Power Play

Power Play

by Catherine Gayle
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Power Play by Catherine Gayle

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

She's got the dress; he's got the honeymoon. Why not tie the knot?

Honeymooning alone in Cabo, injured Portland Storm center Riley Jezek would do anything to get back at his cheating ex-fiancée and backstabbing brother. When a knockout blonde sits next to him at the bar, Riley's ready to erase the memories of his ex. But when he notices the tears threatening to stain the blonde's wedding gown, Riley decides it's time for a Power Play.

Mackenzie Cain thought she had it all figured out. She found the man. She found the fairytale. She thought it was her dream come true. She was wrong. What she found was a nightmare with a crazy fetish. Alone and dressed in couture was not how she envisioned her wedding night.

When the sexy hockey player makes her an offer, Mackenzie can't refuse. After all, Prince Charming always shows up by chance. But can Riley's attempt at revenge turn Mackenzie's new reality into a page-turning romance?

The Portland Storm hockey romance series
1) Breakaway
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
9) Comeback
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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156994595
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2017
Series: Portland Storm , #16
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,098
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance novels and novellas, with more than half a million books sold. 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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Power Play: Pleasure Playground 2 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I just bought this and went to start reading it and it's the wrong book. The content is Losing an Edge not Power Play. Levi's story, not Riley's. Really disappointed. Don't know if I wasted $4.99 or if it can be fixed without having to buy the book again. The rating doesn't in any way reflect the content, just the fact it is the wrong content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A steamy and emotional story of letting go of the past and accepting yourself.
Becky98 4 months ago
I absolutely loved this book. Riley "RJ" Jezek and McKenzie Cain meet under unusual circumstances and end up getting married before they even had a chance to get to know each other. This is a wonderful story and we see they getting to know each other and overcoming many obstacles. This along with the other books in the series are must read books!!!
KikiD870 5 months ago
Power Play is the latest in Cattherine Gayles's Portland Storm series. I can't say enough good things about this series. The stories are always full of raw emotions and deeply intense situations. The characters are real and smudged with the often harsh realities of life, not sugar coated to become some kind of plastic "ideal." Her characters are real, flawed and damaged just like we all are in some way. This novel centers on Riley, a center for the Portland Storm. He is on his honeymoon... alone and without a wife.He's hurt and angry and definitely not in a great place in his personal life. And then he meets Mackenzie. Everything she thought she was about to have in her life has just been dashed into a thousand, heartbreaking pieces. She's lost and alone, figuratively AND literally. Two damaged people in Cabo, both with more baggage than any single person should have to carry. But sometimes those moments are the ones that change everything. It is when we feel lost and shut off from the world that sometimes we find the one thing that can make all the difference. Catherine writes some of the most beautiful characters I've ever read. They are beautiful because of their flaws, not despite of them. They are people that feel real, that pull at your heart as you read their stories. They are people that you can understand and fall in love with.  This book is one of my favorites of the story. The depth of pain within Mackenzie pulled at my soul, tore at it.  She made me feel so much and I loved that! Such a fantastically emotional read!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love this series. Each book seems to get better. I love animals and this book really showed why.
BGnMS1 8 months ago
Love is Power Such a heart tugging, belly busting tale. Max and Lola steal the show, but Riley and Mackenzie put so much passion and humanity in their story. It is one of my favorites to read over and over again. ***given an ARC in exchange for honest review***
Vero-Stro 8 months ago
This is Book 16 in the "Portland Storm" Series and as all the rest of this series, I really enjoyed it! There are two cancelled weddings and the main characters that meet by chance in a bar and I decide to get married...From then on, it is when the book really starts... It is an easy read, fun an entertaining. Riley and MacKenzie are good characters, the physical attraction between them is very strong and the love scenes are hot! We also get an insight of how the other members of the team are doing and it is as meeting old friends again. An enjoyable read!
Dalitza 8 months ago
