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When the scandal of a double homicide threatens to destroy his career, this billionaire hockey player hires an ambitious sports agent to improve his public image. It’s time to let the puckery begin. Timothée Croneau is that jock—the bad boy superstar with the naughty reputation. He’s handsome, arrogant, and a billionaire. He’s also the number one person of interest in a dou When the scandal of a double homicide threatens to destroy his career, this billionaire hockey player hires an ambitious sports agent to improve his public image. It’s time to let the puckery begin. Timothée Croneau is that jock—the bad boy superstar with the naughty reputation. He’s handsome, arrogant, and a billionaire. He’s also the number one person of interest in a double homicide and recently traded to a losing team who is showing him no love. And wouldn’t it be just his luck that his career splashed in the toilet six months after his long-time agent kicked the bucket? Now, he’s stuck with Ryker Kitsch. An agent is supposed to fix his life, though, not break his heart. Speaking of breaks, ex-athlete Ryker Kitsch wants his in the sports agency realm. He sees his chance to make a name for himself by helping rebrand his agency’s newly acquired hockey star, Timothée Croneau. The guy needs every lick of positive PR he can get. So, why is the devilishly gorgeous forward fighting him at every step and leaving Ryker to wonder if he’s been hired for a babysitting gig? The mess Timothée is stirring was never in any contact Ryker was hired to handle. One thing's for sure. Whether it’s a forecheck or backcheck, collision is inevitable.


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When the scandal of a double homicide threatens to destroy his career, this billionaire hockey player hires an ambitious sports agent to improve his public image. It’s time to let the puckery begin. Timothée Croneau is that jock—the bad boy superstar with the naughty reputation. He’s handsome, arrogant, and a billionaire. He’s also the number one person of interest in a dou When the scandal of a double homicide threatens to destroy his career, this billionaire hockey player hires an ambitious sports agent to improve his public image. It’s time to let the puckery begin. Timothée Croneau is that jock—the bad boy superstar with the naughty reputation. He’s handsome, arrogant, and a billionaire. He’s also the number one person of interest in a double homicide and recently traded to a losing team who is showing him no love. And wouldn’t it be just his luck that his career splashed in the toilet six months after his long-time agent kicked the bucket? Now, he’s stuck with Ryker Kitsch. An agent is supposed to fix his life, though, not break his heart. Speaking of breaks, ex-athlete Ryker Kitsch wants his in the sports agency realm. He sees his chance to make a name for himself by helping rebrand his agency’s newly acquired hockey star, Timothée Croneau. The guy needs every lick of positive PR he can get. So, why is the devilishly gorgeous forward fighting him at every step and leaving Ryker to wonder if he’s been hired for a babysitting gig? The mess Timothée is stirring was never in any contact Ryker was hired to handle. One thing's for sure. Whether it’s a forecheck or backcheck, collision is inevitable.

30 review for Penalty Kill

  1. 5 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    When evidence speaks against the notorious hockey player Timothée Croneau, he needs all the help he can to upscale his image. His parents are murdered and Timothée is the first person the police are interested in. So when sports agent Ryker Kitsch offers to help, Timothée accepts, as if he had a choice. Timothée needs positive PR, Ryker doubts he can get this done for the man because dang, he got a bad attitude. “The handsome faces were always the most trouble.” Looking into Timothée’s past will giv When evidence speaks against the notorious hockey player Timothée Croneau, he needs all the help he can to upscale his image. His parents are murdered and Timothée is the first person the police are interested in. So when sports agent Ryker Kitsch offers to help, Timothée accepts, as if he had a choice. Timothée needs positive PR, Ryker doubts he can get this done for the man because dang, he got a bad attitude. “The handsome faces were always the most trouble.” Looking into Timothée’s past will give you shivers, he doesn’t trust easily, Ryker has to work hard to earn it. Timothée’s life is complex just as his personality. He made his mind up about life, every argument with Ryker he bounced back, hard. It’s difficult to get his nose in the right direction, or maybe more in Ryker’s direction. I loved their conversations, they go in every direction, light, with depth, teasing, fun, serious, flirtatious, angry, there is never a dull moment. The attraction was there but slightly. There is romance but it’s not a romantic story. The characters are pragmatic and not really romantic at heart. Deep down there was some and I would have loved to see more development of it. All the facts that got revealed (mostly at the last part of the story) were from one person’s view fun, and the other horror. Both are slightly developed and not the main course, even though both are important. The hfn was far from satisfying, there were too many loose ends, I would have appreciated something more solid and a longer version of the ending. The writing style was fun, the interactions made sense and were entertaining, the characters had body and complexity, only the plot was a bit fluttering, it wasn’t clear what the main course was about. Whatever it was, it was too slightly developed to made it clear. Altogether an entertaining story I mostly enjoyed, only it lacked romance and had a disappointing ending. Read and reviewed for LoveBytes LGBTQ bookreviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Starla

