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Chasing Stanley by Deirdre Martin

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Chasing Stanley cover art Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Chasing Stanley
Author: Deirdre Martin
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-21447-3
Release Date: February 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current/New York
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Mild (in a sports context)
Deirdre's Website: www.deirdremartin.com


Delilah Gould lives in a four legged world. What does that mean? Well, she has found that dogs are much easier to be around than the two legged humans. Dogs know what they want and when they want. Even more importantly, dogs can be trained. The jury is out on all of those things with humans. Of course, there is also the little fact that a dog won’t break your heart.

So, she has made her life and her career about dogs. She owns her own business which is includes dog walking, dog training and dog boarding. She thinks her life is great until the day she sees the most beautiful male specimen she has ever seen – a Newfoundland named Stanley. The down side is that his owner needs some help to care for Stanley properly. She finds herself breaking all of her own rules in order to help Stanley’s owner, Jason Mitchell.

Jason has just moved to the city to play hockey for the Blades. He has pretty much let Stanley do as he wished but living in the city now changes things. One of the biggest is that he has to find somewhere to take Stanley when he is out of town on road trips. Delilah seems perfect for the job but there is some real training that must take place before she will open her heart to Jason and her home to Stanley.

Deirdre Martin is a master at pulling together a witty and yet poignant love story. Now I must admit that my hockey knowledge is severely lacking. At best I have been to five games in my entire life and all I really knew was to follow the puck and the fact that fighting seems like a great thing. So, while Jason is a hockey player and hockey is talked about, I never once felt like I didn’t know something or was an outsider looking in.

The characters themselves are real, warm and emotional. Initially Jason comes across a as a big dumb jock but you quickly discover that he is no stereotype. He is big but not just physically – he has a big heart that he wants to open to Delilah. Delilah comes with a lot of baggage as we all do. However, Stanley and Jason are willing to lighten her load.

Chasing Stanley will have you sighing for the sweetness, cheering for the team, laughing at the antics and smiling at the end. Very well done.

Lori

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