Series: Waiting on the Sidelines #3
on January 18th 2019
Genres: sports romance, Contemporary Romance
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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.
THE HAIL MARY
by GINGER SCOTT
Confession time: I was scared of starting this book. I love Ginger Scott’s books. All of them. Without exception. Yet, the angst of WAITING ON THE SIDELINES and GOING LONG was a little hard on me. Nolan and Reed had to go through so much and often times it was outside interference that broke them apart. Again. And again. It hurt because I’d come to love these two. So when THE HAIL MARY landed on my Kindle I was worried that they’d have to deal with issues again, they’d only have limited control over. This time, Ginger took pity on me. The problems Noles and Reed had to solve were, while grave, not out of their control. And they did so with flying colors.
After GOING LONG ended Nolan and Reed married. Reed became a professional football player and that life, with all its ups and downs, injuries and thousands of miles apart, is hard on a marriage. While they are still very much in love they are both hanging by a thread. Reed’s neck injury four years ago scared the living daylights out of Nolan and makes her fear for Reed’s life whenever he steps on the field. He’s closing in on forty but retiring isn’t an option for Reed, much to Nolan’s grief. So they are stuck in a place where both are right, unease has settled in, and there is little they can do except to ride it out. The alternative isn’t an option.
I want something that is in direct conflict with what the love of my life wants.
These two have gained so much maturity and despite all the resentment of their past mistakes, despite their arguments, there is still this undeniable, palpable love. They had a ton of issues but I never doubted them to make it to the other side. They never stopped fighting for their love and handled their issues with a grace they lacked when they were teenagers.
Somehow… still, after all these years, this guy can make me feel special just by the way he looks at me.
I fell in love with them so deeply this time. The way they were working through the obstacles, one at a time although they kept piling up, they had each other’s back even though their relationship wasn’t always easy.
And can I say how much I loved Reed? He is the kind of hero I adore about this author’s stories. They are all decent men, good to the bones and not afraid of their own feelings. He has come so far, has grown and matured so much. His relationship with his daughter was one of my favorite things.
More than anything, I want to live. This life, with this girl— it’s my passion. I’m nothing without her, and everything when I’m wherever she is.
I also fell a little bit in love with Jason although I really hated him in the first two books but he, too, showed a lot of growth and had become a man Noles and Reed could rely on.
Ms. Scott has proven times and again that she can write poignant stories that hit you right in the chest, with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. THE HAIL MARY is the perfect happy ending for two wonderful people who had to overcome so many challenges in life. The first two books gave me a knot in my stomach because of all the teenage angst. This story has a different kind of angst, the one you feel in your heart but still know that everything will be alright in the end, because the love Nolan and Reed have for one another is unquestionable and irrevocable. It made the hurt I felt while listening to the first two books so worth it. I’m a little sad to have to say goodbye to them now.
The ride. The motherfucking ride.
This life, it’s hard on a marriage. It’s hard on the mind and the soul. You have to be something rare just to survive it and I did. We did.