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- Listening Length: 27 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: February 1, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B8OQJYC
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Portland Storm: The First Period: Portland Storm, Books 1-3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I really, really liked Breakaway, and the idea of a heroine overcoming trauma with the hero's touch complimented one of my favorite tropes (childhood friends/ friends-to-lovers).
The second book was solid.
The novella was charming (if somewhat unsatisfying. I wonder if these two characters will ever get a full novel once they get a little older).
But the third book...oh boy. The heroine is homeless and living in her car when we meet her. But then her car is destroyed and she is literally out on the streets with only the clothes on her back. So she must have NO options, right? Must have no friends or family or money in the bank? She must be truly and utterly desperate...right?
Nah. None of that is true. She's just one of the more incompetent (or maybe just criminally stubborn?) characters I've ever read.
Luckily, there's a hunky hockey player willing to take her home with him and she goes even though he's a total stranger. We find out her parents were killed a few years before and she's using what must be a very sizable insurance settlement to send her brothers to Stanford and Yale--two of the most expensive universities in the world. But she's homeless. And she doesn't have a job because volunteering makes her feel better. And one day she just wanders around the city BAREFOOT and picking flowers. Still not looking for a job. Nope.
So she's sitting on several hundred thousand dollars of insurance money, but she'd rather sleep on a park bench.
And her friends offer to let her stay on their couches, but she'd rather go to a shelter.
And her boyfriend offers her a place to live and money and tells her he loves her, but boy that park bench still looks good, right?
It's a rare book when I'm rooting for the hero and heroine to move on with their lives and not be together, but, in the end, I was rooting for them both to get some psychiatric help.
I like a down-on-her-luck heroine. I think a book that tackles the issue of homelessness could be very powerful. But this heroine was homeless by choice and through incredibly bad decision-making, and she kept telling the hero that she'd rather sleep on the streets than be with him, so I wasn't a big fan of him either. In the end, I'd recommend people get BREAKAWAY--book one in this series/box set--and pass on the rest.
I'm ready for more Babs and Katie to see if they get their HEA! Catherine Gayle's writing makes me feel like I'm right there with these hockey players and their families throughout the stories!
This box set was definitely a page turner. I didn't want to stop once I got started. There are several traumatic stressors in this set, but the hard honesty and dignity this author showed was a hat trick.
Happy reading : )
My compliments to Ms. Gayle. I can't wait to keep reading