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Power Play (New York Blades #7)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,365 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
They were acting when they met. They dated under false pretenses. But their attraction was all too real.

A leading soap opera actress, Monica Geary is good at faking it. But pretending to fall for NHL star and notorious playboy Eric Mitchell is going to be her hardest role ever. Yet she has no choice, for she desperately needs an edge in order to maintain her daytime diva s
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Berkley (first published October 1st 2008)
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Oct 21, 2008 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Soap fans, sports romance fans, contemporary romance fans
Very cute and often funny--I enjoyed this latest offering in the New York Blades series. Although I had a few problems with it, they weren't enough to ruin the overall enjoyment I got from reading the book.

This is the story of two egotistical but often vulnerable and unsure people--New York Blades hockey star Eric Mitchell, and soap opera star Monica Geary. They meet on the set of Monica's soap, called "The Wild and the Free", where Eric is filming a cameo. He tries to pick Monica up, with a rea
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 22, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Reviewed for; book release Oct08

Let me just start off by admitting that I’ve never watched a hockey game (I’m a southern girl, born and bred), and I’m also not a big fan of the ‘sports’ genre of romance. But it didn’t take more than a chapter or two for me to realize that good romance is good romance regardless of the setting; and “Power Play” by Deirdre Martin is good romance! He’s a hockey star and she’s a soap opera star, but they have more in common than either would have g
Nov 02, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksfree-com
Power Play was a great addition to Martin's New York Blades series. The hero and heroine were not always the easiest characters to feel empathy for, but considering that they were a professional hockey player and a popular daytime soap opera star, their sometimes egotistical behavior is understandable. Regardless of their occasional self centered behavior, I ended up liking both of these characters quite a lot. Deep down, they were truly caring individuals. The hero had to learn how to love some ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: contemporary romance
Power Play by Deirdre Martin

Mass paperback release date October 7, 2008
4 stars

Deirdre Martin again writes a wonderful novel that thrills the senses with surprising turns and heart felt romance! This book is sure to satisfy even the pickiest contemporary romance reader. Power Play continues Deirdre Martin's `Hockey' romance series. In this book she seamlessly combines the world of soap opera and professional hockey that is alive with humor and charm.

Monica Geary is a famous leading soap oper
Kari Pontinen
Jul 25, 2009 Kari Pontinen rated it it was ok
Monica is a hot soap opera actress and Eric is a hotshot professional hockey player. Both could use some good PR to boost their professional careers. What happens when they hatch a plan to pretend they are dating? Will true love follow?

I really love romances where the characters are on a mission together (pretending that they are dating for their own selfish reasons, trying to solve a mystery, stuck on a desert island, etc.) and then love develops over the course of the book. However, the key is
Aug 20, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
This was not the Eric that we've seen in previous books. I did not like that Eric.

I like this Eric more. But that's the point, he's grown yada yada.

I didn't ever really connect with Monica. She was very shallow and vapid. But then, she is an actress. No, she's not an actress. She is a writer's idea of an actress. In fact, all the new secondary characters were ideas of actors and actresses. From the Turban wearing Grand Dame, to the Silk Cravat Wearing Snob, to the blowing the executive newbie.

Oct 20, 2009 Cindi rated it did not like it
Shelves: drop-series
The writing style in this book is OK and the storyline is OK, but the characters are so unlikable that I never could get into it. Why bother rooting for a HEA between a "nice" (read: whimpy, unselfconfident doormat) soap actress and a cocky, smug hockey player? They come together originally as a publicity stunt, decide they really do like each other but can't tell "which" persona they actually like. The hero in this case is such a jerk and is so clueless that the "dumb jock" stereotype would hav ...more
I've read all the books in the Blades series and so far this was my least favorite. I didn't like the h/h until near the end of the book. They were both far too egotistical, arrogant, and immature.

