HAIL MARY by Nicola Rendell – Jenn’s Review



I loved Rendell’s previous books, and I am sucker for a good sports romance.


5 stars


At a boxing gym in Chicago, Mary Monahan accidentally knocks out the most handsome man she’s ever met. After she wakes him up with a few slaps and some smelling salts, the very first thing he does is ask her out for ribs and beer. His name is Jimmy. He looks like a Gillette model. And he’s just too hunky to resist.

Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi is mystified that Mary has absolutely no idea who he is. Mystified and refreshed. He is, after all, not your everyday NFL quarterback. He shops at Costco, has a soft spot for Pinterest, and is in the midst of an epic losing streak.

Jimmy falls for Mary fast and hard, the way he does everything—balls out and like it’s fourth and long. And he realizes he’s finally met his match. That stamina he’s so proud of? Doesn’t stand a chance against her Kegels.

But what they don’t know is she’s also his new physical therapist, recently hired by the Bears to work on his rotator cuff…and groin injury. If she can’t help him, he’ll be traded faster than they can say “offensive penetration.”

In spite of the thousands of internet memes featuring Jimmy’s face with captions like: “HEY GIRL, WANT TO TOUCH MY BALLS?” Mary finds herself falling for him and his unrelenting desire to make her his.

Until a toddler shows up at Jimmy’s door.

And throws their lives into total chaos.

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If you are not reading Nicola Rendell, you need to rectify that immediately. You should be devouring her books the moment they are released, then rereading them while you wait for her next release. I will forever be grateful to one of my favorite book friends for introducing her to me, so I could fall in love with her latest release, Hail Mary.

Holy heck was this book good… and it was good from the first paragraph. There was no warming up to these characters, or taking the time to create background and build up. Nope, we jumped right into their heads and it was the best place to be. I was smiling by the second page, and kept it up throughout the entire book.

Jimmy Falconi is the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, but unfortunately, not playing to his potential. He’s a bit of a head case, and if he doesn’t knock it off, his time in Chicago is over. Mary Monahan is a physical therapist who specializes in clients who also need the mental component of their injuries addressed. Their first meeting is not in the therapy room, but in the boxing ring, which is one of the funniest and flirtiest scenes I have ever read in a book.  The chemistry between these two is intense. They have an instant connection that is 100% believable. They don’t fall in love overnight, but each knows what they have is incredibly special. They simply are made for each other. Their banter is flawless and their flirting was off the charts when it came to the swoon factor.  I just couldn’t get enough of them. Even when they were both being idiots, I never wavered in my love for them.

I can usually tell how much I loved the writing in a book by the amount of highlights I have when finished. I might as well have highlighted the entire book, because I left very little unmarked. Each passage was better than the last. Rendell’s writing was outstanding, and her knowledge of football was exceptional. It’s well known I will quit a story immediately if an author has limited, or inaccurate knowledge of a sport they are writing about. I am so happy that Rendell knew her football! Hail Mary is the book you need to read before the year is over. It is one of the best books I have read this year.

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