It Started with a Crush by Melissa McClone. Publisher: Harlequin, May 2012

Lucy Martin’s dream of marrying her Prince Charming might have fallen apart, but she’s determined to make her soccer-mad nephew’s dreams come true. But that means asking her old crush Ryland James, the legendary bad boy of soccer, to coach her nephew’s team.

Injured and ordered to polish his tarnished reputation, Ryland’s looking for distraction. Coaching might be more involvement than he likes, but with gorgeous Lucy offering cookies as a bribe he can’t resist! This soccer superstar might have met his perfect match…if he can convince the once-burnt, twice-wary Lucy to get back in the game.

This is a delightfully loving romance of a simmered crush that opens up a young woman’s heart to future that was once lost. Whenever I finish reading one of McClone’s stories, it always leaves me smiling for the heroine’s happily ever after.

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