    I was really excited for this because the premise sounded really good, and apparently I had read the other books in the series previously(according to my Kindle app) but I couldn't really remember much. Then, about half way through reading it I remembered the series and the fact that I didn't really enjoy the other books in the series a lot. Anyway, this didn't really work for me, I liked the MCs, but the plot was a little meandering, and I didn't feel the romance that much. I was really excited for this because the premise sounded really good, and apparently I had read the other books in the series previously(according to my Kindle app) but I couldn't really remember much. Then, about half way through reading it I remembered the series and the fact that I didn't really enjoy the other books in the series a lot. Anyway, this didn't really work for me, I liked the MCs, but the plot was a little meandering, and I didn't feel the romance that much.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edga

    There are two POVs in this book, which made it a little easier to connect to the MCs. However, as much as I liked Timothee and Ryker, the story proved hard to follow. It was too wordy for my liking and lacked continuity in parts. I've now read all of the books in this series, and would say that they've all followed the same pattern. The author shows promise, however I've often found the plot difficult to follow and feel a connection between the MCs. There are two POVs in this book, which made it a little easier to connect to the MCs. However, as much as I liked Timothee and Ryker, the story proved hard to follow. It was too wordy for my liking and lacked continuity in parts. I've now read all of the books in this series, and would say that they've all followed the same pattern. The author shows promise, however I've often found the plot difficult to follow and feel a connection between the MCs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexleo

