- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: May 12, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XK8Q8TQ
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Holiday Hat Trick: Portland Storm, Book 8 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Holiday Hat Trick is not on the ice this time, but takes place over the league-mandated holiday days off. It centers on a newer player, Mitch Quincey. He and his wife Mia have been divorced for several months, a decision that was Mia's. He is still desperately in love with her, but has realized that winning her back is a lost cause. So his focus this vacation is to get the last of his things, file for joint custody, and see his little girl as much as possible. I was in love with him from the moment he began to coo about his daughter!
I was prepared to dislike Mia, but I just couldn't. I didn't want to understand her position, because this is a man who clearly loved her and their daughter and who was a legitimately good guy. A good guy that she tossed aside. But as we got to know her, I realized that there were reasons that she did what she did, reasons that I could wholy understand.
This is the thing I love most about these books, besides the hockey!! That the stories revolve around real people with real issues. The same kind of issues we all may face at some point in our lives.
Things to love...
--Mitch as a dad. The love he had for his daughter was touching.
--Mia. I related and I understood how she felt.
--Mitch as an uncle. I loved how he was with the other kids in the story. As a mom myself, there is nothing sexier!
My Recommendation: While this could be read as a standalone, I love the series so much that I say... READ THEM ALL!!
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.
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.
Honestly I don't really remember Mitch? But once we were introduced to him as well as Mia, I was hooked. Both characters were interesting, and flawed but still amazingly lovable. They really made the book as did the writing. The writing was well done, and I felt the feelings of the characters without any problem. It drew me into the book and I loved it.
It took a little bit to get their past and honestly I was sort of frustrated with Mia at first. But once she explained her side I almost felt that she had good reason. It was just an intriguing plot and an enjoyable one.
This novella is certainly one you should add to your Christmas Reading List and if you haven't read the rest of the Portland Storm Series, than you should give it a chance!
Find this review and many more at Reading Shy With Aly(http://readingshy.blogspot.ca)