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Taking a Shot (Portland Storm) (Volume 3) Paperback – July 10, 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
NEUTRAL ZONE (releasing November 16, 2017)
FREE AGENT (releasing February 8, 2018)
JOURNEYMAN (releasing August 9, 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. 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
DREAM CATCHER (releasing May 10, 2018)
ON THE WARPATH (releasing November 8, 2018)
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 September 27, 2018.
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The locker room scene was a tearjerker and so emotional.
Jamie taking a bald but beautiful Katie to her prom was precious. As I was reading I was so hoping I could view those prom pictures. I could see them in my head as they were described in the book.
If I had a daughter I would want her to have a Jamie of her own. That man is beyond description and yet here he is in the big time with women throwing themselves at him as he ignores it all remaining a virgin, waiting on the one woman who will become the love of his life. Where on earth do you find someone like that? It was such a pleasant change of pace.
Thank you, Catherine, for this heartfelt book. It was great to see a good young man who didn't let Katie's cancer stop him from being there for her. He was just a dream!
Even as short as it might be, there is so much emotion packed into it. Katie's story alone is heart wrenchingly poignant and cry-worthy. Jamie is everything I could ever want in a Book Boyfriend. He is kind and caring and completely grounded in the important things.
I absolutely love this storyline and I am thrilled that they will be back in April 2015 in Dropping Gloves, Book #7 in this great series!
Things to love...
--The intense emotional pull of the story
--Babs... he is NOT what the stereotype of NHL players may be.
Things I wanted more/less of...
--Babs and Katie!!
My Recommendation: This is technically Book #2.5, but it can really be read any time after On the Fly and before Double Major. It is a fantastic addition to the story!
It is Katie's senior year and she finds out she has leukemia and everything changes for her. Cancer treatments keep her from attending school, participating in normal activities that she loves. She has not prom date until Jamie gathers his courage to Taking a Shot and ask to take her to her prom, despite her Dad's disapproval.
Taking a Shot is a high emotional start of romance for Jamie and Katie, as she faces a battle for her life.
I would like other readers to know that this novella ends at 66%. I thought I would have more to look forward to, since I was only at 66%, so imagine my surprise when I turned the page and discovered it had ended. The other one-third of the book consists of excerpts from the author's other works.
Some scenes between Jamie and Katie were very moving (if you're wondering, no, there is no sex, it is a clean novella). However, I found it strange that Katie's dad kept threatening Jamie and calling him a "dipsh*t" and wouldn't let Jamie even come near Katie. I mean, he and Jamie have been playing for the same team; Katie's dad ought to know Jamie's character and know that he wouldn't hurt Katie. I thought this "protective father" portrayal of Katie's dad was overdone and it made him seem like a very stereotypical cookie-cutter character. I also thought it was unnecessary to have a play-by-play of the game from Jamie's POV at 19%-24% (Location 244-306). In such a short novella, that's quite a lot of space dedicated to something which didn't advance the story and wasn't relevant to Jamie & Katie's relationship.
Based on this novella, I'm undecided as to whether I'd look up the author's other works. I did enjoy it, but it didn't grab my emotions.