Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hail Mary” as Want to Read:
Hail Mary
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hail Mary

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,117 ratings  ·  604 reviews
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.

323 pages
Published November 28th 2016
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hail Mary, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hail Mary

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.97  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,117 ratings  ·  604 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Hail Mary
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Hail Mary is a stand-alone sports romance by Nicola Rendell. This book has been out for awhile now and I don’t know what took me so long to finally read it. First of all, I loved the cover. But even more than that, I loved the characters. Just wait until you meet Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi and the woman that rocked his world, Mary Monahan.

football player:

Jimmy is the quarterback for the Chicago Bears. But things haven’t been going very well lately. His game is off and he’s on an epic losing streak. If he can’t
Honey, sugar, champagne...oh fucking my! Nicola Rendell...where the HELL have you been all my life?! HAIL MARY was EPIC!

It seems like I've read a lot of sports romances this month, but HAIL MARY was one of the best. Lovable characters, hilarious and witty banter, intense passion. This had everything and more! At the time I read this, Nicola Rendell was a new author to me. I looked back and saw that this author was fairly new to the game, only releasing two other novels in the romance genre. I w
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this during a time when I needed the funny, sweet goodness that the story promises with that blurb. It definitely delivered. From the get go Mary wasn't your typical heroine. She packed a punch. Literally. Jimmy was down to earth and simple despite being a sports celebrity. The story was written well with good pacing. The characters experienced growth and made a good pairing. I laughed out loud, was charmed by the exchanges of our mcs, and quite enjoyed the romance. More so than that, the ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Struggled to finish this one. Sort of insta love, sex on the first meeting, no condom. "I want your babies". She doesn't recognise him. Now, I am Irish, but I sort of know the big shots in the sports world, even in America, but she did not recognise him. She should have. especially as she is involved in sports therapy. Maybe I am nit-picking but I need a bit more substance in my books. Too much sex ... yes, I just said that. It's not that they were too young. She was 30, I think.

A bit too sweet
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

The first 25% or so of this one was slow going for me. It was REALLY wordy (IMO) with long conversations that could have been shortened to move the plot along faster (the fight scene at the beginning, the rib restaurant scene, and the BFF dog convo are a few examples.) Things started to pick up a bit more after that and I got more involved in the plot.

Both characters were likable for the most past. Mary had a couple times where I wanted to throttle her and felt she acted a little immature for a
4.25 Surprising Stars

“I need you more than you can possibly understand. I need you with me. I want you with me. By my fucking side, in my bed, in my life. On the road. The plane. Not just to fuck. Not just to get dirty. But I need you to let me love you. I need you to let me unleash on you. I can’t be polite about it much longer.”

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I started this book. I’ve been going through the mother of all book slumps and have been struggling just to finish the storie
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
2.5 stars 🏈

I will never look at champagne, sugar and honey the same way again after this book! 😂🔥😋

📚 “𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁…𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆?”
“𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗲. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗴𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆? 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗻.” 📚

Jimmy Falconi ("The Falcon") is the Chicago football team quarterback. Famous, rich and hot... But things haven’t been going well for him lately. His game is off, so the fans no longer believe in him and the coaches informed him that if he doesn't fix things soon, he will be traded. 😱🏈

Really liked this one, a sports romance with no in your face manwhore or ex drama, insta love that so totally worked because again, it wasn't in your face, adults who acted like adults and talked to each other, no real push and pull - thank god and ... Frankie Knuckles. Man oh man, that dog is the total shit, but then what dog that oozes character like Frankie isn't? ♥

This was heavy on love and romance and low on angst - a perfect feel-good read.

The only thing that let it down a little bit was t
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Stick a fork in me, I'm done! Hail Mary was a fabulous surprise with characters that won me over within the first couple of pages. That first chapter was fantastic and it was the perfect introduction to Jimmy and Mary. It was done with humor mixed with some great flirting and it didn't hurt that the attraction between the two of them was obvious and hot. I was sold. On the spot.

