Game Breaker

Game Breaker

by Catherine Gayle
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Game Breaker (Portland Storm, #14) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this one!
ejlehman More than 1 year ago
Game Breaker brings us Nate or Ghost as he is called for his speed on the ice and is ability to be where he needs to be, and Anne, a producer for the web series on the Storm. We've seen them flirt in previous books so it's nice to see the next step for them. Catherine blended the cultures well- Anne's Indian/Irish background and Nate's Canadian as well as being one of the few black men on the ice as she skews the affects of Anne's upbringing and Nate's racial diversity.The current topic of racism and homosexuality in our society is brought to light in the book and the way Catherine handles it is refreshing. The comments from her characters are spot on. The players are there to play hockey. I love the more personal looks into the family lives of the players (especially mute on the Weber family and bringing back Zee and Dana) and the sweet and growing relationship between Anne and Nate. I loved the hint of Dani and Harry.
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KAL-167 More than 1 year ago
I was a little worried about how Game Breaker was going to play out since it started with racial tensions that are going on in the world today; however, as I started reading Nate and Anne's story, I really could not put the book down. The way Catherine described these characters and their relationship with each other (how they had been flirting with each other for about two years) as well as their individual struggles - Nate with racism and Anne with sexism I felt was very well-written. I really enjoyed the way Anne is not afraid to stand up for what she believes - whether it be for her job or standing up to her family members. I also liked how Nate was not afraid to step in and help when a situation got out of control and how he always respected Anne and even got along with her father. Anne and Nate had to weather some difficult times, but in the end they got their HEA! I also liked catching up with other members of the team and their families. This was a great addition to the Portland Storm Series.
Trouble052622 More than 1 year ago
Nate loves hockey and is not to fond of reporters. When Anne came into the picture to do the show on there team , he flirted with her. Until someone tossed a banana peal to the ice and called him names. Then he was over come with reporters. Anne changed her tactics and after a while they started talking again. As things grew between them more issues with people shooting police and black people . Nate just wanted to play hockey when people need to love each other violence became worse Nate's story ended up being the story of the team loved it
autryreads More than 1 year ago
Game Breaker thrust us back into the world of Portland Storm hockey. Catherine Gayle has been impressive once again with her ability to weave such strong relationships with her characters, the emotion flows effortlessly between Nate and Anne. The couple is combined with some of our favorite Storm players and their families, and it refreshed memories of the most recent Thunderbirds novel. As always Catherine is able to weave some tension throughout the novel, some thing that makes the couple have to really work for their relationship. Breaking through barriers placed on them by family members, community members, the hockey industry and cultural barriers as well. Nate and Anne handle all of these situations with so much class it made me love them even more as characters, Anne was able to hold her head high and focus on her story without being sucked into all the politics, the same could be said with Nate, their minds were always on helping each other. Within the first couple of pages, I was nervous as to where Catherine was taking us. I read as my escape from all the nastiness in the world today and this novel was heavily influenced by it. It all made sense and flowed smoothly but just was not what I was expecting to read. Game Breaker was still very well written and has many qualities that make it a great addition to the Portland Storm series. Although it is not one of my favorites from Ms. Gayle it is still a worthy read.
