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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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Deirdre Martin has written scripts for the daytime drama One Life to Live. She lives with her husband and her dog, Molly, in Ithaca, New York.See all Product Description
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 morePublished on May 24 2006 by Victoria
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Jamie M.
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 morePublished on July 1 2004
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 morePublished on June 5 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on April 10 2004
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 morePublished on April 2 2004 by A. Brown
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 morePublished on March 22 2004 by Janelle
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 morePublished on March 12 2004
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