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Portland Storm: The First Period Paperback – June 4, 2015
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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
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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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