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    An uplifting, emotional read

    *I received an ARC from the PA in exchange for posting my honest opinion* After the conclusion to Ghost Dance, I couldn't wait to read Drew's story. I loved it. I loved Ravyn. She was more than I expected in every good way. This story was definitely heavy at times, covering a lot of emotionally charged topics, yet remained uplifting. I felt the emotions without feeling bogged down by them. As I've come to expect from Miss Gayle, the writing was perfect, hockey was highlighted well, the dialogue flowed, the characters grew throughout the story, and the pacing was smooth. I liked that there wasn't a lot of back and forth with the relationship (that pattern is overused in romance imo), but it wasn't rushed. It felt steady and reassuring, echoing Drew's personality. I'm a fan of sports romance in general, but the Tulsa Thunderbirds series is probably my favorite because it's so well-rounded. I get my hockey, I get interesting plotlines, and I get some grit with my characters and romance. Rites of Passage was a story of resilience, and it was wonderful, ensuring I'll be excited for what's to come next for the team.
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    Something for EVERYONE in this book.

    Just like all of her books, this one is brilliant. I don't have HIV, so I can't relate to that specifically, but it doesn't matter because I can relate to the loss, the betrayal, the guilt, and the fear felt by these characters. I can also relate to the hope in the face of major adversity, and the struggles that come with beginning the process of moving on from pain. I'd been waiting months for this book, ever since I finished the last Tulsa Thunderbirds book, and it was SO worth it. Getting to know Drew and Ravyn was a beautiful process that was difficult at times, because their pain was so visceral, but worth every tear. I also LOVED the fact that lots of previous Thunderbird characters came out to play - it's nice to keep up with everyone's stories over time. Well done, as always! I received an ARC for this review. :)
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    Shatter My Heart w/ Love

    Drew Nash, right wing for the T Birds, was left with a cliff hanger from book 3 (Ghost Dance). I waited patiently for this book, the first book that Catherine Gayle left such a cliff hanger in. I have to say worth the wait. Drew is a very private person and his reasoning for being so private are revealed through out the book. He isn't the dark one though. Rayvn is the character you will want to adopt. It's no wonder she is the one that truly draws Drew out and makes him see the light. Through her struggles and life challenges he realizes life is worth the time and effort you give it. People are worth it if they are right for you. Must read. It can be a stand alone but you won't want it to be. You will want to know all the characters that are mentioned. Catherine has a way with her writing for you to see what your reading as a movie in your head. I love all her sports Romance books and keep them on Pre order as they become available. She knows her characters and she relates them to true life situations.
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    Catherine Gayle scores another hit!

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the author for an honest review. Rites of Passage is Catherine Gayle’s fourth book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds Series. This was a much anticipated book, since the readers got to know Andrew “Drew” Nash’s most deepest, darkest and well-hidden secret during a freak accident on ice which almost got him killed. This book finds Drew in a bad place; he has divorced his cheating wife with whom he had been in a relationship since childhood. It was due to her that he contracted HIV. After the expansion which brought him in the T-birds, it had been hinted that he was being groomed to take over captaincy of the team from Zee, the current captain. However, Drew feels he cannot face the perceived negative reactions of fans, team mates and opponents if he returns on the ice and had been toying with retiring. Thanks to London, the other WAGs and some of his team mates, they manage to push and prod Drew to attend therapy in a support group, where he meets Ravyn Penn. Pale, gorgeous and colourful Ravyn appealed to Drew. She was totally opposite his type with lavender dreadlocks, tattoos, piercings but a haunted look in her blue eyes. Ravyn has huge secrets of her own but is not ready to reveal them to anyone and so is stuck in the past. Due to this, Drew tries to help her out during the first session but they end up in bed for some hot sex which starts chipping and breaking at the barriers Ravyn has set up to distance herself from any form of relationship or emotional entanglement. Through a series of events perpetrated by Drew’s team mates, their children and a dog, Ravyn starts to realize that even she is entitled to some happiness despite the guilt she still carries within her. For me, this book is a turning-point for the T-birds. The team seems to be finally unifying and there are good foundations for the family-like feelings found in the Portland Storm series with the players standing up for their future captain and the coaches and trainers putting their minds to find a way for Drew to do what he knows – play hockey – as safe as possible. Ms. Gayle cleverly brings together two opposite characters coming from different social backgrounds in a way that is real, binding them together by the traumatic and emotional negative experiences they had in their lives. Also, as usual, Ms. Gayle gives us enough hints for the following book to keep us hooked for more. Highly recommended!
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    Finding peace!

    After an explosive ending in the last book, we were more than ready to learn the story behind Andrew Nash's life. He's been through alot, but yet he's still a kind, down to earth guy. Watching him interact with Ravyn is raw, gritty and beautiful! Tulsa Thunderbirds right wing Drew Nash hasn't been having the best luck of late. With his personal life already in shambles, his professional career got put into a major spotlight and his biggest secret was exposed when he had a major accident in the final game of last season. Now his return is questionable, but he's not sure what his life would be if he didn't have hockey in it anymore, so he has some hard decisions to make ... but the beauty that just crossed his path might distract him from that a bit. Ravyn Penn is breathtaking in a way that Drew has never known before. She's different, she's unique, and she's wearing her heartbreak in ways he can't even see. Her past hurt is deeper and darker than his, and she's not sure she can dig herself up out of it. Drew feels a connection with her, and he's not going to let her push him away even though she's trying at every turn. Will this unorthodox couple actually be the best fit for each other that they could have ever found?
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