Note: This ARC was provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
Hail Mary is the second novel in the Mavericks sports romance series written by Julianna Marley and while I know that both novels are promoted as standalones, I'm thinking it would be best to read them in order. I didn't read False Start prior to reading Hail Mary and I must admit that I felt kinda, sorta lost because there were all these supporting characters who were constantly around, and it was as if I had walked into the middle of a story being told and I was clueless as to what was going on. I know there was only one novel prior to this one, but was there more than one love story told there? Because there were three prominent couples flitting in and out while the current main characters were trying to get their respective acts together and get on with becoming friends and falling in love. It was frustrating, to say the least, and I had to stop more than once, wavering if I should go ahead and read book one first, but goodness, I saw how many pages it was and with book two being a long read as well, it became a lost cause.
Now, to be fair, I loved the beginning of the story and the fact that event organizer Whitney Scott and Mavericks quarterback Shay Cunningham aren't strangers, having crossed paths before the unforgettable event that was supposed to spark the beginning of their love story. I wish I could say that this was a slow burn romance, but considering there was no interaction between the two of them after Shay helped Whitney get to the hospital in order to give birth to her daughter, and he continues his player ways and then, out of the blue, decides to invite her to a family gathering over Thanksgiving, it became more of a stop and start thing. If I'm being honest here, both the beginning and ending of the book were the best parts, resulting in a smile on my face and all. But with the supporting character overload and the feeling that I was missing something--or more of certain somethings--plus some editing issues, I just wasn't as engaged as I would have wanted to be for most of Hail Mary, which saddens me. This one gets three stars. ♥
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