Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #3
Published by Entangled Crush on 5/16/16
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports & Recreation
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing)
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…
Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off.
When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.
Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together?
***NOTE: While this review is for the third book in a series, it’s a standalone series, so there are no spoilers for previous books, and you don’t have to read the first two books in order to enjoy this one. (I haven’t, but I plan to change that!)***
This book is pretty much exactly what it advertises – it was a light, cute read that gave me the warm and fuzzy feels. I don’t know what it is about the fake boyfriend trope, but I love it. Sure, I know how it’s all going to play out, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the ride!
What Fed My Addiction:
- Sports-minded but not just for people who like sports. I’m not a sports fan, so sometimes I’m hesitant to read books that seem like they might focus a lot on athletics. But I thought this book had the perfect balance. There was plenty of hockey talk (and practice, etc) for people who are fans, but the hockey was used as a backdrop for the romance – a way for Toby and Nat to become closer – rather than as something that takes us out of the main story. So people like me, who don’t know the first thing about hockey, could still enjoy the scenes that featured the sport prominently because of what was happening to the characters emotionally in those scenes.
- The fake romance. Yep, I already admitted that I’m a sucker for this trope, and this book did not let me down. It helped that Toby and Nat had history – they were close in the past but grew apart when Nat started to let her jealousy of Toby’s hockey success get in the way, and they drifted apart. So, these two had a shared love of the sport and a bond that had been forged over years when they were younger. It made it easy to connect to them as a couple and believe that the sparks would start to fly once they started fake dating!
- A slightly unconventional ending. Like I said, I thought I knew exactly how this story was going to play out (after all, we;ve all read stories like this before, right?), but I thought that Cameron did a great job of throwing some curve-balls in at the end as far as the relationships between the main characters went. I appreciated the way that Cameron wrapped things up – it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (at least not completely).
What Left Me Wanting More:
- Not much. Honestly, there’s not much I can say that I really disliked about this book. For the type of book that it is, it pretty much hit the spot and gave me everything I was hoping for. Was it life changing and the type of book I’ll be thinking about for months after reading it? No, but that’s not what this book was meant to be. (Not every book has to fit that description, right?)
This was another book that I easily read in a day and enjoyed the whole way through. I’ll most likely go back and read the first two books, and I’ll definitely be watching for future books in the series. I give it 4/5 stars!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About Cate Cameron:
Kate Sherwood (AKA Cate Cameron) started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!
Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!