Center Ice – Cate Cameron – Entangled Crush – Published 19 May 2015
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…
This was a really sweet romance. I know I say that about a lot of romances but this one really was. It took me a few chapters to connect with the characters but after that I was charmed by the way Tyler and Karen interacted.
Tyler is an up and coming hockey star. Previously enchanted by the fame and opportunities hockey could get him, he is now quickly tiring of his father’s continual presence, criticism and drive to live his dreams through Tyler. Karen has just moved to town. Her mother has died, leaving her to move in with her father and his wife and kids – some of whom she’s the same age as. Awkward. She doesn’t want to be there and she’s sure they don’t want her there either. Saying Karen has a chip on her shoulder is a bit of an understatement. She’s snarky and pretty good at pushing the others’ buttons, but I came to like her acerbity. She’s really quite funny. When she meets Tyler they form a quick friendship. Karen knows zero about hockey, so Tyler finds that refreshing, and Karen likes talking to someone going through their own family issues. But there is one problem – Tyler’s history with women is a little too similar to Karen’s father’s. Something Karen’s not too happy about.
Once I got into it, I really liked this book. It was a quick and easy read. I was a little thrown by how quickly some things moved forward between Karen and Tyler, but otherwise their connection felt really genuine. I loved how they talked things through and never left issues too long to expand into unnecessary drama. Overall, a fun and romantic read.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Young adult fiction/ New adult fiction
Age guide: 14 and up.
Advisory. Coarse language. Sexual content.
Themes: Romance. Sport. Ice hockey. Family. Dating and sex.
Published: 5 May 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Format: Ebook. 196 pages.