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  1. ♥ℳelody ♥ℳelody says:

    What kind of a twit walks around with nothing but five hundred dollars in cash, house keys, and a Finnish drivers license Ever read a book where the dialogue is great, the humor is popping and the secondary characters are enjoyable but the lead characters have zero chemistry And said secondary characters seem a littlefleshed out than the leads..well ok, not by much.Meet our heroine, Michelle Beck.She s got no face.Neither did the hero, Esa Saari You have no idea what he looks lWhat kind of a twit walks around with nothing but five hundred dollars in cash, house keys, and a Finnish drivers license Ever read a book where the dialogue is great, the humor is popping and the secondary characters are enjoyable but the lead characters have zero chemistry And said secondary characters seem a littlefleshed out than the leads..well ok, not by much.Meet our heroine, Michelle Beck.She s got no face.Neither did the hero, Esa Saari You have no idea what he looks like other than being told repeatedly he s gorgeous, beautiful and muscular Uh, ok.But uho Waaaait for it Plot twist Suddenly on page 66 you find out Esa has jet black hair Then on page 130 you finally discover Esa has ice blue eyes Well, okie dokie.Why am I being told what the hero looks like in small increments Unfortunately Michelle wasn t so lucky She s faceless through the whole thing And I m not really sure if it was intentional or not, considering the way you slowly find out what the hero looks like It just came off scattered and so dismissive to me For me as a reader, someone who very much needs mental pictures of characters and preferably early on, this bothered me Because of this oversight the hero and heroine came off underdeveloped and so did their relationship Michelle and Esa s relationship is the most forced, random thing out of this entire book And unbelievable to boot I mean their personalities really pop off the page, that was really nicely fleshed out but everything else Blah It s also really hard to connect with characters when all you see are big blobs for their faces This drives me absolutely mental when authors do this Please give your characters definition, you clearly have some idea of what they look like in your head when you are writing the story, right Right THEN SHARE IT WITH YOUR READERS.Sorry for the caps yelling, but honestly I don t understand how why this gets overlooked in the writing process I never will And it s a shame cause this author really has a deft hand at writing great humor with some bite to it Esa wise cracking with the guys and sparring with Michelle was on point and great But that depth was missing, which felt like such a contradiction Her writing reminded me a lot of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson If you love Sport Romances with off beat characters and well rounded supporting colorful cast I d definitely recommend this author While this pairing wasn t a winner for me I definitely want to tryDeirdre Martin books If anything, her humor and timing is great And I loved the fact that the hero was a Finnish Hockey player who curses and even says ILY in Finnish swoon So cute.And the stand out character, who strangely enough is the only character out of this whole book we get a very clear distinct description on is Nelle, Esa s 8 year old niece I loved her She reminded me of a mini version of Keira Knightley with her posh accent and polite manners Her abandonment issues, fear and anxiety over losing another loved one was really nicely handled in this and so realistic Seeing bachelor clueless Esa try to navigate ways of being a good guardian and loving uncle was sweet to see Just wish his relationship with Michelle wasbelievable Or interesting.My only other complaint goes in part back to the h hr lack of connection chemistry And that is the convoluted excuse used to break them up It s as unrealistic forced as this couple s entire relationship lol Michelle s douchehole brother guilts Michelle into believing her relationship with playboy hockey star Esa is the reason view spoiler their father has a heart attack hide spoiler Yes because his bad cough, cigar smoking and poor eating that s been stressed over and over again through the whole dang book has no play in that facepalm I found this so weak and made the heroine come off extremely passive and inconsistent She s a fucking steel post in everything else She s completely unbending with sweet adorable Nelle, and goes toe to toe with alpha macho Hockey players but this is what she caves over Nah Not buying it for a second Same goes for her reason for why she s never been in a serious relationship before Apparently she always held this fear of the person she got involved with would die on her Uuuhok Where did that even come from There s a constant lack of disconnect with this character Only solid tangible thing about her is her steel will and disciplined focus on taking care of Nelle Everything else was fuzzy and undefined And the things the author chose to stress the most got a little annoying Like Michelle s stubborn irrational pride A grown ass woman crawling all over an ice rink on her hands and knees cause she s too prideful and embarrassed to tell a Hockey player he was right and she needs help learning how to skate just toes the line of stupid LOL You already look like an ass dear.Overall, enjoyable Funny Will I give Deirdre Martin another chance Yup