There wasn't nearly as much humor as in the previous books. I almost stopped reading midway through, but I'm glad I finished because it ended much better than it began. I finally started laughing about 2/3 of the way through the book. I started warming up to the characters at that point, too. Cheesy e
Jac (For Love and Books)
Why am I still reading this series? Seriously. Why? (WARNING! I will give a spoiler. Sort of. If you’ve never read a romance. But hey, you’ve been warned.)

Eric is a jerk. Monica is shallow. The cover sucks and the plot is sub-par. (Ok, so the cover thing is just a jab, because I’m depressed and wondering why I keep torturing myself!)

This book was enjoyable, it really was. I say the plot is sub-par because it wasn’t really a romance. It was a story with two parts. Monica and her struggles with th
Ellen (more books, please)
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Just - The romance reader
Halfway into the book I actually started to enjoy it. During the first half, I was mostly reading in the hopes that it would get better. Not too long ago I read and really enjoyed Chasing Stanley, which is #6 in the Blades series, which is about the pro hockey team the New York Blades, and centers around player Jason Mitchell and his love interest Delilah Gould.

I was looking forward to Power Play because it centers around Jason's twin brother Eric and his romantic interest/soap opera actress Mo
Rachna R
Aug 30, 2013 Rachna R rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I liked this. A little slow, but not unnecessarily so. The first couple of chapters had both Monica and Eric with a massive capacity to be arrogant jerks and I was worried I wouldn't be able to like them as a result, but by chapter 3 or 4 I realised this was a PRETEND RELATIONSHIP BOOK!!!!


I especially liked the ups-and-downs of the main 'ship, and that's a major compliment from me because I hate manipulative, story-drag-out-y relationship drama, but this never got to that
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Mar 05, 2010 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
(I hate the cover. Eric is supposed to be blonde, his twin Jason is brunette.)

Okay, okay...I know you're tired of my raving about the hockey books. This is my last one, I promise! It's just that I really liked it. Of all Ms. Martin's NY Blades books I've read, this one and the first one, Body Check, are my favorites.

Monica Geary is a soap opera star at the top of her game. She's on the number one rated soap opera and her character tops the polls month after month. When the producer brings in a c
Mar 06, 2010 Michele rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this series~

In the latest installment in Martin’s New York Blades hockey team series, Eric Mitchell has been traded to the Blades. He believes he is number one no matter what, but things are not going well, so he must try to ingratiate himself with the team and his fans. Daytime diva Monica Geary has a similar problem. She has reigned so long at the top of the soap-opera heap she hasn’t engaged in much fan face-time. Now a new cast member, a sweet young th
Nov 14, 2008 Dina rated it really liked it
Television soap opera star Monica Geary is a very good actress, but needs alittle push in her career. Enter Eric Mitchell, one of the hottest bachelors, who is an NHL hockey player traded to the New York Blades, who has had his eye on Monica for a long time and is a big soap opera fan. Monica and Eric are told to pretend that they are a couple in public, but as much as Monica wants to think there is nothing real about them being a couple, the sparks start flying faster than hockey pucks and the ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books in this series. I loved meeting Eric in earlier books (specifically Chasing Stanley) and was excited to read his story here.

Monica is a great character and doesn't want to love Eric, but can't help it. I love how torn she is trying to decide which is the "real Eric" and which is the "fake Eric". Is he really that good of an actor or does he really have feelings for her? Even when he tells her his feelings are real she can't believe him.

