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Rites of Passage
     

Rites of Passage

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by Catherine Gayle
 

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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the sexy Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series.
Where do you go once you've hit rock bottom?

With his world already in shambles, Andrew Nash's life plummets even further after a freak accident on the ice exposes his deepest secret. Still unsure if he should ever return to the game

Overview

USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the sexy Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series.
Where do you go once you've hit rock bottom?

With his world already in shambles, Andrew Nash's life plummets even further after a freak accident on the ice exposes his deepest secret. Still unsure if he should ever return to the game he's devoted his life to, the future Thunderbirds captain knows he isn't quite ready to throw in the towel. Meeting a talented and sexy artist changes everything for Drew.

But Ravyn Penn's past is darker than his, and her wounds cut deeper. Drew's looking forward, but Ravyn is stuck dwelling over a life that leaves her guilt-ridden and full of regret.

Drew's a fighter, and he knows they need to claw their way out of the past--together--even when the future promises no guarantees. But can Ravyn let go and blindly trust him--taking a rite of passage through the darkness--to find the life they both deserve?

The Tulsa Thunderbirds series
1) Bury the Hatchet
2) Smoke Signals
3) Ghost Dance
4) Rites of Passage
5) Rain Dance - releasing August 17, 2017

The Tulsa Thunderbirds series is a spin-off series from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm series. Storm fans can expect some familiar characters, lots of hockey action, and the same emotional backdrop in a sexier, edgier package.

The same general trigger warning applies to this series, as the books tackle serious issues such as sex trafficking, PTSD, and physical abuse. Additionally, I have another warning for you. The hockey players in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series curse like...well...like hockey players. Also, there is a fair amount of sex in these books. If sex and cursing aren't your cup of tea, these books likely won't be, either.

You do not need to have read the Storm series to follow the Thunderbirds series, and vice versa. Each novel in the Thunderbirds series can stand alone, although your enjoyment will be enhanced by reading them in order.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156751853
Publisher:
Night Shift Publishing
Publication date:
11/10/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,515
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance novels and novellas, with over half a million books sold. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic. Join her mailing list at to receive a free Portland Storm short story titled Ice Breaker.