  2. Nicole Nicole says:

    Review originally posted here love sports romance booksthan anything else They are my all time favorite trope, and I am constantly on the lookout for new books within the genre I had yet to try out Martin, so when I recieved this book in the mail, I couldn t wait to try it out.Esa has been living the life of a bachelor for a long time, but now that he has custody of his young niece, his life is changing in ways he never expected Knowing he can Review originally posted here love sports romance booksthan anything else They are my all time favorite trope, and I am constantly on the lookout for new books within the genre I had yet to try out Martin, so when I recieved this book in the mail, I couldn t wait to try it out.Esa has been living the life of a bachelor for a long time, but now that he has custody of his young niece, his life is changing in ways he never expected Knowing he can t care for a young girl himself, he hires a live in nanny to help take care of Nell But Michelle isn t what Esa expected Not only is she sexy in a way that Esa never expected, but she also forces him to reevaluate his life, especially now that Nell is in it.Michelle is used to working with difficult celebrities Esa isn t much different, except for the fact that for the first time ever, Michelle is attracted to one of her clients If it weren t for Nell, Michelle would never even consider putting up with someone like Esa, but they really seem to bond over the little girl, and soon Michelle finds herself warming Esa s bed along side his heart.For as much as I love sports romance books, there was something missing with this one I never really connected with the romance in this book, and found the relationship between Esa and Michelle to be somewhat superficial I never really felt their draw to each other, never really felt what exactly it was that kept them together As much as I wanted to love them, they just never really seemed like a couple to me for some reason.That being said, I had a love hate relationship with Michelle and Esa I loved Michelle and hated Esa I thought Michelle was such a sweetie She obviously loved and adored Nell, and was willing to put up with so much BS from Esa to be in Nell s life She cared for her family and her friends and she was an absolute saint for all she put up with I would have never made it in her shoes Despite how much I adored Michelle, Esa was the complete opposite He was a little cold and emotionally detached He never seemed to want to deal with anything touchy feely, and treated Michelle like crap in the beginning I wanted him to change, and while he definitely made an effort, I never really felt as if he warmed up to Michelle OR Nell.I have read other books that deal with a hero gaining custody of a niece or nephew, and while I think it can be done really well, I didn t really like it in this context Esa was so attached to his bachelor lifestyle, that having a kid cramped his style, and he wasn t afraid to admit it He never really connected with Nell, and while an attachment did eventually grow between them, it was SLOW to develop I wanted there to be a littlebetween them, and was kinda disappointed that it took so long for Esa and Nell to connect Plus, I never really did get the kind of emotional response that I m accustomed to with these kinds of stories.All in all I thought this was a very lackluster romance There wasn t anything special about Esa and Michelle s relationship If anything, I had a difficult time trying to determine WHY they were even in a relationship in the first place I wasn t a big fan of the hero, and had it not been for Michelle, I don t think I would have finished this book I m willing to give Martin another chance, mainly because of my love of sports romances, and I can only hope her other works pull me into the storythan this one did.I give Hip Check a C


  3. Sheryl C. Nash Sheryl C. Nash says:

    Oh lordy i really REALLY hope this one is better than the last book in this series i still LOVE Dierdre Martin AND her hockey studs, so i ll DEF still be buying this though


