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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Center Ice by Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #1
Published by Entangled Crush on May 19, 2015
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
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 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.
Center Ice is yet another hit for Entangled Crush! It follows Karen, who absolutely loves running. One day while running, she meets Tyler, a very popular hockey player. As the story goes on, the two of them end up falling more and more in love with one another, no matter what their families tell them.
Karen was the sweetest. I felt so bad for her because she was stuck living with her step-mom and her own father who never really appreciated her much when she was growing up. She’s also living with her younger step sister and her new step-twins, who seem to hate on her very often. They also yell at her a lot for even talking to Tyler MacDonald, because of his “reputation”. One thing I loved about Karen was that she was so headstrong. She trusted herself quite often, and that’s a hard thing to do when everyone’s telling you something different than what you believe. Way to go, Karen!
Tyler and Karen were a lot alike in those ways, because Tyler also did what he believed to be best. His father was always up his butt about doing so well in hockey, because he had spent so much to get him into the sport in the first place. Tyler’s father has big plans for him to play majorly, and that included getting him an agent. His father constantly yells at him to stop running out of practices because he was worried that he’d injure himself and then not be able to play anymore. Also, he didn’t believe that it was right to practice when nobody saw all the hard work you were putting in. Tyler felt differently, and therefore continued to do what he felt was best.
I absolutely adored the relationship between Karen and Tyler. They didn’t seem like they knew what to do at first because neither was exactly sure what they were, but they were just the cutest. I like how reassuring Tyler always was to Karen as well. He was just like a boyfriend should be!
Center Ice was a lovely story about romance and the value of family, even when you don’t think your family understands you at all. Once this book ended, I was sad to say goodbye to the world filled with hockey, Karen, and Tyler. Luckily, I recently found out that there’s actually going to be another book featuring Winslow, who is Tyler’s best friend! I can’t wait! If you have the chance, be sure to buy a copy of this book and read it! It’s definitely worth your time!