- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: January 26, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SSRU3JK
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On the Fly: Portland Storm Audiobook – Unabridged
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Rachel Shaw would do anything for her kids, including uprooting their life and moving to Portland after tragedy strikes their family. But Rachel is struggling to trust in anyone again after her ex-husband's betrayal and her need to protect her children, especially 8 year old Maddie, is keeping her strung tight. Hockey player Brenden "Soupy" Campbell has been pulled up from the AHL to play with the Portland Storm and he's determined to do whatever it takes to prove he deserves to be there. When he meets the GM's new assistant, Rachel, he's instantly captivated and when it turns out she's just moved into the condo across the hall, he knows it's fate. But can Rachel learn to trust again?
What I Liked
I loved the first in this series, Breakaway, and I thought this was a good follow up though not better. We met Brenden in the previous book and it's nice to have him as the hero here. I really liked his character because he's a just such a nice guy. He's always ready and willing to do anything Rachel needs and watching him fall in love with Rachel's kids, Maddie and Tuck, was great! I liked Rachel, though she spends most of the book very tightly strung. Rachel comes across as such a great mom; she's devastated by what happened to Maddie and trying so hard to make things better for her. Though her protectiveness is through the roof she's doesn't smother Maddie, at least not too much. Though she wants to resist Brenden she's instantly attracted to him and he's determined to help her out when it's clear that she spends all her time taking care of her kids and no time taking care of herself. Catherine Gayle is great at creating a family out of the Portland Storm players, coaches, wives and girlfriends and this is abundantly clear in this book. Gayle's characters are just genuinely nice and caring and regardless of any realism, I love it.
Once again there was a lot of hockey in this one and plenty of set up for future books, some of it tear-worthy. There's also a lot of Jaime "Babs" Babcock and he was just absolutely adorable. Babs is now living with Brenden and being the oldest of 6 boys he's great around kids. Babs friendship with Tuck is so sweet and Babs pretty much steals the show in any scene he's in.
What Needed Work
I completely understand why Rachel is so over the top protective of her kids. I imagine any parent would be this way but when her need to protect them is used for the The Big Fight it just didn't work for me. I don't blame her in any way but something was just not working for me.
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What a great read. I really liked Brenden Campbell aka Soupy, at least better than I did in book one where I didn't find him likable or reasonable.Read more