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ARC Review – Playing Defense by Cate Cameron

ARC Review – Playing Defense by Cate CameronPlaying Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders, #2) by Cate Cameron
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Published by Entangled: Crush on March 14th 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 178
Source: Entangled Publishing

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.
Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she'll never fit in his world.
After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?
Corrigan Falls Raiders Book 1: Center Ice (Can be read out of order)Corrigan Falls Raiders Book 2: Playing Defense (Can be read out of order)

Never been kissed Claudia Waring has one focus school to become an engineer. Her guidance counselor advises her that there is more to a college application than academics. It is suggested that Claudia becomes a tutor. Reluctantly, she starts tutoring for Chris Winslow. Chris is easy going guy not too worried about school because he’s got hockey going for him. With stuck in the books Claudia and anything goes Winslow can their tutoring relationship help strike a balance between the two of them?

In an Oyster Shell – This was a provocative YA romance that left you feeling like nerds can rule the world.

The Pearls –  The story premise was nice. Being from Alaska, I enjoy hockey, so I was more than thrilled to read a hockey themed novel.

The romance was sweet and edifying. There was a lot of growth development that needed to happen between the two characters in order for it to work. It was a fun journey through the story as the both grow tremendously.

The theme of the story was encouraging. Learning how to let relationships with others help you be a better person.

The Sand – The setting of the book was unclear to me. The writing of the book was simple could use a more diverse vocabulary. There were parts of the story that did not fit.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Cate Cameron

Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks – when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!

She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

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