It's amazing to be taking part in this exciting event, helping introduce a debut author with her first book in this blog tour organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Center Ice by Cate Cameron is an exciting new story! See book, review and author details below, as well as a giveaway!!
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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…
Despite the fact that this book is about hockey and ice, it was a perfect summer read. This story captured me from the first page. I breezed through it so quickly, I was enjoying it so much! It's just a cute, romantic story with great characters and a simple conflict. Sometimes these are the best books you can find.
I loved Tyler from the beginning. This is a guy who is a huge deal in this little town he's living in. It's a hockey town in Canada where the populace pretty much worships hockey. Tyler, being one of the best, is sought after and idolized by the young and old alike. He's been something of a player, but has grown tired of that. His life is changing at this point, as he's not liking the direction both his dad and agent want for him. I loved this conflict he has within himself on whether or not he can find the voice to stand up and say that what he wants isn't necessarily what everyone else wants from him.
Karen captured me from the first word. She's unconventional in the sense that her circumstances have created more than a little bitterness within her. She's snarky, and standoffish with her family, somewhat understandably. It is so sweet to watch Tyler draw her out and soften her edges. The two of them together were such a great compliment to the other.
The conflicts in the story were deeply emotional, and I loved watching the two of them work through these issues. The author did a wonderful job with characterization, making me love her characters and care about their choices and where they would go from here. The writing had some sweet moments, some romantic ones, some angsty ones.... pretty much everything that fits together to make a great book for me. I loved it! And yes, there is another book to this, even though this one stands alone. So I'm really looking forward to the next book! Great read.
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.