    This is the first book of this series I read and it didn’t convince me. There are a few things I didn’t like as - but as you may read below, they all reflect the writing style of this author: (i) the romance is pretty much missing and the MC showing most feelings is Ryker; even thought the book is written showing both MCs POVs, Timothée is going through so much in his life, he is stubborn and keeps his feelings shielded by egoistic and self-centered principles, that Ryker has to fuel his feelings This is the first book of this series I read and it didn’t convince me. There are a few things I didn’t like as - but as you may read below, they all reflect the writing style of this author: (i) the romance is pretty much missing and the MC showing most feelings is Ryker; even thought the book is written showing both MCs POVs, Timothée is going through so much in his life, he is stubborn and keeps his feelings shielded by egoistic and self-centered principles, that Ryker has to fuel his feelings based on glimpses and very sporadic smiles; (ii) it ends with a HFN; (iii) the storyline about the crime involving Timothée is not well developed and you wonder whether it will continue in the next book; (iv) overall there are too many loose threads in the story line; What I liked was (i) the dialogues were well written and engaging; (ii) the author managed to build a background world with few words and focusing only on the aspects of hockey games and practices that were important for the going forward of the story; I received an advance reading copy of this book as well as of the previous installments of this series. UPDATE AFTER BINGE READING THE THREE PREVIOUS BOOKS Genevieve Chamblee has indeed a writing style that is interesting and slightly out of the more mainstream and successful MM novels. Unlike Penalty Kill, The first three stories are written from only one POV, but thanks to well written dialogues, the intentions, feelings, and thoughts of the second MC are easily intelligible. Like for Thimothée and Ryker, in all her books the author picks up the MCs at a specific moment in their life, where they already know each other but something happens that causes their connection to change. The romance level is pretty low and the MCs first intercourse almost always feels like a hook up rather than part of a developing love relationship (except in the third book Ice Gladiators). The background world of hockey is not described as this shiny environment where everybody on the team is like a family. On the contrary: in each book there is always a moment of disclosure of slimy, corrupt, and disdainful behavior by friends, managers and other affiliates that serves the purpose of further highlighting the good of the love interest of the MC. At the end all books’ ends tend to the HFN because the author does not indulge in carrying on with the story once the MCs have declared their feelings and set the first cornerstones of an hopefully happy future. Overall these books were entertaining, although at times pretty cynical, short reads.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Penalty Kiss is another wonderful addition to Genevive Chamblee’s Locker Room Love series. Told in the Southern sass that has become this author’s trademark, this book is a fantastic read. I was sucked in from the start and intrigued until the end!!! Timothee Croneau is a sexy, wealthy, and arrogant veteran hockey player who is a P.R. nightmare. Starting with his flagrant offensive disrespect of his new city of residence after his recent trade to his crass and blunt responses when asked any quest Penalty Kiss is another wonderful addition to Genevive Chamblee’s Locker Room Love series. Told in the Southern sass that has become this author’s trademark, this book is a fantastic read. I was sucked in from the start and intrigued until the end!!! Timothee Croneau is a sexy, wealthy, and arrogant veteran hockey player who is a P.R. nightmare. Starting with his flagrant offensive disrespect of his new city of residence after his recent trade to his crass and blunt responses when asked any questions to a swirl of allegations about his personal life. However, currently what is topping his list of troubles is an allegation of murder. He is spiraling in a tornado of negative press, and this hot shot alpha male needs saving. Enter Ryker Kitsch, a spunky and scrappy sports agent to save the day. Well, sort of. He would if Timothee wasn’t so disagreeable and opposed to all suggestions. Ryker isn’t new to the sports scene, but he hasn’t had any high-profile clients and is ready to make his mark on the world. Timothee is his big chance, but not soon after he begins, he starts to second guess his decision. The banter and exchanges between the two are hilarious and kept me laughing throughout. But this story also brought the drama in a major way. This story is action-packed and fast-paced with an easy-to-follow plot, complex and stereotypic characterizations, steamy romance, and a satisfying ending. Its biggest strengths are its narrative tone and balance between sports and romance. It is told from a dual point of view which allows readers to really relate to the main characters. In the background of the story is the overarching plot of the previous books in the series that becomes even more interesting. If you like good old-fashioned southern storytelling, this is an excellent addition to your personal library!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Rating: 3.5* Hockey player Timothee has been implicated in the double homicide of his mother and step-father. That is on top of playing for a team that is not particularly good. Ryker steps in to clean up his public image. I struggled to connect to Timothee. He came across as arrogant, opinionated and he had to be right all the time. There didn't seem to be any concern from him about the seriousness of his situation and didn't make much of an effort to minimise any damage. I struggled to understan Rating: 3.5* Hockey player Timothee has been implicated in the double homicide of his mother and step-father. That is on top of playing for a team that is not particularly good. Ryker steps in to clean up his public image. I struggled to connect to Timothee. He came across as arrogant, opinionated and he had to be right all the time. There didn't seem to be any concern from him about the seriousness of his situation and didn't make much of an effort to minimise any damage. I struggled to understand why Ryker was so attracted to him. Timothee was very articulate in his viewpoints which was a saving grace. I loved the premise of Timothee being implicated in the double homicide. However, it could have played on this so much more than focussing on improving his public image. I also felt that this element didn't reach a satisfactory conclusion for me...the book just ended. There was a complexity to Timothee that I wasn't expecting that goes some way to understanding him more and why he is the way he is. Ryker could see this vulnerability beneath the surface. The enthusiasm for life that Ryker showed was an infectious quality that balanced out Timothee's grumpy nature. ***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jashe

    I couldn't wait to read this book as I've read all the others in the series and this one does not disappoint. It packs romance, action, and humor. It gave me all my guilty pleasure fixes. The characters in this story all have big personalities which make them fun to love or hate. Each are well developed and flushed out, and I felt that these were people I could know in real life. The story starts with what some may think is a mystery of who-done-it, but as you read, it quickly becomes apparent t I couldn't wait to read this book as I've read all the others in the series and this one does not disappoint. It packs romance, action, and humor. It gave me all my guilty pleasure fixes. The characters in this story all have big personalities which make them fun to love or hate. Each are well developed and flushed out, and I felt that these were people I could know in real life. The story starts with what some may think is a mystery of who-done-it, but as you read, it quickly becomes apparent that isn't the real focus. What is important is why and how the impact this event has had. It brings two unlikely characters together, and that is the heart of the story. The main characters are emotionally complex, and it's obvious that their story isn't completely over. Not every subplot has an absolute ending, but then again this is a series and it is expected that some things would not be tightly wrapped up. But the characters do come to a resolution that works for them and for their story and that works well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Juniper Greer-Ashe

