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Chasing Stanley (New York Blades #5)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,432 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
What do a New York City dog trainer and a pro hockey player have in common? They both love Stanley, an adorable but naughty Newfoundland...

When dog trainer Delilah Gould spots a rambunctious Newfoundland disobeying orders, she can't help but stepping in and teaching the gentle giant to heel. But it's his hunky owner she's really like to teach a few tricks. Too bad he's cle
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ebook, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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jenjn79
Mar 16, 2009 jenjn79 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 3.5 / 5

This book started off really good for me. The first 150 or so pages were great, but as the book progressed I ended up getting annoyed with the heroine and finding something lacking in the relationship between Jason and Delilah. It wasn't that I got bored or anything, more that relationship stumbled while the rest of the storyline kept me reading.

Chasing Stanley is the sixth book in Deirdre Martin's light-hearted-romance Blades series about the fictional New York Blades hockey team
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D.L.
Jan 23, 2010 D.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found Chasing Stanley to be a disappointing book. The first few chapters leading up to Delilah and Jason getting together were fun, light-hearted, and amusing. Jason had hero potential- I loved that he was attracted to Delilah despite her being shy and always covered in dog hair. However, once they got together it was all downhill from there.

Neither Jason nor Delilah showed any character growth throughout the novel. Delilah is painfully awkward and shy, interacting better with dogs than people
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Samantha
Dec 19, 2007 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed with this book. I usually love Deirdre Martin's books but this one wasn't her best. I'm not going to write a plot summary since so many on here already have. The character development in this book is awful. It's like they just wake up one day and change. You have to suspend so much about reality just to get through it. I felt that the secondary characters detracted from the main story instead of helping support it. I was just really disappointed that Ms. Martin didn't take ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
After the huge disappointment that was The Penalty Box I was nervous to give the fifth installment of Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades series. Fortunately? My hesitation was short lived. The story of Jason, Delilah and Stanley was like a fresh breath for the series.

After two books having virtually nothing to do with the actual New York Blades Hockey Team? We’ve returned to the heart of this series, hunky hockey players. We’re back in New York with Jason, a newly acquired member of the New York B
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Mia
Apr 02, 2014 Mia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh Lord....Jason and Delilah are a match made in idiot heaven. The story is amusing for a few chapters until the H/H get together and it kind of goes downhill from there,throughout the whole book I never saw any character growth in Jason or Delilah. Delilah is painfully shy and honestly she doesn't get along with other human beings, she spends most of the book on the verge of tears....yep. Jason is a immature kid living his dream life,he goes out and buys digital cameras before buying furniture. ...more
Lori
May 04, 2010 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I try really hard not to post really negative reviews. But I had to say something about this book. And I'm not really quite sure what to say about it. Except this. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I loved Martin's first book. I liked her second book. I reluctantly liked The Penalty Box. But I don't know why I continue to read books about Jewish heroines. It's like I'm on a continuous quest to find a book that doesn't totally stereotype either the heroine or her family. Yet at the ...more
Jen
This is one that didn't get great reviews on GR, but I kind of liked it! Better than the third book in the series, for sure! Maybe Stanley - the adorable Newf made it for me! LOL! Anyway - I think this series is predictable and the recipe is the same for each book, but sometimes that's ok, right?
Poor Delilah is such a mess - and I really feel badly for her anxiety, which is clearly caused by her obnoxious parents. And Jason - oh Jason - I was really worried there for a bit! It was clear that he
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Nath
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Candace
I do love a good series and this one keeps me coming back. Chasing Stanley is the story of Jason Mitchell, player for the New York Blades hockey team and Delilah Gould, dog trainer/walker.

Delilah's character was a little out there sometimes and hard for me to really like, but I enjoyed getting to know Jason and his twin brother Eric. I know one of the later books in the series is about Eric so I'm looking forward to that one.

My favorite part about a series is the chance to look back at prior cha
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Smut Junkie
This is one that didn't get great reviews on GR, but I kind of liked it! Better than the third book in the series, for sure! Maybe Stanley - the adorable Newf made it for me! LOL! Anyway - I think this series is predictable and the recipe is the same for each book, but sometimes that's ok, right?
Poor Delilah is such a mess - and I really feel badly for her anxiety, which is clearly caused by her obnoxious parents. And Jason - oh Jason - I was really worried there for a bit! It was clear that he
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Delilah is a drug trainer who can't stand to see a dog that is abused or not properly trained, she is obsessed with dogs. Jason has recently been traded to the New York Blades; he moves into a great apartment and brings his dog with him. His dog is having problems and when he meets Delilah in the park, he believes his problems are solved. While Delilah trains his dog Jason keeps messing up. When Jason and Delilah start dating and Delilah makes a fool of herself and Jason at a party they think it ...more
Erin
Aug 11, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this one more than recent ones, because it actually brought some of the originals and gave them more than just a passing mention (the exception being Kevin Gill, but poor Kevin has been shut out since early in the series).

