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Body Check [Mass Market Paperback]

Deirdre Martin
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Feb. 25 2003 Jove Contemporary Romance
When persistent sports publicist Janna MacNeil butts heads with hockey team captain Ty Gallagher, they don't just crack the ice-they melt it.

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Janna MacNeil is a publicist with a tough assignment: transform the hard-drinking, hooker-soliciting, Stanley Cup-misusing New York Blades hockey team into family-friendly cash cows for Corporate. Her prime adversary is the competitive, gorgeous, brusque team captain Ty Gallagher, to whom public relations means dating a different model each weekend. Ty's stubborn refusal to do anything resembling a United Way commercial collides with Janna's professional persistence, so of course they despise each other, until they end up discovering each other's hidden virtues and making out on the kitchen floor. Tentative romance ensues, as do hockey-themed double entendres: "Don't come crying to me," says Janna's roommate, "when you find out he's shooting his puck into some other woman's net." Whether Janna and Ty's love can survive the playoffs depends on how well they can overcome stubborn gender cliches, and how well readers can weather the infrequency of board-crashing, Zamboni-shaking sex scenes. A lively plot keeps things interesting, however, and Ro-bear, Janna's poetic poseur ex, are downright hysterical. Martin's debut may not melt the ice, but it is heartwarming. Brendan Driscoll
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, but let's get real.... May 3 2003
By A Customer
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Okay, it was a really cute story, but since I have worked for a professional hockey team, and know quite a few players personally, I know this is way too sappy. If it had happened with any real team, I don't care how much Lou liked Janna, her butt would have been kicked out the door in a heartbeat. Also, her little bit on puckbunnies didn't even cover the things they will do to get a player. It's sad. The only thing close to the mark was Lubov's attacking Theresa. Overall, a cute, sappy read, but if you're looking for a good hockey romance, this isn't it.
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By killerwhaletank TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the real deal for a hockey romance novel, as far as I'm concerned. Much better than Rachel Gibson's "Simply Irresistible" which almost destroyed my hope that a romance author could write such a thing as a book about hockey!

I was really nervous going into this one... I love hockey and I love romance novels, so what better combination could there be? I had tried reading Deirdre Martin's "Total Rush" and disliked it so much I couldn't finish it so I was worried about whether I'd like her writing or if that was just a bad book. Turns out that that was just not a great book. This one made me really enjoy her as an author and I had a hard time putting it down.

She didn't disappoint me at all. I enjoyed the characters (wish we could have learned more about some of them) and I enjoyed the story, but most of all, I enjoyed that this was really a hockey romance, not just a romance novel that tossed around a few hockey buzz words, hoping to sound like it knew what it was talking about. I get the feeling reading this that Martin really took the time to do some research and tried to make her hockey world sound authentic. I think she succeeded. It's still a romance novel first and foremost so of course I expect it to be as true to "real life" as much as I would any other romance novel, but the work she did researching before writing this pays off by making her hockey world at the very least sound genuine, and that's high praise for a romance author. Not all succeed in that area!

