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Defensive Zone (Portland Storm) (Volume 15) Paperback – March 22, 2017
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From the Author
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
I didn't really remember reading too much about Harry. Little bits. And I knew Dani from previous books, but in a very limited capacity. I liked Harry a lot, I liked the story, but Dani was such a brat!! I didn't love her and it wasn't until I got to about 75% that I really started to like her.
I know CG was sick and the release for this book was pushed out, but if felt the ending very anticlimactic and I wished it hadn't ended so abruptly.
I still liked it, but it just wasn't my favorite in the series. A solid 3 stars and a solid like. Maybe if I reread, it'll change my opinion, but for now, that's where I stand.
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.
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