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What do a New York City dog trainer and a pro hockey player have in common? They both love Stanley, an adorable but naughty Newfoundland...When dog trainer Delilah Gould spots a rambunctious Newfoundland disobeying orders, she can't help but stepping in and teaching the gentle giant to heel. But it's his hunky owner she's really like to teach a few tricks. Too bad he's cleWhat do a New York City dog trainer and a pro hockey player have in common? They both love Stanley, an adorable but naughty Newfoundland...When dog trainer Delilah Gould spots a rambunctious Newfoundland disobeying orders, she can't help but stepping in and teaching the gentle giant to heel. But it's his hunky owner she's really like to teach a few tricks. Too bad he's clearly the untrainable kind. Professional hockey player Jason Mitchell is thrilled when he's traded to the New York Blades--the team of his dreams. There's just one problem: his pooch isn't adjusting to city life too well. Good thing he crosses paths with dog trainer Delilah Gould. At least that's what he thinks--until he realized he's fallen for her. Now, with the season heating up, Jason realizes he'll have to score big-time to win the Stanley Cup and the woman who had tamed his dog and unleashed his heart....

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Chasing Stanley Reviews

  • jenjn79
    2018-09-21 10:13

    Rating: 3.5 / 5This book started off really good for me. The first 150 or so pages were great, but as the book progressed I ended up getting annoyed with the heroine and finding something lacking in the relationship between Jason and Delilah. It wasn't that I got bored or anything, more that relationship stumbled while the rest of the storyline kept me reading.Chasing Stanley is the sixth book in Deirdre Martin's light-hearted-romance Blades series about the fictional New York Blades hockey team. Jason Mitchell, a left winger, was just traded to his dream team, the Blades, and so moves to NYC with his huge Newfoundland dog, Stanley. Stan's been used to open space and doing as he pleases, but in NY, things aren't so easy. While at the park one day, Stan's misbehavior catches the eye of dog trainer/walker/boarder Delilah Gould.Delilah is horrified at Stan's lack of training and takes Jason to task. Jason is amused by her spitfire attack. Soon, she is training Stan, walking him during games, and boarding during road trips. And she's finding her attraction to Jason isn't one sided. The two hit it off. It's not long before Jason realizes that the plucky Delilah he first met only comes out when there's an animal in need. The rest of the time, she is painfully shy, prone to babbling or blurting when in social situations. More than once her nervous habit has caused him embarrassment. Even worse is the fact that they discover they have little in common and have different ideas for fun. Neither is sure they can find a way to mesh their lives together.I put off reading this book for quiet a while. I've read a couple of Martin's book and while they weren't bad, they sometimes tend to be a little too light and fluffy for me. I like books with a bit more meat on their bones. So I just didn't feel like reading this one. But I finally figured I needed to read it.Overall, the book was good. Not something I loved or would want to read again, but enjoyable enough. Hey, any book with a big, goofy dog will get my attention. Stanley was definitely that. I liked reading about him. And it was sweet how Jason and Delilah bonded over pets.Being a hockey fan, I also liked the sports aspect of the story. It's definitely fun when something I like in real life is incorporated into a book I read. I can't say how realistic Martin's portrayal of a player's life is, but for a fun, light, romance, it worked for me.Where this book lacked, in my opinion, was with the character of Delilah and the relationship between Jason and Delilah. At first, I thought she was a very cool character, more average woman than you typically read about. Pretty, but not stunning, not a fashion plate, not afraid walk around with dog hair on her clothes, troubled by some nervous habits, etc. I just found it nice to read about someone more typical. But her social phobias got annoying. The woman had some serious neuroses. If I were Jason, I'd be afraid to take her anywhere because you never knew what would pop out of her mouth. It was a pretty big issue in their relationship and when the book ended, I didn't feel like it was resolved. There was just a small part where she said she was going to try and get help.I also hated that by the end of the book, it seemed like Jason was shouldering all the blame for what went wrong between them. No, he wasn't perfect, but I didn't like how he was thinking how he shouldn't have done this or that or whatever. To me, Delilah was more to blame, but that's just me. I also thought she came off a bit selfish...I mean, Jason made an effort to understand her and her job, but Delilah put in almost no effort to understand his life. Not until the very end did she even bother to learn anything about hockey. That doesn't say much about a relationship, in my opinion. And overall, I felt there was a bit of a lack of passion and chemistry between the two. They had almost nothing in comment except for the dog. I almost felt they were better friends than lovers. I even skipped a love scene or two because I just wasn't interested in reading them. Basically, I found the story of the book more interesting than the romance and the character of Delilah. At least for the second half of the book. If the book had ended with Jason and Delilah being very good friends, I'm not sure I would have minded. Which says a lot.

