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Icebreaker (New York Blades #8)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,056 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Good thing high-powered attorney Sinead O'Brien has a rule about never dating clients. Because Adam Perry, the newest star of the New York Blades—and her newest client—has her headed for the penalty box. If only she could prove he's just another jock...

Adam's been charged with assault after a borderline hit on another star player, but off the ice he's a private, no-nonsens
Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Berkley
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Feb 08, 2011 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; anyone who enjoys a sports romance
I'm a sucker for a good, hot, sports romance. There are plenty of them out there now (The Perfect Play, I'm thinking of you)...and some of them are part of a series. Deirdre Martin's latest, Icebreaker, is #9 in her long running New York Blades (hockey) series, and while it didn't exactly knock my socks off in the hotness department, sports romance (and especially hockey) fans should find it to be a pretty good, interesting read.

Basically, Icebreaker is about a pretty, 32-rear-old slightly neuro
I love my sports romance and I was glad to see the New York Blade series by Deirdre Martin was finally back to the good sport of hockey. There was a few tangents to sports writer, firefighter, and restaurant owner that other books in the series centered on. They were good, but weren't about one of my favorite types of heroes- the cocky athlete.

Although the hero Adam doesn't fit this mold either. He is a tough hockey defenseman, very aloof, private and a great leader. He is brought to the Blade's

Sophia (FV)
Sinead O’Brien is a high powered attorney focused on her career. She has a strict rule about not dating her clients. That’s not only her personal policy but it’s also frowned upon by her firm, although the male partners don’t seem to think the rule applies to them. However when she starts to get to know her most recent client—star of the NFL hockey team The Blades—she begins to rethink her dating policy.

Adam is known for his aggressive style on the ice and his no nonsense approach to the game. H
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Favorite Quote:
“As far as I can tell, you’ve got no flaws and can walk on water.”
“Divinity is a bitch.”

Sinead O’Brien is a high power attorney who lives and breathes her job. The only female partner is her law firm, she walks the straight and narrow to hold her own on an all male playing field. Dating clients is against the rules. When she is approached by the New York Blades to defend a player accused of unnecessary roughness, Sinead
Btw 3.5 to 4 stars.

Before I review this, I have to add my disclamer. I'm a HUGE hockey fan. Knowing that the New York Blades are modeled after my own beloved NY Rangers would have gotten me to read this series even if I hadn't heard they were great. Knowing that Ty Gallagher is modeled after my captain, Mark Messier (who brought us Lord Stanley's Cup in 1994) was icing on the cake for me. :)

Anyway, I love the Blades series. Hockey and Romance--two of my favorite pastimes! Adam Perry reminded me
Icebreaker by Deirdre Martin
Contemporary Romance -Feb. 1st, 2011
4 stars

Deirdre Martin does it again. Her engaging and charming characters are easy to love and carry this story.

Sinead is a high-powered lawyer but as the only woman on the team, she has to work twice as hard and makes less. Ever since her divorce, her job is her life. She and her ex-husband split because they disagreed on children. Feeling like a failure, she immerses herself in work. When she is given a hot case to defend the new
it is rare that a book is SO bad I have to declare it unreadable, but here we are.
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

I shall begin with a little speech. I have only read book 1 so far, and I had no trouble at all jumping to book 9. It's a series about the players finding love, their relatives finding love and so on.

Sinead was uptight, and a workaholic. Adam was quiet and did not talk any more than he had too. One would think that these too would not work together but they did. They both worked hard at their jobs so there they were similar. And Sinead did want to let loose, and Adam was hiding a rea
Sandy M
What an absolutely terrific read this is. Though the hero has the serious business of a brutality lawsuit pending against him, Deirdre Martin has given readers some fun, a lot of romance, and characters you can’t help but love. Especially the hero and heroine, who have to come to grips with all the changes their relationship will bring about.

Sinead O’ Brien is a workaholic. She has to be to make it in the male-dominated law business and firm where she’s the only female partner. Once she agrees t
Sarah Eiseman
This is the most recent in her NY Blades series. We meet up with some familiar characters from other installments, mainly Sinead O’Brien and some favorites from the Blades team.

