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Holiday Hat Trick (Portland Storm) (Volume 8) 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
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing November 16, 2017)
FREE AGENT (releasing February 8, 2018)
JOURNEYMAN (releasing August 9, 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. Other boxed sets 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 November 8, 2018)
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.
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Overview. New guy on the team, Mitchell "Q" Quincey was on a mission for Christmas. He was heading home to clean out his stuff from his ex-wife house, meet his lawyer and get part custody of his daughter and spend all his time with his daughter. But his ex (mia) has thrown him for a loop. She makes him come home to her parents and spend time with the whole family. They soon are forced to work things out.
Q and Mia have been divorced for some time and with his job of being an NHL star, he doesn't get to spend the time he needs and wants to with his little girl, Marley. With three goals in mind over his very quick holiday break, he heads home to Canada to try to accomplish them.
Throughout this novella, Catherine Gayle takes us inside the relationship between Q and his high school sweetheart and shows us how much both of them are hurting and wishing that things were different. With a little coaxing by Mia's well meaning Mom, Q finally starts to see that maybe he can accomplish not only his holiday hat trick, but he might score a bigger goal.
I'm not sure I can accurately articulate how much I loved this story. Whether you've read the other Portland Storm novels or not (although you should, they're awesome!), this is one you should definitely pick up.
I've read this whole series now in a little under a week, anbd I've loved them all. Truthfully though....I'm a bit sad now, since I have to wait until the 19th of this month for the next book to come out. What a bummer!
I guess this one baffles me. I understand completely what was going on with Mia, but in today's day and age, there were so many ways Mia could have handled her problem without resorting to divorce.
She had a supportive family.
She had a supportive husband.
If she'd spoken to them about her thoughts and feelings, then they would have all rallied around and helped her. She could have been spending time "finding herself" with the full support of the people who loved her.
Instead she did something rash, something I'd expect from a younger person. Like I said, baffling.
Still overall, good work. Am moving on to book 9.