  • D.L.
    2018-10-03 14:09

    I found Chasing Stanley to be a disappointing book. The first few chapters leading up to Delilah and Jason getting together were fun, light-hearted, and amusing. Jason had hero potential- I loved that he was attracted to Delilah despite her being shy and always covered in dog hair. However, once they got together it was all downhill from there.Neither Jason nor Delilah showed any character growth throughout the novel. Delilah is painfully awkward and shy, interacting better with dogs than people. Whenever she is in a social situation she ends up babbling and embarrassing herself. Neither of these are particularly horrible traits, except that she has no spine. Not only is she socially awkward, but she spends most of the book on the brink of tears about one thing or another. She’s overly vulnerable. She doesn’t have a lot of common sense. She runs out of parties the minute she thinks someone doesn’t like her. She’s been traumatized by her parents fighting and bickering, so it makes some sense that she’s hesitant about relationships, but she literally becomes a nervous wreck just thinking about her parents. The only character who is less mature than her is Jason.Jason is essentially a little boy now living in the big city playing hockey. He’s impulsive about everything. He buys digital cameras before furnishing his apartment. He goes out to get drunk with his teammates and his brother. And he’s about a zero on the maturity scale. I had major issues about Delilah and his first major public outing. Jason wants to go have dinner with some of his teammates. Delilah was clear she didn’t want to go and that her social anxiety would probably cause some problems. They go, and she babbles. It wasn’t much of a shock, but at the same time it wasn’t a major deal. Yes, she embarrassed herself, but she didn’t say anything offensive or anything that should have embarrassed Jason. Jason, however, gets really angry about what happened. In the car ride home he starts lashing out that she needs to get help about her social anxiety problems at that she hasn’t been doing anything to fix it. Hello! Delilah clearly stated that she didn’t want to go, that it would be hard on her, then Jason pressures he into it and gets mad when it doesn’t go the way he wanted? I was so annoyed by the whole incident I had to put the book down for a while. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to bother to finish it.Jason spends a lot of time in the book considering Delilah a liability, which makes me really doubt that they belong together. She’s a homebody, and he likes to go out and party the night away. A lot of couples can overcome this, except Jason wanted Delilah to start partying and Delilah wanted Jason to stay in more. They weren’t very good at compromising. For a few months, they take a break from dating and stay friends. They work way better this way, and even though they get back together at the end, their future as a couple appears doomed. I’m not sure what it says about Jason’s character that the moment he and Delilah break up he starts going to Victoria Secret fashion shows and clubbing with models- to “distract him from missing Delilah”. I had trouble seeing him as long-term relationship material. (Why were they together again?) Jason’s twin brother Eric isn’t particularly likeable either. I know he has a book later on in the series, but I had trouble ever seeing him as a hero. He’s smooth and charming, but mostly uses that to cause trouble for everyone else. During the book Eric starts a fling with Delilah’s father’s fiancée, which isn’t resolved by the end of the book and feels like a loose plot thread.Almost every other character was a two dimensional stereotype. You have the high strung Jewish mother. The gay best friend. The father with the midlife crisis, horrible fake tan, and blonde bimbo on his arm. The darling parents from Minnesota who love each other, live on a farm, and don’t worry what people think of them. The list goes on. There are several large group interactions which involve the team, coaches and past players. I could sort of guess which characters were in past book in the series, but consider how uninteresting they were, I doubt I’ll be reading their books. They were generally described as beautiful people with beautiful children who are beautifully happy. Yay.I think the biggest problem with this book is that there is absolutely no tension. I’m not a sports person, but I really like hockey which is one reason I chose this book. But not even the hockey was interesting. There was no suspense built up. The descriptions of the games didn’t convey at all the adrenaline rush the players would be having. They won the Stanley Cup before I even realized they were in the finals. The sex was basically the same. There was no spark. It would have been better if those scenes were never included- they were so bland.The only thing I really liked was Jason’s dog Stanley’s connection to everyone. He brings most of the humor to the book with his antics. He’s a very lovable dog and eventually becomes the team mascot. However not even a big lovable Newf could save this book. 2 out of 5 stars, and I doubt I’ll be reading anything else in the Blades series.

