In the Zone

In the Zone

by Catherine Gayle
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In the Zone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This 50/50 Yankee/Canuck couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow for me with a timid woman and whiney man. Then, finally, serious issues (in today's society) were revealed, which made me more accepting of the male character and the romance.
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Cute, made me smile.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
In the Zone Book 5 by Catherine Gayle Once again with grace and dignity, Gayle covers a tragic societal topic mixed with a fantastic romance; bullying and its often-irreparable consequences. Her stars, Keith and Brie are both memorable and their love story is entertaining, heartwarming and very sensually appealing. She continues her hockey tutorial with her fast-paced dialogue that perfectly fits every character and situation like a glove. Her co-stars both new and returning keep our romance past curiosities satisfied while adding an extra layer to the story. When you add in the-his and her pet menagerie you’ve got an unforgettable romance/morality tale. The audible edition narrated by Angel Clark draws listeners right into the action and the emotions. Her tackling of the myriad of voices, tempos and inflections making this an excellent way to experience the novel. It began as an amazing one-night hook up. A night that Brianna (Brie) Hayden needed to boost an ego that had been damaged by a medical condition and hurtful words from someone who supposedly loved her. And quickly became a night she never forgot with a man who made her feel beautiful if only for a moment. A night that for Portland Storm star defenseman Keith (Burnsy) Burns started as a way to scratch a sexual itch but soon became something much, much more from a curvy stunner who needed a huge shot of self-esteem. And suddenly her face is all he can see even long after their too short night together. When they unexpectedly re-connect sparks are still flying and he wants to take it to the next step but she’s wary.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I've said it before, but it bears repeating, Catherine Gayle writes books that deal with real issues, problems and not everything is rosy in the world of her characters. And I love that. She once again proves my point with In the Zone. Keith Burns and Brianna (Brie) Hayden met and chose to use no names and half-truths and it was only going to be one amazing night. Of course things can never be that easy and their lives once again throw them together and this time, neither of them wants to let go of the other. While both are dealing with demons from the past, neither is dealing very well. Brie has been verbally abused by a former boyfriend and that has created self esteem and body image issues - something that so many women legitimately deal with. Burnzie on the other hand was hiding family issues that he did not have any intention of talking about or dealing with. Can these two help one another heal and come out stronger as a duo than on their own? If they have their way, they certainly will.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
Catherine Gayle continues her record of delivering great romantic novels featuring heroes and heroines with underlying issues affecting their lives. In In the Zone, Ms. Gayle brings us a hero who lives daily with the guilt of bullying and a heroine who suffers from body-image issues brought on by an ex.  Keith and Brie meet in an anonymous hookup, on the East Coast, at a teammate's wedding. Who knew both of them would be in the same city on the west coast in a few short months later - Catherine did.  She expertly wrote a hero who's empathy for Brie's body-image issues come from a place deep inside - where he feels the guilt of his own bullying resulting in his brother's suicide.  Keith is wracked with guilt, believing that his relentless bullying of his ballroom-dancing brother led to his suicide and is punishing himself as a result. He sees most relationships in his life through these guilt-ridden lenses, and believe he isn't lovable as a result.  He finds himself in a unique position to relate to and help Brie with her body-image issues, brought on as a result of a medical condition and exacerbated by a cruel ex-boyfriend. But while he helps Brie with her issues, he continues to stew in his own guilt and is pushing Brie away in the process. She doesn't know what's driving Keith's emotional issues, but she knows she can't be with anyone who can't share himself with her.  As her confidence in herself grows, her knowledge that she can't be with Keith in his current state of mind force her to push him away. Brie's body image issues stem from her gaining weight due to a health issue, and her ex-dancing partner who shamed her relentlessly for it.  Believing she was no longer suited for her career as a professional ballroom dancer, Brie was teaching ballroom dance lessons when Keith attended class with a teammate.  