I connected with Mary and Jimmy immediately and I liked how approachable and relatable the both were. Yes, Jimmy used t
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Don’t be scared. I have been waiting so f*cking long to meet someone who makes me feel exactly like I do with you. Like I’m safe, and loved, and needed. And like I’m not so alone after all.”

Wow, I think every piece of clothing on my body caught fire more than once while reading this crazy wonderful book. I admit, there’s always an added level of excitement that I feel from discovering a new author to me and falling in love with their every word for the very first time, but when I fi
**5 You had me ROTFLMAO Stars**

Mary is a physical therapist with a special touch that helps people get out of their heads while in pain. And Mary doesn’t know a thing about football. Jimmy is an aging, failing quarterback who can’t get his game on while ON the field. But certainly can OFF the field. The two meet and sparks fly. Well, that is after the knock out. Throw in an awesome best friend, a crazy dog with a crazy name and an adorable little girl named Annie and you have the makings of one
This book had a little bit of everything. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments. There were some super hot scenes *fans self*. I will never look at champagne and honey the same. There were some super sweet moments and there were some emotional moments. The ending was great but of course me being the epilogue whore that I am, I wanted more as this didn't really have an actual epilogue. It was all tied up nicely with a definite HEA though. I would really love to get Bridget's story. Sh ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“I need you more than you can possibly understand. I need you with me. I want you with me. By my fucking side, in my bed, in my life. On the road. The plane. Not just to fuck. Not just to get dirty. But I need you to let me love you I need you to let me unleash on you. I can’t be polite about it much longer.”

We’ve been on such a book high since finishing Hail Mary! This book made us feel so bloody happy as we lost ourselves completely to Jimmy and Mary’s story, easily declaring it to be our
Mizz Latte

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Mary): 30yrs old
Hero (Jimmy): 34yrs old
Plot: 5/5
Grovel: good
Cheating: none
HEA: yes but would have a preferred an epilogue set further in the future
Triggers: past domestic abuse

Average score: 4.5/5

Best Line: “Stick a motherfucking fork in me. I’m done.” – Hero’s thoughts when he first meets the Heroine

Worst Line: “I can’t handle it”

Personal Review:
A great sports romance between a protective footballer and a quick-wi
L.J. Shen
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nicola Rendell is my kind of girl, and she writes my kind of books.
Go read it.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story! Loved it, and can't wait to read more from Nicola Rendell! ...more
Alex ♈
Don't judge a book by its cover, because this book was definitely better than its cover! *lol*

Strong heroine, likable hero and a lot of hot dirty sex. Some things were almost too much and I’m not a shy catholic girl, if you know what I mean :-) But it was solved “aesthetically”, so no complains.
Kitchen scene… *I-need-a-long-cold-shower*
(view spoiler)

Behind all hilarious moments, sexy times and insta-love-thing there was a believable love story of two soul-mates.

Safety note:
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Link to full review below!Such a good read! Humorous and deep at the same time! See full review on The Book Disciple ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Holy hotness, Batman! So much to love about this book!! (And some things, not so much!) But overall, Hail Mary was a deliciously naughty sports romance with some unforgettable passion between the main characters. Nicola Rendell is definitely a writer to watch and her book kept me engaged and laughing until the very end.

This is a dirty, dirty book and LOTS of fun. Even if you don't usually read sports romance, give Hail Mary a try! You will love this very spicy and very funny story. I loved that
Beyond 5 Gillette and Pussycat Stars

*Closes final page, sighs and beams from ear to ear*

Ah....this guys, this book is AWESOME! I loved it from the very first word. I was thinking about it when I was supposed to be doing mundane day to day working. It has a hero and heroine who will own your kindle heart. Not to mention a little girl called Annie (Jimmy's niece) who I just wanted to hug along with Frankie Knuckles....I'm not a dog person but I could be if I had a dog li
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest

★Book Basics★

Genre : - Contemporary Romance
Series : - Stand Alone
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4 stars


Have to say, when this started I was unsure, for some reason I thought they were younger, and it start
DNF 40%
I'm thinking this may just be me, but I really wasn't feeling this one. I started it 2 days ago, and wasn't even halfway through, it wasn't that it was bad...more like it was not original and I didn't really connect with either of the leads.

