Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

by Catherine Gayle

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ISBN-13: 9781515216674
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/2015
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Smoke Signals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay book. I felt like there was a lot missing and that the story was written because author had honor a contact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted Razor to have his own story. The story was just okay. I wanted to get a better understanding of Tori's situation back in Russia I felt that part of her story was not fully developed. I liked Razor's interaction with Babs and his teammates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Razor and Tori came together quickly and he wanted to help/heal her. He may have taken her in at her lowest, but preserved. Like the ballerina story in the video, she's a Phoenix. Their love was sweet and ended the book on a good note. Abuse isn't easy to write, but was written pretty well by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable premise, idiotic dialog, you name it. And boring to boot. Yuckola.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. It had some background to it so was more realistic than most romances. It was reasonably well edited and I liked the characters. The book deserves more than 2 stars.
DGulliver More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Smoke Signals in exchange for an honest review. Before reading this book, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical on Razor having a story but I can honestly say that I was so thrilled that Catherine wrote this book the way she did. In the previous Portland Storm and Tulsa Thunderbirds books, Razor was always a bad boy and charming women, but he was always there for his teammates, friends and family. Razor and Tori faced incredible scenarios, whether it was her being a former porn star when they met and her trying to make Razor her John or when Razor's old teammate Koz started to cause trouble within the players and his team by telling everyone Tori was a porn star. They taught us to not judge a book by its cover and that everyone deserves to be loved, no matter their profession or background. The way Catherine showed growth with the characters was amazing, I think this might have been her best book yet within both series. She captured everything you could look for in a book and made it relevant to today's society. Razor is the perfect book boyfriend, along side Babs of course! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for a hockey romance! 100% 5 stars worthy!!!
klipiec More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC for my honest review. I've been a fan of Ms. Gayle's hockey books. I've read all of the Storm series and now both of the Thunderbirds. I was a bit hesitant when I first received this book because from the Storm series, I was never a huge fan of Razor. I must say this book made me love him. Ms. Gayle took a very sensitive subject to talk about and made it more understanding. I do love how she switches back and forth from character to character. I look forward to all of her hockey novels and to see more of Ray and Tori
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Smoke Signals is the second book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series, a spinoff and companion series to Catherine Gayle's fantastic Portland Storm series. And like all of the books in these two series, this novel combines love, steamy romance, hockey, and real life issues that hit hard. I love hockey and I love novels about hockey. And I have no small amount of love for the attention to detail that Catherine puts into the hockey aspects of the book, making it not only absorbing for long-time fans like myself, but putting in just enough explanation into her writing to make it easy for hockey noobs to understand, too. But as much as I love the hockey, it is the characters and their stories that really make the difference. The characters are so real, so well-developed, that you truly become connected to their stories. This book revolves around Ray "Razor" Chambers, who we originally meet in the Portland Storms series. When he goes to Vegas for his best friend Bab's wedding to his long-time love Katie, he expects only to be there for that important day and to see old friends. What he doesn't expect is that is entire life will change. But change is what happens when he meets the gogeous Viktoriya Dubrovskya. Gorgeous, a porn star, and one of the most broken women he has ever met. And his only mission from that moment is to protect her and to help her, no matter what she or anyone else says about it. Like all of these books, Smoke Signals is raw and emotional and Catherine doesn't shy away from real issues and real problems. This is probably one of the more graphic novels in the series and that is less about the steamy factor and more about the very real issues that Viktoriya goes through over the course of the story. I found it hard to read at moments, but that wasn't because of the book itself or how it was written. It was because it was just difficult to imagine the kind of hell that human beings can put each other through and the circumstances that put people into the positions they find themselves. The author has a knack for finding these issues and highlighting them through her characters in a way that may make you uncomfortable and emotionally raw, but also in ways that truly make you think. My Recommendation: Great romance, great hockey, and a great story! It's emotional and at times uncomfortable to read, but it is a book that makes you think and see the world a little differently. Note: This review originally appears on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.
