Book 5, Tulsa Thunderbirds
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***Trigger warning: contains graphic scenes depicting domestic and sexual abuse***
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the sexy Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series, a spin-off from the Portland Storm series.
He’s in a drought. No rain. No goals. No women.
She has what it takes to quench his thirst.
Ethan Higgins, a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, is in a rut. He hasn’t scored a goal in ages, and he hasn’t had a woman in his bed for even longer. The only thing in his favor is that he gets to spend time with his son when the T-Birds play at home on the weekends. Determined to be nothing like his abusive father, Ethan sets out to show his son how a real man behaves, and Natalie Turner gives him the perfect opportunity to do so.
Natalie has nowhere to turn when her boyfriend gets physical with her, this time in public—at least not until Ethan steps in to offer her a safe place to stay. Wary of trusting anyone, especially another hockey player, and even more so one as rough and tough as Ethan, Natalie attempts to resist the lure she feels toward the protective man. When Ethan’s son does a Rain Dance, the skies open up. But will soaking their hardened and cracked hearts be enough to end the drought?
The Tulsa Thunderbirds series
1) Bury the Hatchet
2) Smoke Signals
3) Ghost Dance
4) Rites of Passage - coming soon
5) Rain Dance - coming soon
Ethan is Natalie's white knight
This was an extremely touching and emotional story. If domestic abuse and rape are triggers for you, you will not want to pick up this book. What Natalie goes through and survives is a nightmare. Ethan saves her from what I'm certain would have ended in her death. This story had me captivated as Natalie battled back to find normalcy in her life and fall in love with Ethan. The subject matter was raw and I thought the author did a great job with depicting the scenes and the emotions. The only part that I think I needed a little more time with was Natalie and Ethan becoming physical. The brutality and emotional scarring that Natalie endured I could see years of therapy before getting close to someone, but then again, Ethan was her white knight, so perhaps it could happen. The story was great though and I read it all in one sitting.
Just a heads up...please read Catherine's warning about triggers before reading this book.
This book was written about taboo things but like always Catherine did it tastefully. I was an emotional wreck while reading this book and I had to stop and put it away for an hour or two before continuing. I recommend having a box of tissues handy.
*I was given an ARC of this book and I also intend to buy it.*
I received an ARC copy for an honest review.
I just LOVED this book. I am a huge fan of Catherine Gayle and Thunderbirds are some of my favorite books. This book is not a typical romance novel, Ethan and Natalie don’t have a romantic meeting but their story is so worth reading.
This book has some very real, very raw emotions and the content isn’t always pretty, but that is one of the things about Ms. Gayle’s books, they show us real feelings.
Ethen saves Natalie from an abusive relationship, he stays by her side and helps her to start forgiving herself and living again. Ethan has his own past with abuse and vows to stop this cycle with him, vowing his son Carter will never fear his father.
There is so much emotion in this book. Parts brought me to tears and parts had me laughing out loud. The relationship between these hockey brothers and their wives is amazing and showed us how the Thunderbirds are starting to gel as a family.
This is a true romance because it shows that no matter how broken we thing we are, there is so much worth living for. I would recommend this book.