    This book is the longest and in some ways most developed in the series, and readers get to spend plenty of time with Timothée and Ryker. I liked how well drawn the characters were as individuals, and appreciated the way their conversations brought them to light. The romance felt, at times, a tad underdeveloped or maybe just lopsided-- one character definitely seems to do more feeling than the other. As with previous installments, there’s a complex narrative with lots of moving pieces, and not al This book is the longest and in some ways most developed in the series, and readers get to spend plenty of time with Timothée and Ryker. I liked how well drawn the characters were as individuals, and appreciated the way their conversations brought them to light. The romance felt, at times, a tad underdeveloped or maybe just lopsided-- one character definitely seems to do more feeling than the other. As with previous installments, there’s a complex narrative with lots of moving pieces, and not all of those pieces are fully accounted for by the time the novel reaches its HFN. This is a feature, not a bug, however, and I think accepting and enjoying the story for what it is really allows all of the things it does well to shine-- there’s an interesting balance between optimism and pessimism and a willingness to look at the grittier sides of things that makes the characters, and the world they live in, feel very real. *I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MJ's Book Blog and Reviews

    Review by: Jennifer (3.5 stars) Timothee finds himself in a players worst nightmare, his agent has died, his new agent is not really to his liking and dropping the ball, and now he is in the middle of a murder investigation... his parents murder, in which he is a bit of a suspect. Maybe this is actually an agent's worst nightmare? Anyways, Ryker comes in to help Leslie (crappy agent) with the situation and actually has bright ideas and a fresh outlook on things. Problem is Timothee doesn't want to Review by: Jennifer (3.5 stars) Timothee finds himself in a players worst nightmare, his agent has died, his new agent is not really to his liking and dropping the ball, and now he is in the middle of a murder investigation... his parents murder, in which he is a bit of a suspect. Maybe this is actually an agent's worst nightmare? Anyways, Ryker comes in to help Leslie (crappy agent) with the situation and actually has bright ideas and a fresh outlook on things. Problem is Timothee doesn't want to listen and is a jerk about things, and two there is a bit of a spark of interest happening, and lets face it, that's bad business. But what happens when they can't resist that spark? The more they are together the more that spark grows, will they act on their needs or maintain a business relationship only? So, this is the fourth in the series, and I hate to say, my least favorite. I really enjoyed the previous stories, but there was something lacking from the couple. I didn't really feel their connection, for me this is a bit of a miss, so I give this 3.5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Shelton

    The fourth book in the series, the author introduces two POVs to the story, rather than just one in the prior books. It continues the overarching plot that has been occurring in the background of the books, while focusing on a character introduced during the big game fight in the last book (Timothee) and an aspiring agent, Ryker. As the author writes these books, she’s definitely honing her skill. Adding the second POV not only helped flesh out the story some, but gave her more words/pages to ha The fourth book in the series, the author introduces two POVs to the story, rather than just one in the prior books. It continues the overarching plot that has been occurring in the background of the books, while focusing on a character introduced during the big game fight in the last book (Timothee) and an aspiring agent, Ryker. As the author writes these books, she’s definitely honing her skill. Adding the second POV not only helped flesh out the story some, but gave her more words/pages to handle situations in the book without rushing them. Both characters have a depth not found in the prior books, and the relationship between the two grows more slowly while we get to explore who they are. Not as much hockey in this one, but the romance side was much more satisfying and complete; the HEA was definitely earned versus just happening.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LJ Henley