Sinead O’Brien is a successful New York lawyer working at a primarily male firm. Her newest case is a challenging one–Adam Perry, a defensive player for the Blades, has been charged with assault during a game. Her role is to get the charges dropped, but she ends up finding out that there is much more to Adam than she init
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
When I started reading Icebreaker, I had no idea that it was book number nine in Dierdre Martin's New York Blades series. I actually didn't find this out until I was close to the ending of the book. It definitely can be a stand alone. I didn't feel lost or confused about anything at all.

Adam and Sinead were a match made in Heaven. Their attraction to one another was practically smoking off the pages as I was reading. Dierdre did such an amazing job describing their emotions and thoughts for one
Alix Taylor
Good thing high-powered attorney Sinead O' Brien has a rule about never dating clients. Because Adam Perry, the newest star of the New York Blades-and her newest client-has her headed for the penalty box. If only she could prove he's just another jock...

Adam's been charged with assault after a borderline hit on another star player, but off the ice he's a private, no-nonsense guy who knows the Blades are his last shot at Stanley Cup glory. Assembling her case, Sinead tries not to get distracted b
The hockey bits (excluding the cardboard pep talks) were really good, but there wasn't enough hockey to make up for the rest of the story.

I don't mind neurotic heroines, but Sinead crossed the line into ridiculous territory. Also, her snap-judgments were annoying. First Adam is a moron because he doesn't like to talk, then he's a genius because he can explain hockey positions to her. And her inner dialogue during sex scenes was bad.

Adam took turns being a '50s-era throwback and then a cardboard-
Attorney Sinead O'Brien's new client is Adam Perry, the star of the New York Blades. It's a good thing she doesn't date clients, especially jocks. Charged with assault on another player, the private, no-nonsense Adam knows this is his last shot at Stanley Cup glory. Sinead quickly discovers that there's a wounded man under that helmet, and she's falling for him-hard. Can they play on their feelings without penalties?

While I enjoyed this book, and have enjoyed reading other books by Deidre Martin
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
When I pick up a Deirdre Martin novel, I know it will be an automatic read for me. She has a way of mixing sensational storylines with emotional barriers that make her novels an instant hit. Icebreaker is just as fantastic as her other works. To top it off, she has mixed her New York Blades Series with her Wild Hart Saga, giving this story extra points for all of the characters we know and love from her other novels. Between the spicy sex scenes, temperamental-foreplayish arguments between Sinea ...more
Okay, I'm a sucker for a story where a sullen, heard headed, grumpy hero finds his true love. Make the hero, Adam, gorgeous and a hockey player too and I'm in reading heaven. I really enjoyed this latest addition to the New York Blades series and fans of the series should feel the same way.

My one problem with the story is small but it bugged me the whole time reading.I couldn't understand why the heroine, Sinead didn't seem to know Adam's friend Anthony, the hero of another Blades book. Am I wro
Shannon Adamson
Ok, I guess I like to read about Hockey Players. Besides, all Hockey players are HOT! I really liked this book, until the last chapter, which was "3 years later"..... I cannot believe that she can live in the city 4 days a week, while her husband and her daughter live up in the woods, then she drives home for ONLY 3 days, before heading back into the city to work again. I think that is a crummy way to "balance" home and work..... I'm sure they could have come up with a better happy medium than t ...more
This is my first Deidre Martin book and I should mention that i am a fan of Rachel Gibson and i was searching for something which is similar to her writing or stories and after all the searching i found Deidre Martin. I loved this one. This one is matured and there was no shity drama or stupidity and i enjoyed her book. There was the usual misunderstandings and fights and doubt but it was still good. I like both the leading characters. They were matured and they were ready for relationship. They ...more
I don't know why I'm addicted to the hockey romances, but I am. I liked this book overall, but there were a few areas that bugged me.
It was mostly related to the characters' attitudes regarding work/career. I understand that there need to be disagreements/misunderstandings before the HEA, but it was more annoying to me than an actual obstacle, IMO.
Really, enjoyed Anthony's input/advice about the relationship during the book. Gotta love a friend who just tells you how it is.
Lisa (Fic Talk)
3.5 stars.

