- Audible Audio Edition
- 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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Overview. This is three stories and a half story too. The first is the hockey player Eric and his best friends sister Dana. He helps her get her life back, but also causes a problem between him and his best friend Brendan. The second story is hockey player Brendan and the new storms Secretary Rachel and her 2 kids. The next story is a half story between hockey player Jamie aka babs and Katie. Katie is getting chemo treatments and he takes her to prom. They both have liked each other for a while but she is still in high school and her dad is his teammate. The last story is hockey player Liam and noelle. Liam is driving around and helps noelle when her car breaks down. Someone hits her car and he than finds out that she was living out of her car. He helps her while she helps him overcome his grief of his dead wife.
The first three books were good (barring the foul language). But the female character in book 4 is just too flighty and ditzy. All those endearing characteristics (such as forgetting to wear shoes or take precautions for her safety) would become a huge irritation once the guy is with her more than a couple months.
Also, the story-line is pretty flimsy. Really, a woman would give up the safety and security of a warm home with food to eat and instead choose to live on the streets -- and this, after only being with the guy 2 weeks? She decides after that short time that she just can't be the recipient of generosity that she cannot reciprocate? Puhleez...
These novels are stand-alone books, which I appreciate. I also really liked the first book "Breakaway". The second book, On the Fly" is really a novella -- so I felt a little gypped. By the third book I could hardly stand all the F-bombs. The first book was peppered with them, but by the 3rd, it was every other paragraph (if not every other sentence). Okay, I get it -- this is a book about the rough hockey world. But at the heart of them, they are romance novels. The language could be toned down A TON without losing any of the story.
I'm a hockey series junkie. But really though, this is definitely one of the best I've read. The First Period contains four different books, three novels and one novella. They are all so very good - each one better than the one before. Once you read the first one, you probably won't believe that assessment because it is SO good, but they do get better and better. Pick it up. You won't regret it
Each story was unique and had its own voice, a hard thing to accomplish, yet Ms. Gayle did manage it. I loved the chemistry between all the couple's and the on-going discovery phase between Babs and Katie.
The hockey and romance are the focuses of these stories, so many of the other daily living items, and a few of the harder issues are regaled to the sidelines of the story, just receiving an honorary mention as the story progresses.
The writing was fine, nothing spectacular, but definitely good. It was the characters that hooked me. They really were unique enough to keep me interested. I normally prefer a hotter read, and although there was appropriate Intimacy, it was mostly emotional intimacy, not blazing hot sex.
I'm still going to read the rest of this series because I'm dying to see everyone's HEA.