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Center Ice

(Corrigan Falls Raiders #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,381 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
ebook, 196 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Entangled Crush (first published May 12th 2015)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“It felt like he was kissing my whole body, even though his lips barely left mine.”

This was an okay story, but I found the pace a bit slow.

Karen was in a bad situation with having to live with her father and his legitimate family after her mother died, and Tyler was also in a bad situation with him father basically wanting to use him for cash!

“He’s not an
Paula M
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

I just want to pick up this book and rain kisses all over it and then hug it to death! Hug it till Tyler comes out, maybe? Getting tired of the YA cliches? This isn't your usual bad boy liked good girl love story. NOPE. Ready your hearts, ready your feels, because Tyler and Karen is about to blow your hearts into swoonfest!

Let's get over to the characters, which is one of the brilliance in this story. From the first chapter, it already got me emotional. I don't know if maybe because I can r
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can't even write a review about this book, I didn't absorb anything and there was nothing of substance to write about. I basically don't remember a single thing despite just finishing, except I think giving it one star is too high for it. I'm a bit sad this was my 100th book for this year, but not every book you read is a hit. Tyler and Karen were both annoying characters as well who just believed they were never wrong a lot of the time and acted in an immature way 9 times out of 10. It should ...more
Norah Una Sumner
“The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…"

What an emotionally heavy novel. After her mom’s death,Karen has to live with her father’s family and boy,does that not make everything complicated for her. Why? Well, her father cheated on his wife with her mother. You can imagine the heart-warming welcomes she gets from his family…Yeah,that doesn’t happen. However, I must say that I really liked the progression of her bond with his family – his wife and their kids. Their problems a
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the Corrigan falls Raiders series (I've read them out of order but they are standalone stories anyway). Center Ice is Tyler and Karen's story.

Tyler dreams of being a professional hockey player but the goal isn't just his. He has so much pressure on him it's hard to breathe. Everyone wants the best for him but their views can be overbearing. Karen is new in town and he sees an opportunity to escape from hockey.

Karen has her own problems to deal with. Her mum has just passed away an
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, young-adult
2.5 Meh stars.
Interesting family dynamics here but not enough connection between the two MC's.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Entangled Teen has a new imprint, Entangled Crush, and just in time for summer, too. The books published under this imprint are exactly what the name suggests – short, deeply romantic reads perfect for upcoming summer days spent on the beach.

Center Ice fits that description perfectly. With little less than 200 pages, it falls somewhere between a novella and a full-length novel, which makes it a pretty easy read. Thematically, however, it pushes the boundaries and attempts to do more. Fo
"Karen had no problem standing up to people. She'd say 'no' before the question was even asked."

When I saw Center Ice I was actually pretty excited to read it. But then... I actually read it. Now I'm actually wondering why I even wanted to read it in the beginning?!?

So Center Ice is about Karen Webber and Tyler MacDonald. Karen's mom just died so she has to move in with her dad and his new family. Tyler is the star player on his hockey team but he's on the receiving end of getting an unneces
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I felt sorry for Karen at the start of this. Having to move into your fathers house when you've never known him would be hard. I did find her annoying after a bit though.

This started out okay, but it quickly went downhill. The arguing between Karen and Miranda got annoying very quickly, and it seemed to be the main focus for a huge chunk of the book.

Overall, Not an awful read, but it dragged.
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an alright read. I really like sports book, especially when it is about hockey players as Hockey is the official sport of Canada. I thought the blurb was intriguing, but I thought that the story was okay. The slow pace kind of made me bored, so I wish it was a bit faster paced. I felt like the characters were okay. There was nothing really appealing about their romance in my opinion. I wish I could have enjoyed their romance more. There were some parts that were interesting, while other ...more
Lustful Literature
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Center Ice is a really great and very sweet YA romance that I really enjoyed. I will say I am usually not a huge YA fan and like to have a little heat in my romances I read but when I saw hockey , I was a sucker and had to check it out. I am so glad I did, it was such a great story that I didn’t even miss that there was no sex in this one. And I will say being Canadian and familiar with the Major Jr Hockey leagues here I really enjoyed the fact that this story took plac
Lenore Kosinski
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

4 stars -- After having the privilege to read the 2nd book in this series through NetGalley, and thoroughly enjoying it, I just knew I had to read Tyler and Karen's story too... And I was not disappointed, it gave me all the great things that Chris and Claudia's story did, but in a totally different set of circumstances...so it wasn't just a cookie cutter copy romance.

Again, this was a fantastic YA. While it had a fabulous romance going for it, in some way
Well, wasn't this just adorable? Also, hockey - bonus points.

Who knew getting attacked by a squirrel would lead to this? Karen Webber's life has been seriously altered. After the death of her mother, she's forced to live with the father she never knew and his other family. What makes it even more awkward is that her father cheated on his wife with Karen's mother. Talk about fun family bonding time. Besides being heartbroken over losing her mother, she's angry at her father, confused about where
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackies's Book World.*** :)

Rating: 4.5/5

I am totally loving Entangled Teen newest releases, including Center Ice by Cate Cameron. The book revolves aroung Karen Webber, a high school student whose mother recently passed away and now she has to live with her father. Karen feels like an outsider as soon as she gets to her new home, and quickly learns that things are not what they seen to be. Everyone in her town knows that er father cheated on his wife with her mom a
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has so many things that I love, all rolled into one little book. Contemporary romance? Check. Young adult? Check. Hockey? Triple check. I knew I had to read this one the moment I saw the cover (I know, I know). I'm glad that the story inside is just as cute as the cover represents it to be.

