Thursday, February 25, 2016

Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ YA, Romance, Sports
Publisher~ Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published~ March 14, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
She’s out of his league…

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?

My Thoughts
You can't help but smile when you are reading this book.  This story has adorable characters and scenes, sweet romantic moments, but it also filled with the real emotions of self-doubt, confusion, parental expectation, facing the unknown of growing up, etc. which is what made me really enjoy the story.  Claudia and Chris are the two main characters and they are wonderful.  Both are extremely relate-able, well developed and genuinely nice.  Their interactions with each other run the gamut of snarky, funny, extremely sweet, exasperating and full blown adorable.  

CC writes with beautiful style that made me feel that I was in  high school observing this romance in real life.  In her story she covers quite a few issues/events that I think we all can relate to...worry about college, are we trying our hardest, how we fit into our group of friends, having friends, relationships and more.  I think everyone can find something that they remember from their high school years or if they are in high school they can relate with many of the characters.  The dialogue between Claudia and her mom, friends and her self are so reflective of the changes we all experience as we grow into ourselves.  

This is a fast and sweet read that I really enjoyed!  I had not read anything by CC before this, but I definitely want to check out the Corrigan Falls Raiders #1 now and the rest of the series as they become available:)

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Disclaimer~ I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Until my next post...love y'all!!

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