Book 11, Portland Storm
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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novella in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.
Tough-as-nails Portland Storm head coach Mattias Bergstrom is hard on his players, molding them into heroes on the ice. He’d never let them see his warm, soft side—something he saves only for his younger sister, who has special needs. But when a hockey event brings a sexy, single mother and her four rambunctious daughters into his life, that icy exterior quickly melts away for her youngest, who reminds him of his dear sister.
Paige Calhoun has her hands full with four teenage daughters who are beyond boy crazy. Throw crushes on hockey players into the mix, and they’re almost too much to handle. But when Paige meets the Storm’s all-business but irresistible coach, she finds herself as smitten as her girls, and Mattias couldn’t be happier. With a Home Ice advantage, Mattias lets his icy exterior melt away to prove to Paige how hot they can be together.
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
Another great addition to the Portland Storm series
Home Ice is a novella in the Portland Storm series and the only complaint I have is that it wasn't a longer book - it ended too soon. In typical Catherine Gayle fashion, she includes an aspect of a social element to each of her books and in Home Ice, it's living with a child with Downs Syndrome. The author wonderfully depicts the sweet innocence of Paige's daughter with DS. Mattias is immediately drawn to Paige's daughter because he has a sister with DS. And then he sees Paige, and he is a goner!
Also in typical Catherine Gayle fashion, Home Ice has plenty of heat. Having older children myself, I enjoyed seeing a bit more of a "mature" love relationship. The author demonstrates the challenge of dating with children, and planning around alternate weekends, and babysitters, and having to go out as a family instead of a couple. But that didn't take away from the heat that Mattias and Paige generate when they are away from the prying eyes of the kids. Woo Hoo - hot!
Paige's older, teenage kids also add a fun aspect to the story, with their giggling worship of the Portland Storm players, their teasing of their mother when Mattias asks her out, and even their horror when they try to text their mom and Mattias, and suffer the fate of autocorrect. It all made the love story seem very real and very relatable.
Another great contribution to the Portland Storm series.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bergy is the best!
Wonderful addition to the Portland Storm series! Bergy, the hard-nosed coach of the Storm, gets his HEA in this fun novella. He and Paige meet at a Storm promo event and she and her daughters steal his heart. I love reading stories with couples past their early 30s and Gayle delivers an emotionally rich and engaging story. Bergy is adorable with Paige and her daughters and Paige is a great match for the tough coach. With her trademark style, Gayle, weaves humor, hockey and emotion while addressing a tough challenge that many face, in the case of Home Ice it's interacting with, understanding, and supporting a character with Down Syndrome. This is a can't miss read for all Storm fans!!!
I really enjoyed this book!! Read it in one day, wish it was longer:)