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. Persephone—destruction. 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…
Review by: Jennifer
For those of you that are not familiar with this series, then the question will be asked, why are you looking at this one? Go to the beginning, no cutting in line, that is just dumb! Dante has been around for a few books now, all the way back to Life To My Flight (DW #5), Rue and Cleo's book when he made his first appearance and then we got to see him in books after, like in Ruthie and Sterling's book we find out that he is married to Ruthie's best friend... well you see the pattern.
After his wife and children died, Dante is a shell of the person he used to be, until a one night mistake turned into his saving grace. Now, Dante has Mary to think of. Mary, who has started to make Dante to live again. When Mary's mother has one last request of Dante; to keep an eye on Cobie, her best friend, Dante does his best to fulfill that wish, but Cobie doesn't make it easy. Will Cobie be the last piece of the puzzle that helps Dante live again, or will he keep hiding from a future without Lily?
So... I think for the first time, EVER, in my LLV reading, I find myself disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is still a really good story, but for Dante's story I had hoped and expected more. I loved getting to see Sam and the guys, to which I read one of the saddest sentences ever "These men were all older. Late forties, early fifties, I'd guess." :( Don't want to think of my fav characters getting older LOL. This was an action packed, heartbreaking story, that at times may have you tear up a bit, while at others have you laughing out loud like a loon. I'm giving this 4.5 stars, it still is a very good read, just not the amazing read that Dante deserved.
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.