Image of Hip Check (New York Blades)


Image of Hip Check (New York Blades)

This installment in Martin’s New York Blades series has a happy-ever-after but is basically a sad book with much of the focus on lost loved ones and unhappy relationships. Both main characters are rather self-centered, though they do mature and learn the unfairness of their actions. And even for a rough sport, the characters’ limited curse word vocabulary is a bit over the top.

When hockey player Esa Saari’s sister died, he became guardian to his 8-year-old niece, Nell. Fortunately, nanny Michelle Beck is available to come work for him. Once she meets Nell, Michelle is sold on the job, even if Esa is a self-centered jerk. She soon realizes that he is trying to do what’s best for Nell. Esa really likes Michelle, which creates complications he doesn’t want right now. But he doesn’t need to worry — Michelle’s father and brother will do their best to make sure they have no chance at becoming a couple. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley