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Body Check (New York Blades #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  9,176 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
This game's going into overtime.

Janna MacNeil is a publicist on a mission to change the image of the bad boys of hockey: the Stanley Cup Champion New York Blades.

Ty Gallagher is a captain on a mission— to get his team to win the Cup again... at any cost. His determination is legendary, as well as his unwillingness to toe the corporate line.

When the persistent publicist a
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Jove
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Mar 09, 2012 Alyssa rated it did not like it
Shelves: famous, sports
I went into reading this book because I had just finished The Chinooks hockey series and was craving for more. However I must say I'm pretty disappointed.

The plot is pretty much as simple as the summary says: Janna is hired as a PR Assistant for the New York Blades Hockey team to revamp their team's image after a series of bad PR after winning the Stanley Cup. However, she constantly finds herself butting heads with team captain, Ty Gallagher, who refuses to play the corporate game of PR and liv
Jun 26, 2008 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy hockey themed romances
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee (on loan)
Shelves: contemporary
If you like sports, hockey in this case, as a backdrop to your romance this is a good one to pick up. The story isn’t typical cookie cutter fare and the hero is a real jerk on more than one occasion. Our eye candy on skates, Ty Gallagher, has a few scenes that make you want to smack him around a little and say “wake up dammit!”. Janna, the team's PR person, could have let him suffer a bit more I thought but she still held her own. You really feel the hockey atmosphere too without being bogged do ...more
This is how I feel about this book:

Any idea where to get a basilisk tooth?

As I was starting to read this shit (further on I will refer to this "book" as shit, because that's what it is), I made a status update saying how I'm a sucker for these kind of stories, meaning sports stars falling for smart, confident heroines and their journey together. I've read a couple so far, by Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and I loved every one. So when GR recommended this shit, I thought why not, I
Mar 06, 2017 Myself rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se lleva un 4/5. Leer a Deirdre Martin para mi es leer sobre seguro, como SEP o Rachel Gibson. Se que en más o menos medida siempre me van a gustar aunque sea la típica historia de amor del deportista buenorro.....
Jan 17, 2012 Tracy rated it it was ok
Warning: The following review contains spoilers, language that may not be suitable for all audiences, and several laborious climbs onto a fairly large soapbox. I try to keep the thing locked in my storage shed, but it marched itself out and plopped down right in front of me, refusing to budge until I purged my spleen. Quite a persistent bugger, that soapbox.

Needed a Bit More Spin Doctoring

The New York Blades have been very, very bad boys.

Turns out that's good news for publicist Janna MacNeil, at
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

I seem to be reading a lot of contemporary romance lately, and I do like that. Just normal people falling love and so on. Sweet.

I did like the main characters. Janna was very driven, but at the same time she was very insecure and did not think she could accomplish what she wanted. Ty was stubborn, a leader, and I liked him. He was also afraid. He had been burned, and felt that women stole the determination he needed to win. But there was passion between these two, even if one person
Overall rating: 4 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Plot: 8/10
Ending: 4/10
Writing: 7/10
Hero: 7/10
Heroine: 8/10
Humour: 7/10
Steaminess: 6/10
HEA: (view spoiler)

Recommend: Yes
Re-read: Maybe
Read more from author: Yes
Sep 06, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ice hockey fans; sporty contemporary romance lovers.
5 stars.

God this was so much fun! Witty, well-written, perfect H/h. It was so much better than what I thought it would be and I consumed it all in one sitting.

Even though I'm Australian and ice hockey isn't a huge sport here, I've always fancied myself a bit of a fan. I'd love to one day go to the US or Canada and see a game in real life. So I was pretty excited to start this series in my new (and random) sports romance glom.

Body Check brings together the new publicist for New York's hockey tea
Trang Nguyen
I really enjoyed my first read by Deirdre Martin. I really wish I would have been able to give this book a 5 star rating because at times I cried, my stomach fluttered when the H/H finally had their time together and I laughed with the dialogue. However, there was that "something" lacking in the book that just didn't do a 5 star for me.

Ty Gallagher is the captain of the Blades Hockey team, one of the oldest memebers of the team he is a no-non-sense guy who is stubborn and set in his ways. Howeve
Dec 29, 2007 Anna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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I started off at around 2 stars but the more I talked and the more I thought about it...1 star - i may have gotten a little rage-y

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Alison Packard
Feb 04, 2012 Alison Packard rated it it was amazing
The first and best book by Deirdre Martin. I love sports romances and this one is a keeper.
Not nearly as satisfying as Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago series but it will do. ;)
Jane Stewart
Good and interesting. More toward the realistic rather than entertaining escapism. Too much telling not enough showing.

The new owners of the New York Blades hockey team hire Janna to change the image of the players – the bad boys of hockey. Her first challenge is to get each player to sign up for three charity events during the coming year. When she addresses the group asking for volunteers, no one comes forward. Then she asks Ty (team captain) hoping he will be first; he defiantly s
Sep 07, 2012 Shari rated it really liked it
Over the summer I had a giveaway of sports related romance books. I asked the question, what are your favorite sports romance books? Body Check and the New York Blades series was suggested several times. Right away I put a ton of books on my wishlist. So when I was looking for a good alpha athlete and his spunky heroine, I picked this one up as my first try.

