I absolutely love the cover tagline for Deirdre Martin’s Icebreaker: “There’s no defense against this kind of sexy.” Cornball? Of course! I giggle every time I read it. But it’s a perfect summary of this contemporary sports romance. Icebreaker is the ninth book in Martin’s series about the fictional New York Blades hockey team, and it’s a fun read.
Sinead O’Brien grew up above her parents’ Manhattan pub, but she’s worked hard to build a reputation as one of the city’s top female litigators. She’s just been hired to defend Blades star Adam Perry from criminal assault charges resulting from a vicious on-ice hit (a plot twist I thought ludicrous until I remembered the Todd Bertuzzi incident back in 2004).
Adam’s not the friendliest of guys, and he’s as tough off the ice as he is on. His mission is to win the Stanley Cup and he isn’t going to let a trumped-up legal case or an attractive attorney distract him from his goal. Sinead and Adam are very much alike – both are loners and despite their attraction, neither is interested in a romance. Watching the two of them change from reluctant allies into a real couple is great fun. There’s a fair amount of family drama as well, and Sinead and Adam each have to make some difficult choices about how they treat the people they love.
Icebreaker is definitely brain candy – it’s cute and entertaining, and you don’t have to engage too many brain cells to follow the action. If you’re interested in reading Deirdre Martin's entire New York Blades series from the beginning, start with Body Check, which is the first book (and my favorite of the lot) but each book can definitely be read as a stand-alone.