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Rites of Passage 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ejlehman 7 days ago
Catherine gave us a first ever cliff hanger in her last book- Drew bleeding from a skate to the neck with Zee trying to stop the bleeding with his bare hands. Then Drew announcing he was HIV positive. What a punch!!! Now we get his story and we meet Ravyn, the purple dreadlocked tattoo artist with her own demons. Drew is struggling with whether or not he should keep playing, especially with the team still struggling to come together. Raven is struggling with her depression over giving up her son and finding out she also has HIV. This is one of the few books that I wish came with pictures. I could "see" Ravyn's drawings/paintings in my head because Catherine paints that clear of a picture with her words. One of the things I enjoy most about reading both this series and the Portland Storm, is that the family bonds formed by the teams and their families show up over and over again. It's proof that family is of the heart, not just blood. Oh the feels with this one. This is a hard hitter, playing out more of the ice than on. It's fast and dark but there is light at the end. You get inside both their heads the pov, which I love.
KindleKat64 7 days ago
I am so happy to finally get Drew’s story. His fate was so unknown at the end of the last book and I was very worried about him. Kudos to Catherine Gayle for giving readers that kind of a cliffhanger that had us all waiting with baited breath to find out what was going on with him. When we last saw Drew, he had been cut in the throat by a skate blade during a game and announces to Zee that he is HIV positive because Zee was trying to stop the bleeding with his hands. He contracted the disease from his cheating ex-wife. His teammates did not know this about him until this fateful event. Drew is not sure he wants to return to hockey because he is worried about what could happen if something like that ever happened again, not to mention he is just trying to mentally deal with living with being HIV positive. He holds his breath every time Zee gets tested hoping he still comes up negative each time. Drew has such a loving family who fully support him and his teammates and friends all want him to come back and play, but being HIV positive has definitely changed his outlook on things. Drew attends a weekly support and it is there where he meets the beautiful Ravyn. Tattooed, pierced and sporting lavender dreadlocks, she is not the typical woman Drew is attracted to but he sees in her a kindred spirit and is immediately drawn to her. They strike up a conversation, which then becomes a hookup, but it slowly turns into something much, much more. I am so happy Drew finally found peace and someone to share his big beautiful loving heart with. It took him a long time to get to a place where he could start to think of loving his life and having love in his life again. Luckily he was able to help heal Ravyn and get her to that same place so they could enjoy life and love together. Such an emotional read. Great addition to the Tulsa Thunderbirds series!
KAL-167 4 months ago
This is another winner for Catherine Gayle! I love all of the Thunderbirds and Portland Storm characters! This story hit on a very sensitive topic - HIV. We find that both Drew and Ravyn are HIV positive and came to be that way each from their exes. Drew struggles with whether or not he should continue to play hockey and Ravyn has her own demons to contend with. It is a very touching story and you definitely will not be disappointed. *I received a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest thoughts/opinions of the author's book.*
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good read. I enjoyed the characters. I also liked the updates on the past characters.
pugmommy362 10 months ago
Another wonderful read by Catherine! This book touches some very sensitive topics and health issues. HIV is something that even in today's advanced knowledge can cause a person to be discriminated against. This book shows us that those who really care about us will love us no matter what! Drew and Ravyn are both HIV positive and have their mental struggles to deal with coming to terms that they did nothing to deserve it but love the wrong people. Drew had his Thunderbirds family to encourage him to seek counseling...Rayvn had Drew. They had each other! It is a very heart wrenching story that just reaches in and grabs you from the beginning. Another one of Catherine's books that you won't be sorry if you took a chance on...another Stanley Cup winner!! I was given an ARC to provide an honest review...I believe I have done that without spoiling the story for you...take a chance!
Chelsy33 10 months ago
Catherine does an amazing job of taking the issues of the main characters and creating a wonderful story filled with compassion and healing through love. The Thunderbirds series is hot, racy, and edgy - I love reading about these characters with complicated pasts and how relationships makes their lives more enriched. In this story, Drew Nash is dealing with the aftermath of his hockey injury when he nearly bled out from a skate to the neck and blurted out his HIV status to his teammates and the league. He meets Ravyn Penn at a HIV support group meeting. Ravyn is dealing with her own issues and wants a no-strings-attached temporary solution to get her mind off things. What starts as just sex evolves to so much more. I love that Catherine's characters are so well-researched. Catherine does an amazing job of exploring their personalities and quirks through her writing. Their issues and stressors are so complex and detailed. Catherine does an amazing job of handling their stories with such compassion and care - it makes her books a wonderful read each time. *I received a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest thoughts/opinions of the author's book.*