  • Samantha
    2018-10-08 13:57

    I was so disappointed with this book. I usually love Deirdre Martin's books but this one wasn't her best. I'm not going to write a plot summary since so many on here already have. The character development in this book is awful. It's like they just wake up one day and change. You have to suspend so much about reality just to get through it. I felt that the secondary characters detracted from the main story instead of helping support it. I was just really disappointed that Ms. Martin didn't take her time and develop this story idea. I even got tired of the dog after a while. I don't read romance books to read about the dog's actions for pages and pages. I would skip this book and read the other books in the series.

  • Myself
    2018-10-10 14:55

    Le doy un 2,5 porque no llega al 3. Un aprobado raspado. Para mi gusto es el más flojo de los Blades. Los personajes no me inspiran mucho, él me parece un memo y ella una pazguata.

  • Serena Miles
    2018-10-09 12:57

    este libro lo tenia pendiente desde hace cinco años por lo menos,y la verdad es que me ha gustado mucho. Con una prota muy sencilla y una trama simple me ha atrapado y ha hecho que suelte unas cuantas lagrimitas8.5/10

  • Lori
    2018-09-21 13:59

    I try really hard not to post really negative reviews. But I had to say something about this book. And I'm not really quite sure what to say about it. Except this. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I loved Martin's first book. I liked her second book. I reluctantly liked The Penalty Box. But I don't know why I continue to read books about Jewish heroines. It's like I'm on a continuous quest to find a book that doesn't totally stereotype either the heroine or her family. Yet at the same time, something keeps me reading. And I apologize in advance for the rant that is sure to come, because I try hard not to make my reviews a forum for my own personal views. So, having said all that...Delilah Gould is a painfully shy dog trainer who meets and falls in love with Jason Mitchell, one of those hunky hockey players that Martin is so fond of writing. Jason hires her to train his Newf, who is himself a supporting character. Along the way, we meet Jason's over-confident twin (also a hockey player), Delilah's gay best friend (didn't we see this in the last book?), both families, and a host of teammates and old couples from past books.What I liked: I liked that Jason wasn't your typical stuck-up athlete. He seemed very down-to-earth, and very sweet. He did have a few (ok, several) dumb jock moments, but that is to be expected when reading a book about, well... jocks. I loved that he beat the crap out of his teammate for calling Delilah a derogatory name. He stood up for her not just out of principle, but because he honestly couldn't believe what came out of his teammate's mouth.Martin did try very hard not to make Delilah into your stereotypical Jewish heroine. She wasn't a JAP, but she did have very stereotypical parents. Why can't there just be normal Jewish families out there?What I didn't like: I practically peed in my pants and keeled over when I read the word "kike" in this book. One of Jason's teammates is an anti-Semite, and called Jason a Kike-lover, as well as spouting every other stereotype in the book. I wonder if Martin realizes that were this a book about African-Americans, she couldn't have gotten away with calling the hero an "N"-lover. Her editor would have drawn the line. To Jews, the "K" word is the same thing. So why is this ok? I almost put the book down right there, but I wanted to see how she resolved the situation.Sorry to say, Delilah never once stood up for herself with Denny (the teammate). She let Jason do it for her, even when he was rude to her face. It's a difficult situation to be in, but man oh man, she was a doormat. I don't know what else I can say about this, except I'm still utterly floored at the chutzpah displayed by both Martin and Berkley in publishing the racial slur in this book.Now on to the families. Why are Jewish families so stereotyped? Delilah's family was totally dysfunctional. Her parents were divorced, always yelling at each other. Her mother picked at her, and she was "daddy's little girl". Mom was always concerned with makeup and obsessed with Delilah's weight and appearance. oh, and "Do you have a boyfriend?" Dad is the local TV "Mattress King," complete with the bad toupee and the 20-something girlfriend. Even their names - Mitzi and Sy? Oy. Jason's parents, on the other hand, were loving, normal folks who showed Delilah what a normal functional family should feel like. They embraced her into the family fold, never once seeming to care that their son was dating a girl who would likely raise their grandchildren Jewish. Let me tell you, people, as one who has lived that situation... it matters. (Although Martin did give them laughable names, too, I must admit - Dick and Jane. But she had them acknowledge the silliness of their names right off the bat, of course.) And Jason, of course, was totally thrown by Delilah's family. Freaked out and felt totally sorry for her.So as I got angrier and angrier about this stereotyping, I began to think about it a bit more. My own hubby felt a bit overwhelmed when he met my family. Jewish families do tend to be a bit... louder?... than other families. And compared to mine, Bob's family is totally laid back and seemingly "normal". So is stereotyping ok? No. Or is it over the top? Yes. I certainly haven't met any Jewish families as crazy freaky as any that I've read about in a romance novel. Yet, I know why she wrote this NY Jewish family the way she did.I can't give this book a thumbs up. Yet I kept reading. Like watching a train wreck, I had to see what would happen next. Martin's book is no worse than any other book with a Jewish heroine (the K word notwithstanding). I guess I just read it at a time when I was ripe to jump on this topic. Jews are not a freak side show, people (authors, editors, publishers). In fact, they even came first - remember?So, here's my challenge to all you authors out there. Please... somebody write a book about a H/H who just happen to be Jewish, just like in most novels they happen to not be Jewish. No stereotypes, no loud, obnoxious parents, no dysfunctional Uncle Arthurs or Aunt Selmas. Just normal people falling in love, who go to temple on Friday night instead of church on Sunday morning. Why is that so flipping difficult?NB: This is in no way meant to start a discussion on racial stereotyping in books or race at all. It is simply my own opinion.

