Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

August 2, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★½

Hail Mary by Nicola Rendellthree-half-stars
Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell
Published by Self-published on November 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 323
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A funny, naughty, dirty *standalone* sports romance...

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.


To the reader: Sweet. Safe. HEA. This is a comedy that gets very dirty, so be advised. Other tasters' notes: Hints of honey and champagne. And a feisty little dog named Frankie Knuckles.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


By SparklesI’d heard good things about Hail Mary and I was lucky enough to snare it on sale some time ago. Looking for what to read next from the gazillion (slight exaggeration) books on my kindle it finally grabbed my attention… those are some mighty good looking pecs on the cover!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I found a sweet, somewhat sexy story I enjoyed. I loved how Jimmy reacted to Mary and how he went all out when he realized his feelings. I also adored how he was with his little niece.

Mary comes off as a total badass in the beginning, especially considering how the book starts and the way they meet. And while I totally loved her, as the story unfolded her character lost a bit of consistency, in my opinion.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the overall feel of the book, but I felt the pace was a bit weird. To me, some parts dragged, and others were left underdeveloped; like the issue and its resolution with Mary’s ex or Jimmy’s family situation, (and some parts were downright NO… View Spoiler »

So, I liked Hail Mary. I enjoyed the story and the smile-inducing romance. To me it could have been edited down some and it would have read a lot better, as in the end I felt there was a lot of book to leave so many things unfledged.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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