autryreads 10 months ago
Rites of Passage is a story about an incredible journey, where two people learn to believe in themselves and true power of love. Drew and Ravyn’s story is one of the most real stories that I have read, it’s raw, it’s powerful, and it’s inspirational. They way Drew is able to pull her out of her spiral of self-destruction, to say he is her life line would be an understatement. Ravyn has so much on her plate, so much emotional turmoil she never expected to fall in love with a high profile, highly controversial hockey player. Catherine Gayle has made a huge impact on the writing world, focusing her plot on a subject that can still be seen as taboo. The way she wrote his novel allowed a lot of information to be pulled into a novel and shared with the world. The couple, Drew and Ravyn, will always have battles they have to face. They could easily be the couple next door; no one could ever know the internal battle they face. The emotional roller coaster as a reader is one that everyone is nervous to take but is so glad they did. I wasn’t sure how this would effect my emotions; I felt such a loss with Ravyn’s decision and so much hope when Drew pushes her to help heal. I would love to see more about Drew and Ravyn, a couple of years from now and see how they grow. Hands down best work from Catherine Gayle, it will be hard for her to ever create another couple or world or novel that will ever live up to Rites of Passage.
BGnMS1 11 months ago
What a Passage Ms. Gayle is pumping out the tear inducing feels in her hockey stories of late. She keeps us engaged and rooting for the hero/heroine. LOVED it. can't put any of her books down.
lisakoala 11 months ago
Ravyn, in my opinion is one of the strongest yet most vulnerable characters in either of Ms. Gayle's hockey series. Ravyn has been beaten down by life and we don't find out everything in one foul swoop. She has been diagnosed with HIV fairly recently when we meet her. She is closed off and withdrawn when she meets Drew. Drew sees something in her that makes him want to protect her but she wants none of it. She only wants a one night stand. Drew slowly and patiently peels away her lawyers. She and Drew have had completely opposite lives but that doesn't stop him from being with her. Ravyn has had to deal with quite a bit and she never gave up, she just let it drag her down into a deep hole that Drew slowly and patiently guides her out of. This book touched me and brought HIV to the front burner so to speak. She succeeded in what she set out to do with this book and I believe that Peter Zamora would be honored to know that he had a hand in this book even though he is no longer here.
Becky98 11 months ago
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. I will be honest, when I read the description of the book I was not sure I was going to like it. But I went ahead and read it because Catherine Gayle has never let me down. She did not let me down this time either. This is the fourth book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series. If you read Ghost Dance you know it ended with a bit of a cliff hanger when after an accident on the ice Andrew "Drew" Nash admits that he is HIV positive. He spends the off season deciding if he should continue to play or just retire. His team members and the WAGS all support him and finally get him to agree to go into a support group. At the support group he meets Ravyn Penn, with her purple hair in dreadlocks, her tattoos and piercings she is the complete opposite of Drew. Ravyn is not in a good place in her life,she is stuck in the past. She has had a rough life and not much of a support system. Drew and Ravyn meet at the the support group and somehow end up back at Drew's house and they quickly fall into bed together. Slowly Ravyn comes to trust Drew and lets him in on her secrets that haunt her. Ravyn with the help of Drew, his team mates, some of the WAGs and a dog starts to realize that she does deserve to be happy. This book was a wonderful surprise for me, it was also a really emotional book. I recommend all of Catherine Gayles books!
amatate 11 months ago
An uplifting, emotional read *I received an ARC from the PA in exchange for posting my honest opinion* After the conclusion to Ghost Dance, I couldn't wait to read Drew's story. I loved it. I loved Ravyn. She was more than I expected in every good way. This story was definitely heavy at times, covering a lot of emotionally charged topics, yet remained uplifting. I felt the emotions without feeling bogged down by them. As I've come to expect from Miss Gayle, the writing was perfect, hockey was highlighted well, the dialogue flowed, the characters grew throughout the story, and the pacing was smooth. I liked that there wasn't a lot of back and forth with the relationship (that pattern is overused in romance imo), but it wasn't rushed. It felt steady and reassuring, echoing Drew's personality. I'm a fan of sports romance in general, but the Tulsa Thunderbirds series is probably my favorite because it's so well-rounded. I get my hockey, I get interesting plotlines, and I get some grit with my characters and romance. Rites of Passage was a story of resilience, and it was wonderful, ensuring I'll be excited for what's to come next for the team.
Dalitza 11 months ago
