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Playing Defense

(Corrigan Falls Raiders #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  108 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published March 14th 2016 by Entangled: Crush
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Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars

Man, I loved this book. Be still my Winslow-loving heart. I seriously loved the characters, the story, the friendship, #girlpower, the humor...everything! I've really enjoyed reading the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders duology (?) but this one was even better. I was looking forward to reading Winslow's book and he did not disappoint. "Smart-girl-tutors-jock" is one of my favourite tropes in YA/NA novels. Claudia is a fantastic and relatable character - at least for me. I am, in
S.J. Abbo
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

I like it, I like it a lot!

It's sweet, funny, YA contemporary romance without much drama and WITHOUT love triangles.
Maybe that is the main reason I like it!
There aren't some big plot, action or big misunderstanding between two main characters.

This is nice, interesting story about two High school students, they live, struggles, growing up and falling in love.

We have front-of-the- room, A student, miss „Never be kissed before“ Claudia


and we have a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player Chris


We hav
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Cute story.
If I was 15 years old I'd probably love it more.
Instead, I found the characters to be very cliched: book-smart girl falls for hockey jock who needs tutoring.
Angsty parents don't approve.
Teenagers trying to live for the moment before the future has them by the throat.
A few moments filled with girl power, self esteem, and self discovery.
First kisses and lots of innocence here.
And a very likeable teen hero.
It's an easy read... but maybe not a memorable one. Although, I th
LE Sigh!

In one word? AWESOME!

Playing Defense ticks every box when it comes to cute&fluffy. It was an easy and extremely enjoyable read, two interesting MCs, good support cast, many cute and funny moments, loads to swoon and hot Hockey boys. What's more to want? But Playing Defense offered much more than that. While lighthearted there are some interesting issues highlighted. And while it's defo a cute and swooney romance the two MCs do some considerable growth because of each other.

I loved Center
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed this one more than the first book. I do wish the books were longer. I thought the story was sweet. The characters in this book were more likable in my opinions, and the romance was more believable. This story was more relatable to me, so I think that is why I enjoyed it more because it showed two high school student figuring out stuff in their lives while they fell in love. I thought the ending was good. I am happy with the way the series is turning out. Hop ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian-ya
OMG...I ship Claudia, or should I say Dia, and Chris so much! As a Canadian, I loved that the book and Cate Cameron didn't hide the Canadian setting and characters at all. In fact, from page one we know that Claudia's goal is to get into the University of Waterloo, the country's best engineering school. Then there are references to the OHL, Hockey Canada's world juniors, and the cities of Kitchener - where Claudia goes for an event - and Windsor, where Chris' family lives and where he lived befo ...more
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Entangled Crush books never fail to put a smile on my face. I’m a fan of these books to be honest, the romance is just the cutest thing, and Playing Defense was no exception.

The writing was good, it flowed well, and these two characters read like their age, and that’s always a plus. The plot is nothing that hasn’t been done well: popular jock and timid smart girl. Right? But the execution was a bit different from what I’ve seen before. Both characters were great and go throu
Cheyanne Young
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

What can I say? I loved this book. It is a quick read of fun, sweet, swoony YA romance which just happens to be my favorite kind of book. Throw in a sexy hockey player and this book was exactly what I needed to read on a Monday morning.

Claudia is a smart, reserved girl who gets volunteered (or volun-told, more like) to tutor Chris Winslow, a "dumb jock". I absolutely loved their connection from the moment they met. Chris ha
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
First things first: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.
The book comes out March 14th. And you should really check it out, if you want something fun and easy to read. Even if you haven't read the first book, it's totally fine. It's the same setting, just different characters.

I was super close to giving this a 5 star rating but ended up giving it a 4.5. But I didn't really feel the ending of the book. I don't even know what it was but it fell a bit rushed to me.

