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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
DEFENSIVE ZONE (releasing February 9, 2017)
POWER PLAY (releasing May 25, 2017)
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing October 19, 2017)
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 (releasing March 30, 2017) will contain Dropping Gloves, Home Ice, Mistletoe Misconduct, Losing an Edge, and Game Breaker
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 (releasing November 10, 2016)
RAIN DANCE (releasing August 17, 2017)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance (releasing December 29, 2016)
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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.
This story isn't set on the ice, as we are in the Christmas break. There is a relatively small cast to characters in this one. Nevertheless, the same level of detail and character development which we have come to expect from the full length novels is apparent throughout.
I loved this book. I devoured it in one sitting - almost like a box of Christmas chocolates - and I thought it was just as tasty!
A perfect addition to your holiday TBR list.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mitch and Mia, and everyone around them, thought they belong together since high school. But Mitch’s job put a big strain in their relationship, forcing them to get a divorce.
When Mitch “Q” Quincey from the Portland Storm sets out for his three day holiday break and his three goals in mind, he never thought a deviation from them is just what he wanted but never thought he could have.
“I felt as though I had come home. But this wasn’t my home anymore. This wasn’t my family anymore. No matter how much I wanted them, no matter how readily they might still accept me, if I couldn’t be with Mia, I didn’t really belong.
Having her ex-husband intrude in her family holiday festivities is not what Mia had planned. But now that she has a better foothold on herself and life, could Mitch’s unexpected visit be the perfect second chance to have it all?
“He was air, and he brought the dying parts of me back to life, filled the hollowness with a desperate sort of hope.”
I love how Catherine make us feel for these characters who easily find a way to your heart with their charm and all around good, loving nature. It was so sweet how family and friends teamed to give these two the nudged they needed. It was equally pleasing how both Mitch and Mia communicated to work through their issues. And let’s not forget about the smile inducing romance.
This short story packs a powerful fun, heartwarming punch full of hope and love and lots of holiday fun. Holiday Hat Trick is a standalone novella from the Portland Storm series (#5.5) by Catherine Gayle.
Here our "h" divorces her husband even though they both still love one another and have a child together. She separates a loving father from his child and never tells him the real reasons why. Everyone wants them to be together including her whole family as he grew up more or less with her family. Heartbreaking for the H and the child - he deserved way more than what he got in in his (ex) wife. We understand that the H has had to move several times in recent yers because of changing teams and the h feels like she has lost herself. I wanted to throw my Kindle.
Ms Gayle, I'm going to do us both a huge favour and stop reading your books. That way you won't have any more negative reviews from me and I won't have the frustration of reading about yet another unlikeable main female character.
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.