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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Home Ice is a sweet little read. Easily devoured in an afternoon. If books were chocolates, this would be a Terry's Chocolate Orange Segsation - a bite sized piece of candy heaven, based on a larger, equally yummy, treat. Yes. I liked it. A lot.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have always loved the characters that Ms Gayle puts together and calls a team, with each book we get to know more of them very well and the others fade into background characters.
I loved that Bergie (Beefie) got somebody and Paige and her girls are a perfect match for him, he is a caretaker and the girls love him. I can't wait to get to the next book
Paige and Bergy are attracted to each other from first sight and for Bergy he is ready to act on it. Paige tries hard to be realistic, who wants to be serious with a woman with four daughters one of which has special needs. There is so much to love about Bergy. He has had experience with Down Syndrome but I just knew, even if he hadn't he would have reacted the same. Catherine did a tremendous job at showing that a person can do whatever they want as long as they put their heart and soul into it. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I loved it and recommend both Home Ice and the Portland Storm series.
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.
Review copy provided for an honest review.