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Posted August 8, 2014
I really liked Catherine Gayle's other hockey romances, and I had high hopes for this one, but I just couldn't get into it in the same way. The connection between Noelle and Liam never clicked for me. I felt like they never got to know each other very well so how could they be so attached so quickly?
Ms. Gayle does do the hockey part better than almost any other writer and this is an interesting addition to the Portland Storm universe. It brings in some of our favorite characters and hints that something's up with poor Nicky (the goaltender, whose story I hope to be able to read someday). If you're a fan I'd recommend it for that alone.
Posted July 17, 2014
Several pages blacked out but book continued fine. It was a really good story with strong stubborn characters. A great ending as all her books have. I cant wait until August for new book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2014
Its a great story. I love the series and the characters. But several pages were blocked or whited out so I couldn't see the writing. I guess thats a Barnes & Noble issue though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2014
Light the Lamp is the latest in the Portland Storm series, this time focusing on a newer player for the Portland Storm hockey team. Liam Kallen has recently been traded to the Storm from the Islanders and his game is suffering since the death of his beloved wife Liv. One fateful night, he meets Noelle Payne, a damsel in distress that he is determined to rescue. She is the epitome of a free spirit and is more than a little absent-minded when it comes to the more practical matters of life.
I loved both of these characters, but there were many times when I wanted to reach into my Kindle and slap one or the other of them into reality. Liam was so keen on "saving" Noelle that he was smothering her, treating her like a wayward child. But it was hard to be angry with him because he so obviously cared and had reasons to be the way he was. Noelle seemed to think that he should be able to just magically understand who and what she was without really trying to talk about it and that drove me nuts. But she, too, so obviously cared that it was hard to be against her. In the end, these two are the perfect example of the yin and the yang in romance novels, each one supporting the other in opposite ways.
Things to love...
--The romance. I am not generally a straight-up, romance girl, but I like that the romance in this series comes with all of the issues that love really has, even if it is a little fast.
Things I wanted more/less of...
--More hockey. I love hockey, and there was a little less of it in this book!
My Recommendation: This is a great addition to the Portland Storm series, but it should be read after the first two. The fourth book in the series, Delay of Game, is due out in August! I gave it 4.5 mugs.
Posted June 18, 2014
Light the Lamp (Portland Storm #3) by Catherine Gayle
NHL star Liam Kallen’s career took a downturn after his wife’s death. He was recently traded by the New York Islanders to the Portland Storm. On a drive back to his temporary home in his rental car, he saves the life of Noelle Payne and because of her Kallen’s life, and career starts to look brighter.
Let’s start out by saying wow; this story is amazing. I have now officially added Catherine Gayle to my favorite authors list. No seriously, I have a list of my favorite authors on my blog – I just added her. I have loved everything I have read by her. She is a talented writer who toughly engages you with her characters.
Noelle is a wonderful heroine. She has had a rough go of things but is always happy making others feel better about themselves. She is a giver who puts others before herself, to a fault.
My heart broke for Kallen. He truly loved his wife and felt responsible for her death even though he had nothing to do with it. He is a good man and compliment for Noelle. However, he doesn’t always get her, and that’s one of the things that makes the story interesting.
The hockey scenes are well done. I like that real NHL players, and teams are included in the stories. Being a hockey fan it makes it easy to recount to the games. Plus, I usually have an opinion about every real player she mentions so it makes the games more interesting.
If you enjoy contemporary sports romances and haven’t read the Portland Storm Series, you will want to give it a try. If you’re a Storm fan, you won’t want to miss Light the Lamp. Characters from previous books are included, and you’ll love the new additions. This is a heartwarming story that is hard to put down. I can’t wait for Sara and Cam’s story, Delay of Game.
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 13, 2014
I love this book and series! Noelle is free-spirited and sweet and Liam is just a wonderful guy! I also liked seeing all the secondary characters again, especially Babs. You don't have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this story. The author makes it easy to understand what is happening during the games without taking anything away from the main storyline.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.