way he acts around her. Mica is a big, loveable and protective teddy bear who has his reasons for avoiding commitment. The journey from semi-strangers to lovers was an engrossing one, and when you add in the suspenseful subplot, there was never a dull moment along the way. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Piper's Romance Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Mica is a hockey god for the Vancouver wolves who’s finally gone too far in his brush with the law and pushed his coach to his limits. He needs to clean up his act fast if he wants any chance of continuing to play hockey for the Wolves. Charlie is a shy, beautiful & hard working assistant to Mica’s PR manager, Krista. Every time Charlie sees Mica, her heart races at the sight of him but she winds up spewing acid & venom his way if only to protect her heart. Like oil and vinegar, these tw Mica is a hockey god for the Vancouver wolves who’s finally gone too far in his brush with the law and pushed his coach to his limits. He needs to clean up his act fast if he wants any chance of continuing to play hockey for the Wolves. Charlie is a shy, beautiful & hard working assistant to Mica’s PR manager, Krista. Every time Charlie sees Mica, her heart races at the sight of him but she winds up spewing acid & venom his way if only to protect her heart. Like oil and vinegar, these two, but put them together and they have the potential to be amazing. To save his hockey career, Krista decides Mica needs to settle down and be fake married for a year. Charlie works tirelessly with Krista to find a suitable spouse for Mica, but in the end they are unable to find a suitable candidate. Desperate times call for desperate measures.Krista tries to convince Charlie and Mica to be fake married for one year. They will have to live together and in public appear as a happy newlywed couple, but at home be mere roommates. Soon after they are married and Charlie moves in, weird things begin to happen. Mica’s protective nature is thrown into overdrive and he suddenly realizes how much he cares for his kind, sexy wife. Multiple people try to drive a wedge into this couple as their relationship blossoms from in name only to screaming your name in the throws of ecstasy. When Mica's worst nightmare comes true, will he be able to conquer the demons of his past & stand his ground with Charlie or will he push her away and destroy all their dreams of true happiness?xoxo, Piper
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    The Penalty Box is Mica and Charlie’s story. Mica is a Russian born NHL star whose off ice antics and association with a childhood friend threatens his career. Charlie, his agent’s assistant, is attracted to Mica but treats him with disdain whenever the paths cross to hide her feelings. Mica finds himself in a place where he must settle down and toe the line or he’s no longer going to be a Wolf. His agent insists that a year-long marriage of convenience is the only way to save his career and dec The Penalty Box is Mica and Charlie’s story. Mica is a Russian born NHL star whose off ice antics and association with a childhood friend threatens his career. Charlie, his agent’s assistant, is attracted to Mica but treats him with disdain whenever the paths cross to hide her feelings. Mica finds himself in a place where he must settle down and toe the line or he’s no longer going to be a Wolf. His agent insists that a year-long marriage of convenience is the only way to save his career and decides Charlie is the perfect candidate for the role. Both are reluctant but enter the marriage in spite of their concerns. They begin the relationship as platonic roommates but as they get to know one other, their physical attraction grows until they can’t fight it anymore. As their relationship blossoms into something real, someone from his past tries to use Charlie’s insecurities to break them up and Charlie’s dog-walking friend tries to step in the breach. In the end, they faced their greatest fears, healing one another and were stronger together.I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Mica was definitely the prototypical playboy pro athlete, but he didn’t come across as a total jerk. I loved Charlie and how she knew what wanted and wasn’t going to settle for less. The slow build of their relationship allowed for a lot of character growth. All in all, The Penalty Box was an enjoyable read in a great series. I was provided an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Pink Lilac
    January 1, 1970
