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Hail Mary Paperback – November 28, 2016
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About the Author
Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.
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I love a good football romance and this book definitely delivered. From the very first page this book takes off with a bang and doesn’t look back. We meet Jimmy and Mary in a boxing ring (even though the main sport in the book is football) and I LOVED that. I loved seeing a strong female right from the start and watching Jimmy fall hard for her, literally and figuratively.
Jimmy caught me surprise. I knew I was going to love him, but I didn’t know how quickly he’d rise in the ranks of my book boyfriends. I love a sexy, dirty talking quarterback as much as the next girl but Jimmy’s added sweetness had me swooning. I adored watching him interact with his niece. It can be tricky to have a child as a character but I think it was very well done here.
I want to be friends with Mary. She’s a no nonsense woman, who doesn’t want any drama in her life but she takes a chance on Jimmy. Watching her stand up to him and open herself up to him was just beautiful. This woman is nobody’s doormat (anymore) and she makes that very clear. She’s not your typical sports book heroine, hell she doesn’t know the rules at football at all, which was refreshing to me as a reader.
While there are some tense moments and some sweet/funny moments, there is definitely no shortage of sexy moments here. I definitely wanted to be Mary more than once as I was reading ;). The sex is hot and steamy and I wouldn’t want it any other way for these two. I’ve always liked honey…but this book made me like it just a little more. ;)
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romantic comedy full of heat and heart. You don’t have to be a sports fan to understand and love Hail Mary, but I loved the little references to my favorite quarterback in real life. Nicola Rendell certainly delivers a touchdown win with this book!
We’ve been on such a book high since finishing Hail Mary! This book made us feel so bloody happy as we lost ourselves completely to Jimmy and Mary’s story, easily declaring it to be our favourite sports romance of the year.
“You know you can tell me to step back, but I can’t. And I won’t. And I never will. Because you’re all f***ing mine and that’s how it is.” ‘All f***ing mine.’
Hail Mary encompassed everything we love in a good sport romance, and even convinced us of the insta love connection between Jimmy and Mary; something we often find difficult to feel and believe. Not so in this case. We felt the intense passion, we believed the unbreakable bond and we lived and breathed the love between these two from the outset.
“The earth will pivot on this. The sun will rise and set on this.”
All too often we find the ‘sports‘ element to be lacking in sports romance, and whilst we may not understand all the ins and outs of NFL, that doesn’t stop us wanting to soak up the ambiance of the event as though we’re sitting in the stands feeling the nervous anticipation with our hero and heroine. It’s an important factor for us and this author brought this aspect well and truly to fruition, much to our delight.
“Break the rules for me. Please.”
Nicola Rendell managed to deliver the perfect balance of explosive chemistry, naturally funny moments, swoony sweet, ridiculously sexy and abundant emotion to Hail Mary. We swooned over Jimmy, we fell in love with Mary, we giggled over her friendship with Bridget, we lost our hearts to little Annie and we howled with laughter at Frankie Knuckles, (pun intended) that cute little canine! Nicola’s comedic timing is spot on and so effortless. Not once did it feel forced, flowing easily between all characters=and many a time, this author had us in fits!
And…We’re ruined! Completely and utterly ruined by one Mr James (Jimmy) Falconi! This guy was THE package (with quite the package!) – this sexy, alpha, dirty talking, possessive, protective Quarterback with a vulnerable and sweet side and a penchant for Pinterest, Costco, children and dogs melted our hearts…and our knickers! Wowsers! Jimmy wasn’t afraid to say and show exactly how he felt and constantly had us swooning, fanning ourselves and even tearing up once or twice….In the words of Mary…… ‘He wanted to sweep me off my feet. I’d say I’m already airborne.’
“Get ready, because I’m going to kiss you.”
“I’m ready.” I take the buttons of his Henley in my fist and pull him closer.
“You f***ing better be.”
Mary was such a gorgeous and relatable heroine. Despite issues from her past, she was plucky, strong, funny and so honest, never the victim. There was no messing about with Mary, she didn’t dwell and never once did she frustrate us. We got her. We understood her and we adored her! We related to the spirit and bond of her and Bridget’s friendship. These girls were so warm and friendly and such a hoot!
Whilst the sex was off the charts hot, it was the connection between Jimmy and Mary that grabbed us in Hail Mary. We expected a light-hearted and steamy romp, and it was certainly that, but it was also a whole lot more as well! There was one scene in particular where the emotion completely overrode the physical and it was beautiful, it was heartfelt and it cemented our belief in Mary and Jimmy.
“Where have you been all my life?” …..And then her eyes meet mine, which is when she says one word. The perfect thing.
To say we enjoyed Hail Mary is an understatement! Sometimes it’s the easiest reads that bring the most enjoyment, the most effortless entertainment for the reader; such was the case with Hail Mary, and we make that summation in the most positive and flattering of ways, because we know the work involved in making a story come across this way. Nicola Rendell is proving herself to be such a versatile and talented author. We’ve loved all her characters and enjoy the fact that friendships bear as much importance as the romance factor in her stories, it’s something we love. We enjoyed Professed, we really, really liked Confessed and now we’ve been completely bowled over by Hail Mary. Watching this author evolve is extremely exciting and you can bet we’ll be grabbing anything this lady produces. Nicola Rendell well and truly has us under her storytelling spell!
Oh and note to Nicola Rendell from TBB: Please! Please! Please! Write Bridget’s book!
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