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Breakaway (Portland Storm #1)

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Portland Storm captain Eric “Zee” Zellinger knows how to get the job done, but leading his once elite team to victory is fast becoming a losing battle. He can’t lose focus now—not with his career on the line. But when his best friend’s little sister makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Eric could lose the drive the team relies on from their captain.

Still in a downward spira
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Night Shift Publishing (first published December 10th 2013)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (2/4/2015)

She’s reaching for a breakaway pass.

Dana Campbell has spent the past seven years in self-imposed isolation for a crime she didn’t commit. The danger is well in the past, but her panic attacks make it impossible to have a normal, healthy relationship with a man. Even her counselor has given up on her. She has to find someone she trusts to help her fight through the panic, or her seven-year ordeal will become a lifetime sentence. There’s only one man she f
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
An excellent story, and you can't beat free as a price. I fell in love with the protagonist, Dana, almost instantly and really wanted her to succeed. And Eric was almost as engaging. They were a perfect couple almost from the start, the only thing keeping them apart, really, was Dana's trauma from years ago.

I don't know anything about rape survival, and Dana's rape in the past was particularly brutal (no, this is not a spoiler, we learn of this pretty much from page one). I have no way to know h
4.5 torturously sweet stars
It's free on most eReader retailers! Amazon US ->

Heard this one before? Girl has insecurity issues and asks trusted hot male friend to help her out and they fall in love in the process.

You’ve probably read it or seen it before but this is not that story. This is a torturously sweet story about the journey of a woman who was left emotionally scared and broken, but with the patient and loving help of her brother’s best friend, is put back toge
Angela Bee Bee
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hockey fans, Oregon, Seattle fans
Recommended to Angela Bee Bee by: miss v-cam
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Imagine being handled with tender care by a man whose job is brutally physical.

Warm, comforting, sexy, sweet. Like a hot cocoa by the fire. The only thing that bothered me was (view spoiler)

I liked Eric. The way he spoke, his thoughts, his patience. God, this man is a saint! His balls musta been blue
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
This was a really sweet story - almost nonexistent steam, which I usually can't abide by - but it worked for me in this one.

I really liked Dana and Eric and I'll read just about any sports romance that involves hockey.

Save this one for when you are in the mood for a more tame, sweet romance with a lot of depth.
Warning Trigger:(view spoiler)

Eric and Dana grew up around each other. He's her brother, Brenden's- aka:"Soupy"- best friend.

At first, Dana was Soupy's kid sister, three years younger than him. They got along great, roughed housed, played hockey together and all was well. Until he starts to se
I really enjoyed this story about a woman trying to recover from a brutal rape that took place 7 years ago. Thankfully the author didn't ignore the counselling aspect as some writers do. The heroine had done all that and this was her last hope. She asks her brother's BFF to try to get her used to a man touching her. The hero had loved her for years from afar. He was super sweet and caring and just all in for her. She was not as interesting a character but I think the author put more effort into ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey, sports
13/15 - What a heart-warming book and what a great hero! ♥

Rezension: blog~
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey
4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this book.
Jac (For Love and Books)
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok, y’all. Let’s get real. This book? It blew me away. Knocked my socks off. And a variety of other random, cliche, remarks. It was fantastic.

It’s the classic, falling in love with your brother’s best friend story. And it doesn’t help that Eric has to be one of my top five book boyfriends of all time. He was just amazing. (But I feel like I can’t go farther without spoiling parts of the story!)

I feel like writing a review for this book without gushing just isn’t possible. It’s one of those books
This was a freebie that a friend recommended, and surprise! It was actually good. Dealt with touchy subjects like rape and PTSD. A few steamy scenes. Positive family relationships and friendships. There was hockey lingo I didn't understand, not a big deal. I liked the family feel of the team & staff.

Eric was a bit of a Gary Stu. Dedicated team captain, mad therapist skillz, and master of self restraint. He takes in stray persons and provides sexual healing. For certain strays. So, yeah, got
Kanwarpal Singh
I loved the premise of the story, that Dana went to the only man she trusted to learn how to be intimate again after being raped. I don’t think it was executed well though. Nor did I think the subject of the rape was handled particularly gently. Dana was gang raped, and the notion is flung at the reader in a take-it-or-leave-it kind of way. Dana is so damaged that she can’t handle being touched by a man even in a non-intimate way. She’s stopped all contact with the opposite sex, even hugging her ...more
~Mindy Lynn~
Freebie 6/4/17
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Too much hockey talk, lost interest.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Things I liked:

Catherine Gayle has clearly watched a game. I'm not sure how many games she's watched, because while some details were spot on, others not so much (see things I couldn't get behind). However! The details that were spot on were the ones that were most fleshed out and the ones she dwelt on the longest, so that works out. Probably. Anyway, the in game descriptions were well done and things you could actually say about hockey plays.