Catherine Gayle knows how to write emotionally naked stories with heat, heart and complex characters. Andrew Nash is in a sad and lonely place and he can’t see it changing for the better any time soon, especially not after the entire world learned about his deepest darkest secret. Life could definitely be worse though. As his teammates continue to push him to come back to the game he’s dedicated himself to, to take the captain’s role once Zee retires and meddle in his love life when they find out there’s a sexy artist in his support group who seems to have sparked some vivacity into him, life starts to look up. But can he convince the lavender haired woman of the same? Ravyn Penn uses her purple colored dreadlocks and body art to camouflage the deep-seated scars guilt and regret her past has left as well as the external cuts she uses as a coping mechanism until the most unlikely of persons sees right through her façade and is determined to help her help him set aside their pasts and the unfortunate cards life dealt them and fight for the happiness they deserve. But can she trust Drew enough to let go? Every time I open up a Catherine Gayle book I know I’m in for an exciting and touching story I won’t want to put down. As predicted, Rites of Passage had me hooked from the start with all the feels and the interesting subject matter that’s characteristic of Catherine’s books. From the moment they lock eyes on each other the chemistry between Drew and Ravyn is off the charts, but despite that, they’re both very broken and flawed with almost impenetrable walls safeguarding them. Drew ostracized himself from practically everyone feeling as though he was barely surviving and didn’t want to drag anyone down with him and Ravyn is so full of shame and regret she’s constantly running from everyone, pushing Drew away not just because she was embarrassed by her secrets but because she was unaccustomed to having anyone care for her. But once Drew decides to chase her, not even she can resist him. Sweet, sexy and patiently he starts to break down her defenses. It’s a difficult and long road for both of them, but one worth taking. The support system that surrounded Drew played a very important role in both their healing process and I loved having not just the guys from the Thunderbirds helping out but also the wives and girlfriends. It was a great way to catch up with old friends from past books as well as get a glimpse at the stories that are to come. Rites of Passage is book #4 and another wonderful addition to The Tulsa Thunderbirds series by Catherine Gayle. Full of love, hope and sexy moments with a hockey backdrop. It can be read as a standalone. Told from both points of view.
Christine_Miller 11 months ago
This book was one of my favorites in both the Tulsa and the Portland Storm series. The topic of this book blew me away. I think it was because I haven't read any books that have discussed people that are HIV positive and how it affects their lives both personal and professional. Drew and Ravyn are both HIV positive and have other issues going on in their lives. When Drew and Ravyn meet at a support group, Drew is drawn to Ravyn. She is scared of everything and may run at any moment. Ravyn has lived a very dark life and has never felt wanted or loved. Drew wants to be Ravyn's person more than anything but doesn't want to push her into something she isn't ready for. Ravyn learns to lean on Drew and Drew learns things about himself, too. Ravyn learns that needing somebody isn't a bad thing and Drew is everything she never knew she wanted. With both of the characters being HIV positive, I could see how this diagnosis plays into a relationship and what risks there may be for partners or a future together. I loved how Ravyn and Drew were both very aware of their disease and what it meant for them and those around them. Drew was such a wonderful characters. I absolutely loved him and I knew he'd win Ravyn over if she gave him a chance.
AmyJmn71 11 months ago
received this book as an ARC for an honest review. When I read the epilogue of Ghost's story, I knew Drew's story was going to be epic. Once again, Catherine delivered another powerful love story with important sub plots and characters unlike any others. I love that she isn't afraid to write stories that knock you on your butt and make you think about life differently. Her characters aren't "perfect" people living "perfect" lives. They are as real as it gets and sometimes you find yourself sad that you can't turn the page and magically make everything end up differently. It's a beautiful story that taught me a thing or two about a couple different subjects that I thought I knew so much about, but really knew hardly anything. I loved how she wrote these complicated characters and continues to blend in the ones we've come to love from the previous books in the series. Each of them dealt with their own challenges and it's fun to get glimpses into their happily ever afters in subsequent books. I know I say it time and time again, but Catherine Gayle gets better and better with each book she writes. Each one is my new favorite and I can't wait to get my hands on Huggy Bear's book. If you haven't experienced any of the books in either the Tulsa Thunderbirds or the Portland Storm series, I recommend you take a chance on these amazing books. Start with Portland Storm as that is where it all begins. Thank you again for writing a heart wrenching yet enjoyable book. Defineately going on my favorites list. Happy Reading....enjoy!
LCardozo1 11 months ago
Just like all of her books, this one is brilliant. I don't have HIV, so I can't relate to that specifically, but it doesn't matter because I can relate to the loss, the betrayal, the guilt, and the fear felt by these characters. I can also relate to the hope in the face of major adversity, and the struggles that come with beginning the process of moving on from pain. I'd been waiting months for this book, ever since I finished the last Tulsa Thunderbirds book, and it was SO worth it. Getting to know Drew and Ravyn was a beautiful process that was difficult at times, because their pain was so visceral, but worth every tear. I also LOVED the fact that lots of previous Thunderbird characters came out to play - it's nice to keep up with everyone's stories over time. Well done, as always! I received an ARC for this review. :)
