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HAIL MARY
SERIES: THE MAVERICK SERIES #2
BY: JULIANNA MARLEY


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SYNOPSIS:
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?



EXCERPT:
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.”





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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HERE IS MY REVIEW OF HAIL MARY:

Shay Cunningham gets the surprise of his life when he walks out of the locker room and finds a very pregnant Whitney Scott in labor in the deserted hallway, and panic immediately settles in. He has no idea what he is supposed to do with a woman about to give birth, she then instructs him that they need to get her to the hospital or he will be playing doctor and delivering her new bundle of joy. So, he gets her where she needs to be, and quickly finds that she is about to go through all of this alone, there is no fiance, family, or friends rushing in to be there by her side which makes him feel obligated to stay and hold her hand. Not realizing this one little act of kindness is about to change both of their lives, and take them down a path that they never anticipated...

Determined to get out from under her wealthy parents thumbs Whitney Scott flees Louisiana and heads for South Carolina's for a life of her own choosing and to chase her own dreams. And for the most part she has found that, with the exception of a sleazy ex-fiance who chose to use her for his own personal gain, by stealing her money, and leaving her to raise their child on her own... and left her completely distrustful of men, So, the minute Mr. Football Shay Cunningham waltzes into her carefully planned life, and wants more than friendship she is ready to send him packing, but no matter how hard she tries to resist him, he keeps finding new ways to sneak past her defenses...

This alluring little tale captured my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages, with a incessant need to know more about this intriguing pair... which ultimately lead to me staying up well past my bedtime just to get my fix! This was my introduction to Ms. Marley's work, and I have to say that it left a very memorable first impression, her endearing characters totally stole my heart!!! It was refreshing to read a story where the heroine could hold her own against a tough alpha male, and I was impressed to see that she had what it took to keep him on his toes the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two, and can't wait to get back to this series and get better acquainted with more of their friends!! Highly recommend you give this one a try, it's sure to stir your emotions, have you smiling throughout and leave you with a happy heart!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed a advanced copy of this book.




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