Free Agent (Portland Storm #12) by Catherine Gayle


Can you fall in love when you’ve never loved yourself?

Universally misjudged, Blake Kozlow doesn’t let society get under his skin. After all, those misunderstandings have never affected his career. As a center for the Portland Storm, he’s lived his life as a Free Agent—particularly with women. But when he meets a gorgeous, curvy special education teacher, Blake realizes he’s finally met the one person who truly understands him.

Beatriz Castillo knows exactly what she wants—to teach her students that nothing can hold them back. A few years ago, her health was spiraling out of control, but Bea took her life back. Now, she uses her vivacious personality to prove to everyone, especially her students, that anything is possible.

Perpetually impulsive and spontaneous, Blake turns on the charm. But Bea’s unprepared to be on the receiving end of such brazen attention. As they grow closer and their attraction intensifies, their inner demons threaten everything. They’ve both always lived on the fringes of life. But moving forward will require Bea and Blake to step into the spotlight—together.

Free Agent (Portland Storm, #12)Free Agent by Catherine Gayle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book focuses on how our own negative opinions of ourselves can influence our entire lives, and how the lack of support of those closest to us can contribute to those negative opinions.

Bea is a strong woman, who has taken control of her life, and is making it what she wants, regardless of what she has to do to accomplish it. However, she still doesn’t feel like she deserves to have someone special in her life. She has a family that doesn’t understand the dedication it takes to completely makeover her life like she has. She has a low self esteem and a horrible body image, despite everything she has done to improve her health and lifestyle. She also has a tendency to assume the worst from people, because she doesn’t see herself as others do.

Koz is a pro hockey player, who has spent his entire life trying to control his impulses. No one understands him, and this makes him unlikable to most. But he knows what he wants when he sees Bea, and will do whatever it takes to make her see herself the way he does.

I love how understanding and supportive Koz is. Regardless of the problems he has, he does his best to move past them, compensate for them, and be there for Bea. He goes out of his way to show her how beautiful she is, and that is just amazing!

This is a great story, and shows that just because you make changes that improve your health, you still have the same person on the inside, and sometimes you have to work on the person on the inside to make yourself completely happy. As much as I disliked Koz in previous books because of his attitude, I’ve come to have a new respect for him, because of how loving and supportive he was.

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