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    One of the sweetest romances I've read

    Rachel Shaw is starting over. A young mother of two, she's packed everything in her old-beat up car and moved her small family to Portland, hoping that's where she'll find a job and a new life for all of them. With no degree, little experience, and no support system, she's not having much luck until she takes a long shot and applies to work in the office of the Portland Storm. Brenden Campbell is trying to come back from an injury, and right now, his game needs all his focus. But when a pretty redhead with too much baggage won't give him the time of day, his interest is piqued. She's not the kind of girl who needs a casual relationship, and he's not the kind of guy who does serious, but there's just something about the new girl in the office, the one who happens to move in right across the hall from him, that has him going after something he never knew he wanted. But...I have to admit that when I realized why Rachel moved from Texas to Oregon, I started having a few doubts about the series. The first book, Breakaway, focused on Dana trying to get her life back after a brutal gang-rape in college. And this one has Rachel trying to help her daughter heal after discovering that her ex had been molesting her. Obviously these kinds of things happen in real life, so giving characters who've been through it a bit of happiness in a fiction story isn't a bad thing, but I really didn't want to find myself in a series that was all about victim recovery. Having read several of the books now, I can tell you that's not the case. There's a very definite white knight syndrome happening, but it's not all for women (or children) who've been terribly wronged this way. I just figured I should go ahead and mention that, since most of you know I don't usually go for books that include that sort of theme. The Verdict: Rachel got pregnant while still in high school, married the guy, and was pretty much disowned by her parents. Two kids and a divorce later, she discovered that her ex was molesting their daughter, and she made sure he saw prison time for it. But a conviction didn't guarantee healing, and she decided it was time for a new start, somewhere without all the bad memories and where her kids might find some peace. She lucks into an admin job with in the Portland Storm offices and soon finds herself living right across the hall from the same guy she turned down for a date/drink/whatever on the day of her interview. But Brenden doesn't give up so easily. It was interesting watching Brenden navigate the new feelings he was experiencing when it came to Rachel. He annoyed me in Dana's story, simply because his overprotectiveness became an obstacle for her, but it was always clear that he was a good guy. And that good guy came to the forefront in On the Fly. He's at first challenged by Rachel, in that he doesn't understand why he's even attracted to a woman that's not his usual type, and then by the fact that she won't give him the time of day. But serendipity steps in and places him front and center in her life, both on the team for which she now works and as her neighbor. He's quick to help her out when he can, even though his enormous size and gruff manner initially freak her out a bit, and he's incredibly perceptive when it comes to her kids, even though he doesn't have a clue what they've been through. Much of what made this book so fun was the kids — and for this story, Jamie is very much one of the kids. Tuck is just delightful and good for lots of laughs, and Maddie, though understandably introverted, is just sweet as can be. Rachel doesn't trust anyone around her children, and she has a tough time allowing anyone new into their lives. But Brenden and the rest of the team look out for them, and Jamie works his way into the fold without even necessarily trying. Before long, Rachel is spending more and more time with Brenden, even though she's still adamantly opposed to dating, and while she still has trust issues, they go from neighbors to friends to something a bit more before she even realizes it's happening. Their story is one of friendship, opening up, and learning how to trust again. Rachel is a strong, protective mother, and it's all Brenden can do to establish himself as someone who's safe for Maddie and Tuck to be around. After what happened to Maddie, Rachel doesn't trust her own judgement, and she's eaten up with guilt that it happened in the first place. But Brenden is surprisingly patient and willing to put in the effort it takes to win the whole family over, making On the Fly one of the sweetest romances I've read in a long time.
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    Ho...ckey!!!!

    Of you are a hockey wife, girlfriend, !mother.... You,all be happy here! I had to skip a lot of hockey mumbo jumbo.... Not my cup of tea.....
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    Read this book!

    I finished Breakaway and picked this one up immediately after and wasn't disappointed. Not one teeny tiny bit. Tackles some awful aspects of humanity with grace, and reality.
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    Sweet

    There are some heavy topics in this one but Catherine Gayle does a great job of handling them. We met Brenden in the previous book and it’s nice to have him as the hero here. I really liked his character because he’s a just such a nice guy. Brenden was my favorite part of this book and I was complete mush every time he made a connection with Rachel’s kids. He’s always ready and willing to do anything Rachel needs and watching him fall in love with Rachel’s kids, Maddie and Tuck, was great! I liked Rachel, though she spends most of the book very tightly strung. Rachel comes across as such a great mom; she’s devastated by what happened to Maddie and trying so hard to make things better for her. Though her protectiveness is through the roof she’s doesn’t smother Maddie, at least not too much. Though she wants to resist Brenden she’s instantly attracted to him and he’s determined to help her out when it’s clear that she spends all her time taking care of her kids and no time taking care of herself. I completely understand why Rachel is so over the top protective of her kids. I imagine any parent would be this way but when her need to protect them is used for the The Big Fight it just didn’t work for me. The amount of trust Rachel has in Brenden up to that point doesn’t match with her reaction. Once again there was a lot of hockey in this one and plenty of set up for future books, some of it tear-worthy. There’s also a lot of Jaime “Babs” Babcock and he was just absolutely adorable. Babs is now living with Brenden and being the oldest of 6 boys he’s great around kids. Babs friendship with Tuck is so sweet and Babs pretty much steals the show in any scene he’s in. Catherine Gayle is great at creating a family out of the Portland Storm players, coaches, wives and girlfriends and this is abundantly clear in this book. Gayle’s characters are just genuinely nice and caring and regardless of any realism, I love it.
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    Very good book

    Loved this book, they underlying story of child abuse was very emotional. The story of Rachel & Brenden is great; they meet when she's hired by the hockey team he plays for. Brenden makes a play for Rachel at first meeting & she turns him down. Then they find out they are neighbours & he pushes harder. Rachel had to protect her children first & foremost after their father molested her daughter. Getting close to Brenden is no possible but things work out differently that she plans. We also see Katie Weber in this story & see her fall sick & be diagnosed with leukemia. Even though I already knew it was going to happen it still had me crying again. The emotions run vey high in this book & I think that's what makes this book so good. A definite recommend to read & I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
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