    Pucker up peeps because this book is PERFECTION!!!This series is fast becoming one of my favourite hockey romances! Each book treats us to unique, entertaining storylines with strong, fiercely independent heroines and saucy, sexy hockey players that would just melt your heart and leave you wanting more!The Penalty Box sees Russian hockey star Mica Petrov find himself in a difficult spot with both the police and his team. Having been suspended from the ice, his agent Krista concocts a plan to get Pucker up peeps because this book is PERFECTION!!!This series is fast becoming one of my favourite hockey romances! Each book treats us to unique, entertaining storylines with strong, fiercely independent heroines and saucy, sexy hockey players that would just melt your heart and leave you wanting more!The Penalty Box sees Russian hockey star Mica Petrov find himself in a difficult spot with both the police and his team. Having been suspended from the ice, his agent Krista concocts a plan to get Mica back on track and what better way to achieve that than to marry her struggling, sassy assistant Charlie who acts like she doesn't even like him.....Getting Charlie to agree with the plan and showing his team that he is settling down should be enough to secure his position on the ice and boost their chances of winning the Stanley Cup!!The only problem is that Mica has vowed that he would never get married or have a family...but will Mica and Charlie break through each other's walls and turn their marriage of convenience into the real thing? Will they allow themselves to love and be loved and overcome the past or will others stand in their way and sabotage the family they could become?This book is an absolute MUST READ! I loved the story and adored the characters... I am already looking forward to Krista's book and cannot wait to see what's in store for Andrusha!!!I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • akfyrfly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was....okay. I did enjoy the characters, but I get the impression that it could have been so much better if there were more time between book releases. I was a little disappointed when some of the dialogue was similar to another book, though. It’s almost like the author had a scene in her head, and in one book (‘My Fiance’s Brother 2) she wrote it one way, and re-wrote the scene for this book from the male perspective. While the scenery changed, the dialogue was too much the same: Mica This book was....okay. I did enjoy the characters, but I get the impression that it could have been so much better if there were more time between book releases. I was a little disappointed when some of the dialogue was similar to another book, though. It’s almost like the author had a scene in her head, and in one book (‘My Fiance’s Brother 2) she wrote it one way, and re-wrote the scene for this book from the male perspective. While the scenery changed, the dialogue was too much the same: Mica: “You need a reminder about who you are married to.”...”Do you think Andrew wants to fuck you?”...”I think he does. I think he wants to have you for his own.”...”I think you need to be fucked by your husband so you remember who you belong to.” Jackson: “Did you forget who your husband was?”....”I think you need a little reminder.” “You think Mark wanted to bend you over the pool table and take you like this?”... “I think my wife needed a little reminder who she’s married to.”...”Don’t forget again.” Also, there are soooooo many different dramatic storylines, and they’re not all necessary. While I did enjoy the twist at the ending, it could have been so much better had more time been given to the plotting out of this book. This book was great in concept, I just feel like it could have been so much better.
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  • Diane Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Odette Stone scores a hat trick with her third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series, THE PENALTY BOX. In this story, sports agency personal assistant, Charlie Watts, agrees to marrying hockey defenseman, Mica Petrov, to prevent him from being traded, in return for paying off her debts. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult reader.THE PENALTY BOX is a heartfelt and enjoyable read. I loved this story. Mica is a good guy. He basically gets in trouble for hanging Odette Stone scores a hat trick with her third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series, THE PENALTY BOX. In this story, sports agency personal assistant, Charlie Watts, agrees to marrying hockey defenseman, Mica Petrov, to prevent him from being traded, in return for paying off her debts. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult reader.THE PENALTY BOX is a heartfelt and enjoyable read. I loved this story. Mica is a good guy. He basically gets in trouble for hanging out with his childhood friend, Andrusha. Okay, yes, Andrusha is involved with the Russian mob, but Mica is not doing anything illegal. Anyway, in order to prevent him from being traded, they need to convince the team owner that he is in love and settling down. His agent, Krista decides that her PA, Charlie, is the perfect candidate for the job. Charlie, has her own set of issues and can really use the money. Unfortunately, she has had a crush on Mica and is afraid to get her heart broken. Odette Stone did an amazing job with this story. The characters are believable and lovable. I like how Charlie had a crush on Mica, and Mica finally notices her. He is protective of her and looks out for her. Charlie is the perfect partner for Mica. She is trustworthy and understanding. The story is exciting with unexpected outcomes. THE PENALTY BOX is skillfully written and hard to put down. I recommend this book to people who enjoy sports romances and/or crime stories. