I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Night Shift Publishing on 2015-08-13
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Sports
Source: the Author
There’s only one person Portland Storm head coach Mattias Bergstrom allows to see his soft side: his sister, who was born with Down syndrome. She lives in Sweden, so he doesn’t worry he’ll accidentally reveal other than the hard-assed defenseman-turned-coach his players know. At least not until his sister’s doppelganger leaps for one of his young D-men before the team’s charity skills competition and melts Mattias’s frozen heart. Paige Calhoun has her hands full with four exceedingly boy-crazy, hockey-loving daughters—three teens and a pre-teen with Down syndrome. Everyday life is a challenge. Taking all four girls to the StormSkillz event with no assistance? The magnitude of her task was daunting enough before her youngest spotted the hockey player of her dreams and barreled through the crowd to claim him. The team’s sexy-as-sin coach intervenes, and Paige feels just as boy crazy as her daughters. Charmed by the youngest, he decides to give the girls a weekend they’ll never forget. It never crossed his mind that, in doing so, he might end up giving himself an unexpected happy ever after with Paige. When it comes to hockey, Mattias has a Home Ice advantage. But when it comes to life? He likes the look of Paige’s arena.
When I woke up to find Home Ice on my Kindle? Well, let’s just say it made my day!! (I may have ran around my house like my 7 year old did when she opened her American Girl doll for Christmas!)
I have to be honest, I have never been a huge Bergy fan. He just never clicked with me, so if I didn’t love Catherine Gayle so much? I may have just overlooked his book. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case!! HOLY COW! I Adore him now. (And I totally understand why I wasn’t a huge fan, why he was so sharp in what little we knew of him.)
But let’s talk about why I REALLY loved this book. Paige is amazing. She’s one of the best female leads I’ve read in awhile. As a single mom of FOUR daughters? She’s obviously a strong lead. And I just really felt like she was “real” – which I LOVE when I’m reading. (I’m so over the non-realistic characters!!)
And of course, the connection was instant but the romance was slow – which is PERFECT!!!
I could gush on and on and on about this book. I love how Catherine Gayle has the ability to take a character I don’t necessarily love and redeem them! (And it makes me want to re-read the entire series to see if I just felt wrong about him from the beginning!)
Either way? If you’re not hooked on the Portland Storm? You need to be!! (This is an ok one to read on it’s own, but you REALLY need to read the whole series from the start. (And if you haven’t read my initial review of Breakaway? Then I apologize for dumping you in without setting it up – I love these
people characters so much it’s hard to forget that not everyone knows them so well!)