Enjoy Some Hockey Love Stories During the Romance Madness Event

Welcome to my stop on the Romance Madness Hop sponsored by The Romance Reviews! I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card, and The Romance Reviews is offering five $10 Amazon gift cards. You have from January 25 at 12:00 a.m. EST through January 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter. That means you can space out visiting blogs over 5 days. Leave a comment below with your e-mail address, and then click on the hop button at the bottom of this post to visit the next participating blog for more entries and prizes. There are over 50 participating in the hop.
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.

I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop. Don’t forget to comment with your email address and to click the button below to start hopping!

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  1. Thanks for the blog stop, your book looks interesting, I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Theresa Esterline says

    Thanks for participating in the hop!! theresa.esterline@gmail.com

  3. Jennifer Irving says

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m having fun with a blind hop 🙂

  4. Body Check sounds very good. The cover is fun & flighty! lol Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. i must tryu to find sport romance for a challenge so you gave me an idea of title
    thank you a lot


  6. laurie goudge says
  7. I love romantic sports books and will check out Deidre Martin’s site! I go back and forth between favorite reading genres: paranormal, suspense, humor, etc.

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  8. Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. Meghan Stith says

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hockey players are so hot!! I would know… I see Pro Hockey players out at this bar I go to all the time.


  10. Thanks for the giveaway.


  11. This series looks really good! Can’t wait to read them!

  12. Who the heck doesn’t like reading about hockey???
    LOL…I swear it such a fun sport to watch!!!!
    Thanks for being in the hop…I’ll have to checkout those books!!!!

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  13. That series looks super awesome! I’m adding it to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I’m an absolute hockey nut, and I’ll definitely have to read all of these!


  15. Janie McGaugh says

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Petula Winmill says

    Thanks for give us the chance to win. I’m always looking for books in the YA range to recommend. Its sometimes hard to tell which books are suitable for them.


  17. Thanks for participating. I don’t think I’ve read a book about Hockey yet. But loved the sound of yours. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L.

  18. This sounds pretty good. I will need to check it out.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  19. Cassandra Hicks says

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  21. Mindy Hildebrand says

    Looks like a fun read!
    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

  22. vera mallard says

    just finished “Beast Behaving Badly” by Laurensten, it was about hocky and was great.
    These also sound wonderful.
    vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

  23. I watch certain sports and I’m not a hugely obsessed fan. But I strangely love reading sports themed books. I recently finished Wicked Game by Mercy Celeste(football though, not hockey) and loved it!

    So thanks for the suggestion with these hockey related books!

  24. Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  25. I like Rachel Gibson’s and Bianca Sommerland’s hockey series. I am also glad the NHL is finally playing!

  26. Looks like a great book! Thanks for great giveaway and the chance to win!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Michelle Tucker says

    Ohh I haven’t read the series yet. Sounds good.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  28. I love hockey stories. 🙂 And hockey players too.

  29. Diane Sallans says

    I love to visit new blogs on these hops!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  30. Body Check sounds like a good book, thanks for the giveaway!


  31. Thanks so much to everyone for coming by my blog during the hop and for your nice comments! The winner of my gift card, chosen through Random.Org, was bn100. And thanks for the sports books and authors for my to-read list!

Stacy Juba