Light the Lamp by Catherine Gayle

I love Catherine Gayle.  I do.  I stalk her and I'm not afraid to say it.  I anxiously wait for the next book in this series.  I LOVE THIS SERIES!  I came upon her first book, Breakaway, as I was doing a search on Amazon.  I read it and was blown away.  Seriously, blown away.  Catherine writes books about hockey. These books actually have hockey in them, it's not just the players.  But what Catherine's books have that other don't is sensitive subject matter that isn't covered in romance books.  She handles these subjects with such sensitivity and love.  If you take nothing else from this blog post take this, read one of her books.  Just one.  I promise you'll want to read the next in the series.  Light the Lamp is the third book in her Portland Storm series.  Let's check out the blurb.

Life’s been rough lately for Noelle Payne, but she’s not one to let negativity rule. So, she lost her job? She’ll find another one. The bank foreclosed on the house? Well, she can live out of her car for a while. There’s always an upside to be found…but now Noelle needs to find something to give her life meaning. She owes it to the universe to figure it out, too, because a stranger just saved her life.

When Liam Kallen’s wife died, his goal-scoring ability died with her. After a trade from the only pro hockey team he’s ever played for, he’s now playing for the NHL’s Portland Storm. Everyone said he needed a change of scenery, but nothing changes until he rescues Noelle. All of a sudden, the world once again looks bright and he’s lighting the lamp like he used to.

Noelle’s cheerful disposition is just the bit of sunlight Liam needs in his life. He wants to give her everything she needs because she’s everything he wants. The problem? She doesn’t believe she needs anything…at least nothing material. The one thing they both know she truly needs—a real purpose—also happens to be the one thing he doesn’t know how to give her. If he can’t help her find that, she might walk away and take all her sunshine with her.

My Review
I don't know how she does it, but Catherine writes the best guys.  They are these strong hockey players, but they have such tender hearts.  She doesn't cloud up your perceptions of them with women and one night stands.  I don't need to be reminded constantly, like in other books, how these are manly men because they sleep with many women and sleep with them often.  This needs to stop! Not all men are like that, and if they are, do we really need to be reminded how promiscuous they have been? Honestly it doesn't make them more studly to me.  I read the story for the romance.  I want to see two people connect.  Catherine does this in her books.  Liam is this broken man who is doing his best to cope after losing his wife.  Noelle sees the positive in everything, and is making the best of her tough situation.  They meet, and they are exactly what the other needs.  Of course they must face some tough decisions, overcome a little pride, and learn to give as well as receive.  My only complaint is that as I got further into the story I had a harder time connecting with Noelle. I understood some of her motivation behind her decisions, but at times she felt selfish and self centered.  The story was resolved nicely, but I felt her final acceptance of Liam was abrupt.  Steamy-ness is moderate, but tastefully done.

Overall, another awesome book by Catherine Gayle.  Her stories always provide a unique story line, that is deep and thought provoking, and not overly used.

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About this Author

Catherine Gayle is a 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.