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KAL-167 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story of love breaking through even the toughest shell! Tori is a Russian ballerina who has been forced to make some rather harsh choices due to circumstances somewhat beyond her control. Razor is a member of the Tulsa Thunderbirds who is usually boisterous and a general wiseguy. When the two of them meet, Tori just wants sex but Razor sees something in her and sets out to try and help her. I love Razor! I wasn't sure how I really felt about him since he is usually such a wiseguy, but he really stepped up with Tori. Their relationship has its ups and downs, but they are so right for each other. I also love Razor's mom; and you can't forget Dima and the scenes with him and the baby! I can't wait for his story. I just want to slap Mrs. J and Koz! Catherine Gayle really brings her characters to life, and when you read one of her stories you feel you are part of it and that these characters could be friends. I highly recommend this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the author's 'Tulsa Thunderbirds' hockey series, which is a spin-off of her 'Portland Storm' hockey series. Even though this book deals with the heroine's dark and painful history of physical and sexual abuse, the overall story is one of love and respect for yourself and those you care for. I adored Ray (Razor) and Viktoriya (Tori) and their path towards their HEA. As an added bonus, the early scenes in the book take place at the wedding of Babs and Katie, beloved characters from the Portland Storm series.
Stacy Sooter More than 1 year ago
MUST READ HOCKEY ROMANCE! You never know where life will take you until your journey is forced upon you. I wanted to reach through the pages and help Tori myself but to have a big strong successful man help her was so riveting. Seeing Razor in this light makes ME LOVE HIM, and rethink my opinion of him as a butt head. Although I could have read Smoke Signals as a stand alone book I'm glad I didn't. Having read Bury the Hatchett and knowing Tallie and Hunters history helped with this one. I do believe this is one I am marking as one to be read again! Catherine Gayle out did herself with this book!
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
**I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I am a HUGE fan of Catherine Gayle and her Portland Storm and Tulsa Thunderbird series and I can say this installment in the Tulsa Thunderbird series did not disappoint. When I read the initial teaser I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Razor was never written to be the most sensitive and giving guy. And a Porn star turning hooker becoming a wife??? I was intrigued into how she was going to spin this story. Well, it was amazing. I LOVED this book. Getting to know the real Razor showed us a sensitive, caring man with a huge heart. (Sigh) His childhood has given him insight into a world few of us would ever know. I started off thinking I wasn’t going to like Tori and ended up loving her. Her struggles and pain were so raw. The patience, love and understanding that Razor showed in his relationship with her was beautiful. And Razor’s mom…..She was awesome! I hope she comes down to visit Tulsa as this series continues. Was great to see more of Tallie and Hunter as well as some characters from the Storm series. I Can’t wait to read Dimas story.
BLDUGETT More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read and review. I thoroughly enjoy reading books by Catherine Gayle. She is a talented author who writes about taboo topics that are informative yet touch your heart. I was never really a fan of Razor. He seemed to be too arrogant but it turns out that he had a reason for that arrogance. He is an amazing guy with a heart of gold. Tori is a desperate woman in need of a strong, caring, loving and patient person to help her through her pain. In steps Razor. I would recommend this book to everyone.
terrymike More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. Let me start by saying that I haven't found a book of Catherine Gayle's yet that I haven't liked. Are they all the same? NO---and that is what makes them good. Whereas her series of the Portland Storm is like one big family, the Tulsa Thunderbirds is about the "rejects". They are the hockey players that were taken from their teams to form an expansion team in Oklahoma, no less. They do NOT want to be there, they aren't best friends with their teammates and they have a TV preacher as an owner. So it's like a bunch of sulking teenagers all thrown on a team that needs to make the best of it and come together. No hope of being traded to a contender if they don't work their butts off for this team. The story lines are completely different than in Portland Storm. These seem to be more far-fetched. Not like something you would run into in your every day life. But it works. You learn about back stories to characters that you have been exposed to. In this case, Razor. Maybe you didn't like him when you saw him through his teammates and his best friend, Babs' eyes. But you find out that THEY didn't really know him either. Just what he wanted them to know. But ultimately, I think these Thunderbirds will be just as big of a family as the Portland Storm. The players and their wives are bonding. The family will just be coming together with different types of stories.