Center Ice is a really sweet book. We meet Karen and Tyler, who tell their story from both sides, as the book flips between each of their points of view. They're absolutely adorable together, and I
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet romance. I know I say that about a lot of romances but this one really was. It took me a few chapters to connect with the characters but after that I was charmed by the way Tyler and Karen interacted.

Tyler is an up and coming hockey star. Previously enchanted by the fame and opportunities hockey could get him, he is now quickly tiring of his father's continual presence, criticism and drive to live his dreams through Tyler. Karen has just moved to town. Her mother has die
Cate Cameron
May 19, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
This is the first book in the Corrigan Falls series, following the lives and loves of an OHL hockey team.

It was really fun to write! The heroine is crusty (she was even crustier before my editor suggested she could do with a little softening) and I liked having a not-totally-sympathetic heroine. Romance heroes get away with a lot of nonsense, while the heroines are supposed to just sit around being sweet. Not my plan for Karen! She's just lost her mother, been uprooted from the only home she's e
Bette Hansen
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This is a great YA read about two teens facing serious pressure and trouble at home. The characters are fantastic and the twists and turns in the storyline make this one great read! Loved the way the author dealt with a lot of the issues the H/h are faced with. I highly recommend this one.

In a serious hockey town and a family that is counting on him, the pressure to perform well falls squarely on Tyler's shoulders. Karen Webber is new to town and doesn't know a thing about hockey so Tyl
Jul 06, 2022 rated it liked it
"Life is complicated. Relationships are complicated. But there are some things that are simple, and one of those things is your place in this family."
When people say don't judge a book by it's cover they really meant it. When I first read the synopsis of this book I loved it, but as I started reading it well....it wasn't as I expected it. The story surrounds Karen, a young teenage girl who just lost her mother and has moved into her absentee father and his new family's house. Karen is seen as a
This was a pretty sweet sports romance novel and I did enjoy it but I didn’t really find anything special about it. It started out a little boring and I think that the connection between Karen and Tyler wasn’t strong enough. The whole plot of the book just wasn’t capturing my full attention and I believe that some parts sure could’ve been written and elaborated on more to make the story more, well heart touching if you know what I mean. But overall, it was just a short and easy YA read.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just another tacky cheesy romance I devoured in one sitting. Nothing too special, but not bad enough for me to not finish.
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May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series, a new young adult (possibly new adult in future books) contemporary romance series about a Major-minor league hockey team. It is told in dual narrative between Tyler and Karen. I really enjoyed that because I have been reading more paranormal books lately and I have to say I have missed my dual narrative contemporary romances. And I didn't even realiz
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Hockey is the only world Tyler MacDonald knows and lived on to. At a young age, he can already feel the pressure and he was not even in the NHL yet, the ultimate dream of every young hockey player. It’s within his grasp, and yet why doesn’t he feel happy about it? Between the constant pressure from his father, and not to mention the presence of scouts during games, how long before the pressure consumes him?

Karen Weber lost someone she held close to her heart and now, she was shi
Diane Lynch
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1) by Cate Cameron After her mother’s death, Karen Webber, moves in with her father and his family. OHL hockey player, Tyler MacDonald, is being pressured by his father and agent. The only thing keeping Karen and Tyler sane is each other.
I loved this story! Cate Cameron created a realistic and heartwarming story that I adored.
My heart went out to poor Karen. After her mother’s death, she relocates from Toronto to the small town of Corrigan Falls, where every
Shannon Rogers
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. Tyl
3.5 stars

Center Ice was a good read, I enjoyed the storyline.

After the death of her mother Karen moves in with her father and his family.

Karen is struggling with her feelings, she misses her mother and having to live with these people who she has no connection with is all too much for her.

While I totally understood Karen's pain and felt for her the harsh way she treated her stepmother made it hard for me to connect with her.

My lack of connection with Karen made it hard to enjoy the book, it ma
Alicia Justice
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-read
You can see my full review HERE

Simply put, I love this book! I love this publisher and I love this author. Alright with all that said, let's talk about this book, publisher and author. Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series. I honestly think that this is more of a New Adult book, but others think it's more young adult. This fantastic book is told in two point of views, Karen and Tyler both get to tell their part of the story and I really like how the author did this. H
Center Ice was really good! Karen has lost a lot and has to move in with her Dad and his perfect family. The kids do not like her and everyone in the small town is talking about what happened.

Tyler is the town hero. He's a huge OHL player and has serious potential to become the number one draft pick into the NHL. He has it all. or does he? His family is miles away and he's working hard at something he's not sure he wants anymore. However he's known in town as playboy heart breaker.

When these t
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was just adorable. I really enjoyed seeing the Canadian minor league hockey culture. In fact, there are not many ZyA novels set in Canada,so that was fun. The only thing that bothered me about this book was the abrupt ending. I was reading along and flipped the page and about died when I saw Epilogue......WTF?

I realized that there are companion books in the series, so I'm hoping that I will get to see more of Karen and Tyler, because I'm not really done with their story.

Still, I will b
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