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    Ridiculously frustrating heroine

    This was a tough one for me. Noelle is kind of a free-spirit, and after her parents were killed, she's done all she could to support her younger brothers. She gave up her own college education to finish raising them and then worked her fingers to the bone to send them off to the Ivy League. It's impossible not to respect a sister that would rise to the occasion like that. However, when financial cutbacks leave her unemployed, she ends up losing their house, and then a freak accident destroys her makeshift home — her car. Liam has never recovered from the death of his wife, especially since she never would have been there if not for him. When he finds Noelle on the side of the road, he insists upon helping her, and it's because of him that she isn't still standing there when another vehicle careens into hers and sends it up in flames. Upon learning her car was doubling as her home, he gives her a place to stay with him and his roommate. As in the other books, Liam is an NHL player sharing a place with the rotating roommate, Jamie Babcock. He's considerably older, and if he doesn't get his game in shape, his career may not last. But he hasn't been able to find his groove since his wife died. In many ways, he's the typical widower, and Noelle is the sunshine that brings him back. He's such a kind, generous man that it's impossible not to love him, and that's what makes this story so impossible to believe. Frankly, Noelle is an idiot. She's sweet and funny and always tries to look on the positive side of things, but she's stupid enough to put herself in danger rather than accept the help of a man she's clearly falling for. Liam hasn't made a single demand of her, and he's done everything he could to ensure her safety and comfort, but she's so caught up in some “I can't accept handouts” mind-frame that she instead sleeps on a park bench next to some sketchy homeless dude who gives her a small pocket knife with which to defend herself. I've read some romances with flighty heroines that were funny and sweet and absolutely believable, even if I couldn't entirely identify with their way of thinking. But I'm convinced that Noelle doesn't have a way of thinking at all; she just has some vague concept of being a freeloader that she can't get past. She wants so badly to do something with meaning, a job that does some good for someone who needs it, which is why she volunteers for an animal shelter and seeks out other such opportunities. And I totally get that part. But instead of using the opportunity that Liam has given her, the safe place to sleep and enough to eat, to go out and find a charity organization where she can work full time — or hell, even part time — for some wages, she bails on him, breaks his heart, and decides living on the streets and in a homeless shelter is the better thing to do. Sure, because giving up a safe, warm, free bed is so much worse than using up one of the limited beds at the shelter that some abused runaway might need. Good job, Noelle. Put another woman in danger because you can't take handouts. Isn't a free bed at the shelter also a handout? Okay, so I'm more upset about this book, specifically Noelle, than I thought. The thing is, I should be able to identify with her on some level. I've been dead broke to the point that I nearly lost my home and relied on friends for groceries. Taking handouts sucks, but it's also a blessing. More recently, I quit a job and took a huge pay cut to go work for a non-profit, where at the end of the day I can feel like I did something good, even some small good, for someone. But watching Noelle turn down generous help and instead rely on limited social services due to her pride just made me angry. If the food bank I volunteer at runs out of goods for people who truly need help because someone refuses good options from friends and family — like Noelle does — well, I guess you can understand why I'm only giving it one star.
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    Light the Lamp

    Awesome story, loved it. Catherine Gayle has a wonderful way of getting you into the characters. Liam & Noelle's story was a heart wrenching one & one that required Kleenex close by. Liam saves Noelle's life when he stops at her broken down car on the side of the highway. He talks her into going with to wait safely for her car to cool down only to watch it be struck by another vehicle &burst into flames taking with it all her possessions. Realizing she is homeless he talks her into going home with him. They both have feelings for the other but something is stopping them. Feeling like she's taking too much, Noelle leaves only to sleep on the streets after being late to a shelter. Finding a job that puts her close to Liam wasn't a choice she made on purpose but it does open up some things that have been in the way. Now that Liam has found her can he give her up again? Now that Noelle knows his final secret can she finally let him in? Definitely would recommend this book.
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    Can't say enough. Love love love this series! I am forever grateful for this authors ability to write real love stories.
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    Characters and I didn't become friends in the end.

    Unlike the first 2 books (and novella), I just didn't fall in love with these characters. I thought the plot was beautiful, but neither Noelle nor Liam became my friends in the end. We would still have a good laugh at a social gathering though.
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    Poignant and sweet

    This was such a poignant and sweet story, it left me smiling and sad all at the same time. Noelle was such a sweetie and Liam is such a sweetheart, their story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time Needless to say, I loved their story and the characters!

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