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Odette Stone and I am already scouring her backlist. I liked the hero and the heroine in this story. Charlie has crushed on handsome hockey player Mica for 2 years and when he needs a fake wife to save his hockey career, she agrees to it. She knows it is only for 1 year. Mica doesn't like or want to get married. His parents were not the greatest example and he doesn't like to fake things. But he wants to play with the Vancouver Wolves and he also feels protective towards This is my first book by Odette Stone and I am already scouring her backlist. I liked the hero and the heroine in this story. Charlie has crushed on handsome hockey player Mica for 2 years and when he needs a fake wife to save his hockey career, she agrees to it. She knows it is only for 1 year. Mica doesn't like or want to get married. His parents were not the greatest example and he doesn't like to fake things. But he wants to play with the Vancouver Wolves and he also feels protective towards Charlie when she needs help, so they get married. What I liked: the honesty and chemistry between the MC's. Their relationship developed naturally. I could connect to both of them. What I wondered about: who Jasper was. He is Charlie's friend without any real background who just flies in and out of the story and who she texts with?What I liked (a bit) less: there was too much drama for the story. I could understand the tragic background for Mica and the whole Russian business which was the catalyst for the marriage. But there were 3 (!) other storylines and sometimes 'less is more'. There was a good epilogue and there was a possibility to download some bonus chapters. Nice!Overall a 4,5* for me, but I pushed it up to 5 because I could not stop reading.*** I received an ARC via Booksprout and this is my honest and voluntary review! ***
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  • Jacky
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. For some reason, it hit all the right romantic places for me. It made me smile.Mica and Charlie were an unlikely pair. He didn't see her as an individual or a romantic interest and she hated the game he played. I think what made this book a little different was that it took Mica some time to realize he was attracted to Charlie (Baby Krista), and he had no idea Charlie was attracted to him. In addition, both he and Charlie had interesting problems they needed to resolve as a re I loved this book. For some reason, it hit all the right romantic places for me. It made me smile.Mica and Charlie were an unlikely pair. He didn't see her as an individual or a romantic interest and she hated the game he played. I think what made this book a little different was that it took Mica some time to realize he was attracted to Charlie (Baby Krista), and he had no idea Charlie was attracted to him. In addition, both he and Charlie had interesting problems they needed to resolve as a result of guilt by association. There was no instalove here.It was quite a ride watching their relationship develop and blossom. I enjoyed Charlie and Mica's conversations. They felt a need to protect one another. The sexual tension between them built up until it exploded. There was also mystery and suspense woven into this romance. That was unexpected. This book was just the right length, not too long, not too short. The pace was steady and the story was engaging. Most of the characters were likable, and the ones that weren't likable, weren't supposed to be. The icing on the cake was the epilogue. I love an epilogue. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Ri
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsOne of my favorite things about this author is her ability to make me be a fan of something that I would never normally be a fan of. In this case, it is hockey. Unless it is baseball I detest sports. Yet, somehow, I have begun to change my tune. Not only do I find myself enjoying the actual story but also the game itself when it is being described. It makes me want to become a real-life fan.This book had it all; one of my favorite tropes (fake marriage), angst, suspense, fantastic chara 4.5 starsOne of my favorite things about this author is her ability to make me be a fan of something that I would never normally be a fan of. In this case, it is hockey. Unless it is baseball I detest sports. Yet, somehow, I have begun to change my tune. Not only do I find myself enjoying the actual story but also the game itself when it is being described. It makes me want to become a real-life fan.This book had it all; one of my favorite tropes (fake marriage), angst, suspense, fantastic characters, great secondary characters, amazing dogs, chemistry galore, and hot steamy times. I enjoyed watching these characters fall in love as their relationship progressed. Even though this is a common thing in fake marriages, this author made it seem fresh and new. I enjoyed Mica's mom immensely and to what lengths Mica went to show Charlie that she was important and that their marriage was real.My only complaint was in understanding more about the bad guy. I didn't understand his intent and also about why he had what he did in the basement. I cannot wait until the next book. I also hope that Mica's friend (even though he is not a Vancouver Wolves player gets a book too. There was just something about him. This series just keeps getting better and better.
