Hail Mary (Hail Raisers #6) by Lani Lynn Vale
Mary Persephone Hail
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been waiting for Dante’s HEA since I found out about his tragedy! We’ve caught glimpses of Dante in several previous books, and when I read of the death of his family, it burned. Reading about what he was going through in the other Hail books really hurt.
This book was everything I could have hoped for Dante, and so much more. Cobie is a perfect match for him. After experiencing her own brand of tragedy, she has an understanding of his pain that I don’t think anyone else could have.
I love how protective Dante is of Mary. I can see from the bits and pieces we were given, that she has wonderful personality, and hope to see more of her in future books.
This book not only has a HEA that we were waiting (im)patiently for, it also has all of the excitement, drama, and bad guys that we have come to expect from a Lani Lynn Vale story. Add in the visits from much love characters from past books, and hints of things to come, and it doesn’t really get much better than this!