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Fair Play (New York Blades #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,000 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A little competition never hurt anybody...

Theresa Falconetti has it all: brains, beauty, a quick wit, and her own PR business. To the Deep disappointment of her large family, she never dates Italians, men from her old Brooklyn neighborhood, or professional athletes. Especially not athletes...

Michael Dante, popular hometown hero and winger for the Stanley Cup champion New Y
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2004)
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Trang Nguyen
Wow! Michael Dante is yummy in Fair Play even if he is missing some teeth! Michael Dante Aka Mikey D is an older hockey player from the Blades who is a romantic at heart. Two years ago he met Theresa Falcontti, an Italian publicist whom he became absolute smitten with. However, Theresa did not reciprocate her feeling with Mikey and chose to ignore him. Theresa ended up going out with another member if the Blades and when her date becomes a potential rape, Theresa is scarred. She swears she will ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Didn't like this and thought I'd try it again in a bit and see if it was just my mood. It wasn't. I'll read others, but did not like the Theresa character AT. ALL. She was a TOTAL B**CH. Just not a nice person and Michael was so nice. Didn't want to watch this train wreck happen. Want NO part in it. So, there you have it...

So, will pass this one up and read others in this series when time permits.

I didn't like, but you might...

Read, if you want.. but don't blame me if you don't like it!

Sarah Eiseman
This is the second book in her New York Blades series. Of the books I’ve read–and I’ve read them all out of order–this was my absolute favorite. This might actually be my favorite book of 2010. Martin has an amazing ability to create characters that are funny, real, but really go through some tough stuff before the end of the book. This one was no exception.

Theresa Falconetti is a PR firm co-owner trying to get her budding business off the group. Michael Dante is a seasoned hockey player running
The reason why I generally avoid books that are tagged as “romance” is mainly due to the fact that I often find them plain and boring. I am aware that a romance will guarantee steamy sex scenes and a truly happy ending with closure (usually there would be a proper wedding) and I have nothing against those two elements (well maybe those marriage proposals bother me a bit) but sometimes I have a feeling that romance writers are simply following a manual and this means poor dialogues ad entertainme ...more
Smut Junkie
I LOVED this story! And seriously - Theresa is out of her mind not to go for Michael! I had a crush on him after just a few chapters! Although not heavy in the actual 'smut' factor (actually, there really wasn't any smut at all!), I thoroughly enjoyed the romance/relationship aspect of this book, just like the first in the series - Body Check. Martin creates really colorful characters who you quickly come to care much so that I almost find myself disappointed to read the last page in ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Theresa and her best friend have opened their own PR business, she is working hard to put the past behind her and get on with her life. Michael is best friends with Theresas best friends’ husband and he has wanted Theresa for a really long time. Theresa wrote him off the first night they met, when he forgot to put his teeth in. Theresa was assaulted by one of his teammates and now she has a firm no athletes rule. Michael hires Theresa to promote his families restaurant and hopefully to spend som ...more
Michael Dante eres una cucada
Just before this book I was wondering to myself what would make a book a 5 star for me and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then I read this book. I'm not sure what it was about it that I loved so much. It could have been the families, so very much like my own, the food, the kind I grew up on and the atmosphere I grew up in, or it could just have been the humor and characters that I fell in love with. And although I am too much a fan of the genre to complain about the in-love-at-first-sight ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
Book two in Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades series was beyond my expectations. I enjoyed book 1, Body Check, but had some serious issues with it too. So I was a bit worried that this second book would ruin my book a day streak (17 days!) Luckily? I was enthralled and read it in one sitting! (Like I said, I’m on a streak!)

I really liked Theresa in Body Check, and I knew the minute they introduced Michael Dante (missing teeth and all!) That I was going to love him. So I was so glad to get to read
I rarely write book reviews, but I think I'll make an exception for this one.
I gave Fair Play 3 , but it really deserves 2,5 ... The half star is purely for Michael! After reading the 1st book of the series my expectations were high and I was really excited about Michael and Theresa's story! However the 2nd book let me down big time!!! Not only I couldn't identify myshelf with Theresa at any point, but she made me ridiculously angry at several occasions! I get that she was seriously traumatised
Shanese La'tia M
Is it bad that I couldn't stand the main chick?
Jessica Uzzo
I found this book much better than the first it had a depth that the first one just didn't achieve for me. theresa was definitely not a cookie cutter character and her struggle between who she was before her assault and who she became after it was very realistic and well written. and who doesn't love a guy like michael? he's a family man he's hunky and he's romantic though I could've done without his temper issues. the romance between the two was very honest and deep and overall I enjoyed this o ...more
i think that the words bid, bode, and bade are very awkward for a contemporary setting. i also think that authors should learn the difference between insure and ensure. basically, this was a very good story but a little too "goody-two-shoes" for me. somebody forgot to wear a condom and the marriage thing was waaaay too fast. i think the author is trying for a "happy medium" between what is most popular nowadays and what she's comfortable with. i don't see myself following up with this author -- ...more
I LOVED this story! And seriously - Theresa is out of her mind not to go for Michael! I had a crush on him after just a few chapters! Although not heavy in the actual 'smut' factor (actually, there really wasn't any smut at all!), I thoroughly enjoyed the romance/relationship aspect of this book, just like the first in the series - Body Check. Martin creates really colorful characters who you quickly come to care much so that I almost find myself disappointed to read the last page in ...more
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Feb 23, 2011 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vicki by: Renee
I liked this book. It follows on from 'Body Check' with Theresa Falconetti (best friend of Janna MacNeil in 'Body Check') as she battles the emotional fallout of her attempted rape in the first book. She has all sorts of issues with men, and hockey players in particular. Naturally, the one guy that is convinced she is 'The One' is hockey player Michael Dante. Now, this guy had me won over from the start. All round nice guy and hottie, he has decided Theresa is 'The One' and pursues her relentles ...more
Dec 29, 2007 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: females, hopeless romantics
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I loved this book!!! It's totally not your middle-of-the-road romance novel although it does possess some of the cheesiness that is common for this genre.