Chelsy33 More than 1 year ago
Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm series is amazing! Game Breaker (Portland Storm #9) looks at the flirtatious relationship between the hockey speedster Nate & Anne, the producer of the team's newest behind-the-scenes web series. As a novel, Game Breaker really drove home the theme and sense of family within the fictional Portland Storm hockey organization. I love Catherine Gayle's books, especially her hockey series, but this book takes very delicate look at the what it truly means to be defined by labels and how that affected both of the main characters in this novel. A lot of what Catherine writes about in this particular book rings true to the headlines that splash across the news in our society today. I thought the book was very well written and Catherine did well to cover these issues in a loving way. This book is wonderfully poignant and I felt optimistically hopeful after reading her words. *I received a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest thoughts/opinions of the author's book.*
ColoradoSunshine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this new addition to the Portland Storm collection. Honestly, it took me a little while to get into it which is unusual for me and this series. Catherine’s writing touches on several really difficult subjects making them relevant to her story line while tying in to today’s common culture. Unfortunately we constantly hear negative news and her book really brings that home. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this book really sets up some future story lines brilliantly. She has me ready to read more in this series. I came to really enjoy Ghost and Anne, and I feel they are a good fit for each other. It almost seemed an insta-love book, except if you have read the prior books in the series you would realize they have been in this back-and forth “romance” for quite some time. The concept of bring the Portland Storm family to the public via the webisodes was really neat. I felt that you got a glimpse into a lot of the players’ lives and could see how people would love something like this for a real sports team. It was nice to see how Anne had to really think about what she was putting out there for the world to see. From a journalistic standpoint, she really had to weigh the pros and cons of the material she had and trust her conscience to do the right thing. I don’t feel all journalists succeed at this. As for the Epilogue, I feel the story ended too soon! I would have loved to see this day play out just a bit longer, though you know exactly where it is headed! In all, I feel this was another win for Catherine Gayle and the Portland Storm series. I will certainly continue to read the rest of the books as they are published. I love the Portland Storm family! ** I was provided an ARC for this book in return for an honest review **
esevigny More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. I cannot say this enough, Catherine Gayle can write any book, and you will instantly be pulled in. I will start off with that these characters were not my favorite couple in the Portland Storm series, that is because Soupy and Rachel, and Dana and Zee are, BUT knowing that, I would still give this book 5 stars! And even though they were not my favorite couple, Catherine still wrote a book that pulled me in and kept me captivated to the whole story. Catherine wrote a book that pointed out racism, sexism, feminism, and homophobia ( and LGBTQ acceptance) in the world of hockey. Including her two main characters, Ghost and Anne. In a time where all of these topics are heavy issues, I applaud Catherine for doing it in a way that was not only respectful, but you can tell she took the time in creating and pointing out the specific ideas in the book. Ghost and Anne both have to deal with some of the above topics (will not spoil it) while working through their lives in the hockey world. Ghost being a hockey player, and Anne being a journalist. You not only see them evolve in their jobs, but in their relationship with each other through her amazing writing. Both characters were so vividly expressed in the book, you could almost feel their happiness, sadness, angst, anger whenever it happened, because Catherine is THAT good. Overall, I cannot express how amazing of a writer Catherine is, and how well she makes the Storm series flow one to the next book. I will never stop reading her work because I truly believe she is that good!
BGnMS1 More than 1 year ago
Broke the Game wide open This book was a definite need the tension reliever handy. Filled with real world story elements, the story took you on some very high highs and very low lows. You also got to see the previous leads from the Storm series and how things are going in their worlds. ***given an ARC in exchange for honest review***
pugmommy362 More than 1 year ago
Another great hit by Catherine! I love the story of Nate and Anne along with how they worked through the issues that were presented to them. Catherine did an awesome job of incorporating some of the issues happening in the world today into the book. The scenes were very true to what I imagine happened, how the people felt and how the situations have affected the world. She did an awesome job with the sensitivity of the situation and explaining thoughts/feelings. Due to the racists things that have been happening Nate is thrust into a spotlight that he never wanted, at least this way, because of him being a black player in the NHL. He is forced to address the things going on in the world thanks to the media. Anne is producing a documentary on the Storm and is pressured by her producers to exploit the situation as well as other things in the private lives of the players but she doesn't. Anne also has to deal with her overbearing mother and her unrealistic expectations. This was another awesome book in the series and I absolutely cannot wait until the next one. I foresee there may be a different kind of plot in the future of the series by topics addressed in this book. Thank you Catherine...keep them coming...I just love to read your work, you are an awesome author! I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review...I believe that I have given an honest review without spoiling the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book in this series but I love how much this book mimics our current reality. Nate and Anne have a flirtatious relationship that begins innocently as just hockey player and journalist. During the filming of Eye of the Storm and the issues they are both facing they begin to fall for one another. This book touches on many current events and problems that exist in todays society such as racism, gender equality, social media bullying, and personal body issues. Many people will be able to relate to the social issues in this book and the hockey storyline and attractive men are a bonus. Loved this book.