  4. Tori Tori says:

    Hip Check is the tenth book in Ms Martin s sports series which focuses on the lives and loves of a fictional hockey team the New York Blades A romantic contemporary that addresses the real life concerns and issues facing two completely different individuals who have found themselves drawn together over the well being of a little girl Written in a strong conversational style format, we watch our two protagonists, Esa and Michelle, lock horns and lips in a battle of wills that becomes a battle Hip Check is the tenth book in Ms Martin s sports series which focuses on the lives and loves of a fictional hockey team the New York Blades A romantic contemporary that addresses the real life concerns and issues facing two completely different individuals who have found themselves drawn together over the well being of a little girl Written in a strong conversational style format, we watch our two protagonists, Esa and Michelle, lock horns and lips in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.This installment carries a deep vein of sadness to it that isn t present in the previous books Esa Saari has a lot on his plate His contract is up for renewal and the Blades aren t knocking down his door to resign him His antic in his personal life has not reflected well on him He has also just gained custody of his niece, Nell A confirmed playboy bachelor, he has no idea what to do with an 8 year old little girl His friends come through for him in the form of Michelle Beck professional nanny.Michelle, a former school teacher turned nanny with some deep seated issues of her own, just got out of a job from hell and was looking to take a break but cannot help but feel for the motherless child The sparks fly when Esa and Michelle first meet He just wants to get back to his lifestyle sans pre parenthood and she can t believe he has no clue to what he is doing and doesn t seem to want to learn.Martin does a good job of pairing two characters together who, at first glance, seem the exact opposite of each other Esa lives a carefree life while Michelle isgrounded and stable Yet, as you get to know them, you realize they arealike than you think Both Esa and Michelle s childhoods have caused them to seek careers that give them a sense of family without actually having to make the commitment to one As we watch their interactions with others, you can see the walls they have erected Both of them try hard to be what they think others expect of them, yet you can feel the dissatisfaction with their lives in general.While I liked this book overall, there was a flatness to it Martin writes a good story with plenty of emotional scenes, but the emotion doesn t always translate well from paper to reader The premise hints at the potential for an epic battle of wills with plenty of humor, lust, and good intentions to keep the reader engrossed But that s not what we get The plotlines and romance are formulaic and while I found myself interested in the protagonists journey, the interest was vague There are no real surprises in here Nothing that made me sit up and take notice Both characters had potential but I never felt they fleshed out fully Michelle s judgmental and rigid attitude was amusing at first but the thaw I expected never comes I understood her needing to lay down the law with Esa and making sure he realized that she was a nanny and he was the parent, but when she starts a relationship with him, I never felt her initial feelings towards him change It made me question the validity of their romance Even at the very end, I sensed her respect and understanding of his past behavior but I still didn t feel like she liked him.Esa was a littleconvincing with his overall feelings of guilt and unworthiness towards his career and family His transformation comes about in a believable fashion his ability to actually want a relationship with both Michelle and Nell was a huge step for him But a part of me still felt the both of them were just going through the motions.I have noticed with Ms Martin s books that she is muchplayful with her secondary characters They are better developed andversatile than her protagonists Michelle s father and brother are solid figures in Michelle s life though she even keeps them at arm s length, choosing to ignore certain things for the fear they will come true The Blade teammates are always a gregarious group, offering advice and censure whenever they feel you need it Whether you want it or not.The ending is predictable as issues are addressed and conflicts resolved We aren t left with a concrete HEA, but you have a feeling this family will certainly try their best While Hip Check didn t blow me away, it is a solid installment that fans of this series are sure to enjoy.Overall Rating C


  5. Ashley F Ashley F says:

    This review was posted at Tsuki s Book Blog on June 17, 2013Oh DNFs, how I hate you I really dislike giving books DNF ratings but this was one of those where I could not stick it out for another 40% Why you ask Why could I not finish this book when it has all the makings of a book I d love Well I ll get to that in a moment But first,Esa is a hockey player who is a bit of a ladies man Suddenly he is saddled with his niece and decides to hire a nanny Completely clueless, he hires the first This review was posted at Tsuki s Book Blog on June 17, 2013Oh DNFs, how I hate you I really dislike giving books DNF ratings but this was one of those where I could not stick it out for another 40% Why you ask Why could I not finish this book when it has all the makings of a book I d love Well I ll get to that in a moment But first,Esa is a hockey player who is a bit of a ladies man Suddenly he is saddled with his niece and decides to hire a nanny Completely clueless, he hires the first chick he meets and then doesn t grasp the fact nannying is not a 24 7 job As Michelle and Esa begin to fight sexual tension he realizes he needs to dofor Nell his niece and proceed with caution with Michelle.I m sure some sort of conflict would eventually materialize for Esa and Michelle but I didn t get there I got totally bogged down with one issue And here it is.I VE READ THIS STORY BEFORE Seriously I m pretty sure I ve read this story a bunch of times before exactly except he s a hockey player The story always goes exactly the same Clueless dad or uncle hires live in nanny without a real interview and then doesn t seem to grasp the concept of her having a separate life even when he pretends he does Inevitably they start to sleep together and or date The some sort of conflict from the guy s past ruins everything Also the kid always loves the nanny.Not only have I read the story before but I ve written a fanfiction with this premise Seriously it was concerning to me.Unfortunately the characters didn t make up for it By the 50% mark I knew Esa was an ass and Michelle thought she wasn t a doormat That was the extent of my knowledge The author kept telling me there was sexual tension and attraction but I never got that out of the story To me it seemed forced I didn t understand why they were supposed to fall in love other than for plot convenience.I ve been having a bad run of those recently where I don t see the relationship as being because of love I ve been dealing with a lot of forced relationships and it is just so disappointing in a book with a heavily recycled plot.Finally around the 50% mark I put the book down when I realized I didn t care what happened I didn t care if I never found out where they ended up most likely together or what the conflict would be I didn t care if Esa wised up or if Nell got a happy family I was just done It went back to the library the next day.This was my first Dierdre Martin and while I wouldn t say I wouldn t read another by her, I would have to be convinced of it first I do not read many sports books as a whole other than some with boxing or underground fighting.1 Star DNFPublished by BerkleyFebruary 5, 2013340 PagesProvided by the Library


