Series: Waiting on the Sidelines #3
on January 18th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I started my reading year with the most perfect of all stories, a 5++ #MustRead with The Hail Mary. I only just read books 1 and 2 in this series Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long, last spring which inspired and affirmed my love of the #YA genre. Reed and Nolan have had a lot to get through to find themselves together. I couldn’t have rooted harder for them to make it to this time in their lives, happily married. Well mostly happily. I love that Ginger keeps it real, this couple have real world problems which makes their love feel all the more authentic. I cringed, I cried and I swooned.
Catching up with Reed and Nolan is bittersweet. Scott shows us a family at odds. Reed is a pro player but sidelined due to injuries, and working his way back to the starter position. While Nolan is focused on their family in Arizona. I spent at least the first half of the book in a perpetual state of anxiety, fretting over their chances of making it
“Long flights followed by even longer fights turned into bad habits and eventually silence. We quit talking about real things and just started existing. I wasn’t even mad at her. How could I be?”
I just wanted them settled and happy and it seemed like maybe, just maybe they might not make it. But then I’m reminded of all they’ve overcome and the fight they’ve put into it.
“If I see Noles anywhere near the practice field, I brace myself for big, and I hold on for a ride that’s either going to cut me down or make me fly. Maybe that’s the reason we made it longer than most. We didn’t have some false expectations or fairytale dizzy dreams going into this life. We knew it was hard because us was always hard. In high school, life ate us up.”
Throughout the story we are reminded of events through well placed flashbacks which fill in on some moments since we left them from Going Long . It gives the reader a view of this remarkable union and all that they have. I keep coming back to one thing about this couple, the passion for their life together. Both good and bad. From the moment I met Nolan she became a favorite heroine. So much about her is real and relatable and her view on making mistakes and forgiveness is a admirable. They move through some hard times and through intense love for each other they make it to the other side.
There’s so much to love about this story and I can’t recommend it enough. Reed and Nolan went from a favorite YA romance couple to a favorite Contemporary Romance couple. With that this is an all time favorite series ending with the most perfectly imperfect new stage of life for Reed and Nolan. Thank you Ginger Scott for the gift of Reed and Nolan 🙂 5+++ Stars #MustRead
~Review by Cyndi