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Light the Lamp

Light the Lamp

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by Catherine Gayle

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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the Portland Storm hockey romance series.

Hockey star Liam Kallen lost his scoring touch when his wife died. Still broken up over her loss, Liam's darkness overpowers him, but his new team-the Portland Storm-needs him. A chance meeting brings him face to face with Noelle Payne, the most positive


USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the Portland Storm hockey romance series.

Hockey star Liam Kallen lost his scoring touch when his wife died. Still broken up over her loss, Liam's darkness overpowers him, but his new team-the Portland Storm-needs him. A chance meeting brings him face to face with Noelle Payne, the most positive and upbeat woman he's ever met, and his darkness begins to fade.

There's never been a challenge that Noelle can't conquer. Brightside optimist to a fault, Noelle refuses to succumb to the luxurious life Liam can give her, as she longs to find deeper meaning and purpose in her life. Now it's up to Liam to open up and show her that she's the light he's needed all along-giving her the greatest purpose of all. He might have saved her, but can Noelle be the light that saves him?

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Light the Lamp 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The audible version is a great way to get a 360º feel of this fast paced sports romance. The narrator, Angel Clark has a great grasp on all the different voices and inflections, plus her delivery of all the emotions is fantastic. Gayle’s Portland Storm series continues, focusing on the life and times of a professional hockey team, its players plus dealing with some real serious societal issues. In the case of book 3 untimely death and homelessness. Her hockey jargon filled narrative keeps fans in the hockey know and entertained and her cast of jock co-stars are great sideliners. Her couple is likeable especially Liam who’s an open book compared to the complicated sometimes too angst filled conundrum that is Noelle. Happily for me the high drama on and off the ice doesn’t deter from enjoying the read too much, but if you’re not a fan of uber angst and drama it may not be for you. The night Liam Kallen (Kally) lost his wife to a drunk driver he also lost his hockey scoring mojo. Now a year and a half later, playing for the Portland Storm he got it back when he saved the life of a young woman. He’s not sure what to make of his intense attraction to her but he knows he can’t let her go and not just because she’s his puck scoring lucky charm. Homeless, jobless and living in her car Noelle Payne didn’t think anything worse could happen, until her car was destroyed in a freak accident. She’s thankful for the handsome Good Samaritan who saved her life; she’s not sure why he feels the need to keep helping her, or why she keeps letting him when she knows it’s not the right thing to do.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first two books in the series, I was kind of hoping the third book would be about Babs and Katie. The bad news is, it wasn't. The good news is, it was just as wonderful as the first two.  In Light the Lamp we are introduced to Liam Kallen who is one of the players who gets traded from the Islanders at the end of On the Fly. Liam has a heart of gold and always wants to take care of people. This is what he does when he meets Noelle. However, it's not what she wants. I have to admit that for a while, I didn't quite understand Noelle. I think I probably felt just like Liam did!  Noelle is homeless and even though she needs the help to get back on her feet, she hates the idea of Liam taking care of her when she can't offer him anything in return. She is a free spirit, someone who likes to dance in the rain and walk barefooted and who is not attached to material things. Noelle is used to making sacrifices and all she really cares about is serving a greater purpose. (In my opinion though, she was a little bit too stubborn.) Liam goes to great lengths for her and I'm glad he does because ultimately they were perfect for each other.  P.S. I love when he speaks Swedish!  *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book, especially Liam. It was a really good romance and hockey lovers will especially enjoy it, even though you don't have to be a hockey fan to love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book; actually, the entire series; however, I feel you should read the series in order starting with Breakaway then On the Fly and Taking a Shot before reading this book. I feel this is important in order to understand all of the characters and how they interact. I like the way Catherine Gayle develops her characters and even if you are not a hockey fan I think you will enjoy these books if you like a good book series.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
Noelle Payne has been down on her luck recently and is in a very dangerous situation when she meets Liam "Kally" Kallem. Kally saves Noelle from the same fate as his wife, which is a loss that he is still trying to deal with all while trying to get his game back on the ice. Kally and Noelle develop a relationship and while Kally tries to give her everything she needs, both emotionally and materially, the one thing he can't give her is a reason to keep pushing forward - a purpose. Will an idea that Kally has provide the outlet that Noelle needs? Will these two survive all of the loss they have both experienced? While I enjoyed this book, and I adore the entire series, it is not my favorite of the Portland Storm books. It's very well written and the concept of the book, and what it leads to in the end, is amazing, so that struck a deep chord with me. Not every book can connect with every reader and I think that is the case with this book for me.
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Jane-n-TatersMom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
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.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
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.  
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
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.