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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 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 re... ...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....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 book. I... ...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, and...

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 students, they live, struggles, growing up and... ...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 Pla... ...more

By Sharon May 01, 2018

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... ...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

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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...

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 forward to re...

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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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