After two years, Theresa Falconetti and Janna Gallagher's fledgling PR firm is finally getting noticed. To expand their clientele, they agree to take on the restaurant Dante's, owned by brothers Michael and Anthony Dante. Michael also happens to be a winger for the New York Blades hockey team.

Business is one thing, but when it comes to her love life, Theresa refuses to get involved with athletes. And since she's also decided to stay away from Italian men, Michael has two strikes against him. But he's a tenacious fellow who knows they could be good together if Theresa would just agree to give them a chance. As the saying goes, all's fair in love—and hockey.

Following up her well-received debut, last year's Body Check, Martin again explores the lives and loves of the members of the Blades' hockey team. Family loyalties mix with passion and romance, making this an excellent read. (Feb., 368 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith