After successfully rehabilitating the images of a group of soap stars, publicist Janna MacNeil is handed her next challenge: Tame the bad boys the New York Blades, the reigning Stanley Cup champs. The family-friendly Kidco Corp. purchased the Blades, and now wants to remake their image.

The trick will be getting team captain Ty Gallagher to cooperate. Having won the Stanley Cup three times, Ty is a bona fide superstar. He figures his job is to concentrate on the ice; pleasing corporate suits by generating good PR is not on his to-do list. Janna and Ty lock horns, with neither getting the better of the other. The heat generated between these two is enough to melt ice, but any kind of relationship could put their careers in jeopardy.

Oil and water have nothing on these two, as Janna and Ty dance around their emotions. The promising Martin gives this debut story punch by adding a realistic feel for the high-stakes, high-pressure world of major-league hockey. (Mar., 336 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith