Berkley, Feb 2004, 5.99, 368 pp.
Though he plays on the third line for the Blades and even sits out games at times, native son Michael Dante is one of the most poplar New York professionals because he was born and raised in Brooklyn. Michael knows he loves Theresa Falconetti, but she will not even give him a hip check as she wants nothing to do with Italians or hockey players after a bad experience.
Over the objection of his older brother, a fantastic chef, Michael hires Theresa's PR firm to run a campaign to “sell” the family's Brooklyn restaurant to the Manhattan food crowd as an in spot. As Michael works closely with Theresa, she sees his nice qualities. Already attracted to him Theresa begins to fall in love with Michael, but will she go for a hat trick of marriage, house and children while they work closely together or leave him benched for life?
FAIR PLAY is a fine sports romance that will score big time with the sports sub-genre crowd. The story line is played in three periods. The opening has Theresa stopping every shot that Michael sends her way. The middle period has Theresa and Michael working as a team with a common goal. The final period is Michael desperately trying to score the winning goal as overtime is not allowed in the book business and a tie is like kissing your sister. Though Theresa's constant rejection of Michael should have placed her in the penalty box, fans will enjoy these two players and feel that Deidre Martin has provided a winner. With this tale AND BODY CHECK, is next up a hat trick for Ms. Martin?
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner