Friday, December 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Hail Mary - Nicola Rendell


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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: Contents includes love, sweetness, naughtiness, honey, champagne, and an HEA. Safe.


Nicola Rendell certainly scored a touchdown with Hail Mary!  I usually stay far away from football romances; I’m a little worn out with the trope.  But I’d heard good things about Rendell so I thought I’d give it a shot.  And I am so glad I did.  This book had everything a reader needs – humor, warm fuzzy emotion, and heart tugging. 

The character development here is spot on.  They are complex, flawed and realistic.  It was so easy to connect with them.  Jimmy’ll end up being your next book boyfriend.  He is a reformed playboy with a heart of gold.  He’s arrogant, determined and has a smirk you just want to wipe off his face.   But he also has a sweet and silly side.  Definitely swoon worthy.  Mary is feisty, independent and strong.  She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t.  And she makes that known.  I love that she’s fearless.  The chemistry between them is electric.  I could practically see the sparks flying out of my Kindle.  And when they get together, it’s a four alarm fire folks. 

This is a relatively low drama story but the drama that is there, is completely plausible.  I appreciate that.  It’s not something that comes out of left field and leaves you scratching your head.  I just wish there was more depth to what happens with his niece.   I felt like we’re left hanging a bit.  The dialogue and pacing are great.

If you are a fan of sports romances, I would definitely pick this up.  If you like your romance with a side of humor, I’d pick this up.  If you want to be swept away, pick this up.   -Peace and Love, Buxom J

Nicola Rendell has done it again,  ladies and gents! She rocks me every time I read one of her books. I’m going to be honest I was a little hesitant to pick up Hail Mary because I do not like sports romances. I feel as if they just don't pull me in like they should because about 95% of the time I don’t understand what anyone is talking about when it comes to referencing the actual sport. Football is the same way. I loved that Mary had no clue about the sport either because I felt like I learned right along with her. That goes to say something about this author's writing. She just makes you feel like you are living life with these characters. You’re in their world and that ain’t too bad of a place to be.

Mary is everything I look for in a female character. She is witty, take nothing from nobody, and quirky. I fell for her instantly. She kept me laughing with her amazing reactions to many of the different things that happened to her throughout the series and especially with her reactions to some of the things Jimmy said and did. Jimmy is one of those men that you just swear has a book that has all of the perfect lines to say to a woman to get her to drop her pants and to open her heart. The connection between these two was off the charts real and I loved it!

Nicola rally won be over this book for so many reasons! Not only do I usually hate sports romances I also am not a fan of instalove and she won me over in that category with Hail Mary!  This book is chock full of feels so don’t think you will be missing out on that because of the whole insta thing because I promise you, you won't miss out on anything. It’s all there and alive. I promise you, you will regret not reading this book. - Daddy L

With her hand in mine, I hail a cab on Fullerton. She isn’t saying much, and I like that. I like talking to her, getting dirty, watching her lose her words. Because I’ll tell you what, I’m planning on her losing a shitload more than that before I’m done with her. Losing everything to me. That’s the fucking plan.
​The cabbie pulls off to the other side of the road a little way up from us and puts on his hazards to tell us he’s waiting. As we head for the crosswalk, I kick aside a drift from one of the plows, but it’s unsteady footing, icy and slick. As she begins to slip, her grip on my hand tightens.
​“That’s enough of that,” I tell her, and scoop her up into my arms, newlywed-style.
​She squeals and hangs on tight. She fits fucking perfectly in my arms, and I love the way she feels tight against me. Her fingers slip past my collar, and her fingernails dig gently into the back of my neck. “I can walk,” she says, mostly to my mouth. Then she raises her eyes. “It was just slippery.”
​I don’t answer right away. I don’t want to come on too strong. I don’t want to scare her, but I don’t want there to be any fucking mistake at all about what I want or how I plan to get it. “I know you can. I’m sure you can do pretty much everything.”
​Her eyes glisten, and I hoist her up a little higher in my arms. The walk signal starts flashing its hand as we get to the other curb. “I’m no shrinking violet.”
​“Good. Because I’m going to need you to come strong for me tonight.”
​Her body reacts before her face does, her back arching under my hand, that bend so delicate under my palm.
​“Multiple times. Loudly.”
​She presses her face to my chest and moans out what sounds like, “Who are you?”
“And you’re going to tell me what you like and how you like it. We’re not going to fuck around. Communication, pussycat. That’s the key.”
There go her words again. I’m getting to know that glaze in her eye, disoriented with desire. “And what about you?”
​Now we’re even with the cab, but I’ve still got some things she needs to know. “I don’t come until you do. At least twice.”
​She’s got no answer for that, so I bring her chin up toward me, stretching her pretty neck out with my thumb on her jaw. “You hear me?”
​She nods. She breathes. She blinks.
​“That’s how it’s going to go.”
​“I think I can handle that.”
​I laugh, sending a plume of steam out of my nose. This girl has no idea how badly I want her. How badly I need her. How fucking hard I am already to get inside her. “Yeah? You think so? You think you can handle me?”
​Her eyes widen a little. “I think so,” she whispers.
Then I let her slip from my arms, such a fucking shame, but I’m not about to let her open her own door. As she gets into the cab—on the street side, the safe side—I say into her ear, “We’ll just see about that.”

A signed copy of Hail Mary and a $50 Sephora Gift Card
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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. 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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