MommyIves More than 1 year ago
Smoke Signals by Catherine Gayle should come with a warning on the cover. DO NOT START READING THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE TIME TO READ IT ENTIRELY. Trust me, once you start reading you will not want to put it down. Razor Chambers may have most of the world believing he is not a good guy, he's the wild one, with no filter.. and this bad boy is in Vegas for the wedding of one of his best friends and former teammates. After meeting and being propositioned by a beautiful Russian this bad boy surprised this reader by becoming one of my favorite romantic heroes ever! Viktoriya is in a desperate place. She's lost her student Visa when the school she was attending sent her packing after finding out that she was working in the porn industry on the side to be able to stay in the United States. She has no where to turn the prospect of going back to Russia is scarier than any of her other less than favorable options. Offering herself to the handsome man on the casino floor in exchange for money is just the next step in her downward spiral. She never expected him to proposition her right back.. but with an offer of marriage and safety. Razor sees his mother's past struggles in the beautiful eyes of Viktorya. He is determined to give her something his mother never had.. a chance. These two find themselves married and on their way back to Tulsa. Now for this plan to work, they must convince everyone around them that they are madly in love.. which given their mutual attraction and fast forming friendship becomes less hard.. and very real. A heroine with a disturbing past, a bad boy who is oh so good.. These two steam up the pages! Catherine Gayle did a fabulous job of investing me in this story. I felt a gamut of emotions from sadness, to happiness, to the butterflies caused by the love that grows between Tori and Razor. Smoke Signals is Book #2 in author Catherine Gaye's Tulsa Thunderbirds series. It can be read as a complete stand alone. In fact I read it before I read Book #1 in the series Bury the Hatchet and loved them both equally. Catherine Gayle is an author who firmly earned her spot on my auto buy list several books ago when she hooked me on the Portland Storm series (P.S,> if you are a fan of her Portland Storm series, the wedding in this book is Katie & Babs.. I can't get enough of those two.) I gave this book 5 Stars and would probably give it more if it were allowed!
Chelsy33 More than 1 year ago
*I received a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my thoughts/opinions of the author's book.* Let me started off by saying that I am a huge fan of Catherine's hockey books (Portland Storm and Tulsa Thunderbirds). And if you are a huge fan of her hockey books like I am, then this book is like a happy reunion for some of her main characters (Many of them make cameos or mentions in this book, so it MAY help to read her other books before you read this one-although reading the entire series is not necessarily a must.) I love Tulsa..Catherine does a good job in pointing out the differences between the Storm and their family mentality that Jim Sutter encourages compared to Tulsa's team of individual players tossed together haphazardly as a result of the expansion draft. The Tulsa Thunderbirds series is raw, unapologetically blunt, and sexy as hell - much like their players. Razor's book is a lot like this contrast between the two teams: In his book, Viktoriya and Razor are two strong, confident individuals that were slapped together, but in learning about each other, they learn to trust and depend on each other. And in loving each other, they also discover the parts of themselves that they never knew they were missing. To me, Razor's story was awesome to read - mainly because as a reader, I have been slowly falling for him since he made his first appearance in Breakaway. I was very interested to see how Catherine would write the story, from Razor's perspective and was not disappointed. So glad that he finally got his HEA!
Trouble052622 More than 1 year ago
Smoke Signal's When Razor met Viktoriya he had no idea what he was getting into. He just knew he had to get to know her and figure out why she was trying to sell herself. Viktoriya has suffered so many losses and does not trust anyone. Being from Russia and being forced to come to the United States she trusted the wrong people. My heart went out to her as the scared woman met and made friends with Razor's friends. We see a different side of Razor in this story. Viktoriya finally gets to knows Razor is a good man even though he does not think he is. Catherine Gayle has yet again created a wonderful story to get lost in. I love her style of writing she kept me on the edge of my seat with this one. I received this copy to give a honest review.
