Jove, Mar 2003, 6.99, 336 pp.
Kidco bought the defending Stanley Cup champions, but the corporation is very concerned with the image of a team that plays hard off the ice. After winning the trophy, the team players paraded the cup in headlining tours of strip joints. Rumors also surfaced, though not confirmed, that the champs snorted cocaine from the cup. To improve the image of their new acquisition, public relations boss Lou Capesi hires expert Janna McNeil.
Janna finds the team captain Ty Gallagher as the toughest person to persuade in helping improve the image. Ty believes that the ice is all that counts and not fattening the wallets of the corporation. Most of the team follows his lead. As Janna and Ty mentally check one another, they begin to fall in love. However, he knows that the two times he mixed romance during the season, he lost his concentration and his team lost too. In spite of her success as a PR specialist, surprisingly Janna suffers form low self-esteem. Thus, this is one relationship that appears to have not chance of lasting through even a seven game first round series.
BODY CHECK is an engaging contemporary sports romance that will score a hat trick with readers due to the lead couple, a fine supporting cast, and hockey. The story line is fun though Ty's attitude, as a firm believer in team camaraderie, seems contradictory as he is hurting the team members from scoring contracts with sponsors. Still fans will they won the Stanley Cup with this delightful tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner