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Dropping Gloves (Portland Storm) (Volume 10) Paperback – July 10, 2015
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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
FREE AGENT (releasing February 8, 2018)
JOURNEYMAN (releasing August 9, 2018)
SLEIGH BELLS & SLAP SHOTS (releasing December 13, 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 (releasing May 10, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing March 14, 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 September 27, 2018.
Another boxed set will follow.
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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.
As it turned out; I totally fell in love with this series. I found out that all of these books are about so much more than just hockey. By the time I was a chapter into the first book, I was so totally hooked. By the time I finished the first book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book. And that craving just got stronger with every book I read. And yes; these books do talk about the ins and outs of being a hockey player, and there is a lot of play by play action going on, too. But these stories also touch on some real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, as well as addiction. But never fear, because Cathrine Gayle has a way of tackling these issues with such heart-felt sensitivity and compassion. And all of these books end with a heart-warming HEA ending. IMO- these books can all be read as stand-alones, but you'll get much more understanding and enjoyment out of them, if you read the whole series in order.
Now onto my review of this particuliar book:
I have loved the character of Jamie Babcock since the very first book. I could hardly wait until it was time for his story to finally be told. Let me tell you right now, it was well worth the wait! I was not disappointed in any way. In fact; I recieved way more than I ever expected from this book. In every book leading up to this one, Jamie was the one person (at least for me) who always stood out in the crowd. He was a really young but very talented guy who was drafted by the Strom at 18yrs old. He always gave 100% out on the ice, as well as off the ice. He never came across as cocky or full of himself. He made friends very easily with all of the other guys, and all the members of their families. Kids and animals were automatically drawn to him, even those who were going through a really hard time. He had a way of honing in on their troubled souls, and eventually found a way of soothing them. It didn't take but a day or two in his presence before they totally trusted and adored him, and they still do to this day.
The day Babs accidently ran into Katie in the hallway....he was totally taken back by her beauty. Then he realized who she was and backed off. For one thing; she was way too young, and secondly.....she was also happened to be his boss' daughter. Not a good thing to embark on when you're still new to the team. That doesn't mean he didn't admire her from afar. Because he did, but he wasn't stupid enough to act on those feelings. No siree! He liked his body parts right where they were. ;)
But after he'd found out that Katie was diagnosed with Lukemia, he couldn't just sit around and do nothing. He befriended her and took the time to really listen when she needed talk, or just needed a friendly shoulder to cry on. Before the cancer diagnoses Katie had been so bubblily and full of life, but after she started her cancer treatments she started to retreat into herself. It was Jamie that made her finally see.... that even though she looked so pale and had lost all of her hair, she was still so beautiful in his eyes. He took her to her senior prom, when all of friends had turned a way from her. With every day that passed he tried to bolstered her spirits, which in turn gave her the courage to keep on fighting. And she did, and she finally beat that cancer's butt! And by the time it was all said and done, the cancer was completely gone and these two were so in love with one another, but neither of them were willing to admit it to the other one. Then Katie decided on day to leave town to persue her dreams of a acting and singing career in Hollywood. The day she left town, was the day she shattered poor Jamie's heart.
Now she back after four long years, but Jamie doesn't know if his heart can take being broken again.
I had cried here and there through some of the other books in this series, but never as hard, or as long as I did with this book. If ever there were two people belonged together, it's these two. But unforseen things kept getting in their way of finding their happiness.
I thought it was great that a few characters from the new spin off series, Tulsa Thunderbirds, made an appearance in the story. I cannot wait to read that series. Catherine Gayle did a phenomenal job with the plot. She covers real-life issues and delivers it in a very believable manner. Dropping Gloves was a heartwarming story that made me feel just about every emotion possible. I don't know if she'll ever be able to top this story, but I'm going to hang around for the ride, regardless. :)