Sunday, June 12, 2016

Book Review: Winging It by Cate Cameron

Winging It (Corrigan Falls Raiders #3)
By Cate Cameron 
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Source: Publisher
Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off. 

When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.

Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together?

As a lover of sports romances, I always have my eye out for new ones, especially in the YA world. For some reason, there just aren't enough YA romances that revolve around sports. When I saw Winging It and read the summary, I knew that it was a book that I just had to read. 

Natalie West has had the biggest crush on Scott, who just so happens to be the cousin of her old best friend Toby. When Toby started dating someone, he and Natalie started drifting apart until they just didn't see each other anymore. When Scott shows up in town after a year away, Natalie is determined to get his attention. What better way than to make him jealous by pretending to date Toby? Toby tries to say no, but finds himself wrapped up in Natalie's crazy plan and starts having feelings for her that both of them try to convince themselves are part of the act…but are they? 

I absolutely love novels that have a fake romance that turn into a real romance. It's so fun watching the characters start to feel something for each other, but think it's part of the act and get confused when it's not really part of the act…oh the drama! I loved Natalie and Toby together and how sweet Toby was and how Natalie started to realize how sweet Toby was as they started to hang out together again. And the fact that they were BOTH hockey players was awesome. It was cool to see them really bond over hockey and I loved seeing them play the actual sport they were supposed to play. 

Not only was the Natalie's quest to win over Scott a main plot point, there was also a lot of depth behind both Scott and Toby's characters that I really appreciated. Natalie was slowly able to learn about the boys and understand why they were the way they were. Natalie also grew a lot herself and really looked at what she wanted to do with her own life thanks to Toby. 

Overall, this was a really sweet romance that actually had character depth and development that had me falling for the characters with each page. There was enough sports action to satisfy me and an adorably charming hockey player to steal my heart. If you want a fun YA hockey romance, look no further!

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