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  • Magali
    January 1, 1970
    Romance and mysteriesI loved this very good romance, very well written, sometimes hot and steamy, with a hint of mystery, very good characters and well-crafted intrigues.Mika, a Russian-born hockey player from the Vancouver team, is arrested by the police for his distant connection to a childhood friend who became the leader of a gang. To improve his image, his agent offers him to improve his image by getting married so that the boss of his team lets him play back. The best choice seems to be Ch Romance and mysteriesI loved this very good romance, very well written, sometimes hot and steamy, with a hint of mystery, very good characters and well-crafted intrigues.Mika, a Russian-born hockey player from the Vancouver team, is arrested by the police for his distant connection to a childhood friend who became the leader of a gang. To improve his image, his agent offers him to improve his image by getting married so that the boss of his team lets him play back. The best choice seems to be Charlie, the assistant of his agent. Feeling an attraction to Mika, she avoids him or does not hesitate to argue with him for 2 years and she hates hockey.. However, she herself is in a bad position because of a debt of her brother with a gang, which continues to take money from her while she has already paid for everything. After being assaulted, then unable to live at home, she moved to Mika's home. Their relationship tends, because of their proximity, the entourage, the past of Mika, the attentions of the neighbor, a Mika's ex girlfriend, repeated degradations and threats, police harassment, without always knowing where the blows they received come from.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
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  • Lila Stone
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I love this book. From the time I started it I was lost in another world, one created by Odette and I could not stop until I read the last page. The story was well written, and the storyline was well thought out. There was a lot of emotion. Mica has his own baggage that will break your heart and Charlie has not had an easy life either. While the story will tug at your heart, in places it will make you tear up it is also warm and fun that will have you laughing in other spots. There I have to say I love this book. From the time I started it I was lost in another world, one created by Odette and I could not stop until I read the last page. The story was well written, and the storyline was well thought out. There was a lot of emotion. Mica has his own baggage that will break your heart and Charlie has not had an easy life either. While the story will tug at your heart, in places it will make you tear up it is also warm and fun that will have you laughing in other spots. There is also a subplot in the story that is filled with danger and suspense, but it is well written and adds to the story without taking over the plot or felling unnecessary or contrived. It all comes together in a natural way. In the end, they both get the happy ever after they deserve. This is the 3rd book in this series and it can be read alone but I would recommend reading them all because they are awesome. But reading the 2nd book Home Game does introduce you to Mica and some of the other characters in the story. I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But even if I had not gotten an advanced copy it was on my list of books I was waiting to be released so I would have bought it anyway.
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  • Melena Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up in the evening before bed and couldn't put it down until I finished! Odette Stone's Vancouver Wolves series just keeps getting better and better!Mica and Charlie were both interesting characters, each dealing with a difficult situation. Mica finds himself in trouble when spending time with a friend of his from his childhood in Russia. Charlie is working as hard as she can at two jobs but finds herself saddled with a debt that wasn't hers to begin with. They find themselves I picked this book up in the evening before bed and couldn't put it down until I finished! Odette Stone's Vancouver Wolves series just keeps getting better and better!Mica and Charlie were both interesting characters, each dealing with a difficult situation. Mica finds himself in trouble when spending time with a friend of his from his childhood in Russia. Charlie is working as hard as she can at two jobs but finds herself saddled with a debt that wasn't hers to begin with. They find themselves in a marriage of convenience to try to salvage his career and solve her problems.Mica and Charlie had great chemistry and I liked the evolution of their relationship from work acquaintances to friends to more.The story moves at a good pace and has a suspense element that I thought was well done. It added to the story without taking away from the romance.The Penalty Box can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the other books in the series first as those characters do appear in this book. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and the new spin-off standalone that the author has announced!Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Wannamaker
    January 1, 1970
