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Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders
Published by Entangled Crush on May 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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…
Center Ice was a wonderful read that hit just the right amount of romance and family that I like in a contemporary fiction. Two people finding themselves, how to stand on their own two feet, at the same that they find each other. Add in hockey, crazy squirrels, and some different family dynamics and you got yourself something worth checking out!
Karen is one of our main characters. I liked her spunk and her vulnerability quite a lot. She made pretty smart and thought out decisions and though she may have had a hiccup here and there, she really came around at the right times. She was one strong girl, going through some awful circumstances that were thrown in her way. I really enjoyed how unique and almost dysfunctional at times that Karen’s home life was. Not only is she dealing with the loss of her mother, but she has been moved into a family where she feels like she has no place. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much of this element I enjoyed. It’s not something I’ve seen before, as Karen was the product of an affair her father had while he was married and having children with someone other than her mother. It was awkward with her half-siblings, it was awkward with her father that she never knew, and it was awkward with her new step-mother. But something kind of great develops over the course of the novel, and I must say it made this story for me. It sent a great message about love and generosity. And standing up for yourself.
Tyler has his own family issues as well – a father who push, push, pushes Tyler to do everything he wants in regards to his future hockey career. And oh how I wanted to punch the man in his face for the way he treated his son. Tyler learns a lot about standing up for himself and being who he wants to be and Karen played a huge part in that. They both taught each other how to grab onto what they want and not let others control their lives. And they also learned how to love and trust, to let people in. There journey was a sweet one and I thoroughly enjoyed the path they took.
I can’t say there was anything in particular I didn’t like about this story. It didn’t quite have that spark to make me fall in love but it was sweet and touching in many ways and I would recommend it.