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    Finally a HEA for Babs and Katie

    As readers, we fell in love with Babs (Jamie Babcock) in Breakaway, the first Portland Storm book. And while we fell in love with Babs, he was falling in love with Katie - and she with him. Their love story has been YEARS in the making and the previous books in the Portland Storm series brought us that much closer to their happily ever after. And it's finally here in Dropping Gloves. I fell in love with Babs all over again in Dropping Gloves. Jamie (Babs) had decided that he needed a clean break from Katie or he would never move on with his life - while she was deciding that Jamie was her future. But their wires didn't stay crossed long, as circumstances - and Webs (Katie's dad) - conspired to ensure Jamie and Katie had a chance to explore their HEA. Over and over in Dropping Gloves, Jamie says "I may not be perfect, but I'm perfect for you." But I think Jamie IS perfect. We have watched him mature in each of the Portland Storm books and the man he has become really does seem perfect. His role as a teammate, brother, son, friend, and boyfriend shows the depths of his personality and maturity. But, make no mistake - he still can't cook anything that doesn't involve a toaster oven or a microwave - but we love him all the more for it. Jamie is perfect - and he's perfect for Katie. I hurt for Katie in this book. I loved the innocent young girl that Jamie fell in love with; that suffered through cancer and went to prom with no hair; and that headed to Hollywood to follow her dreams. She didn't come back an innocent girl - and I hurt for her. She was put in circumstances at the hands of her agent that tested her resolve and her fortitude and she didn't always make the best of decisions. But the best decision she's ever made was deciding to come home to Portland, her family, and Jamie. Katie's pain felt REAL as she described her life in Hollywood to Jamie and I could FEEL Jamie's anger and pain and hurt in reliving those experiences with Katie. In this book, you also meet Blackbeard (aka Spanky, Tiger). Catherine Gayle wrote the scenes with Blackbeard in such a way that I could literally see him sitting on Babs shoulder! It's difficult to write a review of Dropping Gloves without giving away so many of the complex intricacies of the story, so I'll just say that Catherine Gayle has another hit with Dropping Gloves and has delivered the love story that we have been wanting for Jamie and Katie since Breakaway. Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    a hint of real life in a love story

    Love story with a story line from real life. I would recommend reading the whole series.
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    Heart warming!

    Yet again this book delivers an amazing story and lesson. I can't wait to read the next one! My heart is full.
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    HAPPY TO FINALLY READ THIS!

    Was so good and to my expectation! all the Portland series are Worth a read. can't wait for the next book.
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    Awesome

    Loved it, it was amazing. Had me crying from the first page. Jamie & Katie are & always will be my favourite couple in this series. They have to deal with emotional feelings right from the onset. Katie made some mistakes while working in Hollywood that she has to get over & hope that Jamie will accept, while Jamie has to deal with his continuing love for a girl he thinks he can't have. All that comes to a standstill when Katie is given the worst news possible.....she has cancer again. Now they're in the fight together & Jamie isn't going to lose this biggest battle of his life. He loves Katie & wants a future with her. Awesome job Catherine Gayle what a wonderful, heartwarming story of love & fight.
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