This book has great secondary chara
Resti  Triyuliandha
Feb 19, 2011 Resti Triyuliandha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who loves fun and romantic book. this is the best choice
yesterday, after i finished this book. my stomach hurt.
because i couldnt stop laughing.
all of Deirdre Martin's books this one and the first one (Body Check) I love the most.
I laughed out loud many times. the story's interesting.
and I love the guy main character, Eric Mitchell. he's so funny, smart, and confident.
I love the way he showed his love to monica.
i love monica as well. she's so beautiful.
and of course, Ty Gallagher. My fave hockey player, though he's retire and being a couch in blade.
Jun 01, 2016 Jacqueline rated it liked it
Extra 1/2 star.
The beginning was really slow going for me because I didn't like either of main characters. So much so that I contemplated putting the book on the back burner. I'm glad I didn't! Redeemed! Loved the ending :)
Nov 26, 2014 Sassy added it
Read this book first in the series although it's 7 I didn't know it was in a series. I liked t and would read more. It's a quick fun fluff read. Not dumb.
Feb 28, 2012 Jimmie rated it liked it
Shelves: hockey
No, I don't normally read romance novels, but I've seen this book come through the library a few times, and finally my curiosity got the better of me. C'mon! It's a romance novel with a freakin' hockey player on the cover. Of course I was going to read it eventually!

So it turns out I've misjudged romance novels. This was pretty much just chick lit (which I quite enjoy) with exactly two sex scenes thrown in. And the sex scenes were nothing like I've always assumed. Nary a throbbing bosom nor glis
Apr 03, 2014 Elke rated it liked it
I 'know' what to expect of these books and that's why I like them so much. I was glad though that in this book, Monica didn't rush into a 'real' relationship with wooing Eric - she had her own demons to conquer and she did. Lovely read!
Jan 12, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
This was really fun! I loved the far fetched premise and the story line. Good personal growth for main characters. A nice quick read, I thought main character was being harsh toward the end in making hero grovel so much before taking him back, but loved the fun ways he decided to woo her.

Hated the cover. Story deserved a better cover.

Apr 17, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definetly my favourite so far. I loved both the leads and finally, finally there was significant sexual tension built up before they did the deed. I have noticed with this author, that she throws the leads into bed very early in the book and it effects the emotional depth for me because we know so little about either of them. sometimes I find it hard to match the depth of emotion they are supposed to be feeling with the actions in the book when this happens. This was not hte case h ...more
This one was ok, but not that great....the author really did a great job of making Eric a complete man-whore that you just wanted to punch in the face in the last book, so his obnoxious behavior and egotistical personality were expected. I don't know...this one just didn't do much for me. I felt bad for both of them - they both clearly have issues - Eric is a jerk because he's not comfortable being himself and Monica is just a product of a crappy environment so she feels was kind ...more
Smut Junkie
This one was ok, but not that great....the author really did a great job of making Eric a complete man-whore that you just wanted to punch in the face in the last book, so his obnoxious behavior and egotistical personality were expected. I don't know...this one just didn't do much for me. I felt bad for both of them - they both clearly have issues - Eric is a jerk because he's not comfortable being himself and Monica is just a product of a crappy environment so she feels was kind ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Much better than the last couple of Deirdre Martin books I read! I went into this with fairly low expectations so I was pleased to find that the plot was actually kind of interesting and the characters had some personality. It is still very much your typical romance novel but I felt as though there were moments where I cared about the characters and the outcome. Three stars.

(Also, I really don't like the way her new book covers look. Please go back to the originals, even if they do look kind of
Antara Nahian
Jan 11, 2016 Antara Nahian rated it really liked it
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
It had the spark! Well, it only lasted about for about five minutes! I feel frustrated and angry! It just fizzled! WTH!

The book was so promising. You have a gorgeous, charming athlete, and a beautiful, icon of daytime drama…it had potential. From their initial reluctance to “work” together, to the scheming of their mutual plan, and to the real feelings, was really good. But I hate to say it, but the execution of it fell short.

I have just one more word to say about this book: Argh!
Tatjana C
Apr 17, 2014 Tatjana C rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I don't know, it wasn't my favorite of the wasn't bad or anything just not attention grabbing for me
Jul 07, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
short and breezy, but the locker room homophobia was a barrier to my enjoyment.
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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 colleg
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New York Blades (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Fair Play (New York Blades, #2)
  • Total Rush (New York Blades, #3)
  • The Penalty Box (New York Blades, #4)
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