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?
Winging It is my favorite book in the series so far. I’m a big fan of friends-to-more stories, Toby is utterly adorable, and I love Nat. She isn’t just interested in a hockey player, she IS one. Nat and Toby were best friends on and off the ice when they were younger, but after puberty and boys and girls no longer played on the same team, their friendship drifted into acquaintance territory. At least until Nat sees a chance to enlist Toby’s help to attract the attention of Toby’s uber-hot cousin, Scott, who just moved back to town. Scott has a thing for Toby’s girlfriends, so by pretending to date Toby, Nat hopes to snare Scott. But being with Toby again, their friendship always so easy, Nat feels conflicted for a variety of reasons. Maybe she feels something more for Toby than just friendship. And just maybe he does, too.
I loved the plot. Not just the love triangle, which was a little different than some others I’ve read recently, but the hockey subplot. I absolutely adore that Natalie was an athlete with her own hopes and dreams. Being a girl in a hockey town where boys’ hockey is revered and girls’ hockey is a hobby, only made it that much more delicious. I enjoyed how author, Cate Cameron, wove everything together as Toby genuinely wants to help Nat with her game skills, even though he knows she’s just using him to get to his jerk of a cousin. So much angst in this story, and I so love my teen angst.
Toby is my favorite Corrigan Falls Raider. There I said it. Yep, he may not be the most talented, but he’s the most adorable. And Nat may not be petite and girlie, but I love her even more for her shin pads and hockey stick. The only thing about Nat that really bothered me was the fact that she was so obsessed with someone like Scott. I know teens can be shallow at times, but it seemed a bit out of character for her, but then again, who isn’t at some point drawn to the jerk just because he has a pretty face?
What Didn’t Work for Me
1. A little more kissing would have been nice, but that’s about all I can complain about.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Winging It
1. Toby. He’s sweet, charming, and funny without being perfect.
2. Nat. I love her hockey-playing bad self.
3. Dawn. Toby’s ex-girlfriend was really more of a friend, doing her best to set up Toby and Nat. While an ex trying to set up her ex seems weird on the surface, it made sense to me in the context of these characters.
4. Friends to more than friends. One of my favorite tropes.
5. The hockey. I loved seeing it from both sides this time.
My favorite book in the series so far with fantastic characters and fun plot that moves along at a steady pace.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Winging It
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #3
Author: Cate Cameron
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Category: Young Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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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.