On the Fly

On the Fly

by Catherine Gayle


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ISBN-13: 9780989674478
Publisher: Bons Mots, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/19/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Catherine Gayle is a bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. 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.

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On the Fly 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am normally wary of these kind of books because they are usually very shallow with too much X-rated sex scenes. This was a pleasant surprise. The underlying facts in the book make this pretty heartbreaking at times, but I really want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh and it made me cry. I liked the characters and the way their relationship evolved despite their insecurities and past problems. I read a couple other books in this series and I enjoyed them all.
KingaSanford More than 1 year ago
On this second book of the Portland Storm series we are introduced to Rachel Shaw, a single mom who gets hired to be Jim Sutter's assistant. Rachel catches Brenden's eye from the moment they meet but she has severe trust issues. In a way, her reservations reminded me a bit of Dana's attitude with her own struggle. I feel like for that reason, Brenden could understand where she was coming from.  Brenden is not the sensitive type though. He is more of the "rough around the edges" type and definitely not the kind of guy you'd see going for a single mom. I think this is part of what makes the story so great.  Another thing that makes this book great is the team. After reading the first book and now this one, I have really taken a liking to hockey. I'm also very attached to all the secondary characters. Babs is just awesome and Jim Sutter is so kind and caring. Basically, where do I apply to work for the Portland Storm? I'm seriously attached to the whole team.  *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would! I totally loved it! I loved the first book in the series, but this one really hit home with me for some reason. Loved Brendan and Rachel and who couldn't fall in love with Maddie and Tuck?! I also love that Catherine Gayle isn't afraid to tackle tough issues. She tells the stories in a way that is honest, respectful and they completely pull you in. Totally worth the read in my opinion!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
On the Fly is the second book in the Portland Storm and just as deeply intense and moving as the first.  The romance in these books is beautiful, made that much more beautiful in light of the pain and emotions of the rest of the story.  It  isn't light and it isn't fluffy.  But it is raw and real and even tortuously painful at times.  There were times, just like in the first story, that it brought me to tears.  The fact that there is hockey is just one more thing in its favor. The characters in these books are really likable.  The last story focused on Dana and Eric, while this one focused on Dana's brother Brenden and Rachel.  Brenden has been brought up to the majors and is fighting to keep his spot on the team.  Rachel is running from a past that has forever changed how she looks at other people, most especially men.  She has been let down and betrayed by just about everyone in her life and is left distrustful of everyone. The romance that unfolds between Brenden and Rachel is a wee bit spicy, but is sweet to watch unfold.  Rachel's pain is obvious and tangible, but it is Maddie that is at the center of the most beautiful moments in the book.  Jamie, another player on the team, is one of my favorites.  He is so completely sweet, kind and sweet to Dana in the last book and equally as amazing to Rachel, Maddie, and Tuck in this one. Interestingly, there is another story line that was introduced and I am hoping that was a teaser to a new story in the Portland Storm series. Things to love...    --Jamie.  He is an incredible character and I am hoping one of the future books in the series focuses on him.    --Tuck.  The kid is infectiously adorable and reminds me of my own little guy.    --Maddie.  I wanted to dive into my Kindle and love on her. Things I wanted more/less of...    --Less insta-love.  No, it wasn't really instant, but it sometimes felt too fast for the emotional situations. My Recommendation:  I really enjoy this series.  I love the hockey, I love the emotional depth, I love the characters!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
NHL player Brenden Campbell (aka Soupy) is determined to recuperate from recent injuries and keep a spot the Portland Storm.  He also determined to get a date with his new neighbor and the Storm's latest hire as assistant to general manager, Rachel Shaw.  Neither goal is going to be easy. I enjoyed Brenden’s character.  He is a good guy.  He is very persistent, and an underdog whom you want to see succeed.  He has felt a need to live up the expectations of his father’s hockey career instead of relaxing and playing his own game.   Rachel Shaw has had a tough life.  She has never been able to rely on anyone for help.  She is an overprotective single mom of two.  It is understandable why she is reluctant to let others in.  It’s a good thing that Brenden is persistent and knows what Rachel needs, especially since she doesn’t even know. I was thrilled that Jamie Babcock is Soupy’s roommate.  He is my favorite Storm character so it’s nice that he had a large role in this book.  I actually read Taking A Shot (Portland Storm #2.5 - Jamie’s story) before On the Fly, so I was already bias. Jamie is impossible not to love.  On the Fly is a heartwarming book.  The plot is well done.  There were a lot of attention-grabbing things that happen throughout the novel that kept me engaged.  The characters are well developed.  The story is believable.  It is an excellent contemporary sports romance.  This is a series I will continue to eagerly read. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous 5 months ago
I really liked this book...Great characters and well-developed story and very believable and nicely romantic
