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Light the Lamp (Portland Storm) (Volume 4) 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 March 23, 2017)
POWER PLAY (releasing June 29, 2017)
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing November 16, 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 April 27, 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
RAIN DANCE (releasing September 28, 2017)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance
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Top Customer Reviews
I love this series because, so far, each book does an excellent job of weaving the game of hockey into the storylines while not overshadowing the romance. The supporting characters are also excellently written, making each book feel like you're coming home. I look forward to reading more of the series! : )
Liam has never recovered from the death of his wife, especially since she never would have been there if not for him. When he finds Noelle on the side of the road, he insists upon helping her, and it's because of him that she isn't still standing there when another vehicle careens into hers and sends it up in flames. Upon learning her car was doubling as her home, he gives her a place to stay with him and his roommate.
As in the other books, Liam is an NHL player sharing a place with the rotating roommate, Jamie Babcock. He's considerably older, and if he doesn't get his game in shape, his career may not last. But he hasn't been able to find his groove since his wife died. In many ways, he's the typical widower, and Noelle is the sunshine that brings him back. He's such a kind, generous man that it's impossible not to love him, and that's what makes this story so impossible to believe.
Frankly, Noelle is an idiot. She's sweet and funny and always tries to look on the positive side of things, but she's stupid enough to put herself in danger rather than accept the help of a man she's clearly falling for. Liam hasn't made a single demand of her, and he's done everything he could to ensure her safety and comfort, but she's so caught up in some “I can't accept handouts” mind-frame that she instead sleeps on a park bench next to some sketchy homeless dude who gives her a small pocket knife with which to defend herself.
I've read some romances with flighty heroines that were funny and sweet and absolutely believable, even if I couldn't entirely identify with their way of thinking. But I'm convinced that Noelle doesn't have a way of thinking at all; she just has some vague concept of being a freeloader that she can't get past. She wants so badly to do something with meaning, a job that does some good for someone who needs it, which is why she volunteers for an animal shelter and seeks out other such opportunities. And I totally get that part. But instead of using the opportunity that Liam has given her, the safe place to sleep and enough to eat, to go out and find a charity organization where she can work full time — or hell, even part time — for some wages, she bails on him, breaks his heart, and decides living on the streets and in a homeless shelter is the better thing to do. Sure, because giving up a safe, warm, free bed is so much worse than using up one of the limited beds at the shelter that some abused runaway might need. Good job, Noelle. Put another woman in danger because you can't take handouts. Isn't a free bed at the shelter also a handout?
Okay, so I'm more upset about this book, specifically Noelle, than I thought. The thing is, I should be able to identify with her on some level. I've been dead broke to the point that I nearly lost my home and relied on friends for groceries. Taking handouts sucks, but it's also a blessing. More recently, I quit a job and took a huge pay cut to go work for a non-profit, where at the end of the day I can feel like I did something good, even some small good, for someone. But watching Noelle turn down generous help and instead rely on limited social services due to her pride just made me angry. If the food bank I volunteer at runs out of goods for people who truly need help because someone refuses good options from friends and family — like Noelle does — well, I guess you can understand why I'm only giving it one star.
Again, I love, love, LOVE every other book in this series and think this author is awesome. This one just didn't work for me. I wish it did.