But apart from that, t
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 / 5 Fangs

I didn't read the first book of this series, and I had no issues with understanding what was going on. So, if you haven't read the first book, you can totally just read this book. However, after reading this book, I NEED to go back and read the first book. I absolutely adored this book. I felt like my heart was exploding with rainbows, sunshine, and sparkles while reading it. This book was simply adorable.

The two main characters, Winslow (Chris) and Claudia, were fantastic. They we
Sarah Louise
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is such pure, fluffy goodness.

I loved this even more than Center Ice. I'm totally weak for the smart girl tutoring the jock scenario.

Claudia was kind of a loose cannon, but I adored that about her. With a family pressuring her to succeed, good grades are, basically, her entire life, and when Chris, in his swooning charm, shows her a new outlook on life, it's a little intimidating. In return, though, Claudia shows him a life that doesn't revolve around hockey. It was such a balanced
Annelise Lestrange
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jessica Strachan
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Claudia is the kind of girl that has no time to fool around. She has a target and its name is Waterloo University; in order to go studying Engineering there, she must give her best on high school. And give her best didn’t include tutoring one of the stars of the local town hockey team, Chris Winslow.

But it happened. Because lif
3.5 “Sweet and cute hockey player” STARS

ARC via NetGalley!

Thank you, Entangled!

PLAYING Defense is another good example of a YA contemporary romance that is cute and easy to read.

The MC here is Claudia, a super smart senior working extra hard to get the perfect application for college. Claudia has her future planned: it involves a lot of studying and no fun at all. That’s exactly how she’s been living for many years. Until she’s assigned to tutor a guy who knows how to have fun.

Chris is a super c
Lenore Kosinski

4 stars -- I received a copy of this book through NetGalley!

This was a quintessential YA wasn't just a romance, it had a lot of exploring the growth of both characters in it as well. And I actually really enjoyed the kind of blunt look it took on the issues that might face some teens, and that the environment in the high school wasn't so stereotypical and over the top. There were social circles, but it wasn't all Mean Girls all the time...I appr
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I really liked the premise of this and the mention of swoony boys and kissing. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

Claudia and Chris were decent enough characters. It starts out a bit clichéd: she's the smart, nerdy girl and he's the dumb, popular jock. There are a few other characters of interest {her mom is a total asshat}, but the focus was definitely on Claudia and Chris.

There was a good amount of growth from Chris, but not so much from Claudia. She remained quite dramatic and that go
Sheyla ✎
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

Playing Defense is such a cute story!

I was expecting sweet and I got it. I love romances like this one. Both characters were likable and relatable. There was no major angst or betrayal.

Chris Winslow is part of the high school hockey team. He plays well and gets along with people. He does enjoy mischief but nothing that could hurt anyone. When he needs help with chemistry and math he agrees to a tutor to avoid getting in trouble with his coach.

Claudia Waring only cares about her grades open
Alisha Tarran
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
First up, I did not read the first book and I managed just fine, so if you haven't read the first book you can pick this up and read it no problems. Although of course, now I really want to read the first book because I loved the characters from it and want to know more about them and their story!

I completely LOVED Winslow and Claudia, both separately and together. Chris was funny and sweet and liked to play pranks and was just so adorable! Claudia was ridiculously smart, and watching her start
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Playing Defense is the second book in the young adult Corrigan Falls Raiders series by Cate Cameron. I really enjoyed the first book, Center Ice. It was a cute hockey story. And Playing Defense is no different. I love me some hockey and I love me a good tutoring trope, so I knew that Playing Defense would be right up my alley. And it was. Playing Defense is a fun read.

Playing Defense is told in dual narrative between
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
You can't help but smile when you are reading this book. This story has adorable characters and scenes, sweet romantic moments, but it also filled with the real emotions of self-doubt, confusion, parental expectation, facing the unknown of growing up, etc. which is what made me really enjoy the story. Claudia and Chris are the two main characters and they are wonderful. Both are extremely relate-able, well developed and genuinely nice. Their interactions with each other run the gamut of snarky, ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's worth the full 5 stars. It's a sweet teen romance which shows how an unlikely couple can show each other a brighter future.

