by Deirdre Martin

February 2007
ISBN: 0-425-21447-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Now that the stresses of the holiday season are over it is time to reflect on the past year, and look forward to a new one. It is also time to set new goals for your reading journal, and begin that new book.

Author Deirdre Martin is offering fans another in her hockey series. The newest book Chasing Stanley features dog walker, Delilah Gould, and Blade player Jason Mitchell. The two meet when Jason is walking his dog Stanley and having trouble controlling him. Delilah who owns the Bed and Biscuit, a dog training, walking, and boarding service, tries to bully Jason into getting control of his dog.

Soon Delilah and Jason have come to terms to train Stanley. Will Stanley be the only one getting attention, or will the interest that is simmering between Jason and Delilah come to be more?

There are many obstacles to overcome for Delilah and Jason to have a happily ever after. As I read, I could not help but feel that both Jason and Delilah had some major maturing to do. While Delilah did not grow up in a happy home, Jason did. However Jason has a twin brother who is slightly older than he, and seems to take a rather perverse pleasure in doing everything he can to undermine Jasonís confidence.

Delilahís parents who did more fighting than loving have raised their daughter to be socially inept. Delilahís lack of self-confidence plays a major factor in her inability to relate to Jason, as a woman should to a man. Jasonís brother, Eric seems to also have played a major part in Jasonís willingness to fully commit to either his career or his love life.

Overall, I had a difficult time wanting to continue reading Chasing Stanley. I found it hard to care for any of the characters who were not of the four-legged variety. I found myself constantly thinking either you are willing to compromise to have a relationship or you are not. Maybe all the characters could have benefited from a good therapy session.

I came late to Ms. Martinís books, and have enjoyed the previous titles that I have read. I, however, think I could have skipped Chasing Stanley and not been disappointed to have missed one.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Sandi.

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