Really liked this one. The first New York Blades book was my fav, then Chasing Stanley, but I think that because Adam was SO similar to Ty, in my opinion, that it's kind of a tie for me on being the best book of the series. Adam and Sinead were such a great pairing and boy, was Adam appealing.
3.5/5 - Super cute, fast read. Loved Adam and Sinead together, and if I had one tiny complaint, I wish the book was about 100 pages longer (I don't ask for much, right?), just to have more of their relationship. Fun story!
I'm a huge fan of hockey romance novels! This one didn't do much for me. The legal aspect was good as well as the hockey. The story centers around a high powered attorney who defends a star hockey player. They eventually fall in love despite conflicts and issues regarding their relationship. One of the issues being Sinead's yearning to have children but not keen on the prospect of giving up her job in order to look after her child. I understand modern ways but I'm too traditional to allow the ma ...more
Flat characters no chemistry but good hockey action that's about it. Easy cheesy read if you're bored and have nothing better to read.
the only problem i had was how is it she did not know the Dantes? Her sister-in-laws sister is married to one of them!!!
I really loved this book. My favorite thing is a good series and this book incorporated two series together (NY Blades and Wild Hart).

I love how Adam becomes friends with Anthony Dante so we get to see that character again. He plays for the Blades so we get to see Ty Gallagher (who is now Blades GM) and Michael Dante (who is now head coach), but we don't see either of their wives or families which I was a little disappointed with. We also hear a little bit about some of the other Blades players
This book started out strong and I was interested but it soon loses its momentum. I have to say that I don't like the hero and heroine very much. They come off as immature sometimes. Their actions and reactions to situations seems to be unnatural. Adam starts off as a endearing character but as the story progresses, something just seems a bit off. And the way he cusses, he sounds more like a teenager who tries to act cool instead of an adult.Sometimes, he just doesn't sound male at all. Makes me ...more
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Sinead O'Brien is one of the best lawyers in town, so when the star player of the New York Blades (the ice hockey team this series is built around) lands in trouble, they come find her. Adam Perry's done nothing outside the rules of the game, but after he did something called an 'open-ice body check', the district attorney from the opposing team's town has decided to charge him with assault.

Adam initially finds Sinead cold and is frustrated that she doesn't understand hockey, while Sinead is jus
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Deirdre Martin has done it again! I think my love of hockey romance is well documented, and I love the New York Blades!

Icebreaker is the story between Sinead O'Brien, a workaholic attorney, and Adam Perry, the new captain of the NY Blades. Adam is being sued for assault after he knocked out another player on the ice and his "hockey people" have asked Sinead to defend him. Sinead doesn't know anything about hockey but agrees to take the case.

Part of Sinead's research is to get to know everything
I don't like Martin's stand alone books. They seem like simple romances to me.

However, her hockey themed books are great. You can tell she knows her hockey, even if she doesn't really know her music.

The conflict between Sinead and Adam isn't as standard as most, and they don't behave like simpering idiots. Things were resolved in a reasonable fashion.

3.5 stars
Pretty good read, I'm kinda biased though as I love books that somehow involve hockey :) I do have a few beefs of inaccuracies (ie: the birthplace of hockey is the USA? WTF?? No.) or digs at small town Canada but it's not my book so I can deal with a few liberties by the author.

By and large, I did enjoy the story of Sinead, a lawyer brought on to represent Adam Perry, a hockey star and captain of the fictional New York Blades. They both have intensely personal personalities but while that transl
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Other Books in the Series

New York Blades (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Body Check (New York Blades, #1)
  • Fair Play (New York Blades, #2)
  • Total Rush (New York Blades, #3)
  • The Penalty Box (New York Blades, #4)
  • Hot Ticket (contains New York Blades, #4.5)
  • Chasing Stanley (New York Blades, #5)
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