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Review: Playing Defense by Cate Cameron

Title: Playing Defense Playing Defense

Author: Cate Cameron

Publisher: Entangled Crush, Entangled Publishing

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2016

Pages: 178

Rating: 3.5/5

My Review:

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. Talk about opposites attracting – or are they really opposites?

This is a great story where teen perceptions of themselves and others are challenged resulting in major changes in attitudes and expectations for all concerned. When parental influences are also challenged, life is something of an emotional roller coaster where the biggest challenges are personal development and meeting them can have a much wider impact on everyone concerned. I definitely didn’t like Claudia’s Mum – what an attitude that lady has! Claudia’s English teacher, however, is a great character, I’d have loved having a teacher like her at that age.

This is told from the points of view of the two main characters and I have to admit to getting initially confused at times by just who was narrating, which detracted from the flow and thus my enjoyment of the story. It was, however, a sweet story and the changes they made to their lives and attitudes was believable. Some of the dialogue was particularly good with great wordplay. It may well appeal more to younger readers looking for a high school based romance than to older readers like myself. 

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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.

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 book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble


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