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On the Fly (Portland Storm) (Volume 2) 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.
About the Author
Catherine Gayle is a bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rachel Shaw would do anything for her kids, including uprooting their life and moving to Portland after tragedy strikes their family. But Rachel is struggling to trust in anyone again after her ex-husband's betrayal and her need to protect her children, especially 8 year old Maddie, is keeping her strung tight. Hockey player Brenden "Soupy" Campbell has been pulled up from the AHL to play with the Portland Storm and he's determined to do whatever it takes to prove he deserves to be there. When he meets the GM's new assistant, Rachel, he's instantly captivated and when it turns out she's just moved into the condo across the hall, he knows it's fate. But can Rachel learn to trust again?
What I Liked
I loved the first in this series, Breakaway, and I thought this was a good follow up though not better. We met Brenden in the previous book and it's nice to have him as the hero here. I really liked his character because he's a just such a nice guy. He's always ready and willing to do anything Rachel needs and watching him fall in love with Rachel's kids, Maddie and Tuck, was great! I liked Rachel, though she spends most of the book very tightly strung. Rachel comes across as such a great mom; she's devastated by what happened to Maddie and trying so hard to make things better for her. Though her protectiveness is through the roof she's doesn't smother Maddie, at least not too much. Though she wants to resist Brenden she's instantly attracted to him and he's determined to help her out when it's clear that she spends all her time taking care of her kids and no time taking care of herself. Catherine Gayle is great at creating a family out of the Portland Storm players, coaches, wives and girlfriends and this is abundantly clear in this book. Gayle's characters are just genuinely nice and caring and regardless of any realism, I love it.
Once again there was a lot of hockey in this one and plenty of set up for future books, some of it tear-worthy. There's also a lot of Jaime "Babs" Babcock and he was just absolutely adorable. Babs is now living with Brenden and being the oldest of 6 boys he's great around kids. Babs friendship with Tuck is so sweet and Babs pretty much steals the show in any scene he's in.
What Needed Work
I completely understand why Rachel is so over the top protective of her kids. I imagine any parent would be this way but when her need to protect them is used for the The Big Fight it just didn't work for me. I don't blame her in any way but something was just not working for me.
Most recent customer reviews
What a great read. I really liked Brenden Campbell aka Soupy, at least better than I did in book one where I didn't find him likable or reasonable.Read more