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Losing an Edge (Portland Storm) (Volume 13) Paperback – February 25, 2016
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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
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing November 16, 2017)
FREE AGENT (releasing February 8, 2018)
JOURNEYMAN (releasing August 9, 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. 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
DREAM CATCHER (releasing May 10, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing November 8, 2018)
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.
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I love this series and it gets better and better with every book though so I'm sure whoever is next will become my new favorite couple.
We first heard about Cadence in her brother Cam's book. She's an Olympic figure skater trying to start fresh. Levi is tired of living in his older brother's shadow, which is a hard one to get out of since they play for the same team. His reasons for asking her out are not the best, but once he does, they both realize they are more than they thought they would be.
Levi is not as wholesome as his brother Jamie, but he is more real to me. When I first read a lot about him, in Home Ice, I really liked him. Now I just love him.
Just like his brother Jamie; Levi is always so sweet to almost every single person he comes in contact with. Both brother's seem to have brought up the right way, as far as I'm concerned. But....I don't mind admitting that my poor, poor heart instantly melts every single time we get to see the way Levi interacts with sweet little Sophie. Yes, the way they first met was a bit unconventional, but it's the way he swept her up into his arms that day, and the way that he has continued to treat her like a true princess from that day on that won my heart, and Sophie's too, for that matter.
I loved Cadence from the very start. I am so glad that she finally decided to leave her old skating partner to move to Portland. After all; it takes a lot of courage to leave a situation like that and she deserves to be with someone who respects her. And just like Levi; she loves her family and cares deeply for her friends. Although, I found it very understandable why she would initially be cautious of Levi in the beginning, especially after putting up with Guy, the control freak for years. I thought Levi and Cadence made a very cute couple, and no one could deny their instant chemistry. It was off the charts HOTTTTT!!!!
It was nice to be able to catch up with some of our past favorite like: Jamie and Katie, Jonny, Sara and their kids, Hammer, Koz, Bergy, Paige, Sophie, Ghost, and Harry. I also thought that Cadence's new friends Anthony and Jesse were not only a great addition to the group, but they sort of made me giggle quite a few times along the way, too. I hope that's not the last we see of them though, I think they should hang around awhile longer to keep things interesting. We also got to spend a little time with some other upcoming potential love interests for a couple of the guys.
But the one that made me laugh the most, well besides sweet little Sophie....was little Connor. What a holy terror, but Lord, you've got to love that little demon! ;) Jonny and Sara are sure gonna have their hands full by the time that kid reachs his teenage years. lol!
Bravo to Catherine Gayle for giving us yet another fabulous addition to this Portland Storm team, and their family and friends. I love the way you throw in a little suspense into the mix to keep us on our toes, you always include a serious issue or two, in order to make us all more aware about those who may be suffering all around us on a daily basis in real life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for just being the great writer you are.
Levi has always felt like he played second fiddle to his older brother and he's struggling to find his own identity within the Storm and in his life off the ice. The one thing that has happened is he met Cadence Johnson, the younger sister of his teammate, who happens to have moved to Portland after winning the gold medal at the Olympics.
Cadence just wants to start over. After splitting from her boyfriend, who was also her skating partner, she wants to put that part of her life behind her, however that is going to be easier said than done for several reasons. She's immediately attracted to Levi, but for those reasons previously mentioned, she loathe to get involved with anyone else.
With both of these amazing young people be able to overcome the obstacles in their paths and find happiness together? Or will the past cause the two of them to end before they really begin?
I absolutely adored Levi in this book. To me he's a true Babcock and he learned so much from his brother about the man he should be on the ice and also in his relationships. He was difficult when he needed to be, but he was sensitive, loving and all around awesome as well. It would be a wonderful thing to be loved by a Babcock boy!
Kudos to Catherine Gayle for crafting an engaging, romantic, edge of your seat story for us to sink our teeth into. I'm already ready for the next book in the Storm series!