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I’d like to share with you one of my favorite romance series. I’ve read so many great romances lately that it was a hard decision choosing which book(s) to feature. However, I’ve had hockey on the brain lately, thanks to the audiobook release of my young adult family hockey drama Face-Off. Between promoting the book and the NHL season recently starting after a long lockout, hockey has been on the forefront of my mind. That reminded me of a romance series that I enjoyed about a year ago, Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades hockey books.
These contemporary romances focus on a fictional hockey team, the New York Blades. Book One, Body Check, tells the story of Janna MacNeil, a publicist on a mission to change the image of the bad boys of hockey, the Blades. Ty Gallagher is a captain on a mission — to get his team to win the Cup again. His determination is legendary, as well as his unwillingness to toe the corporate line. When the persistent publicist and the stubborn captain butt heads, it’s hard enough to crack the ice. But they may end up melting it instead.
I really enjoyed this introduction to the series and the building romance between opposites Ty and Janna. I wrote my own hockey book, Face-Off, (a non-romance aimed at tweens and teens) when I was 16 years old and it was published when I was 18. I wrote it because in my teenage days, I couldn’t find any hockey novels to read, and darn it, I wanted to read a book about hockey! Fast forward to my adult years. I wanted to read adult novels with a hockey theme, but once again, I couldn’t find any. That is, until I discovered the New York Blades series! The books are laced with humor, romance, likeable characters, and hockey action. Although each book has different male and female leads, readers will recognize familiar characters in supporting or cameo roles. For example, Book Two: Fair Play focuses on Janna’s business partner, Theresa Falconetti, and star Blades player Michael Dante.
I think my favorites in the series were Chasing Stanley and Power Play as they featured the Mitchell brothers, twins Jason and Eric, in prominent roles. They made me think of my twins from Face-Off, high school juniors Brad and T.J. McKendrick, and I wondered how my McKendricks would fare in the romance department when they grew up.
I visited Deirdre Martin’s website and am delighted to see that there are two Blades books that I haven’t read yet, which just shot to the top of my to-read list.