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Taking a Shot
     

Taking a Shot

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by Catherine Gayle
 

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

Rising hockey star Jamie Babcock is ready to take the most important shot of his life--and this time, it's not on the ice. Dating his teammate's daughter might be riskier than going head to head with one of the Portland Storm's rivals. But

Overview

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

Rising hockey star Jamie Babcock is ready to take the most important shot of his life--and this time, it's not on the ice. Dating his teammate's daughter might be riskier than going head to head with one of the Portland Storm's rivals. But time is running out--it's now or never.

High school senior Katie Weber knows all too well the woes of adolescence, but throw in a leukemia diagnosis, and her life just got a lot more complicated. With prom looming and a shiny bald head to contend with, Katie might sit at home on the most important night of her potentially very short life. Unless Jamie Babcock, her ultimate crush, finally makes the move she's been praying for. But that's not the only miracle she needs.

Now Jamie must show Katie just how important she is and how hard she must fight.

Before it's too late...

This 20,000 word novella was previously released as part of the Seduced by the Game anthology. Jamie and Katie's story continues in Dropping Gloves.

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

Dear reader,

The books of the Portland Storm series are hockey romances, but they go much deeper than the sport of hockey. These books touch on real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, addiction, and many other similar subjects. If you have triggers, be aware that these books may very well contain material which could trigger you. That said, I endeavor to tackle these issues with sensitivity and compassion.

Additionally, many readers have requested that I put a TISSUE WARNING on the books in this series. I've received notes from readers about every single book in the series, in which readers tell me how the characters and the story brought them to tears. You may not need tissues for each book--the story line that resonates most for you may not be the one that others responded to in that way--but don't say I didn't warn you.

On that note, I have another warning for you: my hockey players curse like...well...hockey players. And there is a fair amount of sex in these books. If cursing and sex aren't your cup of tea, these books probably won't be, either.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150427518
Publisher:
Night Shift Publishing
Publication date:
09/03/2014
Series:
Portland Storm , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
42,871
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Catherine Gayle is a USA Today 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.

Dear reader,

The books of the Portland Storm series are hockey romances, but they go much deeper than the sport of hockey. These books touch on real-world issues such as rape, cancer, miscarriage, bullying, PTSD, grief, and addiction. If you have triggers, be aware that these books may very well contain material which could trigger you. That said, I endeavor to tackle these issues with sensitivity and compassion.

Additionally, many readers have requested that I put a TISSUE WARNING on the books in this series. I’ve received notes from readers about every single book in the series, in which readers tell me how the characters and the story brought them to tears. You may not need tissues for each book—the story line that resonates most for you may not be the one that others responded to in that way—but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Taking a Shot 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
This is the book/novella I have been waiting for!  This is the story of Jamie/Babs and Katie, two of the characters that I fell in love with in the second book, On the Fly.  I love these books for so many reasons... hockey, romance, and real issues and emotions.  This one is no different. Even as short as it might be, there is so much emotion packed into it.  Katie's story alone is heart wrenchingly poignant and cry-worthy.  Jamie is everything I could ever want in a Book Boyfriend.  He is kind and caring and completely grounded in the important things.   I absolutely love this storyline and I am thrilled that they will be back in April 2015 in Dropping Gloves, Book #7 in this great series! Things to love...    --The intense emotional pull of the story    --Babs... he is NOT what the stereotype of NHL players may be. Things I wanted more/less of...    --Babs and Katie!! My Recommendation:  This is technically Book #2.5, but it can really be read any time after On the Fly and before Double Major.  It is a fantastic addition to the story!
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NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and these characters!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I originally read this book as part of the Seduced by the Game anthology and I couldn't have loved it more. We have all been waiting patiently (or maybe not!) for our chance to read Katie Weber and Jamie (Babs) Babcock's story and while we still have to wait for their full length book, this novella was the best teaser we could have hoped for. Unfortunately Katie has been battling leukemia and she has just gone through one of the toughest realities of her treatment, the loss of her hair. It's almost time for prom and she is convinced there is no way anyone is going to want to be seen at the dance with the girl with no hair and part of the reason of her thoughts is the fact that her friends deserted her as soon as the word "cancer" was uttered. She's had a crush on Babs for years, but she knows that even considering asking him to take her would send her Dad, one of Babs teammates, over the edge. The thing is, Katie isn't alone in her crush, Babs has been crushing on her just as badly. He knows as well as she does that his teammate would have a coronary if he were to ask his daughter to prom, but he also doesn't want to be that guy who doesn't make a move should the unthinkable happen to Katie. Babs sets out to make Katie realize what she has to live for and he hopes that he can be part of that future and that starts with the most important dance of a high schooler's life her father's feelings notwithstanding. This is by far one of my favorite books in the Portland Storm series and not for the reason you might think. I LOVE Babs, don't get me wrong, but what I loved more was how a young girl who was struggling with her mortality as well as dealing with being in high school was empowered by her experiences in this book. Kudos once again to Catherine Gayle for keeping it real!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG amazing and recommend to get some tissue is warm, heart breaking and you are going to want more...
Lleggs More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story, real, likeable characters. Just wish this was a full-length book, it was over far too soon. Loved it!