Body Check by Deirdre Martin

By Deirdre Martin

While continual activities publicist Janna MacNeil butts heads with hockey group captain Ty Gallagher, they do not simply crack the ice-they soften it.

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Body Check

While power activities publicist Janna MacNeil butts heads with hockey staff captain Ty Gallagher, they do not simply crack the ice-they soften it.

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Miss MacNeil. ” Janna watched him turn slowly toward her, her heartbeat doubling its tempo. She was anxious, yes. But she realized there was more to it than that: clad in sweatpants, he was shirtless, a twisted white towel casually slung around his neck, the perfect six-pack of his abs glistening with hard-earned sweat. He aroused in her a desire that could only be called primal. She’d never experienced anything so elemental and so strong. That the sight of this man should generate it only made it worse.

He also let him know when he thought he was going a little overboard enjoying the New York nightlife. Happily married with two kids, Kevin thought Ty should settle down. “When I retire,” was Ty’s standard response. But at age thirty-three, fit and strong as an athlete ten years younger, it looked as if it might be another decade before Captain Gallagher would even consider hanging up his skates. Hell, if he had his choice he’d never retire. One day he would just drop dead on the ice and his teammates would bear him away, regal as a king—then they’d continue playing.

It was going to take a lot more work to polish these guys up than she’d antici-pated. Especially if she had to work through Captain Gallagher to do it. “Well,” Janna called out to no one in particular, “if you don’t sign up today, I’ll be here tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, until you do sign. ” Her threat hanging in the air, she found herself approached by the Russian prodigy, Alexei Lubov, which surprised her. Lou had warned her that many of the foreign players were hesitant about doing PR, because they were unsure about their command of English.

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