  • Rita
    2018-10-06 15:01

    I enjoy this series of stories of love, family and friends centered around hockey.

  • Gabrielle Clissold
    2018-10-01 09:59

    She's back!Liked book 1, loved book 2...very disappointed in 3 and 4-but 5 was great! Very creative and funny story. Real characters and a beautiful story!!!!!

  • Jeannie Lopez
    2018-10-07 07:48

    OMG too funny and cute and a great story.

  • Nath
    2018-10-20 13:58

    3/5 (C)Review: I have to say I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked how this book was different than other sport romance - as in, Jason is not your typical mature, playboy professional sportman. Also, it seems that the focus was more on Delilah's problems than Jason's. However, I have to say the romance was bleh and there was very little chemistry between Jason and Delilah... So even if the settings were refreshing, it couldn't save the book with the love story offered.The Characters - Let's start with Jason. As I said, he's not the typical hockeyplayer you normally see in sport romance. Yes, he's good-looking and he's probably had his shares of women, but he is not portrayed as a playboy. He doesn't act as if all the women throw themselves at him and he knows it. Instead, he's pretty normal when it comes to women... So that was the refreshing part. Also, his love and devotion to Stanley was endearing... he's definitively not conceited and arrogant like many. I liked his relationship with his twin brother Eric, who is older by 3 minutes and has already won a Stanley Cup with his New Jersey team. You can see a definitive rivalry between the two brothers, which is understandable because not only they're twins, but they've gone into the same business. My problem with Jason was his lack of maturity. I guess he's still young and sometimes, it really shows... so much that I wouldn't consider him "manly" or "alpha." Actually, in some occasions, he reminds me of a boy... Also, he's too concern with what other thinks - and this had jeopardized his relationship with Delilah a couple of time. Lastly, he did a couple of things that were totally unacceptable...What to say about Delilah... She's not a heroine many will bond with, in my opinion. She has her shares of problems, especially self-esteem, due to her parents always quarelling. During her childhood, she seeks refuge with her dogs, training them and had turned this into a business at which she's very successful. In addition to training dogs, she also boards them. She has a good sense of responsibilities; however, she's completely socially inept. The latter being a big problem when you go out with someone who's high profile. As a whole, she left me cold... I definitively didn't bond with her...The biggest problem of this book was probably the fact that Jason and Delilah didn't have any chemistry between them. Yes, opposite attracts each other and of course, they have some sweet moments together, but it's not enough to build a lasting relationship. I mean, they both acknowledged the fact that they weren't good together, but when apart, they missed each other. In normal circumstances, i would be happy the main couple got back together... but I just can't imagine it working out...Other characters includes Jason's brother, Eric, his teammates, Delilah's parents and some others... nobody was really important, save Eric. Eric is more the typical sport professional you read about in sport romance... My problem with him was that he went after Delilah's father's fiancé. Yeah, so Delilah's father and his fiancé weren't the perfect match and actually, shouldn't have ever hooked up... but it's not an excuse to develop a relationship with her... talk about an awkward situation for Delilah... Oh, of course, there was also Stanley :) Liked him :DStory & Writing - The writing was all right... the problem was more with the story. This book was more about the characters than the story, which is okay if it's well-written... but in this case, it left a lot of blanks for the author to fill with subplot which weren't really relevant to the development of Jason and Delilah's relationship. Also, in the end, I couldn't see that much change in Delilah...The Cover - it's a cute cover :D and it fits the book :DAm I keeping this book? Not sure... probably because I keep almost everything. However, i'm pretty sure that in a couple of years, I'll be able to part with it to make place for new books.