  6. Mareli Mareli says:

    5 stars because I love DM I love that she went back to USA after the Irish period I love sport stories I love little girls So this story is like a Harlequin A nanny for an orphan girl, sent to her uncle, who doesn t know what to do But he s a NY Blade, she s a great nanny, very sweet with the little girl and trying to be hethical with her boss BOth of them are afraid to be in a relationship her because scared, him because he s a dog LOL Thanks Mrs Martin, as usual for deliver


  7. Liz Liz says:

    I ve liked her other books but this one was awful To set up your main character with all these ethics about work relationships, only to have her fall into bed with her employer is strange to say the least Also, the themes of loss, grief, contained emotion are pretty simply resolved Yes, I know it is a romance but still I did finish it, because like I said I have liked her books before but I think it would be a long while before I would pick up another.


  8. Elle Fielding Elle Fielding says:

    I liked the way Martin wrote about Esa s journey as a playboy who finds himself guardian to his eight year old niece, Nell The interactions between the the secondary characters and the main characters were often fun and interesting.


  9. Minna Minna says:

    The hockey knowledge was great which this former northerner enjoyed , which earned the book its single star Otherwise it was a bust for me Esa was clueless, oblivious, and rude Michelle was sanctimonious, snobby, and bossy She was also dumb how on earth could such a tough cookie let her brother walk all over her like that Eh I couldn t connect to either of the main characters and IMHO they couldn t connect to each other either They disliked each other and then all the sudden were in be The hockey knowledge was great which this former northerner enjoyed , which earned the book its single star Otherwise it was a bust for me Esa was clueless, oblivious, and rude Michelle was sanctimonious, snobby, and bossy She was also dumb how on earth could such a tough cookie let her brother walk all over her like that Eh I couldn t connect to either of the main characters and IMHO they couldn t connect to each other either They disliked each other and then all the sudden were in bed Lust, perhaps Chemistry maaaaaybe Love Yeah, right I think not.I see others enjoyed this book so don t let me deter you It just didn t light my lamp.Claiming for 2019 PopSugar Reading challenge in category Two word title Might as well get some use out of it LOL


  10. Ellie Ellie says:

    Hip Check, New York Blades 10, by Deirdre MartinGrade D It s scary that you never know if the person you love is going to be snatched away from you, that it can happen even when you re young But the risk is worth it, Trust me Michelle Beck loves working as a nanny but when she meets hockey star Esa Sarri and his orphaned niece she knows she shouldn t work for him Esa is a known playboy who is always in the gossip column but Michelle can t walk away from the sweet little girl who lost her mo Hip Check, New York Blades 10, by Deirdre MartinGrade D It s scary that you never know if the person you love is going to be snatched away from you, that it can happen even when you re young But the risk is worth it, Trust me Michelle Beck loves working as a nanny but when she meets hockey star Esa Sarri and his orphaned niece she knows she shouldn t work for him Esa is a known playboy who is always in the gossip column but Michelle can t walk away from the sweet little girl who lost her mother Michelle lost her mother as a young girl too and she forms a close bond with Nell right away but working for Esa is a nightmare due to his attitude about Nell and the crazy attraction they have together Michelle is determined to provide a stable life for Nell even if it means shuting down her feelings for the child s sexy uncle.Eas Sarri is used to scoring on and off the ice and loves his carefree life as a bachelor but everything changes when his sister is killed in a car accident and he is left raising her eight year old daughter Michelle is a godsend and Esa would be lost without her caring for Nell Thetime Esa spends with Michelle thehe enjoys her and she changes his view on looking after Nell Soon Esa realizes he wants a family with Michelle and Nell but he must convience Michelle he has changed and they can be perfect together.I really struggled with this book and have not disliked a character so much in a very long, long time Esa is a class A jerk and he made me so mad for 80% of the book that I didn t even want finish reading Esa spends a lot of Hip Check being upset that he can no longer have threesomes with Victoria Secret models and that he s stuck taking care of Nell Whoever gave this man a child should have their head examined but we do see later that he was the best option for Nell Esa s attitude does change but only because Michelle is a badass and refuses to let his take advantage of the situation and makes his talk to Nell.Michelle is a saint and sometimes I got sick of her being perfect she is the best thing to happen to Nell and Esa What surprised me was that she actually fell for Esa after hating him so much at the beginning of the story One of the things that got me to open up to Esa was that Michelle got him to finally love the child and make her his number one priority Without Nell I would have hated Esa and been mad at Michelle for dating him.I was disappointed in this book and never felt that Esa and Michelle had that great of a connection I always wanted to seeof them talking and falling in love I haven t been a fan of the last two books in the series and unless Ulf s book is next I think I m done with the New York Blades I like strong alpha men but these guys are a holes and it s not attractive and it really doesn t make me want to read about them Sadly this is a big fail for me and it had to do with Esa being the biggest jerk I ve read about in a really long time