They say misery loves company. So the solution to the fact Riley and Mackenzie are both on their honeymoons… by themselves is easy, they should get married to each other and then figure life together out. Determined not to let his deceitful ex-finacée win, NHL star Riley Jezek, went on his honeymoon… alone. That is until he notices a gorgeous blond in a bar, crying while wearing her wedding dress. Fueled by alcohol and vengeance, he makes a very spur of the moment decision. Mackenzie Cain wanted the fairy tale, and thinking she had found it, she went for it and almost made the worst mistake of her life. Stranded in a foreign country without a way to get back, Mackenzie accepts Riley’s offer to get married and come back with him. But is she settling for a possibly nice friendship or can they make their relationship a happily ever after kind? I’ve read every single book in the series, which is a lot because this is book #16, and have come to rely on Catherine Gayle’s practiced storytelling, because I know every time I open one of her books I’ll be betting all the feels, exciting hockey action and a camaraderie between past and present characters that will leave me very satisfied. Even though all of the books in the series have hockey in common, they all feel different and fresh. Sometimes with deeper more serious issues and sometimes touching yet light hearted ones like Power Play. Both Mackenzie and Riley are very likeable characters and even though the seemed to be very different, they had a lot in common, including the fact that they felt they could only ever rely on themselves. A matter which changed the moment they rushed into marriage. Even when it was for all the wrong reasons and went about it in an unconventional order, they went from lovers to friends to soul mates. Taking their marriage seriously, they both cared for each other and in Mackenzie’s case she even got over some serious fears with Riley’s help, which helped to further endear herself to him. I enjoyed watching all the hot sexiness, thoughtfulness and loving moments between them. I also loved Riley’s dogs, Max and Lola, who were featured throughout the story and at times threatened to take over. But Catherine did an excellent job balancing everything, including having Riley’s teammates and their significant others help and support the main couple. Power Play is book #16 in the Portland Storm series by Catherine Gayle. It is a standalone, full-length contemporary sports romance. Told from two points of view with a happy ending.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story again. Loved it.
pugmommy362 9 months ago
Another winner for Catherine! I have been anticipating the release of this book because I wanted to see where this book might lead us. I kind of knew from the previous books that there was something up with Amber and Riley just wasn't seeing it...I have felt that he was in love with the idea of being in love. I was so furious with the first part of this book because of what Riley walked in on and then what Mackenzie had to deal with from the worthless dude she was supposed to marry. I was kind of surprised at how naive Mackenzie was considering that she lived in foster care but at the same time was heartened by the good foster care story she had except the frequent moving. This book really showcases how sweet Riley is and how trusting he can be even after what happened with him previously. He really put his whole heart into this surprise marriage and worked with Mackenzie to help her trust and believe that what he felt was real. I love how Mackenize is accepted by the Storm family and no one gives her the suspicious treatment which I was worried about. You could really feel Mackenzie's fear of the dogs and it was really cute to see how Max quickly adopts Mackenzie and is so protective of her. It takes Lola a while longer but comes around and is just so sweet with the little kitten. This story is so sweet and romantic that it makes you wish to have a Riley in your life. This book has some twists and turns that surprise you as well and it is something that you will truly enjoy. Catherine gave us another Stanely cup winner with this book and I cannot wait until the next installment so I can follow the Storm family! I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review and I believe that I have given that. Take a chance and you will not be sorry!
KOM 9 months ago
Riley Jezek is totally swoonworthy. He had a big cameo in Game Breaker, the book featuring his best friend Nate's story, along with Max and Lola, his two Mastiffs. Max and Lola are back and they almost steal the book from Riley and his new love, who replaces the awful fiance he had in Game Breaker. It is both funny and moving to read Riley and Mackenzie's story. Mackenzie grew up in foster care and Riley grew up in a family of materialistic jerks, so neither one of them really knows what it means to love and be loved. Max and Lola give them a lot of guidance on this as they navigate a modern marriage of convenience that is beautiful to watch unfold. If you love historical romances where the husband and wife fall in love after the wedding ceremony, you'll enjoy Power Play. If you love sex-to-love storylines, you'll love Power Play. If you love reading about people learning to love, or if you can't resist great pets in a book, or if you adore a great hockey romance, you'll love Power Play. There's something here for everyone, and it is not an exaggeration to say that each book in the Portland Storm is somehow better than the last-- even though this is the 16th (!) in the series and the first one is one of my favorite re-reads.
AmyJmn71 9 months ago
Another great addition to the Portland Storm Series. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, but I would gladly recommend this book, this series and this author to anyone who is looking for a well written contemporary romance series. I've yet to read a book written by this author that I didn't enjoy. Her story lines are unique, and she has the ability to weave past characters seamlessly in to each book in a way that continues their story while not overtaking the plot of the current book. The characters of this particular book quickly became favorites of mine. The plot line wasn't overly complicated and each one had issues to overcome, but in the end, once again love prevailed. Happy Reading...enjoy!
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was better than the previous book in the series but not as good as the rest of the series. There were many scenes with pages of inner dialogue of the same insecurities repeated over and over again right in the middle of conversations. Also most of the interactions are with the pets and very few with other people even when the people are in the scenes. Also we need more background information.
