Blog Tour – Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews – {Review}

Posted November 10, 2017 in blog tour, Review / 0 Comments


Congrats to Ally Mathews on your new release, Offsetting Penalties!  (Released November 6, 2017). 

Today, we are excited to be part of the Offsetting Penalties Blog Tour, hosted by Chapter by Chapter, and to share our review of this fun and entertaining young adult novel about a footballer and a ballerina with you all.  Enjoy! 

Also, be sure to check out a special guest post by author Ally Mathews who answers some Q&A here

Blog Tour  –  Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews  –  {Review}Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews
on November 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback

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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.


Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a contemporary novel about opposites attracting. A ballerina in need of a partner and a footballer not wanting to be ousted taking ballet find themselves in a tenuous partnership as they try to reach their goals: one earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana Company and the other a college football scholarship.

Isabelle Oster has always wanted to be a prima ballerina. The fall production at her ballet studio is her chance to audition for Ballet Americana especially if she can show her partner work. However, when the male dancer in her ballet studio’s fall production is unable to dance with her Isabelle needs a partner and quick. Completely at a loss and grasping for ideas when she spies Garret Mitchell, high-school tight-end, taking private ballet lessons the idea of him being her partner is too tempting to pass up and she’s even desperate to resort to a little blackmail.

Garrett Mitchell needs a football scholarship if he wants to get out of Texas and away from taking over his father’s salvage yard. After recovering from a foot injury, his football coach recommends taking ballet classes to improve his game. Reluctantly he does, as long as it’s a secret, however that secret doesn’t stay hidden for long when the Goth girl from his high school Isabelle Oster catches him. Soon he is finds himself being blackmailed to making a deal with Isabelle, where she’ll help him learn ballet to improve his football and he’ll partner with her for her performance. Then when she shows him what he’d have to wear?!…What has he gotten himself into?

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a very sweet, fun, humorous, and downright enjoyable novel about two people who seem to come from two different worlds, but are very similar. Both Isabelle and Garrett are great characters who both have similar issues with their fathers. Besides the issues with their fathers and trying to obtain their separate goals, what really filled this story was Garrett learning ballet. I liked Ms. Mathews use of terminology and phrases. It made me feel like I was learning along with Garrett, which I enjoyed. I also think that Isabelle and Garrett are perfect together. The build-up of their relationship was so adorable especially with the banter and Garrett making Isabelle blush during ballet lessons because of how she phrased directions she usually gives to a child in her children’s dance class, like pointing “headlights”. The ending is really cute!

Overall, Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews was an entertaining and purely enjoyable. I would very much recommend and look forward to reading more by this author.

About Ally Mathews

Ally lives in Texas with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, assorted reptiles, and her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies, and letting dogs in and out of the house. 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, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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