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New Release & review – Power Play (Portland Storm #11) by Catherine Gayle @catherine_gayle

Book & Author Details:

Power Play by Catherine Gayle
(Portland Storm, #11)
Publication date: June 29th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

USA Today bestselling author presents another novel in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.

She’s got the dress; he’s got the honeymoon. Why not tie the knot?

Honeymooning alone in Cabo, injured Portland Storm center Riley Jezek would do anything to get back at his cheating ex-fiancée and backstabbing brother. When a knockout blonde sits next to him at the bar, Riley’s ready to erase the memories of his ex. But when he notices the tears threatening to stain the blonde’s wedding gown, Riley decides it’s time for a Power Play.

Mackenzie Cain thought she had it all figured out. She found the man. She found the fairytale. She thought it was her dream come true. She was wrong. What she found was a nightmare with a crazy fetish. Alone and dressed in couture was not how she envisioned her wedding night.

When the sexy hockey player makes her an offer, Mackenzie can’t refuse. After all, Prince Charming always shows up by chance. But can Riley’s attempt at revenge turn Mackenzie’s new reality into a page-turning romance?

review

What is is with these hockey players?  Another good looking hockey hunk, another spontaneous, not for love wedding!  Seriously, you would think that they would be better at this.

That said, although on the face of it this is a story which shouldn’t work, once again, the author has pulled the rabbit out of the bag.

This time, the female protagonist isn’t strong and feisty.  She doesn’t immediately seem to fit the mould of the usual pairing for the hockey player.  And yet, if you look under the surface, that strength is there – its just waiting for the reader (and Mackenzie) to discover it.

Riley is, of course, a dream.  Says all the right things.  Does all the right things.  And even when he might be straying away from the right thing, he still steers it back effortlessly.  Such a romantic lot this team.

Succinctly put, this is a decent read, if you can get over the premise.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

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purchase links

Amazon (universal link)

About the author

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.

If you want to know more, be sure to sign up for Catherine’s mailing list. She can also be found at Hockey Romance, at Facebook, on Twitter, and at Goodreads. If you want to see some of her cats’ antics and possibly the occasional video update from Catherine, visit her YouTube account.

A bit more about Catherine

  • She doesn’t function without coffee. Two cups, every day, no matter what.
  • She freely admits to her crazy cat lady status. She just wishes they would all stay kittens forever. Kittens are fun; cats are sometimes fun but often fickle.
  • Her go-to writing snack? Orange gummy bears. Yes, just the orange ones. Yes, she knows it’s bad. These are especially important when she gets to those crying-and-writing moments.
  • She’s an introvert and quite possibly a hermit. If you were to arrive at her house unnanounced, you might have to wait on the porch while she gets dressed. Working in PJs is awesome.
  • She never learned to ride a bike, and she’s content to remain ignorant on that matter.
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New Release & review – Defensive Zone (Portland Storm #10) by Catherine Gayle @catherine_gayle

Book & Author Details:

Defensive Zone by Catherine Gayle
(Portland Storm, #10)
Publication date: March 23rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Defensive Zone.jpgPortland Storm defenseman Cody “Harry” Williams owes his coach everything—especially for bailing him out of trouble in the past. It’s up to Cody to repay him by keeping his hands to himself around the coach’s sensual and mischievous daughter. All signs point to this task being easier said than done…

Up-and-coming fashion designer Dani Weber always gets what she wants—and she wants Cody Williams. Cody’s sexy, geeky-chic bowties and hard-to-get attitude only make her want him more, and Cody’s resistance is fading…fast.

One call is all it would take to land Cody on the trading block, ending their flirtation before it gains any traction. Cody is squarely in the Defensive Zone, but the only way for Cody and Dani to obtain what they really want is to go on the offensive—together.

review

 

Dani is a brat.  The complete opposite of her sister.  And as a result, neither her character nor her actions are really endearing.  And yet, the author makes it work.

