- Series: Portland Storm (Book 10)
- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151501892X
- ISBN-13: 978-1515018926
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,507,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dropping Gloves (Portland Storm) (Volume 10) Paperback – July 10, 2015
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Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart. Learn more
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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Katie Weber and Jamie Babcock have always had a connection. When they first met several years ago, they were both still teenagers and with Katie being a minor, not to mention her father being a teammate of Babs for the Portland Storm, it was not the right time for either of them to start anything more than a friendship. When Katie was diagnosed with cancer, Babs was there as a friend while wishing he could be so much more as he watched the girl he loved going through such a battle. Then the great news that Katie was healthy came and then Katie went to chase her dreams in LA, leaving Babs in Portland to continue his hockey career and pine for the one girl he thought he’d never have a chance with.
In Dropping Gloves, Katie returns to Portland to sing the national anthem at Hockey Fights Cancer night and she not only realizes she misses her family and the city she called home for so many years, but most importantly, she realizes she misses Jamie. She decides to stay, but the question becomes for how long? Jamie has missed her equally as much, but he’s not sure he can take having his heart trampled on again by the woman he loves with all of his heart when she leaves again – and he’s sure she’s going to leave again. After telling her how he feels, Katie has to make the decision about what she wants to follow, her dreams or her heart. Katie realizes she has to fight for what she wants with Jamie, all while fighting another difficult personal battle.
It’s no secret that the Portland Storm series is one of my favorites and I don’t think it’s much of a secret either that Jamie (Babs) Babcock is one of the most beloved characters that Catherine Gayle has created. The would-be romance between Babs and Katie Weber that we’ve seen potential for over the last several books is one we’ve all been waiting a long time for and finally, the wait is over and what a fantastic ride it was! This book was emotional, sweet, raw and it also gives you hope – hope that love like this does exist and that the person you love will truly stand with you through anything. I adore Babs and most importantly I adore Babs and Katie together. This is a must read!
I admit it. I cheated! After reading 'Taking A Shot (Portland Storm, #2.5)' I was compelled to read 'Dropping Gloves,' the continuation of Jamie's and Katie's story and what transpired four or five years later when she came home from LA. I had to know what happened with our dear, sweet Jamie and the love of his life, Katie. Book 2.5 gave me no choice in the matter. I was that wrapped up with this couple and after trying to move on to books three and four I simply couldn't do it. I was ate up inside to see where Catherine Gayle would take this wonderful love story with this young couple.
Jamie was the epitome of a fantastic, loving young man who had, simply put, not been able to move on after falling desperately for Katie Weber. No other woman had caught his heart or his body because they weren't Katie. He had remained a virgin during their years apart and that had a huge impact on me.
Katie made a lot of mistakes in LA. I have to be honest and say that I did lose some respect for her after finding out about her escapades and the men who dominated her. More than anything I was disappointed in her because she had let people use her. She hung on her manager's every word and thought and did exactly what he wanted her to do to get rid of her pure, good girl image to make her more marketable.
There's only one part that was a bit hard for me to grasp. Katie's parents were so overprotective and had pretty much ruled over her, especially her dad, Webs. So, it didn't fit the mold that her parents would let their eighteen-year-old, inexperienced daughter scurry off to big bad Holly-weird alone at eighteen years old without any supervision or guidance whatsoever. That was so out of character for her dad (and mother, too) and I struggled with that a bit.
Soooo, I'll start you off. Katie comes home to be at an event that included the Storm. Jamie saw her again at said event and decided he just couldn't hang on any longer. She wanted to be friends but he didn't know how to do that because he loved her endlessly. Katie wasn't back but a couple of days when she discovered everything she wanted and needed was right here at home and she made the decision to give up her acting career, 'drop her gloves' and fight for the one and only man she has ever loved. She followed her dreams before and now she was determined to follow her heart. As soon as she decides this Jamie asks her out for coffee...to tell her he couldn't be her friend anymore. With every visit Katie made home over the years, some including the idiots she was dating, he knew she would leave again. She always did and he had to take steps to be able to move on with his life and open himself up to finding someone else to love. This young man had been broken, crushed if you will, since the day she left years ago and with every trip she made home - only to leave again - the guy's heart was shattered over and over and he didn't function well off the ice.
I highly recommend this series. This book was fantastic and I loved every minute in Jamie's and Katie's world. I loved it so much that I read it three times in four days.
Kudos to Catherine Gayle for these interesting and intriguing stories.
He is as close to a real life hero as i have ever read.
He’s big and strong and well trained, but he is also kind, loyal, faithful, sweet and insecure, shy, he can fight, not at all a alfa male like most hero these days oh and he’s Canadian.
I use to say I would want him for my daughter but whom am I kidding, I would love him for myself.
Babs is all one could wish for in a man and Catherine Gayle have done him justice.
The big question is is Katie Weber worthy of his love and the answer is yes not so much because of her but because he loves her and only her.
Katies back from living her dream
Babs needs to decide if he can continue to be her friend or if its time to move on and find a new lady love.
Katies world is once again turned on its head now the question is what will she chose her heart or her dreams.
With help from an unlikely source and a kitten that thinks its a parrot the story weaves its magic weave.
This book was so worth the looooooong wait.
I didn’t think I could love Babs more than I already did but I was wrong Catherine Gayle turned him into so much more.
If you like I wonder who Catherines models for Babs was, its Jamie Benn and Jeff Skinner.
For me Jeff Skinner is the embodiment of Babs just saying.