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The author of the book: Deirdre Martin
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Date of issue: February 1st 2011
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I'm a sucker for a good, hot, sports romance. There are plenty of them out there now (The Perfect Play, I'm thinking of you)...and some of them are part of a series. Deirdre Martin's latest, Icebreaker, is #9 in her long running New York Blades (hockey) series, and while it didn't exactly knock my socks off in the hotness department, sports romance (and especially hockey) fans should find it to be a pretty good, interesting read.
Basically, Icebreaker is about a pretty, 32-rear-old slightly neurotic, control-freak workaholic lawyer named Sinead O'Brien. Sinead's family owns a New York Irish pub and was featured in some of Martin's previous books from her connecting Wild Hart series, but it's not essential to have read those books (I didn't and I followed along just fine).
Sinead is hired to defend newly acquired, ruggedly handsome, hard hitting New York Blade's star defenseman and captain Adam Perry (35) when he is charged with assault. A borderline 'legal' open-ice hit that Adam made on a star Philadelphia defenseman has left him with a broken cheekbone and a concussion. The NHL is not happy with Adam--the league wants to crack down on the violence in the sport and make it more "fan-friendly". Now a Philadelphia DA up for reelection wants to make an example out of Adam and the NHL, and has filed criminal charges. It's up to Sinead, who knows next to nothing about hockey but is an ace in the courtroom, to defend a man known for his hard hitting, "old-style-hockey" type of play. Can Sinead get this DA to drop his nuisance suit before it interferes with the Blade's run to the championship?
As you can guess, there is a romance between Sinead and Adam, even though their first impressions of each other were not positive. Yes, there's a physical attraction, but Sinead is put off by Adam's reticence and unwillingnessness to open up about himself (he'a very private person), and Adam thinks Sinead is uptight and controlling. But the more Sinead finds out about Adam and his past, and the more time they spend working together, their perceptions change, and they find much to admire about each other besides the physical. A hot romance blooms (which they must keep quiet because Sinead should not be dating a client), and Adam and Sinead seem to be a perfect match, but will that be enough to overcome differences in opinion about careers and children?
As I said, I enjoy a good sports romance, and if it's about hockey, that makes it even better. I have always enjoyed Martin's New York Blades series--they're light reads with mainly likable characters and simple plots. I'll have to admit though that Sinead and Adam at times were not always likable. Some of Adam's ideas about women were a throwback to the 50s, but Sinead especially made me want to pull my hair out at times. God the woman could be a neurotic mess--she was always worrying about something! Both she and Adam were alike in so many ways (stubborn, controlling, opinionated, inflexible, career obsessed) it's a wonder they ever got along. They were both afraid to be vulnerable. Sinead had been hurt in the past by her ex-husband, and Adam was trying to overcome a tragedy that left him with feelings of guilt and afraid to connect with anyone. Deirdre Martin did a fine job showing why the H/h acted as they did, and even though they weren't always likable or did what I wanted them to do(!), I felt that I understood them. And I kept turning the page, because I wanted to see how their unlikely romance turned out.
The heat factor? Umm, about what you'd expect in a contemporary. A couple of hot scenes, nothing too explicit or unusual. I'm not sure I totally bought into their romance 100% though. At times when things got rough in the relationship, each seemed a little too accepting that things weren't meant to be, and were ready to give up. I wanted to see a little more passion, a little more fight in them.
I enjoyed seeing a few of the characters from the Blades series that I recognized. Adam developed a friendship with his coach Michael Dante's ( Fair Play) brother Anthony, the chef from Just A Taste. Anthony, a fellow Three Stooges fan like Adam, delivered not only some humor to the story, but some good advice about women to Adam.
Sinead also had a confidant who helped her through some rough spots, a co-worker named Oliver who basically had the same effect as Anthony. He was there for comic relief, to lend support, and give Sinead a kick in the pants when she needed it. Oliver had some problems of his own to overcome, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up as a character in a future book.
So, if you're a sucker for a sports romance, you might like this series. This one wasn't my favorite, but it was enjoyable enough to keep me engaged. It was definitely fast paced--I finished it in less than a day. I don't know if this was the last of the series, but there was a pretty sweet epilogue 3 years down the line that made me think this might be it. For this edition of the New York Blades? 3.5-4 stars
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New York Times Bestselling Author Deirdre Martin was six when she wrote her first "book,”a Peanuts parody. In addition to penning bad, maudlin poetry in junior high school and serving as the Arts Editor on her high school newspaper, she was also the Arts Editor at her college newspaper at the University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned her BA in English in 1985. While writing for the student newspaper there, she sold her first freelance magazine article and won a city wide play writing contest. Her play, Spin Cycle, about two lonely people at a laundromat, was subsequently performed in a theater space in downtown Buffalo.
Ater graduating college, Deirdre worked at a series of trade magazines before landing a job at Soap Opera Digest. While she says it was fun working in a place where she got to watch TV all afternoon, she longed to branch out, and after two years, left to begin freelancing full time. Over the course of her twelve year freelance career, her work appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Seventeen, YM, McCall's, Fitness, New Woman, Bride's, Bridal Guide, Inside Sports, Woman's World, Modern Maturity, Islands, Newsday, and the New York Times. In 1998, her first non fiction book was published: Investing for Retirement (Avon). She also contributed to Lifescripts for Managers, Lifescripts for Employees, and Lifescripts for the Self Employed. (MacMillan, 1999).
A fan of the romance genre and of soap opera ("If Dickens were alive today, he'd be writing for a soap," Deirdre maintains), she decided to try her own hand at writing a romance novel. The result, BODY CHECK, was published in March, 2003, followed by USA Today Bestseller FAIR PLAY in 2004, TOTAL RUSH in 2005, THE PENALTY BOX in 2006, and USA Today Bestseller CHASING STANLEY in 2008.
2008 also saw the publication of JUST A TASTE, which made The New York Times Bestseller List. Deirdre returned to the world of the Blades in 2009 with POWERPLAY. 2009 was also when she launched a new series, The Wild Hart Saga, centering around a large Irish American family who own a pub in Manhattan. The first book in the series, WITH A TWIST, was quickly followed by STRAIGHT UP in 2010, and there are plans for at least two more. But the New York Blades keep calling her back: her next book, ICEBREAKER, will be published in 2011.
A resident of Ithaca, NY, Deirdre enjoys hiking and biking with her husband, Mark Levine, co author of the financial bestsellers, Die Broke and Live Rich. When not busy lavishing affection on her beloved Newfie, Rocky, she also enjoys reading, baking, listening to music, yoga, photography, and hanging out with her friends from acting class. She's had the same best friend since she was ten and adores the color purple.
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