- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: February 4, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T6M0TQS
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Taking a Shot: Portland Storm Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
The Verdict: I'm usually pretty anti-novella, but I just had to get the story about Jamie and Katie, especially since it was clear long before her diagnosis was revealed that cancer was on the horizon. The story itself is super-short and really only covers Katie's prom, but for now it's enough.
Katie's lost so much of her high school experience since being diagnosed with leukemia. The once-vibrant teenager is now taking online courses at home, sleeping all the time, and seemingly abandoned by her friends. It's not much of a life for a girl who once had everything, and it seems like she's giving up the fight. When Jamie learns that she's not even going to her prom, he listens to his teammates and decides that this time it might be worth incurring the wrath of her father to give her just this one high school experience.
Jamie's too much of a sweetheart to be a fighter, and he's also respectful enough of Weber and his daughter that he would never cross the line. But asking Katie to her prom, showing her that it doesn't matter that she lost her hair and that she's still the most beautiful girl he's ever seen is worth only getting 88 pages of story. Since the story's so short, there isn't a lot of detail I can give without essentially telling the whole thing, but suffice it to say that this was one romantic prom experience. Since Katie is so young, it's not about sex, but rather about falling in love, accepting life and fighting for it, and believing in hope even when things seem hopeless. For anyone reading the Portland Storm series, this novella is not to be skipped!
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!
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.
As always the characters are entertaining, the storyline is enjoyable and this is just a fun series.