Book 17, Portland Storm
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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novella in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.
Being stuck in the Neutral Zone is no way to live…
Portland Storm defenseman Cole Paxton never intended to be the poster boy for gay hockey players. Whether intended or not, that’s exactly what he’s become—ever since innocently attempting to deflect the attention away from another teammate during the playoffs. One little admission, and now his private life is making headlines.
Luke Weber would love the chance to bask in Cole’s limelight. After all, he’s never had the pro hockey career he envisioned. If he’d stayed in the closet, maybe that spotlight would have been his. He’ll never know the truth, now that the doors to his dream career have been slammed shut.
With everything out in the open, there’s no denying the attraction they feel for each other. Cole and Luke want to move forward—together. But to do so, they’ll each have to let go of the lives they’d imagined for themselves. Can two strong men relinquish the fantasies of their futures to make their real dreams come true?
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
16) Power Play
17) Neutral Zone - coming soon
18) Free Agent - coming soon
19) Journeyman - coming soon
Worth the wait
If you’ve read Catherine Gayle’s dedication in this book, you know that many fans have asked for Colesy’s book. I was one of those people, I finished Burnzie’s book and immediately took to Facebook to ask Gayle if he’d be getting a book. At that time the outlook wasn’t great, but I kept hoping. The day finally came and Colesy’s book was released. Yay!
This book didn’t disappoint. Colesy is the first out NHL player, Luke Weber decided to come out in college, changing the path of his hockey career. Both are dealing with society’s judgment and repercussions in their daily lives.
Can they find a way to be together in the professional sports world? Will Luke be able to find happiness on and off the ice?
We see some of our old Storm favorites and we even get a small taste of Portland vs. Tulsa. We learn that blood doesn’t make a family, love does, and The Storm and their circle is full of love.
My favorite line is “Don’t be an asswipe” if you’ve read other Storm stories, you know Webbs is as gruff as they come, but also an amazing Dad.
Webbs meddles just as much when a player is dating his son, as opposed to his daughters. He doesn’t care who Luke is with as long as they’re not an asswipe. The world would be a much better place if they could take a page out of the Weber family’s book.
Even if you’re not typically into M/M romance, please don’t pass this book by. The story is full of sweetness, joy and growth and it really shows you that love is love regardless of our main characters sexuality.
Good M/M novella
This is a novella in the Portland Storm series about Cole and Luke Weber. I have watched Luke grown up through the books and was anxious to read his story. I loved watching Luke accept what was going on in his life and taking a shot with Cole. Cole has always been in the shadows and I've been waiting for his story. When he decides to come out of the shadows and take a shot at a relationship with Luke, I was cheering him on! These two were hot! I wish they would have gotten a full length book, but this story did its job and told their tale. It was a good read.
A great addition to the series. A new perspective. What happens when you dream of playing pro hockey doesn’t come to be? What happens when here is something you might want more? What happens when you have it all but realize something is missing? Cole and Luke conquer all of these life questions and more. Full of passion, self discovery, Love, family, and the storm team. I can’t wait for more!