I've read many books where the hero and heroine meet, separate, and meet again and I think this was one of the best written reunion scenarios I've read.  Neither had enough information about the other to track them down, both had thought of the other on more than one occasion in the preceding months, and neither would have expected to find the other where the did!  The development of Brie's confidence throughout the book demonstrated how Keith's influence (and to a lesser extent, her new dancing partner's) helps her see herself in the way they see her.  I thought it was incredibly sensitive how Keith took specific steps to build Brie's confidence respectfully helped her emerge from the cocoon she had wrapped herself in as the butterfly he saw her. I really enjoyed how the author developed Keith's relationship with his teammate Colesy (Cole Paxton).  Keith believed he went into that relationship due to his role as Assistant Captain, but deep-down, I know that Keith was relating to Colesy on a personal level and was going to ensure that Colesy didn't suffer the way his brother did with bullying.  It was a unique and refreshing addition to the story when the author brought Keith's brother Shane to town, and the relationship with Colesy and Shane was interesting - I'd be interested to see a stand-alone or spin-off series featuring Shane. The story line around Colesy and Shane was well written and enabled us to see a deeper side of Keith's personality, and his guilt with regards to his brother.  As Ms. Gayle continues her look into the players on the Portland Storm, she is using the nature of professional sports - with trades, retirements, injuries, etc - to introduce us to new characters, and reunite us with old ones as secondary characters in her books.  It was nice to "see" Razor on the other side of the puck, and nice to continue to stay in touch with Soupy, Zee, and the women in their lives as well. Ms. Gayle does a wonderful job of tying her books together through secondary storylines, teasers, and glimpses into the continuing lives of previous heroes and heroines and it makes this reader want to continue reading her books about the Portland Storm. 
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of this series since the very beginning!   I am not usually a big reader of too much contemporary romance, but this series has me hooked.  The entire series is based around the fictional NHL team, the Portland Storm.  There is no denying my love of hockey, but my love for these books extends far beyond that.  Not only does Catherine Gayle write great hockey, she writes about real people with real issues and she doesn't sugar coat them. One of my favorite things about this series is that, once a book is finished, we don't just say goodbye to the characters.  In the Zone is Keith Burns' story, a defenseman that we met earlier in the series.  It is also Brie's story, who I think just might be my favorite leading lady yet in this series. Kudos to Catherine Gayle for creating a leading lady that is representative of so many of us that are a bit on the fluffy side.  She was a character I truly understood.  Brie is a professional dancer whose career path abruptly changed when she began to suffer from thyroid issues.  She gained quite a bit of weight and, with it, a whole peck of self-esteem issues.  I am a former soldier who was always fit, right until a slew of medical issues led to a weight gain.  I could have been that character... except for the whole relationship with an NHL player, of course. Keith Burns.  He is right up there at the top of the Book Boyfriend list.  His ability to see beauty in Brie when she didn't even see it in herself was so refreshing.  His obsession with getting her to see herself as he saw her was touching and sweet.  But more than that, he had his own story of pain and loss and shame.  I love that the author creates such amazing male characters.  As pro hockey players, all of them could be straight up alpha males and fit the somewhat chauvinist stereotype.  But none of them are.  Yes, they are strong and powerful, but they are also kind and sweet and deep.  Keith's shame and pain were so powerful and heart wrenching.  There was so much regret and neverending angst because there are some things you can never fix, no matter how much you want to.  His story was so emotional and so raw and very real/ One of the other things I enjoyed was that she touched on an issue that you don't see in a lot of hypermasculine sports fiction.   I'm not going to say too much for fear of spoilers, but I am hoping that we see more of these characters in future books. Things to love...    --Keith.  His story was a powerful one that touched me.    --Brie.  I loved her character and completely related to her.    --The chemistry.  There was some serious chemistry between these two!    --The issues.  There were some heavy issues in this book and they were presented so well. My Recommendation:  Definitely read the earlier books in this series before this one!  Great romance, great hockey, great characters, great story lines!