Delay of Game
Book 5, Portland Storm
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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.
Fourth-line winger Cam Johnson fights like hell for his team—even if he has to break the rules. A vigilante on the ice, Cam takes on all the battles, whether they’re his fight or not. The Portland Storm is his team—his family—and he’ll take down anyone who threatens them. When one of his on-ice battles lands him in the penalty box, the coach’s fiery daughter calls him for a Delay of Game. Now Cam has to finish what he started.
Terrified that her father’s job as coach of the Storm will be the death of him, Sara Thomas wants nothing to do with the sexy hotheaded player who caused her dad to end up in the hospital. And Cam will do anything to rectify the damage he caused—even if it means taking the fall for something he didn’t do. After all, he’s the team enforcer. What he offers up just might save him, his coach, and Sara, too.
The Portland Storm series
2) On the Fly
3) Taking a Shot
4) Light the Lamp
5) Delay of Game
6) Double Major
7) In the Zone
8) Holiday Hat Trick
10) Dropping Gloves
11) Home Ice
12) Mistletoe Misconduct
13) Losing an Edge
14) Game Breaker
15) Defensive Zone - coming soon
16) Power Play - coming soon
17) Neutral Zone - coming soon
Great read. Love this series. Keep these sexy hockey players coming with their uniquely sexy women.
A pretty great sports romance series
Sara has always been the one to take care of her father, both when she was a child and now that she's grown and working as his personal assistant. Now that his health is in some trouble, keeping him stress-free and eating right is more important than ever. So how is she supposed to tell him that she's pregnant from a one night stand? And that she's been going out with one of his players?
The Verdict: While I frequently wanted to slap Sara upside the head and point out just how perfect Cam was for her, it was still a great read.
Sara's love for her father is probably what made the most sense to me. Having been abandoned by her mother when she was just a kid, it's always been her and her dad against the world, so to speak. However, that abandonment led to her being unable to grow any lasting relationships, whether it came to friends or boyfriends, and until now, she's been okay with that. But then a one-night stand proved that birth control isn't always effective, and somehow she's got to accept and deal with being pregnant at a time that her dad really can't handle anymore stress.
Cam is used to being alone. It's not that he's averse to socializing or relationships, but he's been putting his mom and his sisters first for so long that he really hasn't made any time for himself. He cares about the guys on the team with him, though, and he takes his career seriously. He also takes seriously the sexy shoes his coach's daughter and personal assistant is always wearing. When a game gets out of hand and sends their coach to the hospital with a “heart event”, Cam's first thought — other than to blame himself — is for Sara. He doesn't leave her side while she falls apart over her father, and he makes sure he's there for her afterward.
I was a little surprised at how quickly their relationship progressed, but given how broken down Sara was under the circumstances, it's no wonder she was looking for some comfort. More surprising, though, in the best way, was Cam's reaction to her pregnancy. It wasn't a reaction at all, really, unless you count his wanting to beat the hell out of whatever guy he imagined knocked her up and left her to deal with the consequences. That bit there was the beginning of only about a million ways Cam showed that he loved Sara for who she was rather than whatever idea he might have had of her.
Sara, though, was resistant to the extreme. While she had no problem developing a physical relationship, she wasn't willing to let down her guard enough to depend on him, and that tended to drive me a bit nuts. It also meant that nearly every other thing Cam did was incredibly sweet and selfless, and after a while I started wondering when Sara was finally going to open her eyes and see it. I kind of wish she'd given in just a little earlier on, so he wouldn't have had to play the role of white knight quite so completely. But I guess that just does to show that she was messed up from her mom, and he was a better man than she ever could have hoped for.
While Delay of Game, like the other books in the series, had a character who was dealing with issues from her past, it was a much lighter read than how the series started out, and I think that's went a long way toward my enjoying it more. Don't get me wrong; the other books had some light moments and some great happily ever afters, but this one was just lighter all around. Even with Scotty in the hospital and Sara pregnant and Cam desperate to prove to her that he would never leave her, it managed to be a bit fluffier than its predecessors, so it's a nice uptick in what is turning out to be a pretty great sports romance series.
Loved it!!! ❤️❤️