  • Smut Junkie
    2018-10-14 12:52

    This is one that didn't get great reviews on GR, but I kind of liked it! Better than the third book in the series, for sure! Maybe Stanley - the adorable Newf made it for me! LOL! Anyway - I think this series is predictable and the recipe is the same for each book, but sometimes that's ok, right? Poor Delilah is such a mess - and I really feel badly for her anxiety, which is clearly caused by her obnoxious parents. And Jason - oh Jason - I was really worried there for a bit! It was clear that he liked her, but was planning on living it up in the city. But he seemed like a sincere and loving guy, so I knew there would be hope for him....his man-whore of a bother however, not so sure what's going to happen to him!! I think he's the next story....hope he can redeem himself in my eyes! LOL!Cute story!Some funny moments:"Do you know if there's a dog run or anything around here?"Eric scratched his arm. "No idea.""How long have you been living here?"Eric looked at him. "Three years. But you may have noticed I don't have a dog. I'm not needy like you."Jason gave Eric the finger."Let's say for the sake of argument he does like you. Are you going to do anything about it? If he asked you out would you accept?"Delilah hesitated. "I don't know."Marcus put the kettle on the stove. "Then why are we even having this conversation?""You're right," Delilah pulled up a kitchen chair. "I did take a closer look at him this time," She admitted. "He IS attractive. And nice. And he REALLY loves his dog.""But.""But I can't - I don't - he-""You'd feel more comfortable if he had four legs rather than two.""Yes.""I guess you could say it was my destiny."Jason laughed appreciatively. "I hear you. there's only one thing I've ever wanted to do in my life, and that's play hockey. I guess that gives us something in common.""Yes." Delilah managed. Thoughts were breaking up into fragments, making it hard to know what to say next. Ask about work-play-girlfriend-family-home-dog? See Spot run. See Delilah speak. See Delilah try not to sound like a moron."Look, I realize I came on pretty strong last night. If you don't want to, you know, that's fine with me. We can just kiss and cuddle and stuff.""But we have to have sex!" Delilah blurted. "I bought special underwear!"God, I'm an idiot. Delilah cast her head down, wishing she were in a Godzilla film. that way, the monster could appear out of nowhere RIGHT NOW and crush her flat."I wish Eric would meet someone nice like you."Maybe he could if he stopped trying to bang other peoples fiancees, thought Delilah. She wondered if Mrs. Mitchell was aware of what a horndog her handsome, blue-eyed son was. Probably not.

  • Cat C
    2018-10-12 10:54

    This started out so funny and promising, but I had to force myself to finish it. The titular dog was cute and funny (Newfie!), and the heroine was sympathetic and adorkable, but the hero was a TOTAL JERK. So irresponsible and unprofessional, stays out late drinking all the time even when he has a game the next day, and he and his friends use homophobic/misogynistic terminology to insult each other. Comes across really poorly in 2017.

  • Jen
    2018-09-19 10:47

    This is one that didn't get great reviews on GR, but I kind of liked it! Better than the third book in the series, for sure! Maybe Stanley - the adorable Newf made it for me! LOL! Anyway - I think this series is predictable and the recipe is the same for each book, but sometimes that's ok, right? Poor Delilah is such a mess - and I really feel badly for her anxiety, which is clearly caused by her obnoxious parents. And Jason - oh Jason - I was really worried there for a bit! It was clear that he liked her, but was planning on living it up in the city. But he seemed like a sincere and loving guy, so I knew there would be hope for him....his man-whore of a bother however, not so sure what's going to happen to him!! I think he's the next story....hope he can redeem himself in my eyes! LOL!Cute story!Some funny moments:"Do you know if there's a dog run or anything around here?"Eric scratched his arm. "No idea.""How long have you been living here?"Eric looked at him. "Three years. But you may have noticed I don't have a dog. I'm not needy like you."Jason gave Eric the finger."Let's say for the sake of argument he does like you. Are you going to do anything about it? If he asked you out would you accept?"Delilah hesitated. "I don't know."Marcus put the kettle on the stove. "Then why are we even having this conversation?""You're right," Delilah pulled up a kitchen chair. "I did take a closer look at him this time," She admitted. "He IS attractive. And nice. And he REALLY loves his dog.""But.""But I can't - I don't - he-""You'd feel more comfortable if he had four legs rather than two.""Yes.""I guess you could say it was my destiny."Jason laughed appreciatively. "I hear you. there's only one thing I've ever wanted to do in my life, and that's play hockey. I guess that gives us something in common.""Yes." Delilah managed. Thoughts were breaking up into fragments, making it hard to know what to say next. Ask about work-play-girlfriend-family-home-dog? See Spot run. See Delilah speak. See Delilah try not to sound like a moron."Look, I realize I came on pretty strong last night. If you don't want to, you know, that's fine with me. We can just kiss and cuddle and stuff.""But we have to have sex!" Delilah blurted. "I bought special underwear!"God, I'm an idiot. Delilah cast her head down, wishing she were in a Godzilla film. that way, the monster could appear out of nowhere RIGHT NOW and crush her flat."I wish Eric would meet someone nice like you."Maybe he could if he stopped trying to bang other peoples fiancees, thought Delilah. She wondered if Mrs. Mitchell was aware of what a horndog her handsome, blue-eyed son was. Probably not.