Becky98 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive the ARC of this book for an honest review. All of Catherine Gayle's hockey books are a must buy for me. This is the second book in her Tulsa Thunderbirds series which is connected to the Portland Storm series. This is Ray "Razor" Chambers story which starts with him in Vegas at his best friends wedding. There we get to reconnect with some of the players from the Portland Storm series. This is also where Razor meets Viktoriya "Tori" Dubrovskaya when she approaches him to proposition for the night. Razor takes her up on her offer then the night takes a huge turn. Razor marries her that night to help with her visa issues. Once back in Tulsa with the help of Tallie (from Bury the Hatchet) Razor works on helping Tori with scars she carries from her past. I have always liked Razor from his appearance in other books. But after reading his story I fell a little bit in love with him. After seeing the way he helps Tori deal with her past of trafficking, pornography and both physical and sexual abuse and not judging her for it, it would be hard not to fall for him. I look forward to reading more books in this and the Portland Storms series.
AlyssaLovell More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is purely based on my reaction the story and not a reflection of the quality of the author or other books in this series. I have read several books in the Portland Storm series as well as the first in the spinoff Tulsa Thunderbirds series by Catherine Gayle and joined her ARC team, because I was enthusiastic to support her writing! I would like to say thatI have loved other books in her series and would highly recommend them! For me, Smoke Signals started off a bit slowly and took me longer to get into than any of the other books I have read by her. I was very excited to read about Razor since in past books since he has always funny and seemed like a cool guy. First off I want to say that as a feminist, I am so glad to see a book about a woman with a past that a man wasn't scared off by. A woman is not the "sum of her parts" or the sum of her past actions. Go Razor for being a real man! However, I just wasn't a fan of his immediately insane attachment to her. I can understand an immediate attraction across the room, and I can even see a spur of the moment wedding in some cases, but I didn't quite believe it this time. Maybe because it was so nonchalant for him while she seemed terrified. I also didn't like how things turned out at the wedding. That he would just leave his best friend's wedding, causing a huge commotion over a girl none of them had met, disappointed me. I understood him wanting to protect her and care for her, especially because of his mother's past, but she seemed aloof to him most of the time, and I couldn't get past her trauma long enough to believe the change for her. I also was not sold on the mob/sex trafficking storyline. I thought the writing was great and Tori's Russian voice seemed very authentic. As always I loved seeing characters throughout that I recognized and loved. I love Hunter and Tallie and getting to spend more time with them was great! I will definitely be reading more of this series, as I do love Catherine Gayle's stories and the characters she creates!
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
Smoke Signals, the second book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series, is the story of Razor and Tori. Razor is in Las Vegas to participate in Babs and Katie's wedding. Razor and Tori's story is dark and deep and emotional, and I couldn't stop reading it. For readers sensitive to emotional issues surrounding sexual abuse, this book may not be for you. But, Catherine Gayle does a masterful job of weaving a dark and complicated childhood for Razor, making him singularly qualified to identify the root of Tori's issues. He sees in her a depth of pain and suffering that he recognizes for what it is, and feels drawn to help her. The depth of the characters in this book is astounding. Each time you think you've seen everything influencing Tori's life, Razor peels back the onion and discovers more. And behind Razor's gruff exterior is a heart of gold and a sensitive side. His relationship with Tori starts as a solution to a problem and results in love. I think both Tori and Razor were shocked with the direction their relationship turned, but with the depth of emotion each has to pour into the relationship, its no wonder. By each of them exposing the rawest parts of themselves, they also opened themselves up to love. I love Razor's mother - it's not often you see a grown man so comfortable discussing sex with his mother, but the author crafted these conversations so they were as natural as discussing what they wanted for dinner. The entire supporting cast of characters completes this book, and we catch up with Hunter and Tallie, and get to know other members of the Tulsa Thunderbirds a bit better. Dima played a critical role in Smoke Signals, as he is Tori's connection back to her Russian roots. I look forward to his happily ever after. I had almost written off the Tulsa Thunderbirds after the first book, deciding that maybe this series wasn't for me. But Smoke Signals has redeemed my hope in this series, and the emotional depth of the stories in this group, and I look forward to the next installment.
