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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! May 24 2006
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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 Body Check and Fair Play. Though I read Total Rush before ody Check and Fair Play, I have to say Body Check has to be my fabourite. It is full of comedy and inner emotional conflict. It is an exciting and fast paced novel that keeps you reading. I never wanted to put the book down. The characters are very loveable, and the plot is realistic. I loved it and you probably will too!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Novel for Hockey Fans July 13 2004
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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. Deirdre Martin knows that game and writes a great love story. If you enjoy old fashioned love stories and hockey you will love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Romance -- what Fun! July 1 2004
By A Customer
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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. I have always dreamed about ending up with a hockey player -- and my fantasies were indulged by Deirdre Martin's debut romance, which is the perfect "I'm spending the day alone with a book" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! June 5 2004
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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!
I must say thatI am not a big ice-hockey fan, but I really enjoyed these books. I felt that the characters were, contrary to one review on this page, most likeable and most believable. I like characters that are flawed and make mistakes, as we all do in real life, and Janna and Ty certainly do this. But like most of us, they work through it, and eventually end up doing the right thing. Janna is a strong woman dealing with her own insecurities and fears, and Ty is a strong man, trying to work out his priorities. In this well written, and originally funny book, we are told their story, and a good one it is too!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not thrilled... April 10 2004
By A Customer
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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 reading See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.
I was greatly disappointed. I am not a religious zealot by any means, but I was really turned off by the amount of times the name Jesus, or Jesus Christ was used in profanity. If fact, it happened so often that I eventually put the book down and still have not finished it. Nor do I have any plans to. I don't like to read in every other paragraph the name Jesus Christ taken in vain.
I know that it may be a small thing to some, or no big deal, but this is my personal opinion and feelings. Other than that, I had no real problems at all with what I'd read. So, if you don't mind that sort of thing, I'm sure you will greatly enjoy the book. It had wonderful potential.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was bored April 2 2004
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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. I guess I will keep reading the book someday... but at this point I have no desire to finish the story.
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