Saturday, February 10, 2018

Release Blitz ~ Hail Mary (Hail Raisers #6) by Lani Lynn Vale (Review)

Release Blitz ~ Hail Mary (Hail Raisers #6) by Lani Lynn Vale (Review)

Title: Hail Mary
Series: Hail Raisers #6
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense 
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Mary Persephone Hail 
Mary—well-wished-for child. 
Hail—well that speaks for itself. 
Her name is painful to think about. Mary, his newfound daughter, isn’t a wished-for child.
 Persephone, though? Yeah, destruction is a fitting description. And Hail? Yeah, that’s just the final f-you. 
The moment that her mother drops her off on his doorstep, Dante’s hell becomes complete. 
Or so he thinks. 
What can make life worse after losing one’s wife and kids, you ask? Here’s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the baby’s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain. 
Dante’s a bad person. He’s done some not so nice things, and now he’s being punished for his misdeeds. Karma is finally catching up to him. 
This child that he’s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone. This child is his salvation. This child is the final nail in the coffin of his wife and daughters’ too short lives. 
He doesn’t want this child. 
But this child will save him whether he wants her to or not. 
With the help of a friend—yes, a woman friend—Dante finds his way back to life. But what he finds when he gets back isn’t the same life that he left behind. Turns out, he has to start living a new one. One where he's suddenly having feelings for a friend that helped him get through some tough times, and loving a daughter that won’t let him quit.
“How do I articulate how amazing this story is?” - Cali Gals “Thanks Lani for a couple so beautifully broken that it makes me want to wrapped them up and never let go.” - One Last Page Book Blog “Another amazing read from Lani Lynn Vale. Again.” - Books After Fifty…

3.5 Stars!

I’ve been seriously anticipating this book for a while now. We’ve been given teasers about Dante since the beginning of the series and I expected his story to be dark and painful. After all, the tragic circumstances that led to Dante’s isolation from everyone and everything he once loved would bring anyone to their knees. He lost his wife and kids when his addict sister caused a car accident. His younger sister committed suicide after years of sexual assault by a family friend. Most men in his family have gone through horrific traumas of their own. However, now he has to somehow pull himself out of the darkness enough to take care of an innocent baby girl he never planned on after her mother (a woman he had a drunken night with) abandoned her.

Dante's story was so very sad. My heart broke for him and everything he went through. It was as if it would never end, I couldn’t help but understand why he could be such a jerk at the time, even if it became a bit annoying. I wanted desperately for him to get some semblance of a HEA though and he certainly does get that. But not until we see all the heartbreaking moments that happen to him and to Cobie.

Cobie was written well but I have to be truthful and say I felt absolutely no connection to her. I felt sad for what she went through, having to face such a painful thing by yourself is heartbreaking. I’m glad she was strong and I’m glad she fit so well with Dante. I just wished I felt some sort of connection to her.

Unfortunately, this wasn't my favorite book of the series. It was definitely the saddest and hardest to read. But I’m glad to finally know what happened to the Hail brother that had lost so much. I’d recommend it to fans of the series, it’s definitely an important part of it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 8, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

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