MJBrown67 11 months ago
I have been waiting for this book to find out what happens to both Drew and Zee. We were left with a cliffhanger in Ghost Dance and I could not wait to see what happened next. This is Drew’s Story. Drew is a nice guy, has a great Family, loves his parents and is coming off a divorce from his high school sweetheart, who happened to cheat on him and leave him HIV positive. Not what a person in the prime of his life, in a high contact sport, thinks he will ever have to deal with. At the end of Ghost Dance, a skate to the throats forces Drew to announce to the team his health status. Drew isn't dealing well with his diagnosis and he is questioning if he should return to hockey at all. During a support group meeting he is introduced to Ravyn. Ravyn is skittish, does to want to be there and wants nothing to do but leave. Her and Drew come to a tentative understanding and have an afternoon hook up. Drew wants more –Ravyn does not. She has secrets and a past that has left her reeling. One of the things I love about Catherine Gayle is her ability to write about such emotional persona and social issues and make you see how it can effect real people. This book is no different, she tackled a sensitive issue and made it real. This book was emotional, I cried sure, but also laughed. I recommend this book it was a great read and a great story. *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LynnB888 11 months ago
After an explosive ending in the last book, we were more than ready to learn the story behind Andrew Nash's life. He's been through alot, but yet he's still a kind, down to earth guy. Watching him interact with Ravyn is raw, gritty and beautiful! Tulsa Thunderbirds right wing Drew Nash hasn't been having the best luck of late. With his personal life already in shambles, his professional career got put into a major spotlight and his biggest secret was exposed when he had a major accident in the final game of last season. Now his return is questionable, but he's not sure what his life would be if he didn't have hockey in it anymore, so he has some hard decisions to make ... but the beauty that just crossed his path might distract him from that a bit. Ravyn Penn is breathtaking in a way that Drew has never known before. She's different, she's unique, and she's wearing her heartbreak in ways he can't even see. Her past hurt is deeper and darker than his, and she's not sure she can dig herself up out of it. Drew feels a connection with her, and he's not going to let her push him away even though she's trying at every turn. Will this unorthodox couple actually be the best fit for each other that they could have ever found?
StephB 11 months ago
Once again Catherine's real life storyline keeps the reader tied to their E-reader. Drew and Ravyn's story is sad but wonderful but with a realistic ending. I so enjoy Catherine's books and can't wait to see where this series goes next. Note, I did receive an advanced copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Momo_Staub 11 months ago
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I still remember how I felt when i read the epilogue of Ghost's story. I was sitting on my bed with my jaw dropped open thinking "how on earth did that happened?!!". Since that moment I couldn't wait to get my hands on Drew's story. And let me tell you, the wait was well worth it! This is not a story for the weak of hearts. It is not for people who want to read a pretty story about perfect people living in their perfect life were everything works out just fine and without any struggles. No - this is the story of two people who got infected with HIV by no fault of theirs. Who had the rug pulled right from under them and who needed to find a way to put the pieces of their life back together. It's a beautiful story because it shows how fragile yet strong people can be. How sometime doing the right thing at the moment can cause a world of hurt, pain and guilt. How climbing back out of the despair of depression takes time and is very difficult. I loved how Drew, even though he had been depressed for quite some time, fought his way back into life and how he fought for Ravyn. Could understand his hesistancy regarding his career and how it may affect his teammates. He became my favourite member of the Tulsa Thunderbirds right along with Dima. He is such a stand-up character. Ravyn, oh Ravyn. While I don't know anyone personally who has HIV, at least I am not aware of anyone, I am well aquinted with people who suffer from depresssion. Throughout the book I cried with her, wanted to hug her and just take away her guilt and pain. The decision she had to make is one I hope I never have to face. It is such a difficult situation. I really could feel her pain through the pages - it was heartrecking. But I am proud of her, because ultimatively I think she made the right decision. I know I say it time and time again, but Catherine Gayle gets better and better with each book she writes. I'm looking forward to the next story, which will be Huggy Bear's book. Which will, I am sure, be just as emotional and real as this one.
Lashea677 11 months ago
With Ms. Gayle there is no halfway. Her stories are absorbing journeys that impart wisdom, demand attention and leave readers craving more. Kleenex is always close at hand in my case. Raw emotion is hard to contain. Rites of Passage deals with a hot button topic that still is misunderstood years after it's first appearance. HIV. Three letters that have changed many lives over the years are still the catalyst for debate. Rites of Passage humanized this disease and gives a voice to those unknown faces living in fear. I applaud this courageous story, it's hard not be affected by the struggle of anyone in pain whether it be emotional or physical. If I had to describe Rites of Passage in two words, I would use hauntingly beautiful.