- 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
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Delay of Game: Portland Storm, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.
Copy provided by author (also purchase my own copy).
4 1/2 Stars
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.