Monday, January 28, 2019

Review: Center Ice by Cate Cameron (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1)

Center Ice by Cate Cameron 
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
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This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and crazy squirrels. It may cause you to become a fan of hockey - or at least hot hockey players.

The hometown hockey hero won't know what hit him...

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother's death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers - her dad and his perfect, shiny new family - and there doesn't seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn't interested in starting something with a player. And that's all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler's the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey - except Karen. Now they've managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps
As I mentioned before, the WIP I am currently writing is a teen romance but it's also about hockey, so in trying to find some good comps to compare it to, I discovered Cate Cameron's Corrigan Falls Raiders series. I bought all of them because they are kind of on the cheap on ebook, so I was really excited to dive into the first book, Center Ice. I like this type of series a lot, because you don't have to read them all in order. I LOVE companion novels.

This book is a bit drama-filled, a little bit more than I was expecting, and I didn't like the use of the word "slut" so much. However, I was really glad that Karen's stepmom tries to get them to stop using that word, so at least it is challenged. Karen is such an angry character, that I found her so fascinating. She is still grieving over her mother's death and she has to live with her Dad and his family, which is a constant reminder to her stepmom that her husband cheated on her. I have to say I really loved the relationship that Karen has with her stepmom Natalie. It's super rocky at first, but I think Natalie is a freaking Saint to put up with her dumb husband and to take his kid in. She seems to really care about the kids, and I was glad to see in the book that her and Karen relationship grows by the end of the book.

Tyler is kind of a tool, but I was okay with it because Karen makes him less of a tool. His thing with his dad and his agent was so frustrating to read about it, but I have no doubt that what he is dealing with might be the same for a lot of other prospective hockey players. We really get the feeling of the pressure he is on to be the star and to get into the NHL. I was really glad his coach was there to at least reinforce that he is doing well, because his Dad and Agent seem to just want to constantly put him down. It really annoyed me!

This book was a little on the short side, but I think it was a fun little romance to read about. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

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