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Game Breaker (Portland Storm) (Volume 14) Paperback – August 11, 2016
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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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Amidst this love story about hockey player Nate Golston, Ghost as he is called by his teammates, one of the few colored athletes in hockey and Anne Dennison, one of the few females in the sports broadcasting world; this is also the story of how ignorant people sometimes react to both of those scenarios.
Anne has been hired to produce a web series about what goes on behind the scenes of the Portland Storm. She and Nate have a history of flirting for the last two years that goes back to her days as a reporter. The flirting gradually turns into much more and I love how slow their relationship develops because of all the other issues going on around them. They are so good for each other.
We see how Ghost has to deal with racial slurs and tension and how Anne, besides having to deal with obvious sexism by her superiors, has to deal with a mother who is from another culture and doesn't like Anne's career choice or that Anne has adopted more of the style of her American father. But even though Anne is more Americanized, her mother's words have hurt her in many ways and have made her very closed off sexually and I just love how Nate handles that. He is everything I hoped he would be and more.
Catherine shows us throughout their story how Nate and Anne, the players on the team and their families are affected by the racism directed at Nate as well as the racial violence going on outside the arena. We see how difficult it is for a woman in a "man's world" who is also facing her own issues because she is not behaving Indian enough for her mother. We even get to see how for another athlete, how "coming out" has become such a media circus. But the way his family handled it was just beautiful. So relevant at this time and all told in such a touching way by Catherine.
I really love how through Anne's job, we are able to touch base with all of the players we have come to know and love including Eric Z who is with Tulsa now. I was so happy to get more of Soupy but sorry for all of his injuries. It is an awesome gift when an author can somehow seamlessly intertwine the lives of the characters we have met in her other books into the current story. I feel as though this was a very unique way of doing that and was grateful for that glimpse.
This is the story of Nate, better known as Ghost, and Anne. Nate is a black hockey player who faces racist actions by fans of an opposing team. Anne, through the production group which employs her, has been hired by the Storm organization to produce a documentary on the team. Anne doesn't want to use the racial angle for more than a small story in her documentary although her bosses believe she has to play it up and make it huge. She doesn't, so she knows that her time with that production group is limited.
Nate and Anne have always had a flirty relationship but now he's ready to take it to a new level and so is she. They're the perfect couple together.
And, for the record, I'm so glad I don't have a mother like Anne's.
Hot button, relevant issues in today's world are addressed in Catherine Gayle's latest book. What's different about her take on these issues is that beyond noting that these events happen, in the real world and in the world of the Portland Storm, Gayle explains how these types of events impact individual lives. She doesn't just acknowledge issues, she explores how they affect team, family, and romantic relationships.
What I loved more than anything, though, is the way that the book is set up. With reporter Anne producing a web series about the Portland Storm, readers are caught up on all of the Portland Storm characters they know and love while also watching Anne grow professionally and personally as she handles her conflicting emotions about falling in love with Nate Ghost, a player on the team. This isn't just a love story. It's a coming-into-your-own story, and it reflects the current atmosphere of the real world more than maybe any other romance I've ever read.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this book really sets up some future story lines brilliantly. She has me ready to read more in this series. I came to really enjoy Ghost and Anne, and I feel they are a good fit for each other. It almost seemed an insta-love book, except if you have read the prior books in the series you would realize they have been in this back-and forth “romance” for quite some time.
The concept of bring the Portland Storm family to the public via the webisodes was really neat. I felt that you got a glimpse into a lot of the players’ lives and could see how people would love something like this for a real sports team. It was nice to see how Anne had to really think about what she was putting out there for the world to see. From a journalistic standpoint, she really had to weigh the pros and cons of the material she had and trust her conscience to do the right thing. I don’t feel all journalists succeed at this.
As for the Epilogue, I feel the story ended too soon! I would have loved to see this day play out just a bit longer, though you know exactly where it is headed!
In all, I feel this was another win for Catherine Gayle and the Portland Storm series. I will certainly continue to read the rest of the books as they are published. I love the Portland Storm family!
** I was provided an ARC for this book in return for an honest review **
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I've read every book in this series and I must say this is my favorite.Read more