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|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?
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…
I loved all of the characters in this, even the a*hole. Everyone was so.... nice and mature. Which is something you often don't even get in adult fiction, let alone YA!
The love story was a slow-roll that was just right for their ages. And Toby and Nat were a very believable pair of former best friends. There were some wonderfully laugh-out loud moments in this.
I always enjoy "fake dating" and this had everything you want from that trope. The fact that Dawn, the ex-girlfriend, wasn't a close friend at first was also a nice touch.
The fact that she was weirdly insecure about "girly" things was a bit over the top at times, I thought. I understand that she is a tomboy, but wouldn't that mean she would care less? I'm not into sports, but I have always been a tomboy and "one of the guys" and I never worried about what I 'should' order in front of a crush. Especially not a crush that I was already a friend of. It made sense as a plot contrivance, but otherwise seemed unnecessary.
Cute and sweet YA romance, the hockey drizzled on in just the right amount. Not necessarily anything special, but it was quick, engaging, well-paced, and thoroughly enjoyable.
|My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.|