Series: Portland Storm #3
Published by Night Shift Publishing on June 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Life’s been rough lately for Noelle Payne, but she’s not one to let negativity rule. So, she lost her job? She’ll find another one. The bank foreclosed on the house? Well, she can live out of her car for a while. There’s always an upside to be found…but now Noelle needs to find something to give her life meaning. She owes it to the universe to figure it out, too, because a stranger just saved her life.
When Liam Kallen’s wife died, his goal-scoring ability died with her. After a trade from the only pro hockey team he’s ever played for, he’s now playing for the NHL’s Portland Storm. Everyone said he needed a change of scenery, but nothing changes until he rescues Noelle. All of a sudden, the world once again looks bright and he’s lighting the lamp like he used to.
Noelle’s cheerful disposition is just the bit of sunlight Liam needs in his life. He wants to give her everything she needs because she’s everything he wants. The problem? She doesn’t believe she needs anything…at least nothing material. The one thing they both know she truly needs—a real purpose—also happens to be the one thing he doesn’t know how to give her. If he can’t help her find that, she might walk away and take all her sunshine with her.
I am a HUGE fan of Catherine Gayle – when I discovered her Portland Storm series earlier this year, I couldn’t get enough! And when I was selected to be part of her blog tour (on For Love and Books) I was even more excited! (So yes – there will be a different review posted over there on June 27! I love this series so much, that it warrants two separate reviews!) Then my excitement was made even greater when I got the cover art and found out I was quoted!!
The third book in this amazing series is about Liam and Noelle, two people who have been through some devastating losses that makes them who they are. (And at times, Liam’s overbearing personality and Noelle’s stubbornness do get a bit annoying, but it’s totally made ok by how fantastic this story is, I promise!)
But what I really love about the Portland Storm books? Is the supporting characters – I love this team so much that I want them to be real. (I would totally throw over my beloved Avalanche and Rangers if I could cheer for Zee, Soupy, Liam and especially Babs! I just love these guys so much!) And I have to give Catherine Gayle MAJOR kudos for the amount of game play – too often sports romance don’t actually have enough game play in them!
If you’re a fan of sports romance at all? I highly recommend this series – but I do recommend starting at the beginning with Breakaway and On The Fly – followed by her Novella in Seduced By The Game so you can follow the storyline of Babs and Katie Weber, which is a huge part of how fantastic this series is!