    Charlie and MicaMica is the party boy of the Wolves hockey team and a great defensemen but He's not so lucky when his friend is investigated for some less then legal activities. Now He's being chased by the cops with a target on his back and his career on the line so why not add a fake wife to the deal....Charlie acquired her brothers debt and has been going broke for it but one contract could change everything all by being with Mica her secret crush for a year....I have loved Odette's books sin Charlie and MicaMica is the party boy of the Wolves hockey team and a great defensemen but He's not so lucky when his friend is investigated for some less then legal activities. Now He's being chased by the cops with a target on his back and his career on the line so why not add a fake wife to the deal....Charlie acquired her brothers debt and has been going broke for it but one contract could change everything all by being with Mica her secret crush for a year....I have loved Odette's books since reading her very first release. They are full of chemistry, sweet and hot moments, challenges and men who make cavemen a good look. The women are tough, independent and ready to make a splash... this hockey series is a great example of her style. The drama and the crazy people that challenged their lives made this book even more a page turner. I cannot wait to read more from Odette. She gave me the arc for this which I read with the promise to voluntarily give my honest opinion- I loved the book- and then read again with it's final release which comes with this review.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This is book three in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series. Each book could be read as a standalone but getting to the know team is so much better. This book is about Mica 'the savage' Petrov, he is the team's defensemen and his wild antics have landed him in warm water and being watched by the cops. The solution, settle him down, find him a wife. Charlie is a personal assistant in a mostly male environment that is mostly only noticed when it is time for a coffee. She doesn't like sports and defin This is book three in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey series. Each book could be read as a standalone but getting to the know team is so much better. This book is about Mica 'the savage' Petrov, he is the team's defensemen and his wild antics have landed him in warm water and being watched by the cops. The solution, settle him down, find him a wife. Charlie is a personal assistant in a mostly male environment that is mostly only noticed when it is time for a coffee. She doesn't like sports and definitely not a fan of the professional athletes either. Job is perfect, no distractions. Well, except for maybe one, possibly the worse one, Mica. She has been crushing on him, secretly of course, for about a year now. However, she has enough going on as she needs to repay her brother's debt and she is struggling. When the solution comes up Charlie figures why not, she could pretend to be Mica's wife. It's a win, win. But well fake doesn't always last, especially when there is chemistry and you get to know one another. Can fake become real for both Charlie and Mica?I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Donna Ferriola
    January 1, 1970
    The Penalty BoxThis is another amazing book in the Vancouver Wolves series with Mica, a defenseman, reluctantly changing his life forever by falling in love with his wife Charlie in an arranged marriage that saved his career and life. He was constantly getting in trouble and his GM and Crista came up with this plan and in the end he had to face the terrible tragedy that he could not talk about and Charlie healed him and made him accept that it was not his fault. There was plenty of suspense and The Penalty BoxThis is another amazing book in the Vancouver Wolves series with Mica, a defenseman, reluctantly changing his life forever by falling in love with his wife Charlie in an arranged marriage that saved his career and life. He was constantly getting in trouble and his GM and Crista came up with this plan and in the end he had to face the terrible tragedy that he could not talk about and Charlie healed him and made him accept that it was not his fault. There was plenty of suspense and romance as a crazy hockey puck bunny and their neighbor conspired to make their lives miserable as these two Mica and Charley were falling in love. With the help of his childhood Russian mofia good friend they could move on with their lives and never have to be worried about their crazy murderer neighbor bothering them again. Mica in the end loved his life and their future child and signed a five year lucrative deal that guaranteed he would be a Wolve. This was a suspenseful and action packed romance as Mica and Charlie got their happily ever after. I cannot wait to read the next book in this fantastic series
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  • JESSAMYN REINHARD
    January 1, 1970
    When I began reading this book I wasn’t quite sure if I would like it. I was never big into sports romances, so I was not sure how well I would follow and keep an interest in the storyline. However, this book transcended beyond what I could have ever imagined. The characters, Mica, Charlie and co.,will touch your heart and continue to grow on you. This novel touched upon romance added with tragedy and loss. It was also a mystery and thriller. You’ll be kept on your feet with ever turn trying to When I began reading this book I wasn’t quite sure if I would like it. I was never big into sports romances, so I was not sure how well I would follow and keep an interest in the storyline. However, this book transcended beyond what I could have ever imagined. The characters, Mica, Charlie and co.,will touch your heart and continue to grow on you. This novel touched upon romance added with tragedy and loss. It was also a mystery and thriller. You’ll be kept on your feet with ever turn trying to figure out who is after our main character, Charlie. Even going through these ups and downs there is plenty of time for some steamy sex! This book will show you that even through the toughest of times and a sad and tragic past that true love and strong friendships can conquer all. For those of you who subscribe to Odette's newsletter, you'll be lucky enough to get a link to an added racy bonus chapter! I can't say enough about how good this book was. So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy it!! Odette Stone really out did herself with this novel. HEA