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Hip Check ❰Read❯ ➵ Hip Check Author Deirdre Martin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Esa Saari is a hockey player for the New York Blades with a bad boy rep both on and off the ice But when he suddenly becomes the guardian of his eight year old niece, Nell, he knows his excessive life Esa Saari is a hockey player for the New York Blades with a bad boy rep both on and off the ice But when he suddenly becomes the guardian of his eight year old niece, Nell, he knows his excessive lifestyle is about to get body checked So he hires a live in nanny Her name is Michelle Beck, and she gets along great with Nell What surprises him, though, is that he instantly hits it off with her, too Getting romantically involved would be a bad idea, but he s finding it impossible to ignore the intense connection between them Michelle, however, takes her job very seriously, and must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart And Esa s got to decide if he can give up his bad boy image for the love of a good woman.

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About the Author: Deirdre Martin

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationNew York Times Bestselling Author Deirdre Martin was six when she wrote her first book, a Peanuts parody In addition to penning bad, maudlin poetry in junior high school and serving as the Arts Editor on her high school newspaper, she was also the Arts Editor at her college newspaper at the University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned her BA in English in While writing for the student newspaper there, she sold her first freelance magazine article and won a city wide play writing contest Her play, Spin Cycle, about two lonely people at a laundromat, was subsequently performed in a theater space in downtown BuffaloAter graduating college, Deirdre worked at a series of trade magazines before landing a job at Soap Opera Digest While she says it was fun working in a place where she got to watch TV all afternoon, she longed to branch out, and after two years, left to begin freelancing full time Over the course of her twelve year freelance career, her work appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Seventeen, YM, McCall s, Fitness, New Woman, Bride s, Bridal Guide, Inside Sports, Woman s World, Modern Maturity, Islands, Newsday, and the New York Times In , her first non fiction book was published Investing for Retirement Avon She also contributed to Lifescripts for Managers, Lifescripts for Employees, and Lifescripts for the Self Employed MacMillan, A fan of the romance genre and of soap opera If Dickens were alive today, he d be writing for a soap, Deirdre maintains , she decided to try her own hand at writing a romance novel The result, BODY CHECK, was published in March, , followed by USA Today Bestseller FAIR PLAY in , TOTAL RUSH in , THE PENALTY BOX in , and USA Today Bestseller CHASING STANLEY in also saw the publication of JUST A TASTE, which made The New York Times Bestseller List Deirdre returned to the world of the Blades in with POWERPLAY was also when she launched a new series, The Wild Hart Saga, centering around a large Irish American family who own a pub in Manhattan The first book in the series, WITH A TWIST, was quickly followed by STRAIGHT UP in , and there are plans for at least twoBut the New York Blades keep calling her back her next book, ICEBREAKER, will be published in A resident of Ithaca, NY, Deirdre enjoys hiking and biking with her husband, Mark Levine, co author of the financial bestsellers, Die Broke and Live Rich When not busy lavishing affection on her beloved Newfie, Rocky, she also enjoys reading, baking, listening to music, yoga, photography, and hanging out with her friends from acting class She s had the same best friend since she was ten and adores the color purple.