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Home Ice (Portland Storm Book 11) Paperback – August 13, 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
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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When single mom Paige Calhoun takes her four girls (three teenagers and a pre teen) to an event featuring the Portland Storm she never expects her youngest daughter, Sophie, to latch on to her favorite player Levi (501) Babcock or for his coach to invite her and her daughters to spend a day as his guests with Levi as their personal guide. What she doesn't know is that Mattias Bergstrom sees a lot of his younger sister in Sophie as she too has Down's Syndrome and giving Sophie a special day is important to him, almost as important as getting to know Paige.
From the very beginning of this story until the very end it was so easy to get caught up in this special romance. Not only did I admire Paige for putting her girls first and understanding their love of hockey not to mention the hot players but for not shying away when she realized Bergy was a special man, one she wanted to spend more time with. Sure she had some doubts and fears mostly because of Sophie, but Bergy had a way of putting her mind to ease and proved time and time again he was a man of his word. I loved that he enjoyed her girls and they felt the same way about him and it was interesting to see him not only want to help Sophie realize her dream of playing hockey but also in the way he decided to guide his young player, Levi and make him the best he could be.
With four impressionable daughters their private time was limited but they did manage some sexy times and let's just say her daughters were quite encouraging of her relationship with Bergy. This was a mature relationship that was built out of respect and understanding. While it was hard for Paige to back off where Sophie was concerned having Bergy to help her realize that while Sophie needed guidance she also needed choices and to have some say in her own life something he had dealt with in his own family.
I love that this author doesn't shy away from tough topics and writes books that will no doubt resonate with so many people; it not only makes them more realistic, it makes the reader understand that families from all walks of life deal with challenges every day. Home Ice is not only uplifting it proves that no matter where you are in your life, it is never too late to find love.
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Everyone who’s played with or for Mattias “Bergy” Bergstrom knows he’s tough, surly and crusty. But he always leaves this front aside and is all smiles for his sister Linnea who has Down syndrome. With her living on the other side of the world though, his peers have never seen this side of him until Sophie decides to jump in Levi “501” Babcock’s arms.
“If I wasn’t careful, she was going to bring out some emotion in me that I’d kept locked away for a very long time.”
Paige Calhoun is a single mom with four teenage hormone-riddled daughters. Keeping the four of them in check is a challenge, especially when taking them out to a hockey event where they come face to face with the object of their obsession. Her youngest Sophie, born with a heart of gold, the sweetest smile and Down syndrome, also has a single-minded determination to claim him.
Instantly delighted by Sophie who reminds him so much of his sister, Bergy decides to intervene by giving Paige and her daughters the royal treatment never intending to find happiness for himself. But the love and support this family gave was exactly what he needed but didn’t know to look for.
“That was a panty-melting smile if ever there was one. Poof! My panties might as well be gone. Which meant my brain had already all but disappeared.”
Home Ice features the Storm’s head coach Mattias Bergstrom and Paige Calhoun. He’s older but still a drop dead sexy, good and patient man with a gooey side and she’s a fun character, totally devoted mother. They weren’t just drawn to each other, they were good for one another.
The romance was wonderful. Besides their attraction, right from the start Mattias and Paige understood each other. They were an easy fit, with great heady flirtation and deep connection.
“Tell me what it is you love to do, Paige.”
I didn’t even pause to think. Before I could stop myself, I said, “To look at you.”
But I’ll be completely honest, Sophie totally stole the show for me. Perhaps it’s because I know a child or two with incredible smiles like hers who have accomplished so much with their lives.
“You convince your mom to let me kiss her after our date tomorrow, and I’ll find a way to make it happen. I’ll help you learn to skate and play hockey.”
“I didn’t care how many of them had seen my smiles. I didn’t give a damn who had noticed the cracks in my armor. All I wanted to do was make one of Sophie’s dreams come true.”
I loved getting glimpses of Levi Babcock as well as some of the other guys from the Portland Storm team who will surely grace the next books in the series. And it was also a delight knowing more about the lives of some of the previous characters.
One of the things I love the most about Catherine’s writing is that she doesn’t settle with giving us sweet and sexy romance, and sports excitement. She has an amazing talent of writing about real life matters that will surely touch your soul.
Home Ice is a novella #7.5 in the Portland Storm series. It can be read as a standalone with interconnecting characters from previous books. With no cliffhanger and a happy ending.
I have always loved Bergy, even when he acted like a tyrant most of the time, because I knew there was more to him under that crusty facade he had going on all this time. And now we all know what that driving force behind him was all about. I am so glad he finally found his soul mate, someone who brings out the good in him. He deserves his own little peace and happiness. Paige was the perfect character to pull him out of that stupor.
And I also think that Paige is one of the best female characters in this series so far. Not that the others weren't great, because they were. But being a single parent of four teenage daughters is tough enough job, but having to deal with the heartbreak and challenges of one of them having Down Syndrome, would be even tougher for anyone to deal with all alone.
Mattias Bergstrom and Paige Calhoun were, IMO- the perfect pair. And may God Bless those Babcock brothers for being so understanding and wonderful to those four young girls, but especially little Sophie.
I am so hooked and I hope this series never ends.
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