CChimni More than 1 year ago
Another hit for the Portland Storm series! Nate and Anne were both dealing with negative cultural influences. Rather than letting them define their lives they rose above. This story further illustrated the "family" atmosphere of the Portland Storm organization. The storyline touches on current events in a tasteful display of heartfelt reactions. A story filled with loyalty, family, love, standing up for what you believe and hockey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The latest in the Portland Storm series does not disappoint. In typical Catherine Gayle fashion, we have strong chemistry, well developed and interesting main characters, funny moments with secondary characters, including kids and pets (dogs, in this case) who are more than just plot devices, and an insightful and moving treatment of challenging issues in our world. Oh, and hockey, and sexytimes. I may have left some things out of my list, because Catherine Gayle’s books have it all, and Ghost Dance is no exception. This is the story of Nate (“Ghost”) and Anne, who we first met in a prior book and who have been flirting with one another For. Ever. Just as they should be getting together, controversy off the ice becomes controversy on the ice, and Nate and Anne’s romance becomes complicated. I don’t really want to give away the plot, but I will say that Catherine Gayle’s treatment of racial tensions and violence is beautifully done, and that there is a crucial chapter that had me first crying, then cheering. Many romance books have a “conflict” involving a female character’s career, wherein it would destroy her career to be involved with the hero, but her hormones overrule her brain and the hero tells her it will be fine and he’ll take care of her, and presto change-o, suddenly the heroine’s career doesn’t matter. I HATE THAT. This book contains that same conflict, but Catherine Gayle handles it respectfully, as does Nate, and the resolution is both satisfying and realistic. The last thing I want to mention here is that Catherine Gayle has done a brilliant job creating a world for her Portland Storm characters, and it feels like coming home for a long-time fan to read one of these books. Ghost Dance gives us glimpses of characters from past books, with corresponding updates on their lives; Catherine Gayle uses the web show Anne produces to seamlessly blend in the entire Portland Storm family without it feeling forced. At the same time, the focus on Nate is a focus on a somewhat younger and definitely newer player than past books have featured, and the book allows us to get to know more of the younger players better—which appropriately whets one’s appetite for the next two books in the series. This book should not be missed, whether you are a Portland Storm fan already or not. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
AngieMcGuire More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC from the author for my honest review. This book was phenomenal. It told a message that is so extremely prevalent in what is going on in our world today, that I hope that every reader understands the importance of what is being said. I loved this book. Nate, or Ghost as he is known by his team, has been in a few previous books, and I've always admired his character, but this guy blew everything out of the water in this portion of the series. Anne is a journalist who believes in the messages she produces and wants people to understand what she is about in her profession. Having Nate and Anne tell parts of their stories, and what it means to them to be the minorities in their careers, is very much worth the read. I can never understand what it's like to be scrutinized for my color or gender in the way they were, made it even more heartwarming to me to read about it affects them. Whether the racist remarks come from the media, family, or idiotic individuals who have no clue about what this type of harsh speculation can do to a person, I feel this author did her best at giving us readers her side of the story. Anne and Nate fell in love the old fashioned way, by learning about one another, and falling the magnanimous way..head over heels blindly. I truly loved this book, and I'm so excited to read the next book in this series. The Storm has always been a favorite of mine, and I love hockey, so when this group gets together in the name of a only turns out terrific.
