Review: Ghost Dance

Title:  Ghost Dance, Tulsa Thunderbirds #3
Author: Catherine Gayle
Published:  May 19, 2016, Night Shift Publlishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sports

He had it all.
And lost it in an instant.

The night Dmitri Nazarenko won hockey’s Holy Grail, he lost more than he ever bargained for. With a world of guilt weighing him down, Dima can never forgive himself for his tragic misjudgment. Turning his body into a shrine of past mistakes, he hides behind tattoos that memorialize his failures and a beard that masks his pain.

But London Hawke sees right through him. The fiery woman refuses to pity a man like him. No stranger to incurable injuries, London lets nothing stand in the way of living her life. Seeing an able-bodied man haunted by the ghosts of his past is a surefire way to trigger her annoyance, and that’s exactly what she finds in Dima.

When they face off, it becomes a battle of wills. Their constant bickering turns to an unavoidable dance between the sheets. But she won’t accept sharing a bed with the past for long. Will Dima learn to fight his demons, or will London leave him to dance with his ghosts alone?


4.5 Hearts

Ghost Dance is the third book in the Tulsa Thunderbirds spin off series by Catherine Gayle.  We have see Dima in the previous books.  He is burly and foul mouthed.  He also sticks to himself and won't party with the rest of the team.  His most endearing quality is the baby whisperer.  He seems to be the cure for colicky babies.

In this book, Dima has met his match.  London is as feisty and strong willed as Dima and she refuses to let him wallow in the past.  This leads to some very heated arguments.  It also ups the s3xual tension tenfold!

So much anxiety and tension in a book usually leaves me on edge.  It seems to work for these two characters and was not off putting.  I didn't grab on to Dima as much as I would have liked.  Not a top book boyfriend but overall a good guy.  Maybe it was the language barrier, but if that is the case, then well written Ms Gayle!

The highlight of the book is the heroine.  Could not be more pleased at how well written London was.  Very few books offer up a person of different abilities as a character, much less a lead.  London is in a wheelchair but it doesn't define who she is as a person or impede her self confidence.  Challenges are addressed and the book goes on--not making a bigger deal about it than London does.

Great to see the rest of the team.  This book moves the story forward in time and we get to see previous couples and catch up with their lives.  The epilogue was insane!  Can not wait for the next book to drop!

*ARC received 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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