Janna MacNeil is a successful publicist, working to turn around even the worst images. When a winning hockey team needs a new image, she jum
May 29, 2013 Starry rated it it was amazing
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
Feb 19, 2010 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I recently read See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson, which has a hockey player as the hero. I enjoyed it so much I went looking for other hockey-themed books. I stumbled across Body Check and grabbed it. I had read one other book by Ms. Martin, With A Twist (review to come soon), and couldn't decide if she was an author I would read again or not. After reading this book I says YES!!!

Janna MacNeil is a publicist newly hired for the New York Blades hockey team. She's a bit nervous as she's never done
Mar 08, 2012 Ellada rated it liked it
OK this book was really strange. It was like two different people had written this book - one who is more reasonable and realistic, and the second one who is all romantic and fairy tale. And that's how the book looked liked and so the hero and the heroine. I can't say I liked that very much because it wasn't making any sens, for example how a person in one moment can be so sure of her-self and in her work and in the next moment freak out because some pretty boy is flirting with her, also that sa ...more
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Nov 09, 2012 Jillian (NetGalley Addict) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Janna is a publicist who has been hired to change the image of the New York Blades. These men are players in every sense of the word and they need to start projecting the family image or the owners may start firing people. Ty is team captain and all he cares about is winning, he doesn’t let anything get in the way. He doesn’t do romance and he doesn’t have time for the Janna. They are attracted to each other and they begin a relationship, but Ty still won’t let anything interfere with his career ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Vicki rated it liked it
Recommended to Vicki by: Renee
Heavy on the deja vu. Maybe I've read one too many hockey romance novels lately, but this was strikingly similar to the Rachel Gibson 'Chinooks' series - playing for the same championship cup (I assume it is the name of a real life hockey cup) - even the lead guys' names are the same.

That said, this book was enjoyable enough although I thought the rift between the two lead characters was too expansive to make the speedy happy ending believable. But hey, we're talking romance novels so believabil
Feb 13, 2015 Jade rated it really liked it
I'm torn. I'm usually the kind of person who says she doesn't have guilty pleasures b/c she doesn't feel guilt about what she likes but this book might be a guilty pleasure. It's full of stereotypes, there's a rape attempt secondary plotline that was dealt with in a iffy way but I have to admit that the book was a pageturner. I kept eagerly reading wanting to know how things would end. There were some laugh out loud scenes, some cute ones, some intense/dark stuff. It's a weird mix of fluff with ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Since we are in the middle of the hockey playoff season, I had to read a book dealing with that hockey excitement. This actually does a decent job of that.

Janna MacNeil is the newest PR rep for the NY Blades. She will be responsible for polishing the image of the rough and tumble players and their captain Ty Gallagher in particular. I liked the hockey. I liked the writing. I liked the heroine. So why only three stars and not four? Because Ty Gallagher (our hero) is an ass. I just thought that he
Mar 08, 2011 Beate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: athletes, romance
From some of the reviews I was expecting something half-assed and smutty. Instead I got a quality story with plenty of plot, some drama, and more romance than smut. Exactly the kind of book I love. Exactly the kind of story that keeps me coming back for more.

I fell in love with Janna and Ty. Their relationship had just enough spunk to keep it interesting. And they were funny. And cute.

I love Deirdre Martin's style, and I'm happy I have the rest of the New York Blades series lined up on my Kindle
Resti  Triyuliandha
Feb 21, 2011 Resti Triyuliandha rated it really liked it
Actually I've read this years ago. This is one of my favorite contemporary-sport-romance. And actually the reason why I love this genre the sport-romance-kind-of-books. After this book, I remember I spent days searching the other books in the series and another books by other authors with this kind of story. So, I looked back my collection and saw this. I don't know how many times I've re-read this. I still found my self love this book. I am hopeless. haha.
Jun 22, 2008 Maria rated it really liked it
Tough, aggressive Ty Gallagher finds a girl who makes him love something other than hockey. I am ecstatic I found the NY Blades series. It not only subdues my trashy romance desire, it throws in hockey. Mmmm
Molly O'keefe
Oct 08, 2011 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing
One of the top five sports romances out there...loved it!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
4.5 Stars

Review to come... Really liked this one. She did an excellent job incorporating Hockey into the story. A great many details and I loved it!
Melissa Spears
Nov 08, 2016 Melissa Spears rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series!

I found Fair Play first and fell in love with the Blades! I had to come read the beginning! Thank you for a wonderful series! I look forward to reading the rest!
Jun 02, 2017 Annie rated it it was ok
I think I'm done with this author. I just do not care for any character she creates. Decent plots and good writing but boring or downright unlikable protagonists.
✎Stacey "The One Night Biter"
Little different then I usually read about hockey but still good. Think I'll continue and see if I like the rest of the series
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