OK, so here's the problem for me as a 'New York Blades' reader:
The author started a series about this hockey team. And for the first few books, her continuity was good. Characters from the previous books appeared in her new books, and they did their various schticks in the middle of the newest couple...but the characters were very consistent over those first few books, references to characters from previous books or previous happenings were 'correct'. And then somehow, Martin got off on a tangent that ended up in restaurants/bars--in Ireland in the last book!--which, given that I started reading the series because the hockey players thing was a little different, was kind of aggravating, because every other romance out there seems to have a restaurant/bar in it. But finally, FINALLY, after 3 or maybe even 4 books, she gets back to the hockey team---
And her continuity is out the window!
One of her antagonists is compared to Paul Van Dorn, which I suppose might be useful shorthand to someone who's read the series, IF, IF, IF the character actually ACTED like Paul. Which he doesn't, in fact. Paul was arrogant, but he wasn't a deliberately obstructive POS. Ty isn't just grouchy--Ty has a serious bug up his fundament, and frankly, Ty's not supposed to be old enough to be a straight up curmudgeon. And Anthony??? Is not that reasonable. Jason Mitchell appears, but where is Stanley? One of the major plot points of that book was Stanley the Newfoundland as a good luck charm for the Blades. When they started losing games, why didn't Michael suggest Jason get Stanley?!? Even just a throwaway line like "Delilah took the dogs to the farm with her" would have maintained the frame of this little world.
It's these kinds of details that cause 'series' books to fall apart--I can't tell you the number of series I have just quit reading because the authors and their editors couldn't be bothered to be consistent--and I'm not just talking about romance series. Patricia Cornwell is dead to me, and so is Iris Johansen. Authors should not commit themselves to writing in a series if they're not going to pay attention to the details of the world they create, AND BE CONSISTENT about them!!!
ALL THAT SAID:
If you haven't been a reader of the entire series, this is actually a better than average read-it-on-the-train romance. Sinead's actually a reasonably well-rounded character for a woman lawyer (her migraines help) and Adam's backstory, while predictably melodramatic (you see it coming from about page 10) was actually handled pretty well, after the big "did you talk to his best friend" reveal. The non-Blades secondary characters were interesting and I can see where at least one of them has juice enough to merit a story of his own, though not necessarily tagged "NYB."
If you haven't read the "NYB" series, this is about a 4 star romance.
If you have....I'm sorry, Ms. Martin, but for NYB readers, this is about a 2.
And if your next book doesn't pay more attention to continuity/consistency than this one did, it will have to be my last book from your pen. :( :( :( That makes me sad, because Deirdre Martin has a good ear for dialogue and this started out as a fun little world to spend an hour or two in.
AVERAGE: 3 stars