- Series: Portland Storm (Book 5)
- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515018466
- ISBN-13: 978-1515018469
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,020,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Delay of Game (Portland Storm) (Volume 5) Paperback – July 10, 2015
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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
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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Catherine Gayle manages to make a sports romance interesting without overloading the book with too much sports information. Watching a hockey game I would assume that most hockey players were giant Neanderthals with missing teeth who skate around looking for a fight. Although this story starts with the main character Cam getting into a fight on the ice he is nothing like what I would consider a generic hockey player to be like.
Cam is a gentle giant who grew up with a mother and 3 sisters - he's quiet but when he speaks people listen. Sara, the coaches daughter grew up without a mother and is afraid of relationships so Cam has his work cut out for him.
Through a series of unfortunate events the two manage to grow closer, even while Cam is traveling for the season playoffs.
This is a great story and a great romance.
Sara is the daughter of the legendary hockey coach Scotty Thomas. She has taken care of her father ever since her mother left.
Enforcer Cam Johnson has been interested in Sara but considered her off limits since she is the coach’s daughter; however, due to extenuating circumstances, Cam makes it his mission to take care of and protect Sara.
I would have never thought about putting these two together, mainly because they are complete opposites, but with Catherine Gayle's genius mind hard at wort.... it absolutely worked. Sara is and has been sort of a whirl wind, or should I say a typical wild child. Cam (Jonny) on the other hand can be really brutal on the ice, but off of it...he's nothing but a big pussy cat. The way he stepped in and took over for Scotty & Sara warmed my heart. She might be stubborn, but he proved he could be even more stubborn. But when they came together....it was so dang HOT!!!!
I loved the scenes with Tuck & Scotty. That child is so dang cute and so precious, and I think he helped mellow out Scotty, too. When Tuck called him out on his foul language, I couldn't stop laughing.
Jamie (Babs) is still my favorite character of all. I can't help it. With each and every book.... he just seems to win me over more and more. He's finally coming out his shell, and he's also starting to prove he's a force to be reckon'd with on the ice now, too.
And now I can't wait to see what happens next season!
Overview. Sara is the team's coaches daughter. She is his assistant as well. She works on his appointments, schedules, team issues, and helps with all the players spouses in the managers box. But she refuses to date hockey players. So when a guy from her gym asked her out she jumped. She regrets that now after she finds out she is pregnant and her dad's health is poor.
Cam Johnson aka Johnny is one of the meanest player on her dad's team. He was known for fighting and a few scoring too. But he can't help how much likes the coaches daughter. He has tried to fight it. But when he makes a mistake on the ice and starts to cause coach Jim to have a heart attack, he breaks more. He feels bad for Sara and for the pain be is causing her. Soon can is taking care of Sara and Jim and life is changing fast.
All right, Sara Thomas is the daughter of the Storm's coach Scott Thomas. So, Sara has vow never to get involved with a hockey player, because her father's the coach. However, it's more than that. Oh it stems from her abandonment issues from her mother. With that said, Sara tends to push everyone away before they can leave her. Throughout the story, she kind of comes off as a witch. Seriously, you wonder why Cam puts up with her, but he gets her which scares her to death. It doesn't help that she's knocked up. Those hormones wreak havoc on anyone, so I will give her a little leeway.
Now Cam Johnson (Jonny) is a dream. I fell in love when he utter these words to Sara:
"For me, it's all or nothing. I can't ... this. If we do this, I will pursue you like no man has ever pursued you before. And even after I've caught you, I plan to continue pursuing you like my life depends on it. If you're not prepared for that, if you're not ready to be treated as something special and treasured and precious, then I need you to roll over, go back to sleep, and pretend none of this ever happened."
Talk about turning to goo. I love that he wasn't going to let Sara boss him around. However, this kind of got him into trouble a few times with Sara. Yet, he was there when she needed someone there. Basically, he was a rock throughout the story.
Both Cam and Sara dealt with abandonment issues, but they handled it different. Cam tried to man up and be someone his father wasn't. Sara pushed people away, so she couldn't get hurt.
I'd always coped by trying to be the man he hadn't been for my sisters. Sara had coped by doing everything she could to not be like her mother in anyway. Different methods. Different results. Same fears.
I have to say that I like Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm books cause you have some awesome guys and Cam is one of them. Seriously, a great guy that looks out for everyone, even when you you try to push him away. Sara, she's a bit hormonal and mean. However, it's a defense mechanism, and once I realize that it was a little bit easier to like her. Not a lot, but enough. Overall, Delay of Game is a pretty good book, because Cam makes you believe in good guys. So, if you are looking for a hockey romance with a decent guy you might give Delay of Game a try.
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4 1/2 Stars