Can't wait to go out and buy Martin's "Fair Play" now and see if that one lives up to "Body Check".
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4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to love hockey to enjoy this one! March 16 2004
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Rather fluffy, but still well-written. Jenna is a tiny, insecure - yet somehow tough and no-nonsense - PR professional. She's been brought in by a mega-conglomerate to help makeover the image of a bad-boy pro hockey team. Ty is the captain of the team - and not interested in doing anything for the (typically cliché, but clichés are based on reality) heartless corporate owners. And he's not especially interested in doing anything for Jenna, with her annoying habit of pestering him. And we all know where this is going to lead - and it does, with enough fun and enough angst to keep you reading on. A subplot involves Jenna's best friend who is assaulted by another member of the team - and pay attention, because this comes back in Martin's second book, Fair Play. I do find it interesting that most reviewers just love this book, but many come down hard on Fair Play. As readers, are we only willing to accept that the male character is the pig-headed one that needs to be brought 'round to the joys that love and marriage can bring? I actually liked Fair Play a bit more - and I think it was the twist that that woman is the difficult one that made it a better read for me. Just a thought. At any rate - buy 'em both, read them in order - all in all, good fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good for a first book Dec 14 2003
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I enjoyed reading Body Check. I'm a rabid hockey fan (went to all four rounds of the '02-'03 playoffs, and saw the sweeps of both the Wings and the Wild), which is really kind of weird when you consider I was raised in Palm Springs, and this book seemed like it could be "A Season in the Life of an NHLer" There are two things I had a beef with, though.
1. Janna probably would have been fired for getting involved with Ty in the un-Romanticized world. Most sports teams have a really strict policy about employees fraternizing with players. Hate to say it, Janna, but you...woulda been sacked.
2. Like a Canadian reviewer noted, they are PUCK bunnies, PUCK bunnies! NOT rink bunnies. The only time I even hear the term rink bunny is, oddly enough, in romance novels that have hockey. Please, for the love of Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, and Wayne Gretzky, get it right.
So, enjoy the book, and in the words of Mike Myers, Maple Leafs fan: Game On!
(P.S., Disney is nowhere near as bad as Kidco is as owners. Go Ducks!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book Sept. 19 2003
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Hurricane Isabel passed through here last night. Since I couldn't sleep, I read this whole book in one sitting. Well, I did get a meal or 2 and go potty occasionally. But why waste a perfectly good storm being nervous when you can get caught up in somebody's else problems?
I enjoyed the story. I don't know much about hockey but knowledge of the game isn't a requirement to get a kick out of this book. I liked both Janna and Ty. Even though I wanted to kick his rear end fairly often. Which I'm sure Janna did too. I liked the fact that she was willing to go in the face of her inner fears and do what needed to be done to get the job done. Good going, Janna!
I do have a quibble or 2. I would like to have seen the secondary characters more fleshed out. They are too peripheral to the amount of time that passes in the story. A whole hockey season. However, I do like that the romance took up the whole season and not a quickie weekend.
Quibble #2 is that too many threads are left dangling. I know that friend Theresa and, I guess, hockey player Michael will have their story down the road. However, being an epilogue junkie, I would love to have seen one here that took care of some of those loose threads.
Emma's parents? Her little brother? Her sisters? These last 2 never seemed quite real, by the way. Ms. Donovan states that Emma love her sister Petra <?> So why did they never get together and do lunch once in awhile?
Quibble #3 is a biggie for me. What the heck is Ty going to do now? this would have been very nice in an epilogue. It's hard to believe that a guy who was so totally fixated on the Stanley Cup and winning-at-all-costs for so many years, could just walk away without a pang or backward glance. He didn't seem to agonize over this at all.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I never really read love stories, but when my mom picked up a copy of Total Rush- I was amazed. I decided to get all of the other books written by Deirdre Martin, and have so far... Read more
Published on May 24 2006 by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Novel for Hockey Fans
This is by far one of my favorite books ever. Coming right in after it is the second one Fair Play. This book is great for romantic hockey fans. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by "jrose85826"
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Romance -- what Fun!
What a great idea -- a hockey romance. The characters were people I wanted to spend time with and as a great hockey fan, I enjoyed reading about what happens on and off the ice. Read more
Published on July 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
Body check is the first of two books,(second being, Fair Play) by Deirdre Martin, and a third book, Total Rush is on it's way! Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not thrilled...
I was really looking forward to reading this book after all the wonderful reviews it has received. I was eagerly looking forward to reading another fabulous hockey book after... Read more
Published on April 10 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I was bored
I usually like books like this, but this novel just couldn't keep my interest. I didn't feel connected with the characters like I do with some other similar authors. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun
I loved this book. For anyone who likes books like this and hockey, this is a must read. I couldn't put the book down, not only was I excited about Janna and Ty, but I was just... Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Janelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Appealing Characters
I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the drama in the relationship between Ty and Janna. The backdrop of New York and the pro hockey scene kept me interested as well. Read more
Published on March 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!
I loved this book. Read it in one sitting, and I look forward to reading the next in this series.
Published on March 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a fun book,
I took this book on the subway with me each morning on my way to work and had a blast reading it. Boy did the time fly! This is really a fun book!
Published on March 5 2004 by Amber
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