Claudia is smart and all about studying to get into the school of choice. One of her teachers suggests tutoring other students would look good on her college applications. She takes on Chris a hockey jock who doesn't have much interest in academic studies. He is a happy go lucky carefree spirt. The total opposite of Claudia.
She learns him ma
Cate Cameron
Jul 20, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I love Winslow. He was so much fun to write in the first book I was really happy to be able to give him a book of his own. Tough to get much drama out of him, though - he's just so easy going and relaxed! ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for something light and fluffy and this was perfect. I think the story was cute, but to be honest Claudia got super annoying. I mean it served for the plot, since all romances seem to have this time where they break up or get into a big fight and then make up. But she was still annoying.
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things.

There is also an interview with Cate Cameron (the author) in the post!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

You don't need to have read the first book in the series, as each book is about a different couple (with guys from the same team). You know the drill.

What I liked:

- I read this in a day. I read it before wor
Diane Lynch
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron Cate Cameron’s Playing Defense is another win for the Corrigan Falls Raiders Series.  The story starts off at the same time as the cow incident that took place in book one, Center Ice.  I thought that scene was pretty funny, so I enjoyed reading about it from the mastermind’s point of view.  Hockey player, Chris Winslow needs a tutor to help him out with advanced functions and chemistry.  Claudia Waring needs to diversify her activities ...more
Diane Lynch
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cate Cameron’s Playing Defense is another win for the Corrigan Falls Raiders Series. The story starts off at the same time as the cow incident that took place in book one, Center Ice. I thought that scene was pretty funny, so I enjoyed reading about it from the mastermind’s point of view. Hockey player, Chris Winslow needs a tutor to help him out with advanced functions and chemistry. Claudia Waring needs to diversify her activities for her college applications, so she can get into her school of ...more
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I am of the age where reading a 'teen' romance shouldn't interest me right? Well that's wrong so I'm 15 years older than most of the characters in Playing Defense, but this book was brilliant I wish Cate Cameron wrote standard romances (and after coming to this revelation whilst writing this review I will be checking it out using my friend Google.) The reason why I liked it so much I felt like I was one of the characters as I read the book. I was immersed in the teen angst and drama plus i ...more
Rating: 3.5/5

When the quiet, hardworking, well behaved Claudia Waring is advised to take on the job of peer tutoring she knew it would count well in her college applications but didn’t expect it to change her quite so much. She's smart, focussed on her own attainment to achieve her career goals. She’s tasked with tutoring Chris Winslow, a hot, gorgeous, happy-go-lucky hockey player in Maths and Chemistry, neither expected their mutual chemistry to prove a different sort of challenge for them. Ta
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sweet YA romance from Cate Cameron.

This is second book in the series Corrigan Falls Raiders and is the story of Claudia and Chris. Chris is a hockey player and an easygoing character, whereas, Claudia is an intelligent nerd.

I understand the norm the class toppers have - talk and mingle only with similar students (first benchers) and not get deviated from studying ... but what happens when Claudia is assigned as the tutor for Chris (backbencher)? All bets are off!

The sisterhood - which isn't
Crisanda (Sapphire)
Playing Defense was sorely disappointing. I read Center Ice because I wanted to read this book, but I liked Center Ice a lot better. There wasn't anything very wrong with Playing Defense, it was just average in a way that bordered on boring. Chris and Claudia were perfectly normal characters. The whole dumb jock meets nerdy girl was epically clichéd, but thankfully it ended there. Unfortunately, the plot didn't really go anywhere. Most of the time I was wondering why I was still reading. I have ...more
Shawna Cramer
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review:

Honestly I really liked this book, it was a fast read but not the kind where things were missing more of a can't put this down to join in life kind of fast read. I do admit there were some things I did have to look up because the story was based out of CANADA but than London was mentioned so I was slightly confused (learned there was a LONDON in Canada, which I did not know) but other than that I thought it was a cute story about a girl needing to g
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