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    Loved it!

    Wow! Another hit! What an emotional ride! A great addition to the series. We have seen both of these characters in previous books. Their story has been brewing... and what a story it is! L oved it!
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    An unexpected romance that delivers

    I’ve been a fan of this author for years now and I know I can always rely on her to deliver a sports romance that showcases both hockey and a love story. I’ve also come to expect Miss Gayle to tackle pertinent social issues in her books. Free Agent is a great example as to how the author’s use of important social topics keeps the stories relevant and fresh, while still providing a romance and couple I enjoy watching fall in love. As with the entire Portland Storm series, there are some overlapping storylines and cameos of past couples, but Free Agent can easily be read as a standalone. Fans of the series will undoubtedly recognize both the hero and heroine in this book; because Koz previously played the role of secondary character readers love to hate, I was eager to see how the author would turn the tide. I have to say while I wasn’t surprised about the revelations regarding the hero, I loved them and I really loved seeing him develop over the course of the book. It’s always nice to get inside a character’s head, but that’s especially true when they’ve been so misunderstood. And seeing Blake off the ice when he really let his softer sides show proved to be utterly endearing. Although I enjoyed the transformation Blake underwent in Free Agent, I wasn’t expecting how much the heroine would develop during the book. In previous books, Bea seemed the quintessential character with an interesting story and a solid head on her shoulders. Certainly some of her body image issues weren’t unexpected, but I didn’t foresee just how much her self-esteem would need bolstering. Although Bea’s consistent second guessing of Blake’s intentions sometimes felt repetitive, I enjoyed this couple and loved seeing how Blake supported and helped Bea feel confident in herself as well as their relationship. Free Agent is a great reminder that appearances and initial impressions don’t reflect the full story and Miss Gayle did a wonderful job getting readers to look deeper. I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of complex characters. *eARC provided by PA. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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    Raw, emotional, inspiring.

    Catherine Gayle never ceases to amaze me. She has knocked it out of the park AGAIN. In the latest installment of the Portland Storm series, you learn more about Bea (Dani's best friend) and Blake Kozlow. While the story centers around Bea's struggles with body issues and Koz's issues with having special needs, the deeper message of accepting yourself for who you are, loving yourself no matter what, and letting others love you shines through clearly. I found this book to be such an honest depiction of the thoughts that run through our heads when we are feeling self-conscious or insecure and the fact that we often do see ourselves the way others see us. The raw emotion and completely unfiltered access to what the characters were thinking and feeling made this book incredibly special, and I also LOVED the authentic Hispanic touches! Plus, fans of Mia and Q will get a quick cameo. :) If you're looking for a book about being your best self, and loving who that person is, this is absolutely it. I received an ARC for this honest review!
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    Do not judge on appearance

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Free Agent is the eighteenth book in the Portland Storm Series. While it is a standalone, reading it as part of the series is even better since this book finally answers some questions about the hero, Blake ‘Koz’ Kozlow, which might have risen in the previous books. Early in the series, Koz is considered a total jerk to everyone around him and only a limited few team members tolerated him. Once you become immersed in the Storm books and get used to Ms. Gayle’s MO, you start questioning whether Koz can help his idiotic behaviour. Due to a situation, Koz comes in close contact with Beatriz Castillo, a gorgeous special education teacher he had met previously. While Koz was very interested in getting to know Bea better, he was not one of Bea’s favourite people. On top of that, Bea also has baggage of her own to deal with, making it more difficult to convince Bea to give their relationship a chance to develop. However, when families and an innocent mistake threaten their budding relationship, they have no option but to love themselves as they are to be able to commit to their love and trust. Once again, Catherine Gayle’s characters are authentic and larger-than-life. It isn’t easy to live life being in Koz’s shoes were everything is a challenge and Bea’s insecurities and weight problems are issues commonly found in real life. Obviously, Koz being Koz, naked yoga and swear words are expected :)
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    Free Agent

    All of the books from this series are all great life lessons. I loved all of them and can’t wait for the next one!
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