USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novella in the Portland Storm hockey romance series.
There’s only one person Portland Storm head coach Mattias Bergstrom allows to see his soft side: his sister, who was born with Down syndrome. She lives in Sweden, so he doesn’t worry he’ll accidentally reveal anything other than the hard-assed defenseman-turned-coach his players know. At least not until his sister’s doppelganger leaps for one of his young D-men before the team’s charity skills competition and melts Mattias’s frozen heart.
Paige Calhoun has her hands full with four exceedingly boy-crazy, hockey-loving daughters—three teens and a pre-teen with Down syndrome. Everyday life is a challenge. Taking all four girls to the StormSkillz event with no assistance? The magnitude of her task was daunting enough before her youngest spotted the hockey player of her dreams and barreled through the crowd to claim him.
The team’s sexy-as-sin coach intervenes, and Paige feels just as boy crazy as her daughters. Charmed by the youngest, he decides to give the girls a weekend they’ll never forget. It never crossed his mind that, in doing so, he might end up giving himself an unexpected happy ever after with Paige.
When it comes to hockey, Mattias has a Home Ice advantage. But when it comes to life? He likes the look of Paige’s arena.
Home Ice by Catherine Gayle is the perfect addition to her Portland Storm series. This novella is a standalone, but I would definitely recommend reading the rest of the series because it’s a great sports romance series and will provide some backdrop to Mattias Bergstrom. Mattias is the head coach of the Storm, and he is known for being hardcore on the ice, so it’s heartening to see him soften up to Paige Calhoun and her girls.
Paige has her hands full handling her four girls, especially her youngest daughter, Sophie. Mattias, or Bergy as he’s known, recognizes his own sister in Sophie, who also has Down syndrome. I definitely fell in love with Bergy watching the way he acted toward Sophie. He was exactly what Paige and her daughters needed, providing them support and making sure they were taken care of. Paige deserves a medal after dealing with four boy crazy girls, and she had my respect from the very beginning of the story. She was an independent woman who took care of herself, but she was still willing to allow Bergy within her life. This was a great story, and I can’t wait to read more about these girls (hopefully)!