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Icebreaker by Deirdre Martin


Cover art: Icebreaker Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Icebreaker
Author: Deirdre Martin
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23979-7
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current - New York
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None (except for hockey plays )
Deirdre's Website/Blog: www.deirdremartin.com

Sinead OíBrien has her future all mapped out. She has made partner in a prestigious law firm. She has had to work hard to get there but she loves her job. Her family gives her a lot of ribbing about her single state but she knows they are only doing it because they love her. Sinead is handed a case, though, that makes her do some studying. She hasnít had a hockey player for a client before and she needs to learn the game quickly in order to her job correctly. That means spending a lot of time with Adam Perry.

Adam had accepted a position as Captain of the New York Blades. He is a tough hitter and just what the team needs as they are trying to win the Stanley Cup. Adam has been charged with assault for one of those hard hits and the Commissioner wants to make a case out of him. He isnít willing to change who he is or what he does and has to count on a woman who knows nothing about the game to get him out of this mess. But spending time with a woman who was so good looking didnít hurt him one bit.

Deirdre Martin always writes a clever story full of emotion and clever wit. Her sportís knowledge is very well displayed throughout the story and Iím not even a hockey fan. Now, I have to admit that to start I found the pacing a bit off but that was quickly overcome by the characters themselves.

I found the way that the author wove Adamís story throughout the chapters was very realistic. In our own lives, we donít do ďcoreĒ dumps of our history the first time we meet someone. It comes from the relationships in our lives as time passes and the author did a good job of copying real life. As far as the heroine, she was almost too realistic. Nope, that isnít a bad thing. She is facing and making decisions that all women face every day. She lost one marriage because of her career and she is leery to get involved in another relationship when she has worked so hard to get where she is.

All in all, Icebreaker is a clever, well-done illustration of life.


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