Review: Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage, Tulsa Thunderbirds #4
Author: Catherine Gayle
Published: November 10, 2016

USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the sexy Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series, a spin-off from the Portland Storm series.

Where do you go once you’ve hit rock bottom?

With his world already in shambles, Andrew Nash’s life plummets even further after a freak accident on the ice exposes his deepest secret. Still unsure if he should ever return to the game he’s devoted his life to, the future Thunderbirds captain knows he isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. Meeting a talented and sexy artist changes everything for Drew.

But Ravyn Penn’s past is darker than his, and her wounds cut deeper. Drew’s looking forward, but Ravyn is stuck dwelling over a life that leaves her guilt-ridden and full of regret.

Drew’s a fighter, and he knows they need to claw their way out of the past—together—even when the future promises no guarantees. But can Ravyn let go and blindly trust him—taking a rite of passage through the darkness—to find the life they both deserve?


4 hearts:

I found Catherine Gayle through her Portland Storm series and fell in love with her hockey playing "family".  I have followed her over to the Tulsa Thunderbirds and I need to say, Catherine, you amaze me each time a new book comes out.  This is a book about hockey but your writing has evolved so much.  I appreciate your social commentary.  I cheer for your underdogs.  And I enjoy meeting all of the new faces you allow us to meet.

If you follow this series, you know that something MAJOR happened with Drew.  After his accident, the whole world now knows he is HIV positive.  This book take a poignant look at what it means to be thrown  in the spotlight when all you want to do is curl up and make the world go away.

Drew meets Ravyn as part of his friends imposed healing process.  Neither wants to be where they are in life.  Together, they may be able to be friends, or maybe more.  Regardless, they have common ground and can support each other in the process.  The message of the story is about acceptance and being true to who we are even if others don't want to see the real you.

So happy to get to read the words of this author.  Take a leap.  You can read this as a stand alone but you will enjoy it more if you have read the first few books.

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance novels and novellas, with more than half a million books sold. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.


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