Book & Author Details:
Neutral Zone by Catherine Gayle
(Portland Storm, #17)
Publication date: November 16th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Being stuck in the Neutral Zone is no way to live…
Portland Storm defenseman Cole Paxton never intended to be the poster boy for gay hockey players. Whether intended or not, that’s exactly what he’s become—ever since innocently attempting to deflect the attention away from another teammate during the playoffs. One little admission, and now his private life is making headlines.
Luke Weber would love the chance to bask in Cole’s limelight. After all, he’s never had the pro hockey career he envisioned. If he’d stayed in the closet, maybe that spotlight would have been his. He’ll never know the truth, now that the doors to his dream career have been slammed shut.
With everything out in the open, there’s no denying the attraction they feel for each other. Cole and Luke want to move forward—together. But to do so, they’ll each have to let go of the lives they’d imagined for themselves. Can two strong men relinquish the fantasies of their futures to make their real dreams come true?
This is a novella which gives some resolution to the storylines surrounding Cole and Luke. And, because we already know them, there is no need for scene setting and character introductions. For Luke and Cole, the novella format works perfectly.
I thought that this story was handled with a deft, light touch. The dancing around each other that these two did felt anchored in reality. But, for me, the scene stealers were Luke’s parents. Each playing the concerned parent card in their own unique way.
A short, but enjoyable addition to the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.