Book Review | Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

November 15, 2017
Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Publication Date: November 6th, 2017
Is it a series?: No. A Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Young Adult
Source: I receive an e-ARC copy from Entangled Crush through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Blurb: 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.



My Thoughts


Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a swoon-worthy book also I can say both of the main characters are so cute together and a very light and quick reading. A sweet love between a ballerina and a football player that start off not quick good at first but throughout the story, they start to fond of each other.

The Characters


Izzy/Isabelle - She is a senator's daughter who is rich but a humble person. She might be dressing up like goth style just because she wanted people in school to back from her, I mean she wants people befriended her because of they really want to be her friends not because of who her dad is and she thinks that by dressing up like that she can find a true friends which she did. Many people do not know that she is a ballerina. A sweet ballerina whose is 180 degrees different from who she is when in school. There is only one thing I do not like about her is that she is a bit selfish, other than that, she is a good nice girl.

Garret - Well, as for Garret, a football's team captain. He is not from a well-off family. They struggle to find money to pay bills, foods and everything but they are very close to each other especially his mom and his sister except his dad is an alcoholic and he is not supported his son, Garret further his study into a higher level which saddens him. Anyway, things happened, he's got injured during the play and after gone some healing his coach suggests Garret take ballet dance lesson for his own good especially his flexibility.

So, when the first two met at Izzy's ballet dance class, the two of them does not start off good because Izzy blackmails him. She is so desperate to find a dance partner that she made that decision without thinking much which lead Garret feeling mad at her but luckily it does not last long. Though I didn't feel them start as an enemy at all because they are not really portray their characters as an enemy which I mean, the arguments were not as intense as what should enemy does.

And I find that when something occurs right before the dance, Izzy, she becomes a selfish person when an opportunity for Garret's pop up and he needs to go there for his future sake but somehow Izzy is afraid that dance will not accept her to be part of the company when Garret has to back off but a miracle is always there when you thought you have lost hope.


Overall, it's a nice, sweet story but only and if only, the ending is not too fast it should be more wonderful because you know, I need more details before the ending. Anyway, I'm satisfied and I definitely love the story. A sweet love story between two sports person - A Ballet dancer and a football player.

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