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Breakaway (Portland Storm) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 10, 2015
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The books of the Portland Storm series are hockey romances, but they go much deeper than the sport of hockey. These books touch on real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, addiction, and many other similar subjects. If you have triggers, be aware that these books may very well contain material which could trigger you. That said, I endeavor to tackle these issues with sensitivity and compassion.
Additionally, many readers have requested that I put a TISSUE WARNING on the books in this series. I've received notes from readers about every single book in the series, in which readers tell me how the characters and the story brought them to tears. You may not need tissues for each book--the story line that resonates most for you may not be the one that others responded to in that way--but don't say I didn't warn you.
On that note, I have another warning for you: my hockey players curse like...well...hockey players. And there is a fair amount of sex in these books. If cursing and sex aren't your cup of tea, these books probably won't be, either.
The PORTLAND STORM series reading order
ON THE FLY
TAKING A SHOT
LIGHT THE LAMP
DELAY OF GAME
IN THE ZONE
HOLIDAY HAT TRICK
LOSING AN EDGE
DEFENSIVE ZONE (releasing February 9, 2017)
POWER PLAY (releasing May 25, 2017)
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing October 19, 2017)
The Portland Storm series is also being made available in boxed sets.
PORTLAND STORM: THE FIRST PERIOD contains Breakaway, On the Fly, Taking a Shot, and Light the Lamp
PORTLAND STORM: THE SECOND PERIOD contains Delay of Game, Double Major, In the Zone, Holiday Hat Trick, and Comeback
PORTLAND STORM: THE THIRD PERIOD (releasing March 30, 2017) will contain Dropping Gloves, Home Ice, Mistletoe Misconduct, Losing an Edge, and Game Breaker
Other boxed sets will follow.
Also look for Catherine Gayle's TULSA THUNDERBIRDS hockey romance series. The Thunderbirds series is a spin-off from the Storm, featuring some familiar characters, lots of hockey action, and the same emotional backdrop, put together in a sexier, edgier package. You do not need to read the Thunderbirds series to enjoy the Storm series, although there are likely to be a few storylines that overlap to a small degree.
BURY THE HATCHET
RITES OF PASSAGE (releasing November 10, 2016)
RAIN DANCE (releasing August 17, 2017)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance (releasing December 29, 2016)
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Top Customer Reviews
The h was gang raped when she was in her late teens and since then has not been able to let anyone touch her. She's had years of counselling and therapy but can't move past the incident. She wants a relationship and children and her therapist suggests that she choose someone she trusts to initiate her to sex. She chooses her brother's best friend who is the Captain of a hockey team. The H has always had a thing for the h but she doesn't know it and he never acted on it because initially she was too young. It's a very difficult thing for both of them to go through but the H finally agrees to help her and she moves to be with him for a few months before she has to go back to work.
I adored the H. He must be one of my favourite Hs ever. My heart broke for the h too after everything that she'd been through. Although it isn't an easy subject, this is a love story and I do recommend it.
What I liked. I liked that Dana didn't give up on herself. She had experienced something horrific in her past and although she was traumatized by what happened to her, she wanted to work and grow to get past it. She felt the only way of doing that was pursuing her long time childhood crush Eric.
Eric was her brother's best friend growing up and now he is a professional hockey player. I liked that Eric wasn't the typical alpha male. I loved that he was sympathetic and desperately wanted to do everything possible to help Dana. I also loved that Eric knew who he was and what he wanted out of life. The only thing that held him back was Dana's trauma. He wanted her desperately, but he didn't want to do anything to make her terror worse.
What I didn't like. I didn't like that most of the action was told to us as opposed to allowing us to experience it through Dana and Eric. I also didn't like that there was so much hockey. I understand that this is a sports romance, however we don't need several chapters focusing on scenes for random hockey games. Maybe if those scenes would have had Dana helping Eric get over his scoring slump since she was also a great hockey player or if those scenes helped advance the story, they would have been fine. But neither of those things happened. Most of the scenes on the ice were pointless and seemed almost to just help with word count.
All in all, this was a good story and worth reading if you're looking for an easy read. I'll be honest and say that I skimmed quite a bit through this story. There's a little too much internal monologue that doesn't really mean anything and all of that monologue is pretty redundant. If you can get past that, it's a nice story that I don't regret reading.
Ms. Gayle had a great story but for me it was executed just to darn slow. The story is written in first person but it was more of the characters telling the story vs the author telling it. How do I explain it is more of telling the action vs being live action. Make sense? HA. Probably only to me. I am at a point in my reading that if I'm just not feeling it...I stop and maybe pick it up later or its not even worth it and it goes in the "not finished" category.I'm glad I finished but if I was honest..If there had been another book in the wings waiting for me to read. This book would have it the cloud.
By the way I started off my review, You would have thought i gave it a one star. But that isn't the case. I did end up enjoying the story and the characters. I am glad that I finished it. and the dual POV made the story.
At the end of the book, you get a preview of the second book. I read the preview and it actaully started off 100% better than this book.
In comparison some of Toni's h characters are weak whiny females that I can barely tolerate. Ms. Gayle's h characters are well written and strong. I will buy every single one of the books in this series. I don't know much about hockey but I love football and baseball so I appreciate the play by play in her books.
Her characters are real and well developed. I simply adore Jamie (Babs) and his family. I've been reading the box set of the first 3 books so I am totally in love with this franchise and the team (family). If you love the Assassins series I highly recommend this series. It is far better!!