Ghost Dance by Catherine Gayle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Catherine Gayle’s Ghost Dance is a moving addition to the Tulsa Thunderbirds Series. Hockey star Dmitri Nazarenko was living the dream until a terrible mistake changed his life. He is unable to forgive himself. He meets sled hockey player London Hawke who challenges him both on and off the ice. Ghost Dance is a contemporary sports romance that is suitable for adult audiences. It primarily takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
When I was in college, I lived with a couple of people that were on the wheelchair track/cross-country and basketball teams. They are amazing athletes and people that competed in the Paralympics. I have so much respect for them. Every time I worked out with them, they kicked my butt. Needless to say, I love that this story had sled/sledge hockey players in it. My roommate used to drive a lot, so I am familiar with the hand brake system in the cars that was mentioned in the story. Catherine Gayle does an excellent job describing the details that go with being in a wheelchair and playing a sport.
I love the characters and plot. It is understandable why Dima has a hard time forgiving himself. I adore that he is the baby whisperer for Harper. It was a good outlet for him before London came into his life. I appreciated his relationship with Sergei Mironov and his mother. Being of Hungarian descent and first-generation American, I could relate to the similar Russian culture. London is great. I like that she played college hockey and how that worked into the story. I love how she challenges Dima and does not back down. Both characters are likeable and grow a lot throughout the story.
The ending was a gripping transition into the next book in the series, Rite of Passage. I cannot wait to read it. If you enjoy sports romances with real-world issues, I highly recommend the Tulsa Thunderbirds Series. Catherine Gayle is an amazing writer whose books are difficult to put down.
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Published May 19th 2016 by Night Shift Publishing
Series: Tulsa Thunderbirds #3
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