**I'm not in the habit of rating books I DNF, so no rating.**
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Well ... this was good , as in a no Brainer , Insta-love, insta-hot-melt your panties off sex , minimal angst , good kind of a way . I love Nicola Rendell's humor , so it was pretty enjoyable. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sexy Hot Cute Funny

The story was a hot sexy insta-love and cute and funny in parts. I luv how Mary and Jimmy met each other it was great and the spark they had was strong. Jimmy is a guy who knows what he wants and he wants Mary a lot she is very sexy as hell. They were so hot together from the very start and I luvd it. I like Jimmy's dominate side in the bedroom and Mary liked a lil control as well. There lives a very different Jimmy being a famous footballer and Mary a physical therapist.
Anne OK
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
A new author for me and I felt that old cringe sneak in. You know the one that is like if you've read one, you've read them all. What I've come to expect from sports romance more often than not lately. Don't particularly enjoy an insta-love - I like a bit more build up with some storyline behind it. Definitely am not a fan of no protection and let's get pregnant without using our brains first mentality. Yes, there were some delightful and funny moments, too. It sizzled with heat and a few really ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

5 "Cheese and Caramel go together" Stars.

"Nobody's pussycat, my ass." - Jimmy "The Falcon" Falconi♥.

Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
Ok, this was pretty funny.
And, after reading it, the cover makes sense! Still worthy of a Smart Bitches Trashy Books cover snark post, though!
This is 1st person POV alternating Jimmy, then Mary every other chapter.
The book starts off with Jimmy's POW while he's getting pummeled by Mary in the boxing ring at the gym where he trains. Jimmy's mesmerized by Mary. She one bad ass. And... she doesn't know that he's the QB of the Chicago Bears. What? Yep, nope, she doesn't follow football.
She doesn't give a rat's ass who he is. But... she's attracted to him too. The 2nd chapter w/ Mary's narrative, is the rest of their meet cute. Huh! Loved
Review to come.

I wasn't a fan.
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Wow, I have so many emotions flooding me after reading this book that I can’t quite decide which is the dominant one. This book had EVERYTHING that I love in a great story and I cannot believe it sat unread on my kindle for so bloody long!

Jimmy meets Mary one night, sparring at a local gym. In fact, she knocks him on his arse, literally, physically and mentally. There is this moment that passes between them, one that will hold significance for both of them. The pull is so strong that Jimmy canno
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Baby Maker (It Takes Two, #1)
  • Something Borrowed
  • Delivery Girl (Minnesota Ice #1)
  • All In
  • Saving Grace (The Lone Stars, #2)
  • Changing Lanes (The Lone Stars, #3)
  • Love to Hate Her (Wild to Love, #2)
  • Jockblocked (Gridiron, #2)
  • Sacked (Gridiron, #1)
  • Rocket Science
  • Tackled
  • Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love, #1)
  • Root Rot Academy: Term 2 (Root Rot Academy, #2)
  • Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)
  • The Aftermath (The Hurricane, #2)
  • Good Boy (WAGs, #1)
  • The Baller
  • Locked Box
See similar books…
Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. ...more

Related Articles

  Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through...
13 likes · 4 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“I shake my head, smiling and feeling a wave of tears of relief spring to my eyes. “My pleasure, Anand. May you be eternally blissful too.” 2 likes
“…One day?” He gives me a sort of cocky nod. “Sure. But you know where you can go in a day?” I shake my head. In the silence, I can almost hear his heartbeat, and mine, over the husssshhhhhh of the disappearing bubbles. “All the way to the moon.” 1 likes
More quotes…