    Let me start by saying I absolutely love stories about hockey players and the men who fall in love with them. I saw such potential in this series and stuck it out till the end. I'm not going to list what I didn't like but will say Ms. Chamblee made me look at another side of hockey that I haven't read before. My reading horizon has been expanded. It is well written and for the most part - believable. Maybe I was needing some fluffy nonsense in my life at the time. This series was not that. I wil Let me start by saying I absolutely love stories about hockey players and the men who fall in love with them. I saw such potential in this series and stuck it out till the end. I'm not going to list what I didn't like but will say Ms. Chamblee made me look at another side of hockey that I haven't read before. My reading horizon has been expanded. It is well written and for the most part - believable. Maybe I was needing some fluffy nonsense in my life at the time. This series was not that. I will try future books by Ms.Chamblee but hope the next one has a definite happy ever after ending. I'm that kind of gal. I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Well at least we get to hear the ending to the mystery surrounding Timothée, but still left in the air regarding the first three books. It is only in the last few pages we learn why Timothée had a difficult character both on and off the ice. Ryker's secret is also revealed at the end, but the time from start to finish was entertaining. I must admit that there were a lot of times I felt Timothée needed a smack to get some sense into him. I received a copy from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my hon Well at least we get to hear the ending to the mystery surrounding Timothée, but still left in the air regarding the first three books. It is only in the last few pages we learn why Timothée had a difficult character both on and off the ice. Ryker's secret is also revealed at the end, but the time from start to finish was entertaining. I must admit that there were a lot of times I felt Timothée needed a smack to get some sense into him. I received a copy from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    This is the fourth in the Locker Room Love series. This one felt a little “more” in terms of story line than the first three did. I really enjoyed the arguments and banter between Timothee and Ryker, they felt a little more realistic to me. I felt a little disappointed that the story is left with a HFN. I’m voluntarily reviewing from an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Reeves

    While I loved Ryker, I really didn't like Timothée, which I think the author was aiming towards. To me there was love shown from Ryker, but Timothée showed no real emotions other than saying "I love you". It felt unfinished and I hope there will be more information later regarding how this story truly ends for these two. But, even with all of that, this is still my second favorite book in the series and I recommend it to anyone to read. While I loved Ryker, I really didn't like Timothée, which I think the author was aiming towards. To me there was love shown from Ryker, but Timothée showed no real emotions other than saying "I love you". It felt unfinished and I hope there will be more information later regarding how this story truly ends for these two. But, even with all of that, this is still my second favorite book in the series and I recommend it to anyone to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Malia Winger

    I was prepared to not like Timothee as much as some of the other players based on glimpses of him I have seen in the other books. I love a good bad boy turned good story but he isn't bad. He has just learned how to protect himself. And I enjoyed the HFN ending, it strikes me as realistic and makes me want to know more! I was prepared to not like Timothee as much as some of the other players based on glimpses of him I have seen in the other books. I love a good bad boy turned good story but he isn't bad. He has just learned how to protect himself. And I enjoyed the HFN ending, it strikes me as realistic and makes me want to know more!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I loved that this book in the series offered dual POV. This book showed much more promise in its development, but I struggled to like the characters and feel a real connection between them. I also had a hard time with it ending without resolution. That being said it was still a decent read and I do want more because I want that resolution of these characters!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jo Atkins

    Timothee was really a horrible character and Ryder was so nice. You could clearly see where this was headed but again this book has just stopped with no real resolution to the story although some of the tension is resolved. This whole series has been a disappointment for me as it consists of four books full of promise that just end without delving in to each character in more depth

  18. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Pott

    This was the best of the series, characters had substance, angst, humour and I loved Timothee and Ryker together, some really hot sensual scenes. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of which I’m under no obligation to do so. I definitely recommend this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This was a very entertaining read. I really enjoyed this addition to a very entertaining series. It was an entertaining story with great characters. I can't wait to read more from Genevive. This was a very entertaining read. I really enjoyed this addition to a very entertaining series. It was an entertaining story with great characters. I can't wait to read more from Genevive.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Scearce

    4.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Lindgren

    I think this is the best in the series. It was easy and fast to read and I enjoyed it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jolanda van Osch

    I had a hard time reading this book. I couldn't really find a story in it, and it was written a bit messy. I had a hard time reading this book. I couldn't really find a story in it, and it was written a bit messy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie W

    Penalty Kill, so far, is the best in the series. Timothee and Ryker's characters were vastly detailed. Timothee is an arrogant billionaire who is ensnared as the number one suspect in a double homicide, lost his agent and traded to a not so wonderful hockey team. Ryker is a former athlete-turned-sports agent. Timothee lands in his lap... literally. **I received this ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for my honest feedback.** Penalty Kill, so far, is the best in the series. Timothee and Ryker's characters were vastly detailed. Timothee is an arrogant billionaire who is ensnared as the number one suspect in a double homicide, lost his agent and traded to a not so wonderful hockey team. Ryker is a former athlete-turned-sports agent. Timothee lands in his lap... literally. **I received this ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for my honest feedback.**

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicoleta Minculescu

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mitsada

  26. 5 out of 5

    Okie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruqayyah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Two Nerds With Words

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara Hale

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

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