Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders) by Cate Cameron
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Format: I purchased the book myself on Kindle.
You can purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Center-Ice-Corrigan-Falls-Raiders/dp/1943336199/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465242033&sr=8-1&keywords=center+ice
Summary from Amazon:
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…
After her mother dies in a car accident, Karen is stuck living with her dad’s family, one that she’s never met before. Her dad has a reputation of sleeping around a lot, hence the reason Karen exists, and his family, especially the twins does not react to the fact very well.
Tyler Macdonald on the other hand, is the star player on the Corrigan Falls Raiders hockey team. He lives in the small town and trains with the team everyday, and has girls hanging onto his every word and would do anything to get into bed with him.
I liked Karen’s character. She didn’t want Tyler because of his fame and reputation, actually she didn’t want him BECAUSE of it. I liked how she made her own decisions and didn’t let other make that decision for her. She had disagreements with her new family and is the catalyst for many arguments to come. I’m not going to say anything about the arguments because that would just spoil some of the book :)
I really felt bad for Natalie, Karen’s stepmother as she gets caught between all the drama, with her own daughter and husband as well as with Karen. I believe that she is the unsung hero of some the situations but in other situations, she was also the victim. Personally, I would have read the book if it was just about her life.
I haven’t reviewed any books like this before on here but I have some moods where I just want to read books like these. Actually, fun fact, before I started this blog, these were the types of the books that I read all the time and I was craving a book like this and since I spend almost all my time on Amazon (an unhealthy obsession haha), I came across the book and the description just drew me in. Literally, I was like ‘I. must. read. this. book.’ and so I bought it and read it within 4 hours while eating dinner during that time as well.
Another reason that I picked the book up is because it talks about hockey. I love books about hockey and figure skaters (or even better, them both together in the same book) as well as some hot hockey guys :) Of course, I will be reviewing some more of those types of books in the future.
There were some parts of the book where I just wanted to throw my phone across the room (I was reading the book on the kindle app on my phone) because Karen was just being so stubborn. I believe that a girl should never be completely head over heels over a guy and do something just for their attention but there were just some times where I wanted to yell at Karen and tell her to just accept the help and whatnot.
One thing that really bothered me was that some words were overused. (The word that I’m talking about are really bad words that I will refrain from saying here). They were all used in appropriate places but some of them could have been omitted and the story would have been able to go on just fine. Of course, there is the disclaimer at the beginning so if you are sensitive to that, I would not recommend reading the book.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10. I recommend the book to anyone who likes to read romance and especially for anyone who likes hot hockey guys ;). I would not recommend people who are younger/less mature or who are bothered by the use of certain words or the mention of sex, as that also comes up in the book quite a few times.
So what’d you think about the review? Are you going to read it/have you read it already? Let me know what you think down below or on Twitter @BrookeEvans2001.
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