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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
DEFENSIVE ZONE (releasing February 9, 2017)
POWER PLAY (releasing May 25, 2017)
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing October 19, 2017)
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 (releasing March 30, 2017) will contain Dropping Gloves, Home Ice, Mistletoe Misconduct, Losing an Edge, and Game Breaker
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 (releasing November 10, 2016)
RAIN DANCE (releasing August 17, 2017)
TULSA THUNDERBIRDS: SQUARE ONE, a boxed set containing Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, and Ghost Dance (releasing December 29, 2016)
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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.