- 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 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.