I couldn't really connect with Delilah due to her extreme awkwardness. (I had no problem with the Jewishness which was a supposed to be part of the drama. I grew up on the East coast and also in LA. Heck, I understand the Jewish culture more than I do farm cultu
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Carrie
I've enjoyed all of the previous hockey-centered romances that Ms. Martin has written, but this one simply doesn't come up to the mark. I agree with many of the one and two starred reviews on Amazon.com--the reader just doesn't buy that these two people are in love, or that they can ever have an HEA. And I agree also with the opinion that there was no real conflict in this book other than the two main characters. The main conflict was that they were so different and mostly unwilling to compromis ...more
Kristin Poley
This was a cute story, although the female character was annoying to me. I know there are people that have anxiety about talking to other people, but its not something I really want to read about. Also I am definitely not a dog-person so that whole can't-go-anywhere-because-I-have-to-take-care-of-my-dogs thing got old pretty quick. I liked the hockey part though, it was something different to read about.
Mary Sperry
Feb 05, 2014 Mary Sperry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Deirdre Martin because she writes about hockey. I love hockey! This book is full of hockey and dogs, so, of course, I loved it.

It's also very unusual to have a romance writer address issues like religion and prejudice. I respect her even more for her willingness to discuss such things in an honest way.
Beth Cato
I needed a light and fluffy read after my past few books, and this one was perfect. It's a hockey romance. I picked it up because my husband loves hockey, and oddly enough the male romantic interest in the book had my husband's name. Go figure.[return][return]Delilah is a dog walker and boarder in New York City. When she sees a young man with an unruly Newfoundland, she steps in to help and finds out the guy is a newly-arrived hockey player for the New York Blades. As Delilah helps Stanley the d ...more
Claudia C
Mar 21, 2015 Claudia C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me more that three weeks to finally finish this book and let me tell you, I'm very disappointed. I didn't like the character of Jason, i'm supposed to love him but that was not the case...every time he talked, I wanted to punched him...he was a TOTAL JERK.

I didn't enjoy it.
Ann  Lorz
May 24, 2011 Ann Lorz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
As always Deirdre Martin's books are an easy read. But sometime some of the characters bug me. I feel at time the characters go around and around a point before the book is over. Now, saying that doesn't mean I won't read anymore of her books because I will, it just means sometimes I frown when reading them. Poor Delilah Gould has some many social issues. So who does she choose to date? An outgoing hock player. Delilah's whole world is all about her dogs and the ones she's in charge of. Jason ta ...more
Catherine
Jan 08, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this. I related to some aspects of the book which really drew me in. I have not read the other books in the series so I look forward to it!
Emily
Dog trainer Delilah Gould knows enough about dogs to see that the owner of a Newfoundland is in a lot of trouble where the dog is concerned. The dog is spirited and has the owner by a leash, when Delilah offers her help he readily accepts.

Hockey player Jason Mitchell is thrilled to be in New York, but his dog is throwing fits regularly displaying his unhappiness. Forming a new relationship with Deliah is advantagous in all areas, especially his heart. His main focus though needs to be on winning
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Just - The romance reader
Ever the sucker for a good romance that includes a dog, or in this case doggies, I couldn't resist reading Chasing Stanley. And I must be on a sports theme lately.

The book was a fun, fast read. I of course loved the dogs, and now want one just like Stanley, the 150 pound Newfie, who becomes the mascot for the New York Blades, his owner/daddy's professional hockey team.

The human characters are amusing, the main two, Delilah and Jason are a bit frustrating at times because they just can't seem to
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Beverly
Pros:
- A fucked up female protagonist that develops into something awesome
- Real issues with people who are so different

Cons:
- This book wasn't AHHH MAHHH GAAAHD awesome - it was okay I guess. I read this book a few books ago and I'm not exactly feeling intense feels.
Tamara Witika
Mar 01, 2014 Tamara Witika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Hot ice hockey spunk with a black Newfoundland dog called Stanley. Book boyfriend search may be complete...
Alissa
Nov 23, 2008 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I discovered this author on another vacation and was drawn to the romances because the first one featured a hockey player and a public relations exec. Two of my favorite careers. In a romance. What a fun read. Anyway, the author has produced a few more of these and the stories center around either a New York Blades hockey player or a member of the Dante family. So the other thing I like about these is that the characters from other stories usually make appearances so you can kinda keep up on how ...more
Dorri
Feb 02, 2009 Dorri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut
I read this one first, the fourth one second and the fifth one third. I still haven't managed to read the first two! I'll get there though!

This book was very entertaining if you enjoy dogs or hockey. It's a real treat if you like both! If you don't know anything about hockey, that's ok too. It's a good comedic romance. Lots of things go wrong, but in the end it all goes right. This is one of those light hearted books that you want to curl up with on a cold night or rad while sunning on the dock.
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Alexandria Mesa
This is the first book I've read out of the series and I enjoyed it. It was a cute story but one of the things I liked best about it was that none of the events between the two were perfect. I don't want to spoil anything but I found that much more realistic than many other romances where everything always resolves so easily. That's not real life.
Lindsey
At one point in time I actually enjoyed this author’s books … not so much anymore. Her earlier stuff appealed to me mainly because her heroes tended to be hockey players (like one of my other all time favorite authors, Rachel Gibson!) I LOVE hockey and hockey players! The characters in her last several Blades series installments have infuriated me, though, and now that I have cracked her writing formula (which definitely doesn’t take a genius) I am now mostly bored with her predictable plots and ...more
Alli
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aj
Jan 05, 2016 aj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lawful-neutral
i dont know what i expected
Anna
Aug 06, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
very cute!
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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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