Defensive Zone - Catherine Gayle

Defensive Zone

By Catherine Gayle

  • Release Date: 2017-03-23
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 27 Ratings


USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novel in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series.

Portland Storm defenseman Cody “Harry” Williams owes his coach everything—especially for bailing him out of trouble in the past. It’s up to Cody to repay him by keeping his hands to himself around the coach’s sensual and mischievous daughter. All signs point to this task being easier said than done…

Up-and-coming fashion designer Dani Weber always gets what she wants—and she wants Cody Williams. Cody’s sexy, geeky-chic bowties and hard to get attitude only make her want him more, and Cody’s resistance is fading…fast.

One call is all it would take to land Cody on the trading block, ending their flirtation before it gains any traction. Cody is squarely in the Defensive Zone, but the only way for Cody and Dani to obtain what they really want is to go on the offensive—together. 

The Portland Storm series
1) Breakaway
2) On the Fly
3) Taking a Shot
4) Light the Lamp
5) Delay of Game
6) Double Major
7) In the Zone
8) Holiday Hat Trick
9) Comeback
10) Dropping Gloves
11) Home Ice
12) Mistletoe Misconduct
13) Losing an Edge
14) Game Breaker
15) Defensive Zone - coming soon
16) Power Play - coming soon
17) Neutral Zone - coming soon

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  • Unexpected storyline!

    By Grinandstampit
    This book is hot, hot, hot! Who would have expected this behavior from Dani Weber daughter of Portland Storm coach David Weber. She has always had a thing for Cody Williams who she has affectionately named Dirty Harry. Dani is a spitfire and intends to spend time with Cody whether he likes it or not. The sparks fly. Loved this book so much. Great addition to the Portland Storm books. Catherine Gayle was on the mark with this story!

    By Lynn B888
    Relentlessly pursued ... and loving every minute of it! Dani isn't going to take no for an answer, and the way she pushes Cody's buttons, he doesn't really want her to. We caught a glimpse of them in a previous book and it was fun to get their story now! Portland Storm defenseman Cody "Harry" Williams is all about control. He needs his hockey career to go smoothly so he can take care of his family as needed. When the coach's daughter starts making waves in her pursuit of him ... just after her dad had to bail him out of trouble ... he's trying his very best to keep her at arms length so her dad doesn't trade him. On the cusp of getting a fashion designing career of the ground, Dani Weber is happy to be back home in Portland again ... and close to Harry. She wants him ... more than just about anything ever ... and she's really getting irritated that he won't give in and give her what she wants! She'll keep her father under control ... if only she can get Cody into her bed!
  • Ginger and spice!

    By Huskerfaninil
    Such a sweet and hot read! Dani Weber, sister to Katie Babcock, finally gets her own book. We've known Dani for years as a minor background character in various Portland Storm books. It was fantastic to see her all grown up and getting the spotlight. Cody aka Harry, sexy hot ginger, has been in the background too and I've been waiting on his story, other books have hinted at his big secret and we finally find out was Webs (Dani's coach dad) knows about Harry. Dani wants Harry and she doesn't take no for an answer. She's determined to hook up with her "Dirty Harry" but little does she know it's going to be so much more meaningful than a hook up! They are combustible together and so worth the read. I also enjoyed meeting Dani's friend Bea, and I'm hoping she gets herself a book soon! It's also always fun to see the guys of the Storm and know that those we've read about before are still happily settled, plus Katie and Babs are present and as amazing as ever!
  • Not my favorite

    By Neums76
    I love this series! But have to admit that this was not my favorite story. I truly could not stand Dani. It was hard to fall in love with Dani and Cody as a couple when Dani was such an obnoxious spoiled selfish brat. If that's what the author was going for she did a great job, but it turned me off too much. It took nearly 80% of the book before she started to think about someone other than herself. That said, I still love the Storm and have already preordered the next book in the series. I guess you just can't love them all.
  • Another great book by Catherine Gayle

    By KAL167
    One thing I have to say is WOW! This is a bit of a different story than the usual Portland Storm books, but I really enjoyed it. Dani Weber has wanted Cody "Harry" Williams for a long time and since they had kissed the previous season she has made it her mission to have him. Cody wants her too; however, he made a promise to her father that he would stay away from her. Cody has a secret that Dani is determined to find out...when she does, will she still want him or will she walk away? Only time will tell. In the beginning Dani seems to be more like a child with her attitude and feeling like whatever she wants she can get and Cody is trying to be a good guy by staying away from her, but she quickly wears him down. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Love Dirty Harry!!