StephB More than 1 year ago
Catherine's books normally hit on relatable topics. However, it the world we live in today, this book will touch everyone. It's beautifully written. I also enjoyed the plot twist and some closure on previous storylines. This was my favorite book in the series so far. Note, I received an advance copy of this book in return for my honest review
AmyJmn71 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading Game Breaker by Catherine Gayle. I've been hooked on this series right from the beginning, gobbling up each book as soon as I can get my hands on them and this one was no different. I especially enjoyed the current events aspect of this story line and Catherine did an excellent job with giving us thought provoking topics while still capturing the essence of all the characters we've come to love along the way. I loved touching on the "human aspect" of what these athletes deal with every day versus just spotlighting the fame and glory. I respect that she fills her books with real life struggles and she writes characters that you can't help but cheer for along the way. This story introduced us to some potential new story lines - fingers crossed that maybe Luke will get a happily ever after in the future. People who have enjoyed the other books in this series would be crazy to pass this one up. For those who have not read the earlier books, it stands alone as a great afternoon read. Although, I guarantee once you start, you will go back and want to read the others. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone young adult on up, it's a fast read with a great message! Happy Reading
Mandi0129 More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the Portland Storm series by Catherine Gayle. There are so many things to love about this one. Gayle does a great job connected and catching up with all the other couples from previous books, including ones that have gone off to play in her other series the Tulsa Thunderbirds. She truly does it in a masterful and realistic way. I almost always skip through the Dedication and Acknowledgements in the books I read, but I’m glad I didn’t this time. Don’t skip them, they are worth the read. “Game Breakers” focuses on Nate Golston “Ghost” and Anne Dennison. The Storm are skating into the playoffs, and Anne and Nate are finally making moves towards each other. Nate is an undersized but talented player quickly making a name for himself, and Anne is a reporter balancing her moral views and getting the job done. The two quickly fall into a relationship that seems almost too easy. Through most of the book their relationship seems to take a backstage roll to all the other action, and it left me wanting a little more. I wanted to know more of what they were talking about when they spent hours talking over coffee and dinner so you get more of an idea why they are so compatible. Besides the before mentioned series catch up, this book also has a heavy emphasis on current racial tensions, sexism, homophobia and an over bearing parent. I wouldn’t recommend this book as a stand alone, you really do need to read the rest of the series to appreciate it. If you haven’t read the rest of the series… what are you waiting for!!!!!
amatate More than 1 year ago
A Timely Sports Romance *I received an ARC in exchange for posting my honest review* The first chapter absolutely gripped me. Catherine Gayle is so good at highlighting the emotions her characters struggle with and the reader can feel it run through them. This is such a timely romance in which the characters face outside criticism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and physical pain. The negative circumstances contrast beautifully with the support, friendship, and love the characters also experience. That said, with all the outside stressors the couple got lost a little at first for me. I was immediately hooked, but slow to keep reading (well slow, compared to the way I typically devour this author's books). I wanted to feel a stronger love connection between them, or more compelled to see them come together. I was more interested in their individual stories than their journey as a couple. However, in the second half, things begin happening rapid fire. Emotions are high, and the challenges perfectly highlight the relationships among friends, family, teammates, and especially the burgeoning love between Nate and Anne. I really liked how Anne's career gave us intimate glimpses into the other couples and families in the Storm family. Of course, the reader also gets introduced to new characters and storylines. Finally, I'm once again in awe of the seamless way this author provides in depth hockey information and game scenes for fans of the sport, while not losing sight of the underlying personal and romance stories that appeal to a wide range of readers. This series is great, and each story is markedly different than the next to keep me coming back for more.
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
**I received a ARC copy of this book, for my honest review.** Wow! Loved this book! I cannot say that enough. This is the next addition in the Portland Storm series and it is a must read. This is the story of Anne and Nate "Ghost" Gholston, both are very successful in their field but also minorities in their chosen profession. Anne is producing a web-documentary in the life of the Portland Storm and Nate is just coming into his prime as an elite hockey player. This book touched on some sensitive social issues in an very tasteful way. It was very current as to the state of our County and World today and put some light on these issues through a different perspective. I loved the interaction between the players and way that they truly came together like a family and had each other's back. I also loved Anne, she was strong and sure about herself professionally, but had insecurities about herself on a personal level. I liked seeing her evolve and face her issues head on. I Was glad to get some updates on other players, the Web family as well as a sneak/peak into information that is important in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series. I would highly recommend this book. It's a hockey romance with substance, but also will make you laugh out loud. Another win for Catherine Gayle!