  • Erin
    2018-10-08 15:53

    I think I liked this one more than recent ones, because it actually brought some of the originals and gave them more than just a passing mention (the exception being Kevin Gill, but poor Kevin has been shut out since early in the series).I couldn't really connect with Delilah due to her extreme awkwardness. (I had no problem with the Jewishness which was a supposed to be part of the drama. I grew up on the East coast and also in LA. Heck, I understand the Jewish culture more than I do farm culture (which I lived in Colorado for 16 years hence that particular comment)) I myself have a tendency to babble, but seriously she just annoyed me.I think also what I couldn't get past was the fanny pack. I'm sorry, what is this the 80's and 90's? I know, I know. She's a dog walker. Can't really go digging in a purse, but still there are other dog walking friendly options other than a FANNY PACK!I really liked Jason.Eric took a long time to warm up to. And then with him (view spoiler)[dating Brandi etc, I just ehh he'll get knocked down at some point I'm sure.(hide spoiler)]Marcus, I didn't connect for a long time that he was the Marcus from Book 3 (Gemma's friend). Okay I didn't connect it until they went to visit Gemma at the shop for a tarot reading.Also, I'm actually really glad that Kevin from Hot Ticket got traded to The Blades. I was annoyed that his short story was included in the Blades, but featured no Blades at all. So though we won't get a full book of him and Tierney, I'm glad that it wasn't just a one off.I was really glad to see Paul Van Dorn back to visit with Katie and Tuck. I was worried that we'd never see them again.

  • Candace
    2018-10-14 14:50

    I do love a good series and this one keeps me coming back. Chasing Stanley is the story of Jason Mitchell, player for the New York Blades hockey team and Delilah Gould, dog trainer/walker.Delilah's character was a little out there sometimes and hard for me to really like, but I enjoyed getting to know Jason and his twin brother Eric. I know one of the later books in the series is about Eric so I'm looking forward to that one.My favorite part about a series is the chance to look back at prior characters and for that reason, this book was awesome. As the NY Blades play for the Stanley Cup, we get to see tons of familiar characters. Coach Ty Gallagher is mentioned many times (Janna and their son Patrick are mentioned a couple of times too). Kevin Gill is now retired, but is mentioned. Michael Dante is now Captain of the Blades and is mentioned frequently (Theresa and their children are mentioned a few times). Of course all team functions are held at Dante's restaurant so Michael's brother Anthony is there. Cousin Gemma and her husband Sean show up at one party at Dante's too.Paul van Dorn, his wife Katie and nephew Tuck are mentioned a couple of times. David & Tierney from the short story (#5) are mentioned several times as David is now the new goalie for the NY Blades and Tierney moved with him to NY. So, from the perspective of getting to revisit old characters, this book was great. It also set up some new characters for future books, which I'm looking forward to. I can't wait for Jason's "playboy" brother Eric fall in love! I'm sure it will be fantastic.