    By Mojo back
    Wow! This book was awesome! I am a huge fan of Catherine Gayle and this next book in the Portland Storm series was so good! Cody “Harry” Williams is a gorgeous ginger haired hockey player and he has the full attention of Dani Weber the youngest of those Weber kids. Dani is grown up now and has a major crush on “Dirty Harry”. She is young and fun and looking for a fling, nothing serious, she has her fashion design career to get up and going and she just wants a good time and feels that Harry is the one for her. Cody has a thing for Dani too, but he made a promise to her dad, his coach, and so he has to do his best to stay away from her. Last year, Coach bailed him out of jail and now knows something that Cody never meant to share with any of his teammates. Things are iffy on the defense right now, and one wrong move and Coach Webs can make his time on the Storm over. With Cody’s family issues and his job in jeopardy the last thing he needs is the girl he can’t get out of his head refusing to take the hint that he can’t be with her no matter how much he wants to. This story was such a fun read, it is spicier than the other Storm books, the H/h have great chemistry, there are appearances from the rest of the Storm family and it is a must-read addition to this series. I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
  • Stick with it…Trust me!!

    By krazekat13
    It took me awhile to get into this book. The heroine takes awhile to like, but once she shows her true colors she's a joy! Like I said it takes a bit to get into this book, but I really enjoyed the storyline. Cody can be my Dirty Harry any day! Can't wait to read Bea and Blake's story and see what's up with Katie!!! I receive an ARC for my honest review.
  • Wow

    By Cchimni
    Wow! Catherine has done it again! A great original story. I loved the peeks at the characters we know and love from previous books! And Webs is awesome. I love Dani's persistence and determination once she makes up her mind. And Cody's heart is enormous. A story filled with passion, love, determination, responsibility, and family. Can't wait to check in of Cody and Dani in future books!
  • Harry has a secret...and you'll never guess it

    By Amatate
    I really enjoy this author and this series, but I have to say I didn’t see this coming and certainly not under the Portland Storm banner. That’s a very good thing. If you’re going to have a long running series, the only way to keep readers coming back is to constantly evolve and keep things fresh. Defensive Zone is certainly that. Dani Weber is young and acts her age in many ways. I’m typically not a fan of YA/NA romances precisely for this reason. Their immaturity, impetuous, and self-involved ways of seeing things grates on me. In Defensive Zone, Dani did just that at the start. She’s vibrant, ambitious, and a spitfire who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. As admirable as those qualities are, when they applied to Cody, I grew frustrated. As she’s done in previous books, Miss Gayle develops this seemingly brash character steadily and thoroughly, and I grew to really like Dani. I always like seeing character growth, especially when they can recognize and address their own flaws. I loved that we saw this in Dani. By the end, we see her brazen attitude work selflessly. Dani is admittedly different than most of this author’s heroines but I liked that because it keeps the series fresh and makes me eager to see what is in store next. I found Cody’s character equally different from what I’d come to expect. I was surprised by his secret, but I liked how the story developed his many sides fully rather than secrets meant solely for “shock value”. I also found his steady, strong personality brilliantly complemented Dani’s live-wire attitude. They are certainly a couple I’ll look forward to revisiting in upcoming books. The romance between Cody and Dani was fun and flirty initially, steadily developing into more. The conflicts were a bit different and the resolutions surprising, but it worked well for these characters. I did think the pacing was a bit slower at times, though that may be due to my reluctance to connect with Dani for part of the book. Overall, the book flowed and moved along without getting stuck on a problem for long. As I’ve come to expect from this author, the writing is very good and the hockey details woven expertly into the storyline. And WOW, Defensive Zone is definitely not lacking in heat. It matched the couple’s relationship and personalities so well and, accompanied with some very sweet moments, made this a memorable romance. I love when books catch me off guard, and this book did that in a few different ways. I thought this was a fun departure from what I expected in this series, while still retaining my favorite elements of a hockey romance by Miss Gayle. Sport romance fans certainly won’t be disappointed with the newest standalone in the Portland Storm series. *Ebook received directly from PA. The author and publisher had no influence on this review*
  • Awesome book! Awesome series!!

    By KindleKat64
    Another great addition to the Portland Storm series. I always look forward to these books because we always get to revisit, even if only for a moment, the characters we love from the other books in this awesome series. This story like the others is full of love, humor, generosity, passion and the importance of family. Dani & Cody (Dirty Harry) definitely do not have your typical love story. Theirs is one that is pretty rocky just getting off the ground considering Dani is only 20 and one of Cody's coach's daughters. Webs has warned Cody away from his daughter Dani because he knows Cody has a minor kinky side. (Professor OTK)-haha. He also just doesn't want this daughter to end up with a hockey player like his daughter Katie did. Cody does everything he can to thwart her advances and stay in the coach's good graces. This of course becomes impossible for him after a while since he has had the hots for her for some time despite being so much older. At first I felt like Dani was a bit of a brat going after Cody for a mere fling, when he told her he could get traded if he was caught with her. But then it was clear she wanted much more from him than a kinky sexy fling. She wanted forever because she loved him. She redeemed herself with me with what she did for his father. Like Dani, I ended up falling in love with Cody and the two of them as a couple. As always I look forward to future Storm books.
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