LCardozo1 More than 1 year ago
This book hits home. Hot button, relevant issues in today's world are addressed in Catherine Gayle's latest book. What's different about her take on these issues is that beyond noting that these events happen, in the real world and in the world of the Portland Storm, Gayle explains how these types of events impact individual lives. She doesn't just acknowledge issues, she explores how they affect team, family, and romantic relationships. What I loved more than anything, though, is the way that the book is set up. With reporter Anne producing a web series about the Portland Storm, readers are caught up on all of the Portland Storm characters they know and love while also watching Anne grow professionally and personally as she handles her conflicting emotions about falling in love with Nate Ghost, a player on the team. This isn't just a love story. It's a coming-into-your-own story, and it reflects the current atmosphere of the real world more than maybe any other romance I've ever read.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
Game Breaker is the ninth installment in Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm series and it's a great one! Nate "Ghost" Golston is coming into his own in the NHL and is poised to be one of the stars of the post season for the Storm. He has been attracted to Anne Dennison for some time and the two have previously skirted around flirting with one another. When Anne is hired to be the producer of the Storm's new online web series, she is faced with having to make decisions about the way she does her job, which could end up costing her the job that she has wanted for years and fought to obtain and it could also cost her a chance with Nate. Will Anne have to focus on things in Nate's life that will put a strain on their burgeoning relationship? And, will she have to hurt other people she's come to care about because of what she's being asked to do at work? It's no secret that I love the realness of Catherine Gayle's novels and this one is no exception. This book contains real life issues that we are hearing about and seeing in our papers and on the news nearly every day. I applaud her for tackling these issues and handling them in such a delicate, yet amazing fashion. Another great addition to this series that I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**********I was offered a ARC from the author, in return of a honest review*********** Catherine Gayle posted the blurb and cover of this book a long time ago. Therefore I knew going into it, it would probably tear me apart. I wasn't prepared though for it to feel so much like a movie cut out of real life. This made it hard to read but at the same time so worth it. Nate is a hockey player who is slowly coming into his role as a "game breaker". Eventhough he is a full time professional NHL player he is determined to get a college degree even if it takes years to get it. I can't tell you how much I admired him for his dedication both to the sport and to the dreams of his parents. Anne on the other hand is trying very hard to find a place for herself in a world that is male dominated and harsh. I was fascinated by her strength and curage in her work life. While at the same time dealing with feeling inadequate because of how her mother threaded her. The struggles those two have mirrors our society today, no matter in which country we live. This is also what made it so hard to read. I was in shock and anger while reading what Nate and Annw had to deal with. I bevr have been threaded unfair because of my skin color. So you could say I am privileged. And I probably am, but seeing our world today and what people who are different have to deal with just makes me frustraded and angry. Yet the unterlining message of this book is one of respect and love. It shows how important friends & families are. How important it is to dream and follow those dreams and not to let others take us down. And for that I am grateful. It is so easy to give up on society in this tiring times. This books helps me to keep holding on hope and not to give up dreaming of a better tomorrow for all of us. This book is now my favourite one (tie in with Comeback) of this series. Catherine Gayle just keeps getting better and better.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
When all you have are goals and dreams, nothing will stand in the way of seeing they come true. Game Breaker is a story of two underdogs bucking the odds to succeed. Anne is not just a pretty face. She has the smarts, drive and skills to get noticed in a world that is mostly male. Nate has been fighting all his life. He has more to prove than most. However bias will not stop this tough guy from doing what he loves and being the best at it. Wanting it all is easy. Making that into reality, not so much. I received an ARC of Game Breaker in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED the message behind the romance. Doing your best is the greatest achievement. That makes a winner despite the white noise that says otherwise. A powerful message bundled in a poetic love story. Memorable.