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The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott
Stephanie’s 4.5 Blush Review
The Hail Mary is book 3 in The Waiting Series. It continues the journey of high school sweethearts Reed Johnson and Nolan Lennox. Now married 16 years, they have experienced it all; love, loss, happiness, disappointment and difficult decisions. Reed is a professional football player, husband, and father. Nolan wears many hats. Mother, business owner and caregiver to Reed’s dad, Buck.
…this game is like family. It’s life. It’s air. It’s what I know.
Reed fears what will happen when he no longer plays professional football. Will he have a purpose? Will he be lost? His whole life, his identity has been football. This fear is carried through the story. When tragedy strikes Reed’s fear is amplified. All of the “what if’s” come rolling in. His focus is off and as a quarterback, he needs to be 100%. But Nolan has fears and insecurities as well. She too has the “what if’s.”
I’ve told her that I’m nothing without her but the thing is, I’m nothing without this game either.
The Hail Mary is an emotional, slow burn. Reed and Nolan’s marriage is strained as decisions are made and fears come to the surface. I loved the flashbacks of Reed and Nolan’s youth. It was also great to see the old high school crew! Friendships and friends who are there to support you in your toughest times.
I loved Reed recklessly. I loved him blindly. I loved him despite every little and big thing that got in our way.
Things change direction at about 70 percent and a few surprises are thrown in (no spoilers!). That final part had me on the edge of my seat! I love how Ginger takes us to completion. And the road is not always easy or perfect! Emotional, angsty and raw.
The story is well written. The words flow. You can feel all of the love and tenderness that is shown. My heart was full! There is also a much more grown-up feeling. The intimacy between Reed and Nolan was beautiful. And the sexy times were HOT! Ginger Scott has written a beautiful, contemporary romance. I loved the epilogue too!
This girl, she’s my reason…period.
The Hail Mary
Waiting Series Book 3
Adult Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age Trilogy
Sixteen years is a long time. In a marriage, it’s a milestone. On the gridiron, it’s a miracle. Reed Johnson wants more time for everything, but time is funny that way.
It can be cruel.
With a body that can’t quite take the hits it used to and a heart tired of being torn in two different directions, Reed is faced with a reality he’s not quite ready for—life without the game. He became a man under Friday night game lights and in college stadium tunnels, and without the grit and the glory that’s earned ten yards at a time, he’s afraid of what kind of man he’ll be.
But there’s more than a game at stake now.
Reed’s wife, Nolan, is afraid too. She’s seen what can happen when the love of her life pushes himself too hard, and she can’t escape the nightmares she relives after almost losing her entire world to one single play on the field.
There is no compromise when it comes to football. Same goes for the heart. You’re either all in, or you get crushed. For Reed and Nolan, the clock is ticking down. Time…it does that. One way or another, they’re going to have to make a choice.
This is their Hail Mary.
This is win or lose.
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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