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    3.5 stars

    Ever since really getting to know RJ and his mastiffs in Game Breaker, I’ve been hoping to see him find a better suited love interest than his then-fiancé. Unfortunately, while I cannot deny he did just that, I have to admit Power Play wasn’t my favorite book within this series. I suspect much like the previous release in the Portland Storm series, readers’ enjoyment will come down to their perception of the heroine. Though I try not to let a heroine or hero who handles things differently than I would sway me from enjoying a book on the whole, I never could connect with Mackenzie. I think her overwhelming uncertainty and wide-eyed innocence made it exceedingly difficult to empathize with her. Though Mackenzie’s low self-confidence made sense given her history, it took a bit longer than I expected to see marked growth and her nerves ended up wearing on my patience. I was happy to see Mackenzie get there and thought RJ and her story had a satisfying, enjoyable conclusion, but this couple failed to capture my full attention. That said, I did like how much Lola and Max factored into the couple’s story. While Power Play didn’t revolve around the dogs, they were major secondary characters and added a fun, different side to this hockey romance. As usual, Miss Gayle’s writing flowed well, there was a good amount of heat, and the dialogue wove into the narration seamlessly. I did think the pacing lagged a bit, but that is likely a result of my interest waning because I failed to embrace these characters. As for the hockey element, this author always delivers details that keep hockey fans just as happy as those readers who don’t watch the sport regularly. Though Power Play was a miss for me, I think plenty of fans of the author and series will love the sweet, easy romance between RJ and Mackenzie. *I received an eARC of this book from the author's PA. The author and publisher had no influence over my review*
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    Loved it! Romance and sizzle!

    I absolutely LOVE this book. It's basically a married-at-first-sight story, but instead of being a fairy tale perfect ending with no conflicts along the way, this book explores the real challenges that come with a new relationship. Riley and Mackenzie have off the charts chemistry from the first moment, but watching them overcome the struggles of getting to know one another and learning what it means to be husband and wife was my favorite part. This book has it all - sexy sizzle, heart-melting romance, and an inspiring strength in the main characters that makes you fall in love with the book and the characters over and over again. You won't be sorry that you read this book! (P.S. You also get to check in with some of your favorite Portland Storm characters along the way!)
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    Facing Your Fears

    What a heart warming read. Everyone needs someone even if it's just for companionship. Riley had it all or so it seemed. He had a successful career two loving pets and a if house , with a cheating fiancée. When he met Mackenzie he wanted revenge on his ex and she had nothing not even a place to go home to she was the answer he was looking for. Mackenzie was his missing piece. Mackenzie was a naive young woman having been sheltered through her foster homes yet neglected in affection that she was afraid of the simplest things. She turned everything around and made it her fault bad things happened. She was afraid to love or be loved. She was essentially afraid of her own shadow. Through her fear and doubts can Riley teach her to love? Can they become the family he wants and needs even though there beginning was one of convenience and not love? If your an animal lover you will love this book. A lot of it's based around the characters and their animals.
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    Love this series!

    Power Play is the latest in Cattherine Gayles's Portland Storm series. I can't say enough good things about this series. The stories are always full of raw emotions and deeply intense situations. The characters are real and smudged with the often harsh realities of life, not sugar coated to become some kind of plastic "ideal." Her characters are real, flawed and damaged just like we all are in some way. This novel centers on Riley, a center for the Portland Storm. He is on his honeymoon... alone and without a wife.He's hurt and angry and definitely not in a great place in his personal life. And then he meets Mackenzie. Everything she thought she was about to have in her life has just been dashed into a thousand, heartbreaking pieces. She's lost and alone, figuratively AND literally. Two damaged people in Cabo, both with more baggage than any single person should have to carry. But sometimes those moments are the ones that change everything. It is when we feel lost and shut off from the world that sometimes we find the one thing that can make all the difference. Catherine writes some of the most beautiful characters I've ever read. They are beautiful because of their flaws, not despite of them. They are people that feel real, that pull at your heart as you read their stories. They are people that you can understand and fall in love with.  This book is one of my favorites of the story. The depth of pain within Mackenzie pulled at my soul, tore at it.  She made me feel so much and I loved that! Such a fantastically emotional read!
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    Wonderful story

    Another amazing addition to the Portland Storm series. Catherine Gayle has a fantastic gift for telling a story. Her stories are always well written, entertaining, hot & have a serious back story to them. Power Play is no different, with Riley dealing with his brother & fiancée cheating behind his back & Mackenzie left stranded in Mexico after refusing to marry the man she went there to marry. Their meeting on a beach in Mexico while both dealing with shock & disappointment is sweet, as Riley tries to stop a cute girl from getting her pretty dress dirty from mascara tears. After telling each other their sad stories Riley has an idea that sets them on a road of firsts & at times what looks to be certain disaster. Max & Lola, 2 huge Mastiffs & Riley's babies are hilarious & complicate things from Mackenzie who was attacked & traumatized by a huge dog as a young child. Now as well as a new life, she has to get over her heart stopping fear of dogs & the fear of losing Riley if she were to fall in love with him. Max & Lola steal quite a few scenes in this story but that's okay because they're so darn cute & loveable, as well loyal right away to Mackenzie you can't help but love them. This is a definite recommend to read.
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