ARC REVIEW: Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1)
Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2)
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Entangled Crush
YA > Contemporary | romance | Sports
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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…
I just want to pick up this book and rain kisses all over it and then hug it to death! Hug it till Tyler comes out, maybe? Getting tired of the YA cliches? This isn’t your usual bad boy liked good girl love story. NOPE. Ready your hearts, ready your feels, because Tyler and Karen is about to blow your hearts into swoonfest!
Let’s get over to the characters, which is one of the brilliance in this story. From the first chapter, it already got me emotional. I don’t know if maybe because I can relate so much with what Karen is going through but I swear, the way Cate Cameron wrote Karens POV gutted me. And I’m not the emotional type, so that’s really saying something. Cameron’s writing is vivid, she will not simply tell you what her characters are feeling, she wants you to feel it… inside of you.. probably for a long time. Karen isn’t the shy type or the perky type, she isn’t suicidal either. She’s angry. She’s not acting out by sleeping with different boys or drinking herself to oblivion.. nope. She turns her anger and sadness to silence. And that my friends, is the most painful thing you can do. Shut down yourself… I can’t even imagine. That’s why Karen is such an admirable character for me because, sure, she was bitter and angry at first, but the character development was superb. Well done and just plain brilliant.
Now, Tyler a.k.a the guy who stole my heart from the first chapter. He is so REFRESHING to read.
So tired of the dark and broody guys? Well, here is Tyler. I DO NOT SHARE, but if we’re friends, I MIGHT CONSIDER. Cate wrote his love interest in the best adorable way. He is so clueless about some things (*cough* relationship) I just want to pinch his cheeks! This is the first time a hot love interest makes me want to pinch his cheeks. I’m telling you guys, Tyler has a different power over the readers. BEWARE. This guy is so far from perfect, okay? Cut him some slack. He’s perfectly flawed and for that, I LURVE HIM. He underwent to a major character development as well.
The way Cameron constructed this love story was incredible! There’s no insta love! Not even insta lust. Yes, you better believe it. They went to a fun and simple friendship to a to-die-for connection. So yes, I can assure you that the romance of Center Ice is something to swoon over or be jealous about, BUT this story, IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Center Ice also deals with relationship within the family. Do you really have to be related in blood to be a part of a family?
If from my review you didn’t get that YES I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH reaction, then I’m a failure. Because that’s what this review is all about. Just me gushing and convincing you guys to gush with me. I WANT MORE and I think I’m gonna get it because there will be a second book!!! Now, if somebody’s looking for me, I’ll wait right here and calm my heart.