Chelsy33 9 months ago
Once again, Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm hockey romance series delivers an amazing, warm-your-heart story. Each Portland Storm book features a hockey player and his creative path to that Happily-Ever-After with a significant other. Each story can be read by itself, however I personally recommend reading them in their respective release date order (More information about suggested reading order is on Catherine's website). Riley Jezek (RJ) is honeymooning alone in Cabo after he caught his fiancee in bed with his brother. He spots Mackensie Cain sobbing in a white dress at the bar and figured why not tie the knot? It's a fun, sweet story about the newlyweds as they get to know each other. Heads up to all your animal lovers - there are cute scenes with RJ's pets that will have you laughing and want to take them home! I can't rave enough about the Portland Storm series! Catherine does her research about the characters and their lives, and she knows her hockey stuff! Her books are thoughtful and always a fun read. I highly recommend her books! *I received a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest thoughts/opinions of the author's book.*
KAL-167 9 months ago
I love the Portland Storm series and this book is almost as good as the rest. So, what do you do when you get injured playing the sport you love and then you are supposed to get married but find your fiancee in bed with your brother? If your Riley Jezek, professional hockey player with the Portland Storm, you go on your honeymoon to Cabo by yourself. That is exactly what he did. While RJ is sitting in a bar trying to drink his troubles away he notices a woman wearing a wedding dress with tears streaming down her face. Even though he has had a few too many, RJ is drawn to this woman and goes to talk to her. Mackenzie Cain is young and a bit naive. She loves romance novels and believes in happily ever after endings. She thinks she has found it and has come to Cabo to get married to someone she only met online. Things are not as she pictured them as soon as she steps off the plane and calls off the wedding. She is now stranded in Cabo with no place to go and no money to get home. Through this chance meeting RJ and Mackenzie decide to get married to each other. There are ups and downs in this story but two of my favorite characters are Max and Lola, RJ's mastiffs. I won't give any spoilers away, but as always, things work out in the end. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
amatate 9 months ago
3.5 stars-- Ever since really getting to know RJ and his mastiffs in Game Breaker, I’ve been hoping to see him find a better suited love interest than his then-fiancé. Unfortunately, while I cannot deny he did just that, I have to admit Power Play wasn’t my favorite book within this series. I suspect much like the previous release in the Portland Storm series, readers’ enjoyment will come down to their perception of the heroine. Though I try not to let a heroine or hero who handles things differently than I would sway me from enjoying a book on the whole, I never could connect with Mackenzie. I think her overwhelming uncertainty and wide-eyed innocence made it exceedingly difficult to empathize with her. Though Mackenzie’s low self-confidence made sense given her history, it took a bit longer than I expected to see marked growth and her nerves ended up wearing on my patience. I was happy to see Mackenzie get there and thought RJ and her story had a satisfying, enjoyable conclusion, but this couple failed to capture my full attention. That said, I did like how much Lola and Max factored into the couple’s story. While Power Play didn’t revolve around the dogs, they were major secondary characters and added a fun, different side to this hockey romance. As usual, Miss Gayle’s writing flowed well, there was a good amount of heat, and the dialogue wove into the narration seamlessly. I did think the pacing lagged a bit, but that is likely a result of my interest waning because I failed to embrace these characters. As for the hockey element, this author always delivers details that keep hockey fans just as happy as those readers who don’t watch the sport regularly. Though Power Play was a miss for me, I think plenty of fans of the author and series will love the sweet, easy romance between RJ and Mackenzie. *I received an eARC of this book from the author's PA. The author and publisher had no influence over my review*
LCardozo1 9 months ago
I absolutely LOVE this book. It's basically a married-at-first-sight story, but instead of being a fairy tale perfect ending with no conflicts along the way, this book explores the real challenges that come with a new relationship. Riley and Mackenzie have off the charts chemistry from the first moment, but watching them overcome the struggles of getting to know one another and learning what it means to be husband and wife was my favorite part. This book has it all - sexy sizzle, heart-melting romance, and an inspiring strength in the main characters that makes you fall in love with the book and the characters over and over again. You won't be sorry that you read this book! (P.S. You also get to check in with some of your favorite Portland Storm characters along the way!)
LynnB888 9 months ago