Most importantly, there's character development! We get to know them and like them and then there's actually something to root for when it comes time for them to get together. Theresa, the lead female, is multi-dimensional and has a real career (not just a temp job, which is what happens in most romance novels). She also has real-life family a
I wasn’t a very big fan of the first book in this series, Body Check. I found it to be rather slow and meh. But I decided to give the series another try and I picked up Fair Play. I am so happy I did this, finding it quiet enjoyable.

I think the biggest pro for me was the fact that the book seemed to continue on from the last book, only in the sense that it didn’t do a lot of rehashing and reminding. I really hate the feeling you get that you are reading the first book for a second time instead o
Cristin Sondey
I am a fan of romances that actually have romance and less "smut" as someone else had put it. I'm also a big hockey fan so this book had it all for me. I fit reading it into any free time I had because I had to see how Michael won Theresa over. I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending, but it was a very typical romance ending. I definitely recommend this book not only to hockey fans but to anyone who lives hockey and is from the NY/NJ area, especially if they're Italian.
Life keeps getting in the way of my reading, but I finally managed to finish this one.

To tell you the truth, I was a bit disappointed in Theresa. She was a kick-ass character in the first book, but after what happened with the Russian, she's been all over the map in this one. At times I had no idea why Michael would want her at all.

Michael's character was basically carrying the whole story. I only kept on reading for him. I wouldn't have batted an eye if the author had given the role of leading
This book was a lot better than the previous. The reading was easy and fun. I liked the storyline and the characters. I enjoyed the romance. Although I didn't really fancy the chase and conflict but it was good. At least, it spiced up the story.

I liked Theresa and Michael were flirting and teasing each other. They made me laughed a lot. They were so great being together I was angry with her when throughout the story, she was in denial because she was afraid of fond and intimacy. Even though she
Lynn Aoude
It's a light read. I was really disappointed after the 1st book. I just expected a Theresa who's not as scared as a rabbit. If you compare Janna and Theresa and the way they handle situations, the 2nd book is a complete disaster compared to the 1st one. I don't think it even earned the full 1 star rating.
I just love Michael!! He's every girl's dream guy. But does Theresa see that? She pushes him away time after time and hooks up with a total schmuck instead. I hated her character so much I felt
Ohhhh querido Michael Dante

Todavía no entiendo como soporto tanto a Theresa! Si se que paso por algo horrible, bla bla bla... pero ya! Era necesario que le haga eso al perfecto Micky D?? Quise golpearla todo el libro!! Que mujer mas ciega y estúpida!!!

Me encantan estas historias, pero esta en particular fue un tanto...decepcionante!
I liked this story and the idea behind avoiding athletes!

I was really rooting for the hero the whole book and was actually getting frustrated that he wasn't being given a chance. I liked the character development and the struggle resolved between two special brothers.

I was very happy with the way things ended.
I didn't like Theresa that much. She was such a bitch to Dante - I know she has the right because of her traumatic experience but it was too much. She acts like she's sixteen - dreaming about romance and such. I don't know how many times I rolled my eyes and winced at her. I didn't even finish the book in a day - which is unusual of me. I almost DNF this. But I guess I just can't. Know why? Dante is just so charming I can't. He's like the perf guy. One of the reasons why I didn't like Theresa is ...more
Meh....what to say? Theresa was a major BITCH and how on earth could she not fall in love with the sweet teddy bear Michael? I fell in love with Michael in the first two chapters, he is just so darn adorable and softhearted that I couldn't help but love him,which made Theresa in my eyes even more lacking and undeserving of him. The plot was your typical Deirdre Martin writing,fast paced and fun.
Blodeuedd Finland
Truth be told, I would have given up on Theresa. I did not like how when she was out of opinions decided that finally she wants him. Not cool.

Theresa had something happen to her 2 years ago. I get, that is rough. Still, she did not want to date Michael cos he was Italian, and a hockeyplayer. But mostly cos he was Italian like her.

Michael was so sweet!!! He was so smitten with her. He so wanted at least one date. He sent her desserts! All he wanted was a chance. Awww, I loved him.

But she was all.
2 stars.

Not as good as Body Check.

Michael was so sweet and didn't deserve to be jerked around but unfortunately Theresa did jerk him around. She definitely had some major issues though so I could understand why she behaved that way but it still didn't make it right. Especially considering the fact that it was still going on up until a good 3/4 of the way through the book. That's not romance, it's disgruntled chick-lit.

The saving graces were Michael, the Italian family scenes, Janna giving Theres
A follow-up story to her first hockey novel—hero is a native New York City hockey player who wants to get involved with a woman from the old neighborhood—though neither realized they grew up so close. She has a trauma from the past to deal with, but her reasons for wanting to avoid this man don’t seem to have anything to do with that. She doesn’t want to live the life her parents had, she doesn’t want to date an Italian-American, she wants to be a Manhattan WASP. So she blows hot and cold with t ...more
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