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Body Check (New York Blades, #1) by Deirdre Martin [OPINION]

 Hi readers,

I just finished reading ‘The Body Check’ by Deirdre Martin and came literally running to write what I though about it. This is the first in the New York Blades series.

‘Janna MacNeil is a publicist on a mission to change the image of the bad boys of hockey: the Stanley Cup Champion New York Blades.

Ty Gallagher is a captain on a mission – to get his team to win the Cup again …at any cost. His determination is legendary, as well as his unwillingness to see 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 am always in for books with famous and sports, but I have to say that this book was a rollercoaster. Let me explain, I started with high hopes because I immediately though about one of my favorite series ‘Chinooks Hockey’. The first couple of chapters were a little weak. And  boom, I started to like the story. Then when the things were interesting, the last chapters made me rethink.

The plot is very simple – Janna is hired as a PR Assistant for the New York Blades (a hockey team) to change their team’s image after they winning the Stanley Cup (along other things, the boys decided to share the cup with the local strip club). But then she is always butting heads with the team captain, Ty Gallagher, who refuses to do what the corporate asks.

Janna is very insecure. I know a lot of women accepts a man just not to be alone, but it’s something that I don’t find myself attracted. She’s dating guy X, break up with him after develop sentiments towards guy Y (well, she cheats Guy X), then ends things with guy Y and contemplates go back to guy X just not to be alone. Whatttt?

Then she enters in a CASUAL relationship with Ty, and then runs to him for everything and expects him to respond. Girl have some pride… Then she says ‘I love you’ to him and expects him to respond. something was missing there between the casual and them the I love you’s.

Ty is a jerk, there’s no other word. Dit it cost to show up at one or two charity parties? Come on, it doesn’t cost that much! The fact he is the captain of the team does not mean that he can do whatever he wants. The corporate sign his checks, they are the bosses! 

Then comes the relationship problems. He though about ways to get rid of Janna! In the end, he comes back and everything is good, she accepts him without even a fight. Again, where is your pride, Janna? He put the cup before you and when he wins it, goes running to you…then he loves you…humm?!

The way he treated her didn’t scream that he had feelings for her, he just wanted a casual, physical relationship. 

And there’s the rape. I hate how they deal with that happened – it was wrong and they accepted! Can you guess what was the rapist’s punishment? The shame of teammates and two punches. oh and a lot of money that he had to give to shut a lot of mouths!! What??? At least the girl used the money in a good way, to start her PR company.

Hopefully, the author will develop more about what happened and give a good punishment in the second book. I really think he deserves more punishment.

I liked Jenna sister, the model, I think she has potencial to a good story. I also liked Jenna’s boss, Lou and the fact that he forgot that he would fired her if she had some relationship with some one of the teammates. 

I got mad about something that happened but overall was a nice book to read, very enternaning. I think what is missing is some characters develop. And hopefully we have more of this in the second book, because we already know something about the characters. I’m going to give a chance to the second book.

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments what do you think about it.


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