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Taking A Shot (Portland Storm #2.5)

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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 to
Published September 4th 2014 by Smashwords (first published September 3rd 2014)
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Taking A Shot was a sweet, short, heart-warming, teary-eye read.

I loved Jamie "Babs" Babcock and Katie Weber.

These two have had a crush on each other for awhile now. However, they can't act on it for several reasons: 1. Her dad would blow his lid if his 20-year-old teammate tried to date his 18-year-old daughter. 2. She's in her senior year of high school.

Even though they have a crush on each other, and have for like two years, they both seem to be oblivious to the other one's feelings. They b
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I purchased the Seduced by the Game anthology purely for this short story. I love the Portland Storm series and this short story about Jamie and Katie was a sweet and touching treat while waiting for the next book. It is just a short story so there isn't really full resolution to their story but it did the trick. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else Catherine Gayle has in store for Jamie and Katie. Hopefully Katie will have a happy and healthy future ahead.

Catherine Gayle, please, plea
Warning: Cliffhanger!

First of all I'm not going to rate this one. If I would, it would only get one star due to the fact, that I only got half a story. It just end, I thought I just have to switch to the next page, but there wasn't more...
I was so disappointed (and maybe a little angry...okay, not just a little.)

So, now for why I won't rate this.
This novella was more a slice of live story. Katie the 18 year old daughter of a hockey player has leukemia and all the fears and uncertai
Melody Cox
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Jamie Babcock. This book was just the sweetest and most emotional I've read in this series yet.

The locker room scene was a tearjerker and so emotional.

Jamie taking a bald but beautiful Katie to her prom was precious. As I was reading I was so hoping I could view those prom pictures. I could see them in my head as they were described in the book.

If I had a daughter I would want her to have a Jamie of her own. That man is beyond description and yet here he is in the big time with women th
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
So so sweet!!!
Marissa Chavez
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamie and Katie story is perfect! I literally had tears in my eyes the whole time. Such a sweet story for these two! 💛
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey, sports
14/15 - Very sweet novella about Jamie and Katie and her Prom. Jamie with all his blushing and dimples (and usually I'm not a fan of dimples) is such a great boy with a heart of gold!
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First off let me say this is a novella and although it is short it packs such a wallop that I cried buckets throughout it. This ends with a happy for now ending but it ends with so much hope for the future that it was perfect for this story. Katie Babcock whose father plays for the Portland Storm is battling leukemia. The diagnosis has taken a lot out of her family and especially Katie as she endures radiation and now chemotherapy trea
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A touching, heartfelt and uplifting novella. Catherine Gayle tells a compelling and incredibly sweet story about losing hope and then finding it in the people who love us. It’s a stock up on tissues story!

I read Babs and Katie's short in the Seduced by the Game anthology and I honestly can't wait for the book's release just to get my copy with the awesome cover and the awesome-er story.

For those of us who have followed Catherine Gayle’s Hockey series (Portland Storm) Taking a Shot is a very
For such a short story (about 50 pages), it sure punched a lot.
Obviously this short story leans even stronger towards NA style than the previous 2 books, as the heroine just turned 18 and moreover was not a regular teenager (view spoiler).
There were 2 scenes that I found deeply moving, the first one especially making me shed a river of tears on my reader (luck
Diane Lynch
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed in Seduced by the Game anthology:
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How can you not love this series? Cry much? Geez I loved this book. I actually think I reviewed this book in the anthology Seduced by the Game but it deserved another shout out!!
Oh Jamie Babcock!!!! How can anyone not fall inlove with this guy!!!
Tears Tears TEARS!!! But it was all cause of Catherine Gayle's way of making you feel everything with them!!!
Loved this!!
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such sugary sweetness, just perfect!
Amanda Worden
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is such a short story, it was a tear jerker for sure...or I'm just a cry baby. I love Babs & can't wait to get to book 7 to finish their story.
Jamie is a rookie hockey player with the Portland Storm. Katie is the daughter of one of his team mates. She is also battling Leukemia.

Katie is a sweet, outgoing girl, who has a massive crush on Jamie! Her dad, however, doesn't like the idea, and she is still in high school. Jamie knows that she is too young, (and that her dad would kill him!) so he keeps his distance. But when he realizes that Katie is going to miss her prom because of the cancer, he steps up and takes her, giving her an amazi

I'm not quite sure what's with this author, but I feel a little cheated.

While incredibly moving, the story of Jamie and Katie is incomplete. He has to "fight" Katie's dad and work up the guts to do so. Webs is already overprotective but Jamie is convinced by a new character and roommate that he had to go for it. Katie was diagnosed with Leukemia and shaves her head (hair falling out) in a touching scene and due to chemo, etc doesn't think she'll go to the prom. They go.... and t
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love
Auf die Geschichte hatte ich mich so gefreut und dann....

Katie hadert mit ihrer Krebserkrankung. Manchmal möchte sie nur noch ihre Ruhe und aufgeben wird verlockend. Das sehen auch die Team-Mitglieder und erklären Jamie, dass er sich endlich ein paar Eier wachsen lassen und gegen ihren Vater antreten muss.
Jamie reißt sich tatsächlich zusammen und lädt Katie zum Abschlussball ein. Es wird ein unvergessliche Nacht....

Ziemlich kurz und der Aufstand um Katie beim Ball ist nicht nur kitschig, sonder
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper-backs
Katie Weber is the daugther of Portland hockey player Dave Weber. Having been diagnosed with cancer, she goes through chemotherapy and takes online classes. She attends prom with 20 year old Jamie Babcock who is one of her father's teammates.


This is the third book I have read that was written by Catherine Gayle.

While the main female character sadly is sick, Jamie is able to still see her beauty.


Only six chapters long, "Taking a Shot" is a very quick read.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey-romance
This is a short, sweet story that focuses on Babs taking Katie to her high school prom. It is simple yet overflowing with raw emotion and sweetness from Jamie. I don’t have much to say about it, other than that it made me fall in love with Jamie Babcock even more than I already was. It is so beautifully sad.
Jennifer F
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, sports, novella
I really liked this short novella. Babs who has liked Katie for a long time finally has the opportunity to take her to prom, and Katie who's dealing with cancer has her dream of going out with Jamie (Babs) he gives her a whole new reason not to give up. This was a teary, sweet, heartwarming story.
Although I enjoyed the book, it was too short. The story was hurried and I wanted to see a lot more from these two characters. I am hoping the series returns to their story later on. Again, an opportunity for really hot intimacy with these two but there was nothing.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what an amazing story. I was hoping for a Katie and Jamie story and was not disappointed. Such a touching story that will have you balling your eyes out
Christine Iula
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was barely a book!
Teresa Sloan
Only due to the freaking cliffhanger :( no warning.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
super cute. I'm excited to read their full length book after they grow up
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sport-romance
Novella bellissima e dolcissima. Devo aspettare veramente troppo per leggere di nuovo di loro due ma sono una coppia stupenda.
Charming, sweetly romantic, and suprisingly touching!
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