Blog Tour & Book Review- Hail Mary (The Mavericks Series #2) by Julianna Marley


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He’s football’s poster boy with one thing on his mind. Well, perhaps two things, but Shay Cunningham’s outstanding football career and contract negotiations take precedent over everything else. Even women. Living life to the extreme, Shay’s past indiscretions continue to fuel his lifestyle. And that’s just how he likes it. Whitney Scott is broke, anxious and afraid. After an unexpected break up with her newborn baby’s father, her life is a mess. Down on her luck, she’s working hard to solidify her-and her baby’s-future. One uncertain step at a time. When an emergency thrusts Shay and Whitney together will one heavy dose of uncertainty push them apart? Or will they be willing to make a Hail Mary pass with their hearts-trusting that the other one will catch it?


Peeling off the ridiculous black stickers from underneath her eyes, Whitney smirked. Had she really just done that? Good Lord her mama would have been horrified. But for as embarrassed as she was, the permanent smile on Charlotte’s face and the glow she had worn all night long while talking to people about her designs had been totally worth it. She had taken so many orders for clothing pieces that she feared she wouldn’t see her cousin until springtime. And Shay. That kiss still had her hands shaking as she threw the strips in the trashcan, running the washcloth under the warm water. She could still taste him on her mouth and she licked her lips again. Removing some makeup from her cheek, her chest grew heavy. It had been a long time since she had kissed a man. A real man. One who kissed with strength and purpose. Nothing like the mandatory quick pecks she had received from Adam over the course of their relationship. But nobody had ever felt like Shay had. She almost married a man whose kisses didn’t pack a punch with them the way Shay’s had, her stomach twisting at the thought. Dabbing off the heavy eyeliner she cleared her throat. The look on his face when he realized what they were doing could only be described as painful. As if he had just made the biggest mistake of his life. Men like Shay Cunningham didn’t come after women like her. It was just a fact. Which was fine, more than fine, actually, as it was better this way. She didn’t know the first thing about a professional athlete’s life and she should have stopped him the moment he grabbed her, but he had taken her by surprise. And he felt good. So good. Scrubbing the bright red lipstick from her mouth, shimmer smearing across her face, she heard loud pounding at the door. Dropping the washcloth into the sink she darted towards the front door. Magda had mentioned that Quinn had finally fallen asleep just a little before she arrived home. Swinging the door open quickly to end the banging, she saw Shay on her doormat, his hair damp looking like he just stepped out of an editorial magazine. Swiping his hand across his mouth slowly, she knew he was anxious. And Shay being anxious made her nervous. He was the most assertive, self-assured man she had ever met and he just stood there watching her, forcing the air to turn thick. “Hi,” she breathed. “Hi.” “Are you alright?” she asked swallowing against her dry throat. Nodding, he moved through the door slowly, stopping as his forehead met hers. Closing her eyes, her heart rammed against her chest so hard she was almost afraid that he could hear it. “Is Quinn awake?” “No,” she whispered, shaking her head as he walked her backwards, feeling his hands finding their way to her hips. “Is Charlotte home?” “No.” She closed her eyes again and he continued pushing her further inside the house. Curling her lips under, she peeked up at him. His face unmoving, his eyes searched hers and it felt like he was fighting a war. One that his life depended upon. “Why are you here, Shay?” “I’m not sure.”

Young attractive football player with ball on gray background

~My Review~ 
5 Stars

I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers) 

Hail Mary is an authentic love story. With steamy chemistry, it's a give you goosebumps & butterfly's, laugh, cry, love, kind of book. 

Whitney Scott, event coordinator at Liv Monaghan's event production company, is picking up the pieces of her life after a breakup and working her butt off to provide for her new born daughter, Quinn. Growing up Whitney never felt she fit in with her family, so she is determined to make a amazing life for her and Quinn, to have her own perfect little family. When sexy, tattooed, football star, Shay Cunningham comes to Whitney's rescue, she quickly finds herself doing what she finds hard to do, and that is to trust a man again. But with Shay always showing up, and going out of his way to make her and her daughter feel cared for, and taken care of, Whitney starts to slowly let him in more and more. Whitney is seeing past the Casanova persona, to the passionate, guilt ridden, family man underneath. She loves his cocky attitude, his love for the game, and the way he looks at her, and cares for her daughter. But she'll have to decided if she can trust giving her heart to him. 

Shay Cunningham, wide receiver for The Mavericks, loves to have fun and live up to his nickname Casanova, he's a amazing player, on the field and off. But when he suddenly finds himself coming to the rescue of a beautiful women with a southern drawl, and a aversion to his cussing, Shay is thrown for a loop. He lives his life to the extreme for a reason. Its a way, he feels, for him to make up for the past. The more time he finds himself spending around Whitney and her daughter, the easier it's for Shay to leave the partying and women behind. The problem is, he feels he's no good for Whitney or Quinn. That he can't be the man they need to care, love and provided for them. When he holds these two in his arms, he sees a future that he craves. 

Whitney Scott, sweet, loving, proper, with a need to break free and a want to find love. She's shy, but with a bold attitude, and a wild side that Shay can bring out in her. She's got a heart of gold, and this beautiful mama is a character you will for sure fall in love with.

And then there is Shay, make you SWOON, Cunningham! Oh man this guy. Cocky, sexy bad boy, big hearted, I want to marry him, he's mine, Shay. I just loveeedd this man. Julianna Marley writes the best fictional men. Alpha's with big hearts, swoon-worthy, fiercely protective, and with a want for a forever kind of love.

I fell in love with Juilanna's writing the minute I read False Start, and with Hail Mary that was confirmed even more. This book is sweet, sexy, funny, honest and touching. This gripping love story will pull you in and make you love this world and these characters that Julianna brought us. The writing is sassy, passionate and page turning, The Mavericks has become one of my top favorite series. I could read about each and every character all the time, over and over.

Whitney, Shay, Jax, Liv, Charlotte, Myles, Ross, Trevor, Chelsea. This group of friends, this family, The Mavericks, are a group that I just LOVE. I want to read more and more about them all. 

I'll just be sitting her impatiently waiting to get my hands on more of this amazing series! 

About the Author:
Julianna Marley is fairly certain that she was born on the wrong side of the Mason-Dixon line. She’s in constant search of warmth, sunshine and water. When not writing about all the places she yearns to be, she can be found enjoying obnoxious amounts of coffee and getting bossed around by a four year-old. Julianna loves romance, humor and football.

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