Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

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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.

4.5 Stars

ARC kindly provided for an honest review - here ya go!

I don't know where to start, but I'll be honest and say I couldn't put this book down!
It starts out hot and ends hotter, is that possible?   The HOTTNESS of this book is several THOUSAND Scoville heat units.  Let's face it the main characters are having sex, in the first few pages of the book.  HELLO!  That's what mama likes right there, not dicking @ or beating @ the bush!  Let's get it on!!!

Mary is moving on, she is over her past.  The present is here.  When she punches out Jimmy Falconi, she doesn't know he is her new client or a famous quarterback who is on the verge of losing his job, due to bad performance on the field.  The sparks are instant between them, you can feel the connection between them.  Life gets in the way.  Both have a past that can crush them in an instant.  Nothing can keep Jimmy from being with Mary, not even when she runs away.  She comes back HOME, because she knows and he knows too.

Can Mary help Jimmy get his shit together on the field?  And can Jimmy help Mary understand that he can make it all better for her?

This is a great story.  You can feel the love and passion between Jimmy and Mary.  He really tries to win her over, pulling her over to his side.  It doesn't take much, because he's charming and is honest with Mary.  He doesn't hide anything from her.  And he needs that from her.  He needs her to be honest with him.

I will admit I wanted more information on Mary's ex fiancée.  I thought he'd be in the story more, messing with her head, planting the seed of doubt.  But she surprised me and was strong enough to keep that door shut.  Both characters are well written and  you could just feel the pull between them.  It was great.  Even Bridget and Frankie Knuckles are great supporting characters.

This book does end with a HEA.  Awe, so sweet.