4 1/2 STARS! Another sexy hockey player bites the dust when a vision in white catches his eye! You might go into this book expecting your typical dirty talking, arrogant pro sports guy who thinks he's God's gift ... and yeah, we get a little of that because we wouldn't love it any other way :)  ... but we also get a kind, down-to-earth guy who despite his past, is a genuinely good guy! A sweet love story ensues with an abundance of adorably heartwarming moments! Portland Storm hockey player Riley Jezek didn't expect to be spending his honeymoon in Cabo alone at the bar, but that's exactly where he finds himself. Mackenzie Cain thought she had found her soul mate and was on the way towards happily ever after when an ugly reality slams her in the face. Stranded alone in Cabo in tears in her wedding dress is not how she planned for this day to end.  She's already in her wedding dress, he's already paid for the honeymoon ... why not get hitched?? Seeing his perfect opportunity to stick it to his cheating ex-fiance and his loser brother, Riley jumps at the chance! Will he regret his new bride once they are back on his home turf and real life comes knocking?
klipiec 9 months ago
WOW. That pretty much sums it up. Ms. Gayle scores again. I wasn't sure about this one with the premise being so far-fetched, but I was totally wrong. I probably say it with all her books, but this one is truly my favorite. The bond between RJ and Mackenzie was so warm and compassionate - two people who don't have any family members they can count on, finally found a loving and stable family together. RJ and Mackenzie are truly my favorite couple. (sorry Katie and Babs). I received an ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Much better than the last book in the series with more likable characters. I wish we'd gotten more of Riley's backstory as it impacts this book, but we don't get the details. I would have also appreciated more human interactions on the pages as the story felt overly dominated by the pets at many points.
Mandi0129 9 months ago
Two cancelled wedding, and two lost souls. Why not marry each other? I never miss a Catherine Gayle book, because I love all of her books. Except this one. I really, really, wanted to enjoy it, and I thought Riley was great… But I thought Mackenzie was incredibly annoying. I kept thinking she was going to get better, but she didn’t. She had zero confidence in herself, incredibly naive and sheltered (which doesn’t fit considering she was a foster child), afraid of dogs, afraid of everything… She seriously annoyed me the entire book. I did enjoy the story line, and I loved the insights of Riley talking to, and about, his teammates. It’s always fun to catch up with the boys from the Portland Storm, but this book just wasn’t for me.
KindleKat64 9 months ago
Wow! Catherine Gayle has won the Stanley Cup with this one! You know how sometimes an author can just go so far into a series that it loses the panache of the earlier books in the series? Yeah, WELL THAT IS NOT THE CASE HERE!! This book is amazing and dare I say one of my fave top 3 Portland Storm books to date!!! Riley Jezek (RJ to his teammates) and Mackenzie meet under some pretty odd circumstances and they are just a match made in Heaven! Or in Cabo anyway. I adore them! They have some serious sexual chemistry! Ooo-la-la!! The storyline was absolutely fantastic as it touches on some pretty basic fears that people have and how to work with them. Our hero Riley is just everything you want a hero to be and more. And Mackenzie is probably one of my favorite Storm heroines! She is naive, sweet, vulnerable and so genuine it is a breath of fresh air! Love Lola and Max! Great part of the storyline! I love that we also get scenes with some of our favorite players and their WAGs and in some cases their children and dogs. This is one of my favorite book hockey teams to read about! Fantastic epilogue!! I loved it!!!! 5 shoot-out stars!!!
MJBrown67 9 months ago
A cheating fiancée and a misleading online relationship land both RJ and Mackenzie on a Mexican beach at a wedding to each other! This book is the next in the lineup for the Portland Storm and it is well worth the wait! The story kept me interested and had me cheering for Mackenzie and RJ to defy the odds and make it work. I love Max and Lola, who took such a large role in making these two loners into a real family. I was won over by these two, both of them wanting to belong but they never think they will. This is one of those feel good books that you couldn’t put down but never wanted it to end. It’s a great summer read. I highly recommend it! ** I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Christine_Miller 9 months ago
I truly love the Portland Storm series. I'm always amazed at how the author can come up with totally different stories that draw me in each time. In this book we have RJ and Mackenzie who are both a little broken. Neither of them has a family to speak of and they don't really know how to count on anyone. Mackenzie is afraid to love anyone since she always loses them. RJ and Mackenzie meet in an unusual way and get married without really knowing each other. This story was about learning to love and moving past the fear of not loving because you will lose. Mackenzie was a very positive person even though the world hadn't been nice to her. She truly just wanted to experience love. My favorite part of this book was RJ's dogs and the role they played in helping RJ and Mackenzie become a family and show Mackenzie what love was all about. It was a really good read.
Momo_Staub 9 months ago
Once again Catherine Gayle delivered! This is book 16 in the series and still she manages to make every story feel new and diferent! This one is one of my favourites (can't just choose one ;-)) of this series. What can I say about this book? Maybe the best way to discribe it is, that I had this huge grin on my face while reading it. The story gave me warm and happy feelings. I may have been shaking my had at Kenzie in the beginning, but the more she showed of her personality the more she reminded me of my sister. I loved to see her conquer her fears and how she grew into this great and lovable person. RJ was amazing too. Yes, his motives for marring her were screwed. But he was aware of it really fast and did his best to take care of Kanzie. One of the things I loved most about this book though, was the fact that RJ ex-fianceé played no roll after he caught her. Finally a book without any uneccessary ex-partner trouble! I received an ARC for a honest review.