She also wrote the team pretty well. The interactio
Melody Cox
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first full length novel in the 'Portland Storm Hockey Series and wow, what a story it turned out to be. My emotions were pulled all over the place. I hope I can do the book and author justice in my review because this is a great read.

Eric “Zee” Zellinger was the Captain of the Portland Storm Hockey Team. He had been and still was in love with Dana Campbell, his best friend's sister. She had also been a hockey player throughout her life but gave it up during college after she was brut
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! What a great romance! This was a freebie and the first book I have read from this author.
Gayle has done an exceptional job and I am looking forward to reading more of her work!
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I could get my Canadian citizenship revoked for saying this, but Breakaway, by Catherine Gayle, had too much hockey in it. For those who don’t know the sport or aren’t interested in it, I can’t imagine they’d even finish the book.

I loved the premise of the story, that Dana went to the only man she trusted to learn how to be intimate again after being raped. I don’t think it was executed well though. Nor did I think the subject of the rape was handled particularly gently. Dana was gang
Surprisingly sweet, given the premises (view spoiler)
In terms of style, each chapter is divided in 2 parts, one told by the female lead, and the other by the male lead. It's rather well done, but this might not be the cup of tea of some readers.
The hero almost seemed too good to be true, but with just enough failings to remain humane. However I would have liked it better if he had been a bit more multi-dimensional, either in his past o
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put this book down. I've read it so fast even though I still had other stuff going on that day.
The writing was addicting and so good.
The storyline was solid and what I loved is that there wasn't a case of 'sudden healing just cause she has feelings for him'. I mean at some point it was moving a bit fast with how Dana was handling it all but it was never the case that it wasn't understandable at all.
Even though the book has such a dark back story I was never feeling down or depres
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adored Eric!! Talk about a hot sexy aaand caring lovable guy!
You could practically feel his love for Dana... Everything they went thru was just too hard, too painful, but he never gave up. He was a Rock! I was getting frustrated with her, but it was a tough experience and it definitely wasn't easy...
I liked all the characters (especially Babs) and I could feel a story coming for each one in the series.
So, why not five stars? Well... it was too much hockey info for me. I'm not into sports, but
V.L. Locey
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Much closer to a 4.5 star read. This is a wonderful story of trust. We follow the heroine as she works to move past a horrific incident. Her plight is real, detailed, and believable. As is the romance and the leading man. The couple feels right, not forced in any way. This book just works on all levels. The hockey speak was a delight for a fan like me yet shouldn`t be too heavy to turn off those who aren`t fans of the sport. ...more
Kristal Taylor
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. This is my second hockey series. I've never seen a game. It's on my bucket list. Dana ask her brothers (Brenden) best friend (Eric) to help her. I felt so sorry for her. Her story was tragic. Dana was also pretty amazing because even though she had her panic attacks she was still so brave and willing to fight. I really liked that about her. The two of them were so cute together and their story does not disappoint.
Vikki Vaught
I enjoyed Breakaway. It is an emotionally-charged story with great characters. This is a great start on this series. It's fast-paced and the writing flows smoothly. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys hockey and sports romances. Happy reading!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: puck-slut
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Zee was so awesome. Wow. But Dana's issues were horrible and gut wrenching. I would have liked a bit more of a love story, with sexy times. Not constant panic attacks.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-2017
Kieli Robinson
October 11, 2016
English 10 - 2

1. Author’s Background
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.

2. Literary Time Period
This book was published in North America in 2013.
3. Setting
The story took place somewhere between 2011- 2012 in Portland, Oregon. This is where Eric lives and plays professional hockey.

4. Characters
Dana- M
This was a gentle and redemptive love story set against the highly competitive and violently physical professional hockey world. The contrast between the story of a friendship/romantic love that heals horrible wounds from the past and a testosterone charged atmosphere is heady in the same way that highland warrior stories are and just as addicting. I enjoyed this story even though I know nothing about hockey and didn’t understand (at all) what was happening when hockey games were described. The ...more
Marissa Chavez
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dana and Eric's story was so special. Dana asked for her best friend help and he did help her. Even though he had his doubts Eric was always by her side. I loved that they found there rhythm together and that it worked out for best! Oh I gotta say that I loved Babs he was so cute and adorable! Can't wait to read the next book!
May 17, 2017 marked it as not-for-me-dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Girl in her late twenties was gang raped as a teenager. She suffers fear of being touched, but craves a relationship. Who better to de-sensitize her than her brother's best friend, sexy professional hockey player Eric.
This reads very much like a Young Adult story, dramatic and unrealistic (I am old, this is how I perceive YA books), narrated in first person changing back and forth from "her view" to "his view".
I did not finish this, not saying it's bad, just not my taste, thus no rating.
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“Panic attacks are crazy beasts. They don’t care what you think you’re ready for. They don’t care what you want. They just take control, and then you suffer.” 6 likes
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