The relationship between Harry and Dani rapidly builds up to a spicy level, and whilst the ultimate outcome may be convenient, the natural feeling of that development is a treat to read.

Although Dani is the quintessentially spoilt child, and he is usually reserved (compared to some of the characters in this series), I still enjoyed the story.

Welcome back Ms Gayle.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

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purchase links

Amazon (universal link)

About the author

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.

If you want to know more, be sure to sign up for Catherine’s mailing list. She can also be found at Hockey Romance, at Facebook, on Twitter, and at Goodreads. If you want to see some of her cats’ antics and possibly the occasional video update from Catherine, visit her YouTube account.

A bit more about Catherine

  • She doesn’t function without coffee. Two cups, every day, no matter what.
  • She freely admits to her crazy cat lady status. She just wishes they would all stay kittens forever. Kittens are fun; cats are sometimes fun but often fickle.
  • Her go-to writing snack? Orange gummy bears. Yes, just the orange ones. Yes, she knows it’s bad. These are especially important when she gets to those crying-and-writing moments.
  • She’s an introvert and quite possibly a hermit. If you were to arrive at her house unnanounced, you might have to wait on the porch while she gets dressed. Working in PJs is awesome.
  • She never learned to ride a bike, and she’s content to remain ignorant on that matter.

New Release & Review – Rites of Passage (Tulsa Thunderbirds #4) by Catherine Gayle @Catherine_Gayle

Book Details

Rites of Passage (Tulsa Thunderbirds #4)  by Catherine Gayle
Published by: Night Shift Publishing
Publication date: November 10th 2016
Genres: Sport, Romance


Rites of Passage.jpgWhere do you go once you’ve hit rock bottom?

With his world already in shambles, Andrew Nash’s life plummets even further after a freak accident on the ice exposes his deepest secret. Still unsure if he should ever return to the game he’s devoted his life to, the future Thunderbirds captain knows he isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. Meeting a talented and sexy artist changes everything for Drew.

But Ravyn Penn’s past is darker than his, and her wounds cut deeper. Drew’s looking forward, but Ravyn is stuck dwelling over a life that leaves her guilt-ridden and full of regret.

Drew’s a fighter, and he knows they need to claw their way out of the past—together—even when the future promises no guarantees. But can Ravyn let go and blindly trust him—taking a rite of passage through the darkness—to find the life they both deserve?

review

You know, through this and the Portland Storm series, we have seen a lot of hot hockey guys with issues and girls who fix/need fixing.  Who’d have thought that they were such a tortured bunch?

And yet, with this particular story, the author has delivered a touching story to the pages of my kindle.  Yes, the intricacies of this plot line are constrained by the the page count, but for my money, this story works very well.  The depiction of Drew’s and Ravyn’s issues and the manner in which they were working through them really resonated with me, demonstrating, I think, the strength and depth of the characters Ms Gayle creates.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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purchase links

Amazon (Universal Link)

About the author

catherineCatherine 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.

If you want to know more, be sure to sign up for Catherine’s mailing list. She can also be found at Hockey Romance, at Facebook, on Twitter, and at Goodreads. If you want to see some of her cats’ antics and possibly the occasional video update from Catherine, visit her YouTube account.

A bit more about Catherine

  • She doesn’t function without coffee. Two cups, every day, no matter what.
  • She freely admits to her crazy cat lady status. She just wishes they would all stay kittens forever. Kittens are fun; cats are sometimes fun but often fickle.
  • Her go-to writing snack? Orange gummy bears. Yes, just the orange ones. Yes, she knows it’s bad. These are especially important when she gets to those crying-and-writing moments.
  • She’s an introvert and quite possibly a hermit. If you were to arrive at her house unnanounced, you might have to wait on the porch while she gets dressed. Working in PJs is awesome.
  • She never learned to ride a bike, and she’s content to remain ignorant on that matter.