Fair Play (New York Blades, #2)
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Fair Play (New York Blades #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,161 ratings  ·  90 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...more
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Published February 3rd 2004 by Berkley Sensation (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...more
Emilyandherlittlepinknotes
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 about...so 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
Jen
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...more
Jessica
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
Jen
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 about...so much so that I almost find myself disappointed to read the last page in...more
Starry
Jun 03, 2013 Starry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Vicki
Feb 23, 2011 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna
Dec 29, 2007 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Kylie
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...more
Beate
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...more
Laura
I thought the first book in this serious was really fun, but this book fell short for me. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters, and the way their relationship developed wasn't my favorite - the idea that if he kept pushing her she'd come to her senses was a bit much. I'll probably still read the third book, but I definitely enjoyed this book a lot less than I expected to.
mer
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...more
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...more
Holly
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.
Mia
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.
Nikki
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...more
Gail
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
Ainhoa
No sé por qué no le había dado una oportunidad antes, me ha entretenido y enganchado mucho. El protagonista masculino me ha parecido más que perfecto.
Colleen
Really did not like the main character! Really did not like the fact that she thought Reese was all that and a bag chips! Frustrating to read.
Marijana
If I could ill give a 10 stars for this book.....The best in the series,whitout a doubt
Bribooks2
A little slow just like the first one, but I really like all the characters!
Rachna R
I did not like this at all. A collection of overdone-in-other-romances but underdone-(as in not adequately worked through)-in-this-romance tropes, with a dude who got aggressive in an unattractively Victorian hero way (with people both in the book and reviewers on Goodreads going "but he's such a nice guy!!!!!!!1!", to boot) and a woman whose family drove me up the wall. I think I basically scrolled through a bunch of these chapters, too, and the scenes I saw between all that scrolling were unim...more
Marj
Rating: 3 1/2 stars - I would have rated this a 4 except that I was disappointed with Theresa. She was sassy in book 1 but she was just unsure and sometimes dumb in the book. I loved Michael Dante, I thought he was a great guy and I can’t understand why Theresa couldn’t see what’s right in front of her. And Reese was just so sleazy, even her best friend could see right through his fake courtship. But at least she redeemed herself at the end when she finally stopped fighting her feelings for Mich...more
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