Hail Mary by Kandi Steiner is now live!
Leo F*cking Hernandez.
North Boston University’s star running back, notorious bachelor, and number one on my people I would murder if I could get away with it list.
He’s my new roommate.
I used to think I loved him.
But that was before I hated him.
He doesn’t remember who I am, or how he made my life miserable for years. And before I unknowingly moved across the street from him, I couldn’t have cared less. I was living my life despite him and what happened that summer, chasing my dream of becoming a tattoo artist.
“The Pit,” as the university so gracefully nicknamed the house he lives in with three other football players, has served as nothing more than a pain in my ass and a constant reminder of the boy who broke my heart. Watching him parade his one-night-stands in and out of it never helped, either.
But with rent this cheap and so close to the tattoo shop, I’ve learned to ignore him — no matter how he’s tried to get under my skin.
At least, until this summer. Because when a water and mold disaster leaves me with no choice but to vacate my house, I have nowhere to go. And Leo Hernandez offers me a deal I can’t refuse.
Live at The Pit with him and the guys, free of charge, until my landlord fixes this mess.
Ignoring him was easy when I lived across the street, but in the same house, with him shirtless half the time and watching me with his cocky grin and searing gaze? It’s impossible.
Still, I have to try. I have to push him away, even when he makes it infuriatingly difficult to do so.
He’s broken my heart once.
I won’t let him do it again.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I could not put this book down and I could not have loved Hail Mary any more! I really wanted to hate Leo after reading the first chapter, but then we got his version of the events that took place when he and Mary were 15 and… oh, my heart! He was just as torn up about things as she was! Of course, she didn’t know that, so her hate for Leo festered for seven years, and he was completely clueless about who Mary was to him.
I loved that the reveal happened mid-way through the book — and the payoff was so, so good, I read that chapter twice! — because I loved seeing how they worked as a couple. These two were so head-over-heels in love with each other, but both had their issues and scars as a result of their teenage years. Leo always felt like he had to “be on” and never felt comfortable in his own skin. And Mary was subjected to years of torment and bullying as a teen. Even after the truth all comes out, she still doesn’t fully trust Leo’s intentions because of how hurt she’d been in the past as a result of his actions. Or inactions, as the case was.
But watching this couple blossom was wonderful to read. There is a scene of SA in this book (not between Leo/Mary), which ultimately leads to The Conflict between the two. And it leads to a great reunion between them.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Kandi Steiner is an Amazon Top 5 bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.”
She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, planning her next adventure, or pole dancing (yes, you read that right). She enjoys live music, traveling, playing with her fur babies and soaking up the sweetness of life.
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