Author: Cate Cameron
Published: May 19th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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 is my second Entangled Crush book... and will most certainly not be the last. I went into it expecting a sweet little romantic story, and ended up discovering there was so much more below the surface.
Karen has moved from the big city to a small town to live with her father after her mother died. She hasn't had anything to do with him all her life, but now she's forced into it. It's not easy for any of them to adjust to, especially her step-mom, Natalie, and her half-siblings. Stories are being told all over town about Karen, the new arrival to the family, along with some not-so-nice rumors about her family. The transition isn't easy, but Karen finds a friend in Tyler when he rescues her from a squirrel (completely hilarious and adorable scene, by the way). The two of them have this level of understanding, and they each grow throughout the story.
Center Ice was brilliant squared. I mean, I was so enraptured by this book--the romance, the emotion, the overall feel of learning about life--the author did an amazing job. I caught myself tearing up numerous times, my heart going out to Karen and her family and even Tyler. Karen was a great protagonist--she was real, like REALLY real--not a pushover and willing to stand up for herself and speak her mind regardless of how anyone reacts. Cate Cameron has definitely made her way up there when it comes to authors for me. Amazing job--keep them coming!