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Hip Check (New York Blades) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 10 of 10 in the New York Blades Series

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Praise for Deirdre Martin

"Martin's sexy contemporary romance [is a]... good bet for readers who enjoy Carly Phillips and Susan Elizabeth Phillips."—Booklist

“Deirdre Martin knows how to write a beautiful romance.”—Single Titles

“If you’ve never read any of Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades books, you are so missing out.”—The Brazen Bookworm

“Contemporary romance doesn’t get much better than this.”—All About Romance  

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Deirdre Martin is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives with her husband and two Newfoundlands, Rocky and Winston, in Ithaca, New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Blades (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251157
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Normally I love Deirdre Martin's hockey-themed novels, but Hip Check leaves me cold. Part of it is that I can't seem to warm up to either of the main characters, the NY Blades' Esa Saari, or his niece Nell's live-in nanny, Michelle Beck.

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.
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This book was horrible, you would think the main guy would slowly change through out the book because of his niece WRONG. Esa is a horrible character you never really start to like him or root for him. He's always always about himself and what's the easiest way out of things. Michelle is a ok character she puts Esa in his place alot and takes really good care of Nell. But towards the end she's a BIG push over and walks away way too easy. There are some parts of the book that just keep going on on on about the same thing. I had to force myself to finish this book to see if any body changed. This book really isn't worth the buy.
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Long time New York Blades reader here.

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.
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Esa Saari, star player (and playboy) for the New York Blades becomes the sole guardian for his eight-year-old niece Nell after his sister dies in a plane crash. Hockey season is just around the corner, he has no experience with children and it is really crimping his lifestyle, he needs a nanny FAST!

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.
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I have always thoroughly enjoyed Deirdre Martin's books, but this one just fell short with me. Esa was downright annoying with his over the top selfishness. It was just plain ridiculous considering what little Nell had to deal with. It did have some redeeming qualities, like Michelle's friends and Esa's teammates had humorous dialogue at times, but otherwise, this book left me wanting a better story...or at least a main character that wasn't a complete douche bag.
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