Books by Deirdre Martin

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Hip Check

Too often good romance novels are undermined by their cover art. Hip Check is a case in point. The cover says sassy, fun nearly chick lit, but the story itself is a poignant, sometimes sad tale of an orphaned little girl and the two adults who are trying to make her world a bit happier. ...

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Breakaway

Many a romance novel features an adorable small town, filled with people and places a reader might love to experience. Ballycraig, Ireland, the fictional setting of Ms. Martin’s latest New York Blades series, is not such a place. The people there, in general, are economically struggling, tend to d ...

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Straight Up

The story of a young woman going off and finding love in Ireland (or Scotland, or England) is a popular one. We all love those attractive accented men. The reverse, however, is a bit more rare, but that’s what we find in Straight Up, a story in Deirdre Martin’s world that follows an Irish famil ...

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With a Twist

I went back-and-forth with Deirdre Martin’s With A Twist almost the entire time I was reading it. Every time things started looking dire for the book, the author managed to turn them around. However, the ending just failed to redeem the book as a whole. Natalie Bocuse is a classy French lady wh ...

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Power Play

When I open a book and smile at the first sentence, it’s a sign of good things to come. When I close the book – still smiling – I know I’ve found a keeper. Power Play is funny, sweet and utterly delightful. Years ago, Monica Geary came to New York determined to be an actress. She had high h ...

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Just a Taste

Deirdre Martin has consistently received good grades here, so I was pleased to get the chance to read her latest, Just a Taste. Sadly, the taste I got of this author was below average. I didn’t believe in the romance and the characters at times grated on my nerves with their lack of maturity. ...

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Just a Taste

Deirdre Martin’s sequel to Fair Play is delightfully funny and entertaining. Anthony Dante, Ant to his loved ones, is part owner and head chef of Dante’s, the place to go for sumptuous Italian food. When we first meet Ant, he is at the cemetery visiting the grave of his late w ...

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Chasing Stanley

I picked up Deirdre Martin’s first hockey-related book simply because it was hockey-related. There's not a whole lot of recourse for Canadian ex-pats in the land of eternal sunshine (Australia). So combining two of my great loves - hockey and romance novels - together in one cutely-covered package ...

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The Penalty Box

The Penalty Box is more a story of personal growth than a romance novel, although the romance between Paul van Dorn and Katie Fischer is the catalyst that helps them truly see what they were, are, and can become. Katie Fisher grew up fatherless in Duxbury, Conneticut a small town that's stayed sm ...

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Total Rush

With two excellent AAR reviews to her credit, it was with a fair degree of anticipation that I first opened Total Rush, the latest release from Deirdre Martin. Though I can't comment on whether or not there was a precipitous drop in quality between those books and this one, I can tell you that for m ...