- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 34 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: October 19, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016QTY3QU
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Portland Storm: The Second Period Audiobook – Unabridged
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In Delay of Game, we get the story of Cam Johnson, a character who readers will recognize from a small but starring turn in the first Portland Storm book, Breakaway, and Sara Thomas (also a favorite character from prior books), whose father is the team's coach. This may be my favorite book of the series, but that's a tough call. Cam is the team's enforcer and he's not afraid to drop his gloves, either literally on the ice or metaphorically in his life. Suffice it to say that Cam has been interested in Sara for a long time, and their romance is rocky but beautiful.
Double Major brings back all of the characters from the initial books, so you might want to go back and read those before this one-- just to avoid spoilers, and also because they are all amazing books. It's tremendous fun to revisit those characters and see how many of them have grown.
In the Zone is the other candidate for my favorite Portland Storm book. It begins with a red-hot anonymous sexual encounter between the main characters, who then unexpectedly encounter each other back in Portand and begin a beautiful romance in which Keith helps Brie deal with body image issues and Brie helps Keith process and a traumatic event from his past.
Holiday Hat Trick is a novella about a second chance for love between two people who have been divorced. It includes an adorable toddler, a rip-roaring snow fight, and a big, loving family.
Finally, Comeback gives us the complicated and lovely story of Nicky, the team's goalie, and Jessica Lynch, the director of the Light the Lamp Foundation founded by another Storm team member. It addresses addiction and recovery in a clear-eyed but not exploitative or oversimplified manner. AND it has another amazing love story in which both main characters grow and evolve.
I cannot recommend these books highly enough!
Catherine Gayle manages to include so many of today's challenges in her stories: stress, ALS, addiction, non traditional families, divorce, caregiving, death with dignity, body image, homophobia, suicide, single parenthood, demands of high profile careers. But always there is hope.
I am impressed at how the stories build on each other and the characters grow and take their places in later stories.
My favorite of these stories is Double Major which helps us catch up on several characters and their storylines. Second epilogues I think she calls them.
My minor complaint is the foul/crude language used by the hockey players and coaches. It may be accurate, but I don't like reading it. I don't really mind colorful language but the overuse of the f-word gets to me.
It's nice to see that although these men are professionals in their field, they still juggle like most of us with a work-life balance. For some, their journey is easier than others, but with the support from their team and " surrogate family", they seem to pull things together, or get back on the right track.
Very enjoyable series, I can wait for the next installation!