My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amy Aislin is a new-to-me author, and I appreciate the opportunity the author provided to read an advance copy and review.

Keeping Casey is hockey-heavy and, while knowing the ins and outs of the sport isn’t necessary, I feel like I would have gotten more out of it had I previously read other Aislin books. From what I gathered, there were several cameos from hockey players from the author’s other series. While I could appreciate connecting one series to another, I felt somewhat disconnected from the main characters of Keeping Casey.

The fake relationship trope is one of my ultimate favorites, but that plot line in this story fell flat for me. The actions of the characters pretending to be a couple felt inconsistent to me. There was a lot of unnecessary wishy-washy back and forth between Casey and Ethan that didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

I felt Ethan’s condition was handled really well. For something that affects a person’s everyday life, the inclusion of RA wasn’t overwhelming or distracting. I also enjoyed his friends Theo and Brant. Perhaps they will get their stories in this series?

Overall, I didn’t dislike Keeping Casey, but I think I could have enjoyed it more had I been familiar with the hockey players from this author’s other series.

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