- Series: Portland Storm (Book 4)
- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515018210
- ISBN-13: 978-1515018216
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,966,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Light the Lamp (Portland Storm) (Volume 4) Paperback – July 10, 2015
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From the Author
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
JOURNEYMAN (releasing September 27, 2018)
SLEIGH BELLS & SLAP SHOTS (releasing November 29, 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 (June 9, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing May 16, 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 November 1, 2018.
Another boxed set will follow.
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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.
Light the Lamp is the story of Liam Kallen and Noelle Payne. Liam has recently been traded to the Storm and is still mourning the death of his wife, who was killed in a freak accident months before. He meets Noelle on the side of the road when she is having car trouble and convinces her to come with him while she figures out what to do next. Noelle is living in her car at the time, and minutes after she rides off with Liam, her car is involved in another incident and she loses everything except the clothes on her back. Because of the specter of his wife's death, Liam feels compelled to take care of her.
My problem with this book is that I felt neither of the main characters were very relatable. Noelle especially was annoying and difficult to like. She is depicted as free spirited and absent minded, and I just couldn't figure out what these two saw in each other.
Liam and Noelle have both experienced more loss in life (at such early ages) than anyone should have to experience. That’s what Catherine Gayle does, she grabs your heart and just twists – and she’s good at it. And because of this loss, Liam is incredibly over protective and Noelle fiercely independent which makes for a fun (and combustible) combination! Liam’s overbearing nature gets a bit annoying, as does Noelle’s stubbornness – but this sweet story makes that easy to overlook.
As per the norm with the Portland Storm books, the surrounding characters make this story worth it on so many levels. Especially Babs. Always Babs. (I have a special place in my heart for that kid!) I just love this team and their wives, I love how they take care of one another and how they are a family. I love to imagine myself slipping into their little group, and Catherine Gayle’s writing makes that possible.
Tragedy in a book is something that can go really well, or just flop. Luckily, in this case it’s done well and you feel their pain and want to reach out and hug them. There is something about Catherine Gayle that makes her characters so realistic, and for this I absolutely adore her.
If you haven’t read the previous Portland Storm Books (Breakaway and On The Fly – followed by her Novella in Seduced By The Game) I would strongly recommend starting with those – but if you’re a fan of Sports Romance? Then Catherine Gayle needs to be on your must-read list!!