Book Title: Winging It (Corrigan Falls Raiders, #3)
Author: Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Genre: YA Romance
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.
I’ve loved this whole series, but Winging It has become my favorite! Loved, loved, loved Toby and Nat–what an awesome friends-to-lovers (in a totally appropriate high school way) story! With hockey–for both of them! Bonus 🙂
Even though I wanted to sit Natalie down more than once for a chat–slimy Scott over totally awesome Toby? The guy who plays hockey AND can quote Jane Austen? What was she thinking?–her behavior and actions made total sense for a high schooler, especially one who hasn’t really been in a relationship before. And I have to admit, I was feeling fairly sympathetic toward Scott by the end…not enough to want him to get the girl, mind you, because he’s not that deserving, but enough that I’d like him to shape up and find an HEA…someday.
Just not this HEA. Because it’s all about Toby and Nat and their awesome adorableness as a couple.
I loved that Toby helped Nat to rediscover her hockey mojo. At first I was right there with Nat as she complained about the short shift women’s hockey got in Corrigan Falls–how unfair! How sexist! But Toby helped both of us to see that Nat was the one giving up on her dream (not that she didn’t have help–what that coach said when he gave her their joint trophy? Grrrrrrrr) and went out of his way to help her figure out how to get it back. I seriously hope there’s a lot more to come in this series–not just because I totally love it, but because I need to hear more about Nat and Toby and where they’re going to be in the future.
Because it’s going to be great places.
I liked seeing the other series couples here (from Center Iceand Playing Defense ) but appreciated the fact that they took a back seat to Nat and Toby’s story. So if you haven’t read the other books, no worries–this one would work fine as a standalone. (But why haven’t you? Because they’re so good–quick, go put them on your TBR right now. I’ll wait.)
I literally could not put this book down–every time I tried to, it was back in my hands within five minutes. It made sleep optional…and the bags under my eyes the next day totally worth it.
Did I mention I’m hoping for more books in this series? A whole lot of them? 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Other books in the series:
Disclaimer: 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.
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…
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.
Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world.
After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks—when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!
She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.