Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance. 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.
Home Iceby Catherine Gayle
Tough-as-nails Portland Storm head coach Mattias Bergstrom is hard on his players, molding them into heroes on the ice. He'd never let them see his warm, soft side--something he saves only for his younger sister, who has special needs.
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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.
Tough-as-nails Portland Storm head coach Mattias Bergstrom is hard on his players, molding them into heroes on the ice. He'd never let them see his warm, soft side--something he saves only for his younger sister, who has special needs. But when a hockey event brings a sexy, single mother and her four rambunctious daughters into his life, that icy exterior quickly melts away for her youngest, who reminds him of his dear sister.
Paige Calhoun has her hands full with four teenage daughters who are beyond boy crazy. Throw crushes on hockey players into the mix, and they're almost too much to handle. But when Paige meets the Storm's all-business but irresistible coach, she finds herself as smitten as her girls, and Mattias couldn't be happier. With a Home Ice advantage, Mattias lets his icy exterior melt away to prove to Paige how hot they can be together.
The Portland Storm hockey romance 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 - February 9, 2017
16) Power Play - May 25, 2017
17) Neutral Zone - October 19, 2017
The books of the Portland Storm series are hockey romances, but they go much deeper than the sport of hockey. These books touch on real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, addiction, and many other similar subjects. If you have triggers, be aware that these books may very well contain material which could trigger you. That said, I endeavor to tackle these issues with sensitivity and compassion.
Additionally, many readers have requested that I put a TISSUE WARNING on the books in this series. I've received notes from readers about every single book in the series, in which readers tell me how the characters and the story brought them to tears. You may not need tissues for each book--the story line that resonates most for you may not be the one that others responded to in that way--but don't say I didn't warn you.
On that note, I have another warning for you: my hockey players curse like...well...hockey players. And there is a fair amount of sex in these books. If cursing and sex aren't your cup of tea, these books probably won't be, either.
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I love this series but am getting really tired of paying a lot for so little (87 pages).
I love all of Ms. Gayle's books and Home Ice is now on that 'love' list. I definitely hope to read more of Paige and Mattias in other Portland Storm books.
I really enjoyed this addition to the Portland Storm hockey romance series. I loved the characters: Head coach Mattias Bergstrom (Bergy), single mom Paige Calhoun and her four daughters, the youngest with Down Syndrome. There were many funny moments between the girls, but overall this sweet story just made me smile.
Home Ice (Portland Storm #7.5) by Catherine Gayle Head coach, Mattias Bergstrom, attends a Portland Storm charity event where he meets a young girl with Down’s syndrome, Sophie Calhoun. The girl reminds him of his sister in Sweden, and he instantly wants to supply her with a memory she will not forget. Then he meets the girl’s mother, Paige Calhoun, and cannot deny his attraction to her. Catherine Gayle created yet another uplifting story with real-life issues that made my heart melt. I love Mattias. He is an ex-defense man turned hockey coach who seems to be tough but has a softer side. He loves his sister and would do anything for her. When he meets Sophie, he is instantly smitten. He understands her condition and is supportive. I appreciate that he seeks out challenges and strives to overcome them, especially where Sophie is concerned. He is patient and persistent. He is caring and a noble man. I like that he lives modestly and helps provide for his sister. I really like Paige. It would not be easy to be a divorced mother with four daughters, the youngest having Down’s syndrome. She is a good mother. She puts her girls’ needs above her own and would do anything for them. I am glad she gives Mattias a chance. She deserves some happiness for herself, and he is the perfect man for her and her family. They both give each other something they have been missing. I appreciated learning more about Down syndrome. I do not know anyone with the condition so my knowledge was limited. I loved that when Mattias was working on his project for Sophie that other coaches and his team were so supportive, especially, Levi Babcock. I love their "do not give up" attitude. The plot was inspiring and sweet. The characters are believable ad likeable. Home Ice is an inspiring book that moved me. This series just keeps getting better. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Home Ice is a novella in the Portland Storm series and the only complaint I have is that it wasn't a longer book - it ended too soon. In typical Catherine Gayle fashion, she includes an aspect of a social element to each of her books and in Home Ice, it's living with a child with Downs Syndrome. The author wonderfully depicts the sweet innocence of Paige's daughter with DS. Mattias is immediately drawn to Paige's daughter because he has a sister with DS. And then he sees Paige, and he is a goner! Also in typical Catherine Gayle fashion, Home Ice has plenty of heat. Having older children myself, I enjoyed seeing a bit more of a "mature" love relationship. The author demonstrates the challenge of dating with children, and planning around alternate weekends, and babysitters, and having to go out as a family instead of a couple. But that didn't take away from the heat that Mattias and Paige generate when they are away from the prying eyes of the kids. Woo Hoo - hot! Paige's older, teenage kids also add a fun aspect to the story, with their giggling worship of the Portland Storm players, their teasing of their mother when Mattias asks her out, and even their horror when they try to text their mom and Mattias, and suffer the fate of autocorrect. It all made the love story seem very real and very relatable. Another great contribution to the Portland Storm series.
Mattias Bergstrom, head coach of the Portland Storm, is known for keeping his softer side under wraps. He only wants his players to see the hard-assed former player they’ve always known about. The only person who really gets to see it is his sister Linnea who was born with Down syndrome. Bergy has been successful in keeping his private side private until he meets a young girl who reminds him of the sister he loves so much. Paige Calhoun has brought her four daughters to the StormSkillz event and they couldn’t be more excited. All four girls are giddy over the anticipation of seeing their favorite Storm players, especially 501 – Levi Babcock. When Paige’s youngest daughter spots 501, she is off to claim him for herself and when the Storm’s head coach steps in, Paige suddenly becomes as googlie-eyed as her daughters. Bergy is immediately drawn to the young girl and sees so much of his sister in her. He decides to give Paige and her girls a weekend they are never going to forget. Will it end after the weekend, or is there more in store for Matti and Paige? This book tugs at your heartstrings in the most delicious way. I loved the way this story unfolded and watching the normally closed off Matti interact so openly with Paige and her girls was wonderful. Catherine Gayle has once again crafted a story that you don’t want to put down!