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Peek Inside Playing Defense

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

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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.

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.

Each book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book one: Center Ice
Book two: Playing Defense
Book three: Winging It

Praise

4.5 stars: "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." - Miranda, Mrs.Leif's Two Fangs About It
 
4 stars: "In one word? AWESOME!" - Deniz, Closet Geeks and Slo Mo
 
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!" - Norah Sumner
 
4 stars: "I loved the characters from the first page and found it physically painful whenever I had to put the book down because there was something I had to do." - Fabienne Gilbert
 
5 stars: "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." - Cheyanne Young, author of the City of Legends Trilogy
 
4 stars: "I think my favourite part was the sisterhood of awesomeness. I didn't expect all these other secondary characters to play such a role, but I enjoyed the discoveries they were making with each other, and watching them try to grow and become more than they were." - Leonore Kosinski, Celebrity Readers
 
4 stars: "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." -Meghan
 
5 stars: "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." -D.M. Duncan, author of The Frosted Moon
 
5 stars: "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 to grow and develop and branch out, making new friends and trying new things was brilliant. I loved watching her change and I kinda wanted to smack her "friend" Annalise. I loved the idea Karen and Claudia had for their Sisterhood and I was actually thinking about how something like that when I was in school could have made the entire experience completely different for me, and I might be a different person!" - Alisha Tarran, Reality's A Bore
 
4 stars: "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." - Cristina, My Tiny Obsessions

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755741
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 14, 2016
Page Count: 232
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, opposites attract

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By Norah March 03, 2016

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 forw... ...more

By S.J. February 27, 2016


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... ...more

By Deniz March 14, 2016

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 muc... ...more

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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... ...more

By Fabienne February 29, 2016

First of all I just want to say a massive thank you to NetGallery, Cate Cameron and Entangled Publlishing for gifting me with a copy of this book for a honest review.

"You want me to study Math?" I grumbled. "You want me to watch a hockey game?"


Oh, how i loved this book! Words can not do this boo... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) March 02, 2016

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... ...more

By Cheyanne March 02, 2016

*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 Mond... ...more

By Nicole March 07, 2016

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 su... ...more

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 bo... ...more

By Sarah Louise February 07, 2017

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,... ...more

By Annelise March 16, 2016

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... ...more

By March 18, 2016

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... ...more

By Lenore March 01, 2016

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

This was a quintessential YA book....it 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... ...more

By Alisha May 20, 2016

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... ...more

By Sheyla ✎ March 05, 2016



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... ...more

By Michelle May 16, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**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... ...more

By Meghan February 25, 2016

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 s... ...more

By Danielle February 24, 2016

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 goo... ...more

By Natalie August 28, 2017

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... ...more

By Dani March 11, 2016

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 do... ...more

By Diane March 14, 2016

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... ...more

By Diane March 14, 2016

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... ...more

By Elaine March 19, 2016

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.... ...more

By Books 2 Blog March 06, 2016

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 thi... ...more

By Sherin February 29, 2016

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 w... ...more

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Cate Cameron

About the author

Cate Cameron

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.

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