  • Jac (For Love and Books)
    2018-09-27 15:49

    After the huge disappointment that was The Penalty Box I was nervous to give the fifth installment of Deirdre Martin’s New York Blades series. Fortunately? My hesitation was short lived. The story of Jason, Delilah and Stanley was like a fresh breath for the series.After two books having virtually nothing to do with the actual New York Blades Hockey Team? We’ve returned to the heart of this series, hunky hockey players. We’re back in New York with Jason, a newly acquired member of the New York Blades. I love Jason. He’s one of the better heroes we’ve had in awhile. His character is fleshed out, he’s a farm kid who has done well for himself in the world of hockey. Unfortunately, the thorn in his side is twin brother -older by 3 minutes- who plays for the nearby New Jersey team and is a fairly regular character.Delilah is another story. I had a love/hate relationship with her. I found her anxiety endearing at the start, she was a lot like me. But as her character stayed stagnant in terms of character development. I got more of a kick out of her family and her best friend than I did her.One thing I have to give huge props to Deirdre Martin for is her timeline. All of her books take place over an entire hockey season, which is great because insta-love isn’t AS MUCH of a problem – you get a chance to actually fall in love and form a real relationship.I have enjoyed this entire series, and Chasing Stanley was a fresh take on the series. I am having high hopes for book six!

  • Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
    2018-10-05 09:07

    Delilah is a drug trainer who can't stand to see a dog that is abused or not properly trained, she is obsessed with dogs. Jason has recently been traded to the New York Blades; he moves into a great apartment and brings his dog with him. His dog is having problems and when he meets Delilah in the park, he believes his problems are solved. While Delilah trains his dog Jason keeps messing up. When Jason and Delilah start dating and Delilah makes a fool of herself and Jason at a party they think it is over. Except now Jason is having problems on the ice and once again he needs Delilahs help. Delilah is an interesting woman, her life is all about dogs and she has zero idea of how to act around humans. Jason is full of himself and while he does try to do the right thing sometimes, he doesn’t follow through and ends up messing up more. They are an interesting couple, they have tons of chemistry and there relationship has some pretty comedic moments. They also have some serious cringe worthy, I can’t believe he/she did that moments. I liked the characters and loved seeing both of them change through out the story. I had a few problems with some of the scenes in the book but beyond that it was a nice, funny read.

  • Carrie
    2018-10-07 09:14

    I've enjoyed all of the previous hockey-centered romances that Ms. Martin has written, but this one simply doesn't come up to the mark. I agree with many of the one and two starred reviews on Amazon.com--the reader just doesn't buy that these two people are in love, or that they can ever have an HEA. And I agree also with the opinion that there was no real conflict in this book other than the two main characters. The main conflict was that they were so different and mostly unwilling to compromise. Jason was immature and Delilah was limited. After being surprised at the real, and often difficult, situations dealt with in previous books, I felt like all the conflicts were manufactured and flat in this one.I gave this book three stars because Ms. Martin still writes better than the vast majority of romance writers. Reading one of her books is always enjoyable, even if this wasn't her best effort. I still look forward to reading the next book.

  • Beth Cato
    2018-10-05 13:50

    I needed a light and fluffy read after my past few books, and this one was perfect. It's a hockey romance. I picked it up because my husband loves hockey, and oddly enough the male romantic interest in the book had my husband's name. Go figure.[return][return]Delilah is a dog walker and boarder in New York City. When she sees a young man with an unruly Newfoundland, she steps in to help and finds out the guy is a newly-arrived hockey player for the New York Blades. As Delilah helps Stanley the dog adjust to life in the big city, she and his owner become closer. Really - this is a romance book. You know it has a happy ending. But the twists and the people along the way are thoroughly enjoyable, even if stereotyped (complete with flamboyantly gay best friend and shrill Jewish mother). But it's fun.

  • Ann Lorz
    2018-10-11 08:08

    As always Deirdre Martin's books are an easy read. But sometime some of the characters bug me. I feel at time the characters go around and around a point before the book is over. Now, saying that doesn't mean I won't read anymore of her books because I will, it just means sometimes I frown when reading them. Poor Delilah Gould has some many social issues. So who does she choose to date? An outgoing hock player. Delilah's whole world is all about her dogs and the ones she's in charge of. Jason takes her out of that world and helps her find a life out of the four walls of her home. Both Delilah and Jason have issues that they need to work out and they do together. As a couple they work. I did enjoy seeing past characters. For a quick read try this book.

  • Just - The romance reader
    2018-10-11 07:59

    Ever the sucker for a good romance that includes a dog, or in this case doggies, I couldn't resist reading Chasing Stanley. And I must be on a sports theme lately.The book was a fun, fast read. I of course loved the dogs, and now want one just like Stanley, the 150 pound Newfie, who becomes the mascot for the New York Blades, his owner/daddy's professional hockey team. The human characters are amusing, the main two, Delilah and Jason are a bit frustrating at times because they just can't seem to get it right, even with the chemistry and super strong attraction. But in the end they both wise up and everything works out.

