Fair Play

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Overview

To the deep disappointment of her large family, PR princess Theresa Falconetti never dates Italians, men from her old Brooklyn neighborhood, or professional athletes.

Michael Dante, winger for the Stanley Cup champion New York Blades, is all three—and he is head over heels for her. So when Theresa finds herself a buttoned-up lawyer, Michael is forced to take his game to the next level.

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Overview

To the deep disappointment of her large family, PR princess Theresa Falconetti never dates Italians, men from her old Brooklyn neighborhood, or professional athletes.

Michael Dante, winger for the Stanley Cup champion New York Blades, is all three—and he is head over heels for her. So when Theresa finds herself a buttoned-up lawyer, Michael is forced to take his game to the next level.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Martin's second playful romance set in the world of professional hockey (following Body Check) scores again. After nearly being raped by a sports star, Theresa Falconetti doesn't date athletes-or, in truth, anyone at all. So when two suitors begin courting her, she's flummoxed rather than flattered. Smooth, sexually undemanding Reese Banister seems like a dream come true even though he's the nephew of the man determined to take over her financially shaky PR firm. In contrast, new client Michael Dante, whose family owns a popular Brooklyn restaurant, is her worst nightmare. He's a professional hockey player, he comes from the same Bensonhurst neighborhood as her lovable but irritating Italian family and he's always in her face. As Theresa tries to upgrade the image of Michael's restaurant, decide whether or not to sell out, deal with her father's cancer and cope with the lingering scars of sexual trauma, she must assess the men's true worth. The takeover plot line is sketchy, and Reese's courtship is so transparently shady no reader will be fooled. However, Martin depicts the worlds of both professional hockey and ethnic Brooklyn with deftness and smart detail. She has an unerring eye for humorous family dynamics, and her treatment of Theresa's psychological trauma, while accurate, never overwhelms the story's sweet buoyancy. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425194577
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Series: New York Blades Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 972,712
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Deirdre Martin has written scripts for the daytime drama One Life to Live. She lives with her husband and her dog, Molly, in Ithaca, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Audriana

    Thanks. *Strokes the pup's head gently.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Kiev

    Lok at u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Cute!

    My first of her books and i know it wont be my last! Easy fun read!

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    love hockey player

    Good read there was a little drag time in the middle but i am a sucker for a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    It was ok

    ... i was hoping for more chemistry between the characters but didnt get any until the very end.... i loved michael but could not stand theresa and the fact that he chased her throughout the whole book, overall i was dissapointed.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Love the Series so far

    Good Stuff! When one sees a book based on professional hockey and coming from a very intense football/hockey town (stanley cup & super bowl in same year), I tend to take notice. I had never read any of Ms. Martin's books and decided to take a chance. I was NOT disappointed. Reminded me of Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series. Great romance & humor. I read a review that also compared it to Stephanie Plum, i would agree on some level. PG sex, but that's ok. It blended very well. I highly recommend this for any romance fan. i've only read first and second book, just ordered the third. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

    "Fair Play" Delivers Fun and Romance

    Deidre Martin's "Fair Play," one of several romance novels featuring the New York Blades, provides the reader with light, yet thought-provoking reading. The novel tells the story of Theresa Falconetti, a Brooklyn-born Italian who refuses to date men from her neighborhood. Michael Dante, ace player for the (fictional) New York Blades hockey team, falls for her. Family, friends, ethnic loyalties and working-class values are all part of this enjoyable story. Watching Michael Dante chase Theresa, and her responses to his pursuit, make this a fun book to read. Author Deidre Martin delivers more than the typical romance: These characters care about each other and exemplify community values usually missing from the light fare most romance readers have come to expect. Three cheers for Michael Dante in his quest for romance, and for Martin for creating a fun, yet pithy, book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Funny and sweet all in one

    I loved this book. I fell in love with Michael Dante myself he wasn't perfect he was real. I laughted out load so much during this book it was great!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    ENTERTAINING

    IT WAS OKAY.. NOT GREAT..STORY WAS STARTING TO DRAG HALFWAY THROUGH BUT I LIKED IT IN THE END.. ENTERTAINING AND EASY READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    Big Disappointment

    I LOVED Body Check and was hoping for the same in Fair Play. Looking at the other reviews, I'm wondering if we read the same book. Theresa was annoying, the writing was inferior and where was the romance? I wonder if this story was written first but published later? It seemed like a totally different person wrote it. I hope her next book is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Wonderful!!!

    I love this book just as much as the first. Ms. Martin's writing style really captures the true humanity of the characters. I'm recommending it to everyone I know! Keep it up Ms. Martin!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Fair Play? Fantastic Play

    Finally a writer with an eye for dialogue and rich characters! Martin's tale is rich in detail and good humor. Makes me want to move to Brooklyn!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Finally . . .

    I can not tell you how much I enjoy Ms. Martin's writing. She knows real human romance and the passions and pains of genuine people. She bests a great book (her other novel Body Check) with this one. Keep them coming please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Martin Makes Magic

    Deirdre Martin proves that she knows how to write great characters and stories that completely suck you in and keep you there! 'Fair Play' puts the spotlight on Teresa Falconetti (from 'Body Check') and we get to share her experiences like one of the members of her family. Ms Martin can make you laugh and cry and completely adore these characters. We can hardly wait for the next book from this wonderfully gifted writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    A new hockey fan thanks to this book!!!

    I have read a LOT of books in my time. I really enjoyed both of Ms. Martin's books. I especially like the way that they weave the tales together! Thanks for a great story!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    WOW!

    I adored Ms. Martin's first book, Body Check, and was delighted to see another by her and let me tell you, I was blown away. The characters are so rich and engaging! I encourage everyone to pick this book up and enjoy it for themselves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Great Read

    I love good romance novels and this one is one of my new favs. Deirdre Martin did an excellent job telling this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Deidre is going to rise to the top of your favorites list

    Reading new author Deidre Martin's work is a a true delight. Sex scenes in this book are very limited and mild so as not to offend sensiblities. However, don't let that stop you if you prefer yours heavier in this area. Her humor is refreshing and uncontrived. Her characters are intelligent, interesting, and well developed to the point you will hate to see the book end. If her publisher will let her write what she wants, this author will skyrocket to the top of the charts. I've ordered her first book, because you can't find it used, and can't wait to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    I L-O-V-E-D This Story!

    Admittedly, I am not a fan of contemporary romance. I do love HOCKEY, so I decided to CHECK this book out. It was definitely a HAT TRICK! Michael Dante can play for my team any day! I did want to SLAP Theresa a couple of times and tell her to wake up about 'Fleece'. If you like Stephanie Plum and Joe Moretti, you'll like this book. Although Stephanie and Joe can't seem to get it together, Michael and Theresa will renew your faith in happy endings! It is light on the sex, but Michael's tenderness will fill your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Another winner!

    A fabulous follow up to her previous book, Body Check, this one is even better. Funny and moving with well rounded characters. Martin has penned another winner.

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