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  • Aracely
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Review This this the third book in the series which are all standalone but with interlocking characters. If you have read the other two books some of our favorite characters make cameos. When we first meet Charlie she is a headstrong woman trying to find her place in the world while also trying to clean up her brother mess. While working two jobs she is barely keeping afloat and a husband is the last thing she needs. Then her world comes crashing down and Mica comes to the rescue. Enter Mica ARC Review This this the third book in the series which are all standalone but with interlocking characters. If you have read the other two books some of our favorite characters make cameos. When we first meet Charlie she is a headstrong woman trying to find her place in the world while also trying to clean up her brother mess. While working two jobs she is barely keeping afloat and a husband is the last thing she needs. Then her world comes crashing down and Mica comes to the rescue. Enter Mica a hot as sin Russian- Canadian hockey player who always seems to be getting into hot water. Only this time it might be as easy to swim out of it. When his agent suggest that a marriage of convenience could help out both him and Charlie they both reluctantly agrees. While these two figure out how to negative their new norm they might find something as powerful and strong as true love. Filled with sweet and hot moment this is a great read for anyone who loves sport romance with a dash of marriage of convenience with two characters who try hard to fall for each other.
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  • Michele Anson
    January 1, 1970
    This book pulls you in from the first sentence and never lets you go! It is one of those books, that make you laugh, makes you cry, keeps you in suspense until the very end as well as pulling on all your heart strings. It is not just your typical romance book, yes it has romance but it also has a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, I was blow away when the mystery was solved. Mica is the epitome of every book boyfriend that you could ever want, he is pure Alpha and may have ruine This book pulls you in from the first sentence and never lets you go! It is one of those books, that make you laugh, makes you cry, keeps you in suspense until the very end as well as pulling on all your heart strings. It is not just your typical romance book, yes it has romance but it also has a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, I was blow away when the mystery was solved. Mica is the epitome of every book boyfriend that you could ever want, he is pure Alpha and may have ruined me for other book boyfriends! Charlie, won my heart over with her strength and beautiful soul and is everything you would want in a heroine. I highly recommend this book, it is a page turner, you will NOT want to put it down until you have read every single last word. Odette Stone has a way of writing that makes you feel everything that the characters are feeling, it's almost like you are right there in the scene with the characters! Please, PLEASE go read this book, you definitely will not be disappointed!
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  • Diane McConnell
    January 1, 1970
    Equally good romance and romantic suspense!Hockey player Mica Petrov was in trouble of not getting his contract renew after getting in trouble with the cops after playing cards with an old friend. Mica’s agent Krista decided that Mica needed to get married to fix his reputation and have a marriage in name only by paying someone to marry him for a year. Krista’s assistant Charlie Watts volunteered to do it for the money since she was trying to pay off her brother’s debt to some nasty criminals an Equally good romance and romantic suspense!Hockey player Mica Petrov was in trouble of not getting his contract renew after getting in trouble with the cops after playing cards with an old friend. Mica’s agent Krista decided that Mica needed to get married to fix his reputation and have a marriage in name only by paying someone to marry him for a year. Krista’s assistant Charlie Watts volunteered to do it for the money since she was trying to pay off her brother’s debt to some nasty criminals and the money would get her out from under the debt. But when they marry everything changes!The Penalty Box takes a twist from hockey romance to romantic suspense when Mica finds out that someone is bothering Charlie but that part is what makes The Penalty Box a really good story with twists and turns that the reader doesn’t expect. P.S. I can’t wait for High Risk Rookie which has a sneak peek in the back of the book.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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