  • Alissa
    2018-10-17 16:03

    I discovered this author on another vacation and was drawn to the romances because the first one featured a hockey player and a public relations exec. Two of my favorite careers. In a romance. What a fun read. Anyway, the author has produced a few more of these and the stories center around either a New York Blades hockey player or a member of the Dante family. So the other thing I like about these is that the characters from other stories usually make appearances so you can kinda keep up on how they’re doing. Love that.This story didn’t disappoint - a quick, easy to read, fun, love story.

  • Emily
    2018-10-02 10:14

    Dog trainer Delilah Gould knows enough about dogs to see that the owner of a Newfoundland is in a lot of trouble where the dog is concerned. The dog is spirited and has the owner by a leash, when Delilah offers her help he readily accepts.Hockey player Jason Mitchell is thrilled to be in New York, but his dog is throwing fits regularly displaying his unhappiness. Forming a new relationship with Deliah is advantagous in all areas, especially his heart. His main focus though needs to be on winning the Stanley Cup and no distractions.I just had a hard time with this one, it was nice and sweet but lacked the chemistry for me.

  • Kerste
    2018-09-27 13:13

    I did like this book, but Jason was a bit too in touch with himself emotionally for me, for a hockey player. Not that this guy doesn't exist...but he's american, from the mid-west, a dairy farmer and pro-hockey player who sees this woman, who is a complete mess and immediately decides that she's the one for him. Sure. It could happen, but not very likely. The dog story is cute, the dialog is witty as usual. Some of the emotional turns on a dime are a bit confounding, but overall a good, quick read.

  • Mia
    2018-10-07 15:58

    Oh Lord....Jason and Delilah are a match made in idiot heaven. The story is amusing for a few chapters until the H/H get together and it kind of goes downhill from there,throughout the whole book I never saw any character growth in Jason or Delilah. Delilah is painfully shy and honestly she doesn't get along with other human beings, she spends most of the book on the verge of tears....yep. Jason is a immature kid living his dream life,he goes out and buys digital cameras before buying furniture......yep I guess it makes sense to him. It was a ok read but totally forgettable.

  • Dorri
    2018-10-14 16:14

    I read this one first, the fourth one second and the fifth one third. I still haven't managed to read the first two! I'll get there though!This book was very entertaining if you enjoy dogs or hockey. It's a real treat if you like both! If you don't know anything about hockey, that's ok too. It's a good comedic romance. Lots of things go wrong, but in the end it all goes right. This is one of those light hearted books that you want to curl up with on a cold night or rad while sunning on the dock. Good for all weather and will cheer you up when you are feeling down.

  • Lindsey
    2018-09-22 10:59

    At one point in time I actually enjoyed this author’s books … not so much anymore. Her earlier stuff appealed to me mainly because her heroes tended to be hockey players (like one of my other all time favorite authors, Rachel Gibson!) I LOVE hockey and hockey players! The characters in her last several Blades series installments have infuriated me, though, and now that I have cracked her writing formula (which definitely doesn’t take a genius) I am now mostly bored with her predictable plots and ridiculous over-stereotyped ethnic dialogue.

  • Alli
    2018-10-06 13:03

    OK, I accidentally checked "read" but I'm still not finished yet.One sex scene, minimal information but not bad.Awkward couple that continues to amaze me.Cute thing is the fact that they're SOOOOO terribly opposite but brought together by the love of a beautiful, sloppy Newfie. I like how awkward this girl is though, because she obviously prefers dogs to people, which I don't really blame her for. They certainly are simpler...On the other hand, it also makes me feel better because, compared to her, I'm not awkward at all. :-P

  • Tiffany
    2018-10-16 09:44

    At first the book was good, then it stunk, then it was okay. It seemed like it showed promise (for being brainless romance, let's face it) but then the problems that the people had to overcome just got annoying. She has social phobia and he has pride and impulsivity. They just seemed frustrating and honestly I was fine when the couple broke up because it meant i didn't have to read the same thing over and over and over again.

  • Kristin Poley
    2018-10-06 12:51

    This was a cute story, although the female character was annoying to me. I know there are people that have anxiety about talking to other people, but its not something I really want to read about. Also I am definitely not a dog-person so that whole can't-go-anywhere-because-I-have-to-take-care-of-my-dogs thing got old pretty quick. I liked the hockey part though, it was something different to read about.