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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

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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 – 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 – Game Breaker by Catherine Gayle @catherine_gayle

Book & Author Details:

Game Breaker by Catherine Gayle
(Portland Storm, #9)
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Game BreakerHe’s becoming a Game Breaker on the ice.

With the playoffs right around the corner, Nate “Ghost” Golston is focused on only one thing—getting the Portland Storm to the Finals so he can finally hoist the Cup. But when opposing teams’ fans start getting under his skin, he can’t ignore the ridicule that’s suddenly all over the Internet. With each degrading word slung over the boards, he strains to keep his focus on the ice. Now, everything he’s worked for is in jeopardy.

She’s facing off with the Game Makers.

Stunning sports reporter and aspiring filmmaker Anne Dennison is determined to use her smarts to get ahead in a male-dominated career. Producing a behind-the-scenes web series brings Anne up close and personal with skilled, sexy Nate. Sparks fly, putting her plans in danger. For Anne to succeed, she has to capitalize on Nate’s struggles.

Wanting to be together, they know they must bend for each other before one of them breaks. If they can’t, it’s Game Over.

review

This book deals with some difficult topics, but really only scratches the surface of these issues.  After all, this is primarily a romance novel.  But, in other novels by Ms Gayle, she tackled some thorny problems, and that enhanced the plot line.

In this case however, the story didn’t seem to be as focussed on the relationship between Anne and Nate.  Maybe that is because these two had history which pre-dated the kick-off point of this volume; maybe because of the other issues being dealt with.  For me, this story felt a little diluted as a result.

That’s not to say that it wasn’t enjoyable, because it was, but I never really connected to the depth of feelings between these two characters.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.