I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review
Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But then Toby became a Raider—a hockey superstar—and Nat was left behind. Now Nat wants Scott—Toby’s cousin and biggest rival—and she decides that the only way to get him is fake dating Toby. Winging it is the third book in Cate Cameron’s Corrigan Falls Raiders series, but can be read as a standalone.
I have a soft spot in my heart for fake relationship and sports stories, so obviously I was really excited to read Winging It as it is a bit of both. Cameron’s writing was clean and made this a very easy and quick read.
I had a little bit of trouble believing the scene Nat sprung the whole fake relationship thing on Toby. She literally just pretends they’re dating the minute his cousin shows up without notifying Toby. I can’t see anyone not saying anything right away if someone just started acting like that randomly.
Besides that, I liked Nat as a character. She can be really direct, which is a trait you don’t always see. She also made mistakes—because everyone’s flawed—but owned up to them and did something about them. I also liked her resolve and perseverance when it came hockey. I really got that it was her passion.
Toby was great. He has the best intentions of just trying to regain and help a friend—even if in a weird way. He was really straight up with Nat and pushed her, which I liked. He wasn’t going to just sit there and let her complain, he was going to make her do something about it and took the time to help. Plus he loved Pride and Prejudice.
Scott was a jerk from the beginning, and I totally got why no one but Nat liked him. If a guy goes for his cousin’s girlfriends just to win in some sort of way he’s a jerk. But being a teenage girl with a crush, I get Nat is easily blinded by this. He doesn’t really change as a character, but we get some great backstory and insight that makes him fully rounded out.
Dawn was interesting. She’s Nat’s friend and Toby’s ex. And while I found it weird that she was trying to set them up, I really for once enjoyed that she wasn’t reduced to the bitter ex stereotype. I think she was really her own person, and that’s what made her fine with the two dating if it was what would make them happy.
The hockey aspect was great, like I said I love books that incorporate sports. Nat and Toby’s childhood memories of playing together were mixed in with what was happening to them in present day and I really loved seeing that. You could just see them getting back into their old habits and friendship.
The Toby and Scott cousin rivalry was a little weird to me at first. I think maybe they could’ve just been boys that were rivals, like cousins just seems so random. But it starts to make a little more sense once we’re given Scott’s backstory and a glimpse into his life at home.
And obviously the plot is a little predictable, I mean we all know what happens at the end of a fake relationship story. Still I found Winging It to be a really fun read, loved the relationships, and even found myself a little surprised at points. You can find it on Amazon and the author Cate Cameron at catecameronauthor.com. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!