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: Child Abuse There are some heavy topics in this one but Catherine Gayle does a great job of handling them. We met Brenden in the previous book and it’s nice to have him as the hero here. I really liked his character because he’s a just such a nice guy. Brenden was my favorite part of this book and I was complete mush every time he made a connection with Rachel’s kids. He’s always ready and willing to do anything Rachel needs and watching him fall in love with Rachel’s kids, Maddie and Tuck, was great! I liked Rachel, though she spends most of the book very tightly strung. Rachel comes across as such a great mom; she’s devastated by what happened to Maddie and trying so hard to make things better for her. Though her protectiveness is through the roof she’s doesn’t smother Maddie, at least not too much. Though she wants to resist Brenden she’s instantly attracted to him and he’s determined to help her out when it’s clear that she spends all her time taking care of her kids and no time taking care of herself. I completely understand why Rachel is so over the top protective of her kids. I imagine any parent would be this way but when her need to protect them is used for the The Big Fight it just didn’t work for me. I don’t blame her in any way but something was just not working for me. Once again there was a lot of hockey in this one and plenty of set up for future books, some of it tear-worthy. There’s also a lot of Jaime “Babs” Babcock and he was just absolutely adorable. Babs is now living with Brenden and being the oldest of 6 boys he’s great around kids. Babs friendship with Tuck is so sweet and Babs pretty much steals the show in any scene he’s in. Catherine Gayle is great at creating a family out of the Portland Storm players, coaches, wives and girlfriends and this is abundantly clear in this book. Gayle’s characters are just genuinely nice and caring and regardless of any realism, I love it.
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ImaCrzyDreameR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think the characters relationship moved a little to quickly, especially after all the family went through. But other then that you fell in love with all the characters in their own way! Would recommend if your looking for a good book!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
On The Fly Catherine Gayle In the heartbreaking and heartwarming book 2 in her Portland Storm series Gayle once again conquers the dreaded 1st person narrative, told in both the hero and heroine’s perspective beautifully. Yes she deals with the dark deed of incest but her timely and effective doses of humor keeps it from being too dark. Her hero’s had some hard knocks and he knows how to handle both the heroine and her kids. The co-stars are rock stars and they all add something unique to the read, some giving hints about future tales and some filling in blanks on the past. There’s a lot going for this novel and her injecting such a family feel into her whole hockey team makes it even more special. The Audible edition narrated by Angel Clark is a great way to get a fuller feel of the read. Her going from female to male to children is wonderful and the way she instills such emotions into the reading is heartrending yet hopeful. Rachel Shaw hasn’t been the subject of much human kindness; when she was sixteen and pregnant her minister father kicked her out of the house, and after marrying the boy and having two children with him she learned he’d been sexually molesting their young daughter right under her unsuspecting nose for years. So when, with no choice and little hope she moves half way across the country it’s hard to accept or believe the generosity being offered by her new boss and his hockey team. And she especially doesn’t trust one particular player who seems to be interested in her. Brenden (Soupy) Campbell isn’t sure why he’s attracted to the team manager’s new assistant. She’s not his type, she’s skittish and definitely in need of a keeper because she’s too busy worrying about and taking care of her kids to take care of herself. Plus being the brother of a rape victim he knows the signs of wariness toward men and sees them in her eyes. Which means she’s keeping-secrets and he’s not sure he wants to know what they are. If you sign up for Catherine’s newsletter you’ll get a short story staring Katie and Babs!
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dalodu77 More than 1 year ago
Totally worth reading Brenden see Rachel and it's love at first sight.  However she has other ideas.  Life for Rachel and her 2 kids have not been not been a bowl of cherries.  She lacks trust do to her ex-husband and her family who abandoned her at a young age.  Brenden sees her after  meeting with management over whether he needed conditioning training.  Brenden Play for NHL.  Conditioning training means he has to go down to the minors for a week. Rachel needs a break in like and hopes this is it.  Can she learn to trust and protect her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute love story with great characters, and a nice hockey touch.
RomanceReaderGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Finding love while healing. What I loved about this book and series is Ms. Gayle does not shy away from real word problems and emotions. She confronts them head on with her characters and you are right there in the trenches with them. Don’t get me wrong On the Fly is a love story but it’s more than just a man and woman coming together to find love. It’s about a family and personal healing. We first met Brenden Campbell in Breakaway (see my review for Breakaway here) as the protective older brother of Dana. He is struggling with his hockey career and needs to keep his head in the game. Though, fate has a strange way of putting people in places at that right or wrong time. Rachel Shaw a single mom of two trying to get her life back on track in Portland, OR. Rachel’s main mission is supporting her two young children and giving them the life they deserve. She has no time for dating or men like Brendan Campbell. But sometimes fate has other things planned and most of the time it’s better not to fight it. I have enjoyed everything about this series. Catherine Gayle writes with passion and heart and you can feel that when reading this series. You are right there with the characters and all the characters are important. They all add depth to the story and it’s a wonderful family that you are apart. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I do recommend reading the first book, Breakaway first before reading On the Fly. You’ll be happy you did.