by Deirdre Martin

February 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19457-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Theresa Falconetti is smart, funny and is in business with her best friend, Janna Gallagher. They started their own PR firm with a settlement Theresa received. Only problem, business is not so good. A large PR firm is gobbling up smaller companies like candy and they are working overtime to keep from becoming an entrťe.

Michael Dante is a professional hockey player for the NY Blades. He also has been attracted to Theresa since they met almost a year ago. It doesnít hurt that she is from the old neighborhood, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The problem is, Theresa had a really bad experience with a former member of his team and has sworn off hockey players. It also doesnít help that the last time he tried to talk to her; he forgot his bridge and was toothless. She also has sworn off local Italian guys from Brooklyn. But he hasnít gotten to where he was by giving up. He figures, with her and Jannaís help, they could update the family restaurant and he could plead his case in the process. He hadnít expected her to be so stubborn.

After almost being raped, Theresa has sworn off hockey players. She has also decided that she wants a man who is totally opposite what she grew up knowing. What she didnít plan for was the fact that Michael was not what he seemed. Now she has to decide if maybe she hadnít been too hasty in her decisions.

Theresa and Michael are great. Their interactions are sharp, funny and sexy. Michael is not your typical Italian boy from Brooklyn, but he sure has all the best attributes. Theresa is trying too hard to leave behind what she thinks isnít sophisticated. What she will find out is that when the chips are down, itís your family and friends who will always be there for you.

Fair Play brings us back to NY and the Blades and we get a closer look at some of her more memorable characters from her first book, Body Check. Ms. Martin is a truly talented author who I will be adding to my auto buy list.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Carolyn.

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