- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: April 15, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W6DYVHM
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Delay of Game: Portland Storm, Book 4 Audible – Unabridged
Customers who bought this item also bought
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is okay, the pacing...occasionally a tad slow, but overall okay. The plot is expected, no real surprises, but the characters...that's where Ms. Gayle shines.
Each of them have such unique personalities. That takes some gifted talent, to write a series with so many characters, yet keep them all different. The one thing I miss, though, is more interaction of the ones from previous books. They really become tertiary characters and I'd like to see them more involved in each subsequent book.
But, I'm hooked, so on to the next one.
The Verdict: While I frequently wanted to slap Sara upside the head and point out just how perfect Cam was for her, it was still a great read.
Sara's love for her father is probably what made the most sense to me. Having been abandoned by her mother when she was just a kid, it's always been her and her dad against the world, so to speak. However, that abandonment led to her being unable to grow any lasting relationships, whether it came to friends or boyfriends, and until now, she's been okay with that. But then a one-night stand proved that birth control isn't always effective, and somehow she's got to accept and deal with being pregnant at a time that her dad really can't handle anymore stress.
Cam is used to being alone. It's not that he's averse to socializing or relationships, but he's been putting his mom and his sisters first for so long that he really hasn't made any time for himself. He cares about the guys on the team with him, though, and he takes his career seriously. He also takes seriously the sexy shoes his coach's daughter and personal assistant is always wearing. When a game gets out of hand and sends their coach to the hospital with a “heart event”, Cam's first thought — other than to blame himself — is for Sara. He doesn't leave her side while she falls apart over her father, and he makes sure he's there for her afterward.
I was a little surprised at how quickly their relationship progressed, but given how broken down Sara was under the circumstances, it's no wonder she was looking for some comfort. More surprising, though, in the best way, was Cam's reaction to her pregnancy. It wasn't a reaction at all, really, unless you count his wanting to beat the hell out of whatever guy he imagined knocked her up and left her to deal with the consequences. That bit there was the beginning of only about a million ways Cam showed that he loved Sara for who she was rather than whatever idea he might have had of her.
Sara, though, was resistant to the extreme. While she had no problem developing a physical relationship, she wasn't willing to let down her guard enough to depend on him, and that tended to drive me a bit nuts. It also meant that nearly every other thing Cam did was incredibly sweet and selfless, and after a while I started wondering when Sara was finally going to open her eyes and see it. I kind of wish she'd given in just a little earlier on, so he wouldn't have had to play the role of white knight quite so completely. But I guess that just does to show that she was messed up from her mom, and he was a better man than she ever could have hoped for.
While Delay of Game, like the other books in the series, had a character who was dealing with issues from her past, it was a much lighter read than how the series started out, and I think that's went a long way toward my enjoying it more. Don't get me wrong; the other books had some light moments and some great happily ever afters, but this one was just lighter all around. Even with Scotty in the hospital and Sara pregnant and Cam desperate to prove to her that he would never leave her, it managed to be a bit fluffier than its predecessors, so it's a nice uptick in what is turning out to be a pretty great sports romance series.
Another very irritating factor is that we continually read that the H grunts instead of speaks. By the end of the story I wanted to throw my Kindle after reading "He grunted" for the umpteenth time!
I'm crossing my fingers that the next book will be an improvement because I really like this author.
But if you want a slightly more in depth review, then here goes…
Sara is a girl who is scared to love and let anyone in. That makes her, as a character, quite frustrating, especially in her interactions with Cam. By way of example… “I hated those tingles – I wanted to throw them into the pit of Mount Doom like they were the One Ring” (Nice LOTR involvement).
As a perfect foil to her, Cam is calm and restrained, in the face of some quite serious provocation.
I really enjoyed this story. Sara’s denial and Cam’s steady intent were deliciously described. And the smoldering heat between the two, well, you’ll see what I mean. You cant fight the inevitable….or can you?
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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.