4 stars

Nicola Rendell – Hail Mary

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.


This story is really heart-felt and focuses mostly on the inner workings, the mechanism of a relationship. My first thought after finishing it was that this is something different an entirely new approach to the romance novel. The whole book starts out quite slowly and doesn’t really speed up and in all honesty there is not too much to the story plot wise. As I mentioned earlier everything revolves around the relationship and the outside world is kind of an afterthought. It’s interesting and works even without the drama or excitement, or the more in depth development of the numerous possibilities for it. Like the ex of Mary or a bit more attention to Jimmy relationship with his brother.

The author has a refined writing style and the plot flows effortlessly even if a bit slowly. My only problem or more like comment would be that there are a couple of really lengthy descriptions or scenes in the book mainly in the beginning of the story (for example the boxing scene right in the first chapter) that could have been a bit shorter but just as effective as initially intended yet maybe it could have rev up the pace of the events a bit.

„Where have you been all my life?”

„This isn’t going to be ordinary, is it? You and me?”

Mary is a badass, focused, hardworking and honest character but at the same time quite sensitive because she got burned a lot in the past. She is also a total knock out yet unaware of this. She kind of given upon love after her bad experiences with men but when she meets Jimmy she doesn’t know what hit her or more than likely who she hit.
Jimmy is under a lot of pressure thanks to his profession and to top this off he set some high standards and goals for himself regarding his carrier which hinders him mentally. He is a straightforward and sincere person but has a quick temper when facing tough situations. Their connection is instant and they are beautifully open with each other practically from the very beginning. The relationship that forms between them is so pure. The chemistry and attraction is really thick and charged between them and the entire story is quite heavy on the sex scenes, some of it unusual but all of it really steamy.
I also really liked that despite the fact that the two character are kinda in their own little bubble during the whole story their professional life and the sport still gets some attention.

This is a sweet story, not fast paced or overly eventful. It’s also contain insta love what I’m not overly fond of but it works in this case and feels more like a story about finding ones soul mate. It’s any easy read without too much angst or drama. I liked it more than I expected to.


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