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Blog Tour | Review: PLAYING DEFENSE by Cate Cameron + Excerpt

March 17, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Welcome to my tour stop for 
PLAYING DEFENSE by Cate Cameron!

Title: Playing Defense
Author: Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders, #2
Release Date: March. 14, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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?

And then he walked me to chemistry class, and as we were heading for our respective seats he said, “Do you want to come sit with us? Or could I sit with you?” He must have seen something strange in my expression because he was quick to add, “So I can ask you questions when we’re working on stuff. You’re my tutor all the time, right, not just at lunch?”

“I’m not sitting back there.” I sounded like a stubborn little kid, but inside I was more like a scared little kid. There was no way I was just going to waltz back to the popular kids’ area, not with a classroom of other students who’d see them laugh at me.

Chris didn’t seem to understand my concern. “Is it cool if I sit up here, then?”

It wasn’t like I could say no. Wasn’t like I wanted to. “Is there an extra stool?”

“I’ll find one,” he promised. He grinned at me, set his books on the long table beside mine, and then turned to look for a free stool.

Oliver gave me a look. “What the hell?” he mouthed. Then Chris turned around, holding a heavy metal stool as if it weighed nothing, and Oliver gave his demented flight attendant smile and said, “Hi! Welcome to our seating area!”

“It’s nice to be here,” Chris said with nearly matching enthusiasm. “Thanks so much for having me!”

Well, Oliver was not going to be outperformed. “I really hope you enjoy your visit. If there’s anything I can do to make your time with us more pleasant, you be sure to let me know.”

Chris shook his head in amazement. “I thought it was just a stereotype,” he said to me. “But it’s true. Front-of-the-room people really are super friendly.”

Oliver had begun to bristle at the word “stereotype,” but by the time Chris was done talking Oliver was looking less offended, more intrigued. “Do you want to know what they say about back-of-the-room people?” he asked quietly, daring Chris to keep going with their strange game.

Chris shrugged. “Back is whack?” he suggested.

“Back’s off track?” I tried.

“Back will attack?”

“Back’s sharp as a tack?”

Oliver frowned at both of us. “Did I say it rhymed? Did I say anything about ‘do you want to hear the rhyme about back-of-the-room people?’”

“It doesn’t rhyme?” Chris said. “Damn.” He shook his head regretfully. “You know, if it doesn’t rhyme, I don’t think I do want to hear it. Sorry. I’ve got my standards.”

The class started then, Mr. Anderson circulating to check our homework. When he got to us he said, “New seat, Mr. Winslow?”

“I needed to be near my smart friends,” Chris said calmly. “The back don’t know jack.” Mr. Anderson just gave him a strange look and moved on.

** I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review **

PLAYING DEFENSE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance written by Cate Cameron, it’s a lovely story, and even when this is not a standalone —because actually it’s the second book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series— don’t worry if you’re like me and you haven’t read the first because you didn’t have idea of this book or series, you can still read it because it’s easy to understand all facts from the first book and follow the story —you’ll be a spoiled by some facts, due to both male main characters are best friends, and this book is set in a short time after the first one, so of course if you have the chance to read Center Ice first, I think it’s better. But as I just said —you can still read this, and I hope I can read CI really soon!

PD tells us about the life of two teenagers —Claudia and Chris.

Clau or Dia is certainly a smart girl. What I liked about her character was the way she started to make new friends —the way she, somehow, grew up. She has her goals set, and she is focused in go to a good university and be successfulsomeway, I started to think about high school, the choices you have to make in order to be accepted at a school, that kind of things.
"It doesn't rhyme? Damn. You know, if it doesn't rhyme. I don't think I do want to hear it. Sorry. I've got my standards."
On the other hand, we have Chris. He likes to play hockey —and of course, he wants to make a life from it. I liked his character, too. I think he was really well described, and the best is that he’s not and he hasn’t a bad-boy-issue, actually he’s kind, hilarious, and made me smile a lot! Also, just as with Dia, I thought about my life in high school, but not in the same way, in those long four years I was there, for example, I was bad at Language and Communication, I hated writing —my life has turned around and I’m still understanding it.
"I'm not giving up anything. Being with you isn't a sacrifice." He frowned. "Also, puck bunnies don't really line up. It's more of a cluster, usually."
Anyway, we can see the chemistry between both character from the very beginning —not just in a romantic way but also in a friendly one, because best relationships are those in which you can be friend and really trust each other. And even when they have been going to the same high school for a while, they haven’t met yet.

School is not Chris’ fort, so when he has to request for a tutor, is when he finally met Clau, and here all this amazing story begins. BUT Claudia from the beginning let him know this is just a way to have more things on her applications. What does happen when they start to know better? That’s something you have to find out. Also, this book has dual POV —something I always appreciate due to know what characters think about… something, anything.

Overall, this is a sweet, fun, and adorable romance. I love when drama is involved, and of course they have some problems —but not the common thing, believe me, just wait to see it by yourself. I adored their story —how along all this book we can see their growth, it was fantastic, and one of the reasons I enjoyed this book. And I guess what I liked most was the way their relationship was basedhelp each other to be more awesome. I want to know more about them, and maybe the end wasn’t one of my favorites and I’m going to have to wait until Winging It —the third book— to know what happens, at the end this was a good read. I recommended it to those who likes a good Young Adult Romance.

Book: +4.5 stars




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… 
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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.

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