BGnMS1 More than 1 year ago
Lots of Fire One of the best stories I've read this year. Razor's bad boy persona covers such a gooey center. Viktoriya is not average heroine. Had to re-read this story due to how well it came together that I wanted to make sure review did it justice. Can't say enough words to express how much I LOVED this book. Ms. Gayle is one of my go-to hockey romance writers. ***given an ARC in exchange for honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's nailed it again! I've never hidden my love of Catherine Gayle's books but this one has officially moved to the top of the list for me. Razor was in the Portland Storm series, known as Babs obnoxious friend, in my mind. I never really thought to much about his character so I went into this book without really knowing much about him. I really disliked Viktoriya in the beginning of this book. Then you learn about her past, begin to understand her reasons, her feelings and your heart literally breaks for her. The subject matter in this book is tough, but again Catherine Gayle writes it magnificently. We can do wrong, make bad choice, overcome awful things and still find our happy. That's what I've taken from this book and I think its a five star, must read! Loved that Hunter and Tallie we also big characters in this book. Strong, funny characters! HEA/no cliffhanger
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Be prepared to not want to put it down! Razor is such a sweet, lovable guy even though he's supposed to be a big and tough hockey jock ... and you can't help but want to take Tori under your wing and protect her. Ray Chambers, AKA Razor, defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds was in Vegas for his best friend from his Portland Storm days bachelor party and wedding. He's partying with his buddies when he sees her. He can't ignore the haunted look in her eyes even as she's trying to entice him into noticing her. Viktoriya Dubrovskaya is desperate. Her father is dead, she's resorted to every horrible way she can come up with to get money to live on, but when she loses her place in dance school and her student visa, she has hit rock bottom. When Razor offers to marry her to solve all her problems, she takes him up on it. It can't be any worse than where she's already been. Razor wants to protect Tori from the past that haunts her and guard her from any further pain. He insists she see a doctor to try to work through the damage her lifestyle caused her both physically and mentally. Will there be any future for them? They didn't marry for love, and she's definitely a tortured soul .. is there even a glimmer of hope that they can enjoy a life together? WARNING -- Graphic descriptions of sexual abuse!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review** Smoke Signals is the second book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds series and it is a raw and gritty tale that is also full of tenderness, understanding and hope. What happens when you go to Vegas for your best friends wedding? You get married, right?! Well, in the case of Ray "Razor" Chambers, that's exactly what happens! Razor encounters a woman that he realizes is in way over her head and part of what he notices is a woman who needs help and compassion. Can he step in and give this woman the stability she needs? Saying that Viktoriya Dubrovskaya has had a rough life is putting it mildly. Her father pushed her to leave her native Russia years ago for her own safety, but things have not gone as she had planned. She's been dealt a hand that forced her to use her body just to make ends meet and that has pushed her into pure survival mode. When she sets her sights on Razor in the casino in Vegas, she doesn't realize that this chance encounter is going to change her life in ways she could have never imagined. After Razor marries Tori to help with her visa issues, he realizes that the scars she bears are deeper than he could have imagined. Can he break through the suit of armor she has armed herself with and can Tori let her past go in order to move forward? I am so glad we were treated to Razor's story. I'm really not sure I could love Razor more than I do after finishing this book. We knew him as Babs' best friend, but he was so much more and this book was fantastic. Catherine Gayle is known for tackling issues in her books and this one is no different. There are serious issues dealt with in this book including trafficking, pornography and abuse, but they are handled with care and I applaud Catherine for continuing to focus on real-life issues.