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Hip Check (New York Blades) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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“Deirdre Martin knows how to write a beautiful romance.”—Single Titles
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“Contemporary romance doesn’t get much better than this.”—All About Romance
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But my biggest problem with this book is the use of extremely vulgar sexual terms which are demeaning to women as well as men. I can't remember Deirdre's previous stories containing words I equate with purely trashy novels. Talk about tasteless!
I'll manage to finish this book, but chances are good I won't bother with the next one. And that's just plain sad. I don't want to cringe at the language again.
Shame on you, Ms. Martin.
When I posted the review for Icebreaker, the problem was that the series' continuity was a hot mess, but that the characters themselves and the story were actually pretty good, if you hadn't read the series.
This time, sadly, I must report that it's the other way around. New York Blades readers will easily recognize all the characters that Ms Martin has created in other books, and they're all recognizable this time, which is a big plus, because the the primary characters and their 'story' in Hip Check is deeply awful; these are not nice people at all.
Esa is a crap uncle for no good reason than that he's a crap uncle, until at the last possible minute he cries about losing his sister; was that somehow supposed to make being a crap uncle OK? And that moment is almost at the end of the book, after we've seen several scenes already from his POV. Why not make it clear up front that the reason Esa is a struggling crap uncle is that he misses his sister, but can't say it? Keeping it "secret" really damages the reader's sympathy for this guy; to the point that when it's revealed, it's all, meh. So what?
The discussions Michelle has with almost every secondary character about a nanny's code of professional conduct made it obvious that she was going to violate every tenet of it without a second thought. And while everyone appreciates the very long tradition of "single dad falls for the babysitter" in the romance genre, as a reader? I found that repeated emphasis very disturbing; making such a point of it essentially turned Michelle into a huge hypocrite--and who would want someone like that watching a child? Just...squick.Read more ›
Enter Michelle Beck, Michelle is an amazing nanny who recently gave up her position with a celebrity family. Hearing what Nell has gone through breaks her heart and she knows this little girl needs her.
Accepting the live-in nanny position she immediately bonds with Nell. She can relate to Nell because she too lost her mother at a young age, and has a take no prisoner's attitude when it comes to making sure Esa does what is right for Nell.
Esa is not used to someone telling him what to do (especially when he is technically the boss), but he knows deep down that Michelle knows what is best for his niece. The more Michelle and Esa work together for Nell, the more sexual tension begins to build.
Will playboy Esa realize that his feelings for Michelle are real, and will Michelle cross the employer/employee line and give in to her feelings for Esa, especially since it could really be detrimental to Nell if it doesn't work out?
Deirdre Martin did it again! I have loved all of her New York Blades books, so far, but this one is near the top of my favorites list. The chemistry between Esa and Michelle is electric, and let me tell you Ms. Martin knows how to make a love scene S-T-E-A-M-Y! Reading this also felt like attending a family reunion for me, revisiting with some of my other Blades favorites, Therese & Michael Dante, Rory & Erin Brady, Jason & Deililah Mitchell (and of course STANLEY!!!), Nutty Ulf, Lou... the list goes on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought whole series for daughter-in-law. She had them on her wish list & was very happy to get them.Published 18 months ago by Lynn Jackson
I disliked Esa, even at the end, too quick a change he was still an ass.. Same for Michelles' brother, her father not quite as bad. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DAJS
Lovable characters, fast-paced, endearing, fun and sizzling hot. My oh my, I'd love to come across one of those Blades myself :)Published on May 1, 2014 by Camile Freitas
Not my favorite...but worth reading. Esa is a little too much of a jerk for this book to work well.Published on April 13, 2014 by Andrea
Like all of her other books, this one delivers athleticism and love - romance which follows the themes of her other books.Published on April 5, 2014 by reets54
I have read all of the books of this series and thought this book was great. I am a huge sports fan and a hockey fan and enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Julie A. Manor
I have read all the books in this series and love them. We have seen Esa Saari in previous books in this series and he is a jerk. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Leanna Hiner
As with all the New York Blade series, love them! I'm a big time hockey fan so I truly enjoy reading this series. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Marindi Coward