- Series: Portland Storm (Book 15)
- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540344576
- ISBN-13: 978-1540344571
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,085,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Defensive Zone (Portland Storm) (Volume 15) Paperback – March 22, 2017
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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
JOURNEYMAN (releasing September 27, 2018)
SLEIGH BELLS & SLAP SHOTS (releasing November 29, 2018)
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 contains Dropping Gloves, Home Ice, Mistletoe Misconduct, Losing an Edge, and Game Breaker
PORTLAND STORM: OVERTIME (releasing June 21, 2018) will contain Defensive Zone, Power Play, and Neutral Zone.
One more boxed set 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
DREAM CATCHER (June 9, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing May 16, 2019)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE PEGS, a boxed set containing Rites of Passage, Rain Dance, and Dream Catcher, will release on November 1, 2018.
Another boxed set will follow.
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She was bulldozing her way towards any target she happened to have on her radar, with no regard as to how her actions would impact other people's lives - because she of course knew better than even themselves what's good for them. Although Harry told her several times he is not interested in her and did not encourage her, she literally threw herself at him - sitting on his lap uninvited, repeatedly kissing him and getting up close and personal in front of others any chance she got. Her belief that Harry was attracted to her stemmed from a single kiss she had forced on him out of the blue and that he had returned, which had happened quite a while before this string of events took place.
Even his warning that her insistence could make him lose his job and therefore threaten the financial support for his family left her cold.
Then once she had him worn down to engage with her on only a physical, casual basis to get it out of their system, she suddenly made a U-turn declaring her love for him and got in his face for not reading her mind or immediately agreeing with her on this new level of relationship.
Her every action and involvement turned into a loud, diva-like, self-centred drama.
I could absolutely not see how anyone could like an obnoxious person like Dani, let alone grow to love her. I found her only redeeming virtue to be the love and concern for her sister but even those showed as an over-the-top reaction of trying to race to her emotional rescue minutes before her own wedding.
I also could not see how the pair's feelings grew from just physical attraction to love. There seemed to be a lot more focus on Harry's kinky preferences than on any emotional development between the two of them.
The two stars are for Harry whom I liked (but not loved) and for the author's style of writing which made me want to finish this book. However this book almost put me off reading the next in series.
This will not stop me from reading more of the series, though, since I know this was the book Catherine was working on when her health crisis ensued. It can't be easy trying to finish writing a book when you're not really feeling up to par. I will give her a pass, for that alone.
I have so far read all of Catherine's Portland Storm and Tulsa Thunderbird series and come to love her writing style. This book is no exception.
In Levi's book we learned that Cody "Harry" Williams got arrested and bailed out by his coach. But we didn't know why he was arrested. Quite honestly I would have never come up with the real reason. In this book Cathrine shows us Cody with all his layers and he has many! His struggle with his family situation, his releationship with his sisters and his need to be in control because of a tragic event in his past. I really could relate to it and connected with Cody. That actually is my favourite part of this story, his worries may seem over-dramatic but I totally got them and understand that to him they were very real. I also liked to see the changes that may come to the time and how difficult it sometimes is to be part of a team in a sport where players can be moved around very quickly.
Unfortunately I had a hard time connecting with Dani. On one hand I liked her drive regarding her career and her friendship with Bea. On the other hand I had difficulties swallowing what I thought was her very self-centered pursuit of Cody. For a very long time in the story she showed almost no compassion or respect torwards Cody's fears. It was all very "my way or the high way" with her and that is something I don't like very much. I understand that she was only 20 and therefore is prone to show imature behaviour but in my eyes it was a bit much. I doubt hat she wouldn't have got what she wanted, if she approached the situation with a bit more patience and understanding for everyone else beside her. I hope we get to see glimpses of her being more mature and more of a acutal relationship between Cody and Dani. I kinda missed the usual deep connection that the other couples in the previous books had, beside the various sex scenes.
I still liked the story and am happy to have read it and I'm looking forward to Koz and Bea!
I love the main characters. It was fun watching Cody think he had control of Dani and just as entertaining watching Dani prove that no such thing was happening. Dani is a sassy individual who refuses to take no for an answer and Cody eventually realizes he doesn't want to say no anyways.
A fun and entertaining read with serious issues people deal with everyday day.