Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2016
Junior Tate Tanley hasn’t made it off the bench since joining the hockey team as a freshman. But after the Otters’ star goalie leaves during a huge game, Tate’s got the attention of the entire town. Including Claire O’Connor, who’s mysteriously back in Juniper Falls and who he hasn’t seen in a year. But Tate hasn’t stopped thinking about Claire or what happened the night before she left.
Claire O’Connor should be enjoying college life in the big city. Instead, she’s serving drinks to handsy fishermen and taking care of her sick father back in Juniper Falls. And when she spots her best friend’s little brother, Tate, playing in a big varsity game, she’s thrown for a loop. Tate has grown up a lot: more muscles, more hotness, more…everything. But Claire’s responsibility is to her family, and she doesn’t have time for boys—especially not hockey players.
As games, parties, and town drama throw Tate and Claire together, they can’t ignore what happened last fall—and they can’t ignore what’s brewing between them now. It’s finally time for them to unravel the secrets of their past and face the future together.
I’ve been a fan of Julie Cross’ work for awhile now – I’m on her street team, and I think she’s a fantastic author who is big on theme, which can be a bit rare in YA these days.
She’s also an author who normally writes about teens who are in a more professional capacity (Olympic stars, supermodels, major-league baseball players) so I’m interested in seeing what she does with someone who is NOT famous and his dynamic with an older girl.
Also, that cover is superb. I can feel the fire against the chilly winter air already!
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