January 19, 2017

Review | Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell


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.


Just like anyone else, I love a good sports romance and this naughty read definitely goes down as one of my favorites! Hail Mary was my first read for Nicola Rendell and let me just say that I'm a fan. And that I need to read more of her books, right away!

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy ... ladies, what a man he is! Definitely one of those characters who is your alpha male, dirtiest of the dirty talkers, not too shabby of a quarterback (when his mental game isn't psyching him out), but also a pretty sweet guy. And boy when Jimmy and Mary meet, everything goes blazing! They both thought they'd have one night together, but the chemistry is strong and they're falling fast. These two are the perfect match, hands down!

Once these two meet, not too long we learn that Mary happens to be Jimmy's physical therapist! dun dun dunnnnn. Issues are bound to arise, so it'll be interesting to see how these will skirt around having a forbidden relationship.

Goshhhh, I love these two! Despite all their intense chemistry, their hilarious batter is right up there with it. And Jimmy knows a few things about champagne and honey! Your mouth will probably be hanging open once you get through all of the steamy scenes!

Before I end this review, I have to say that I REALLY love Jimmy, if you couldn't tell. We get to witness a much softer side especially when it comes to his niece. It opens up a completely different side of him and you'd be crazy if you're not already in love with him. He's so loving, caring, and protective.

This was a one-sit read for me, I couldn't put it down. Bravo, Nicola and I can't wait to read more of your work!