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  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Original edition (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243688
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked the first few, but I felt the plot was not only predictable, but carelessly written. I was really disappointed in this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Saga of Rory G-ddamn Brady 9 Dec. 2012
By tethys77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Rory Brady: Fascinating portrait of a complete sociopath. Rory Brady dated Erin for 8 years, planning marriage and a family, then dumped her over the telephone to pursue an NHL career. Now he's back in town and he's not afraid to let everyone know that he's Rory G-ddamn Brady and deserves a second chance. He deserves his girl back, his best friend back, the faith of his little Irish town, and the love of his Grandma.
And he never, ever apologizes. Well, scratch that. He does once, in Chapter 11. "Sorry for that," he tells Erin whom he has been told was on suicide watch by the town when he broke her heart. Sorry for that, but we will be getting back together. Because I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady and that's what I've decided.

He even says in an internal monologue that while he may have utterly destroyed Erin, so much so that he didn't even recognize her skeletal figure on the street the day he returns, it's been so good for her because she stands up for herself. I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady, patting myself on the back. I really can't remember the last time I read such an unlikeable leading man.

So of course, not-so-plucky Erin runs right back to Rory G-ddamn Brady because, well, he's Rory G-ddamn Brady, don't you know? And she abandons perfectly well-adjusted Jake who's done nothing but be nice to her. But it's okay! Because Rory G-ddamn Brady points out that an over the hill, married woman named Sandra with four kids has always liked Jake and Jake is all, "Awesome! I always wanted to raise some other dude's four horrible children and be the go-between in a messy divorce!"

'Cause the author wouldn't want Erin to look like a total bee-yotch for just leaving Jake in the lurch like that. Gotta throw him a bone. Even if it's a dried up, crap ton of baggage hauling, victim of domestic violence bone. Contrived plot, anyone?

And then Rory G-ddamn Brady does another thing that only Rory G-ddamn Brady would do: He BLAMES Jake for Sandra's abusive marriage. Because you know if Jake had just dated Sandra (who he barely knew) in high school instead of crushing on Erin (who he knew really well), Sandra wouldn't be the worn out slag she is now. What were you thinking, Jake, not being able to see the future and not being willing to settle for second best so that Rory G-ddamn Brady can have everything handed to him on a silver platter?

So Rory and Jake have a sit down wherein Jake gives Erin to Rory. Because she's property like that. And Rory is all pompous acting like it just should have been that way all along and why can't everyone just get on the Rory G-ddamn Brady Train Already?

So Erin goes through a long mental litany of how she has feelings for Rory...so she must love him. And how Rory was nice to her...so she must love him. And never once does she ever just love....Erin, but whatever. Rory takes her out driving and screws her in his car. Because Erin's not worth a bed or anything fancy like that. And after the horizontal mambo even Erin thinks about how Rory dumping her heartlessly was just SO good for her. She doesn't need him to feel complete. Which is, you know, why they're back together now. Because she doesn't need him. If you don't need him, Erin, how about getting on a plane and studying art in, say, FRANCE, where they have a crap ton of it?

I'll spare you the rest except to say this is a romance. But no one loves Erin. Not even Erin. And there's a forced HEA. If there's a sequel, then he cheats on her. And he'll make it all her fault, because he's Rory G-ddamn Brady.

This is the first Deirdre Martin book I read. It'll be my last. In fact, at the same time I checked this one out I checked out several others. I'll just tiptoe back to the library and dump off the others without bothering to read them because this was just complete horsecrap.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
My least favorite in the series 8 Feb. 2012
By Gretchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Most of the other books in the Blades series have a fair mixture of romance as well as team involvement. With the exception of the last chapter and Esa's brief trip to Ballycraig, the team element was non existent. I hope Deidre will continue with this series but go back to the structure of some of her earlier works like Body Check, Fair Play and Power Play.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Erin's life is so depressing! It feels like she's trapped. Thankfully Erin is not afraid to reach for her dreams. 8 Feb. 2012
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Breakaway by Deidre Martin
Contemporary Romance -Feb. 7th, 2012
3 stars

Erin O'Brien thought that she had it all: she was going to marry Rory, her childhood sweetheart, who was selected to play in the NHL in America. But overwhelmed by his success, Rory broke up with Erin instead. Devastated, Erin stayed in Ballycraig, Ireland, stuck at her mother's B&B and secretly hopes to find a way out of her dreary life. Two years later, Rory returns to Ballycraig determined to woo Erin back. But can she forgive him?

For some reason, British romance writers can create the bleakest settings. Right from the beginning, you get a sense that Erin's life just sucks - she has an overbearing neurotic mum who works her like an unpaid slave (and somehow hopes that Erin will work at the family B&B for forever!) and a best friend who's married to a crappy guy and stuck with four kids. Erin's life is so depressing! It feels like she's trapped. It didn't help that Rory, the guy who was supposed to sweep her off her feet ended up dumping her. Thankfully Erin is not afraid to reach for her dreams. Even though her mother is against it, she's taking an online degree in art history and dreams of being away from Ballycraig and her family's B&B. I like that she has spunk and independence. Unfortunately, I thoroughly dislike Rory. In fact, I downright detest him. I hate the fact that he waltzed back into town confident that Erin will take him back. I hate the fact that it never occurred to him that she was devastated by their breakup and that it took her a long time to get over him. Worse of all, I hate the fact that they did get back together again even though he doesn't deserve her.

This romance was such a letdown with such an undeserving hero.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Writing was good 7 Feb. 2012
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Fran(Under the Covers Book Blog)
This was a classic case of "This cover is so hot!" and then the book falls a bit flat. Having not read the previous books in this series I can say I wasn't lost and was able to enjoy this book as much as the story allowed me. Mostly because we are not in New York with the team, or even around hockey.

Nope, we are in Ireland. Turns out Rory Brady was a bit of an ass and a jerk. He left his hometown to go become a big NHL star and then dumped his high school sweetheart, Erin O'Brien. Erin has been devastated and has not been able to move on much with her life. And then Rory comes back for the summer with the goal of getting her back. You know what they say, you don't know what you have until it's gone and all that.

But here's my problem. Instead of Rory coming back and doing some serious groveling to get in her good graces again, he's very much so his regular self. He just expects Erin to fall back at his feet just because he came back for her. To take her away from the little town she's always wanted to leave behind. And in a way she does kind of give in to him easily.

The writing was good and I will probably try out some other books in this series or look out for the next one. I just think I picked the one that seemed to do a lot of talking in circles and going to the pub to get drunk. But it was a light and fast read.

*ARC provided by publisher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Opportunity lost... 30 July 2012
By Karenreads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm such a fan of the Blade series that I was very sad when I finished this book. The book itself could have been a stand alone as there was such a tiny involvement of the team and past characters. Not much of a spoiler alert, because you would guess that Rory and Erin would put their issues to rest however, why oh why did it take 180 pages. This could have been done in 50 and then sent them back to NY where a great story was waiting to be told. Girl from small village in Ireland marries big time NY hockey star, moves to the big city, etc. I'm not a writer, but oh boy........there could have been something there.

I'll continue to follow the Blades, but please let's get back to NY. As much as I love Ireland, this was just a disappointment.

Just to add - get your books from the local library, it's much less painful if it's not good. If I love it - then I'll buy it.
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