This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Title with love/heart for Valentines
Molly Somerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children's book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance. Then there's her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns -- that awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember Molly's name!
One night Kevin barges into Molly's not-quite-perfect life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately, the Ferrari-driving riving, poodle-hating jock isn't as shallow as she wishes he were, and she soon finds herself at a place called Wind Lake. Surrounded by paintbox cottages, including a charming old bed-and-breakfast, Molly and Kevin battle their attraction and each other as they face one of life's most important lessons. Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it makes you mad as hell, and sometimes -- if you're lucky -- it can heal in a most unexpected way.
So, I love just about everything Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes. This is no different. I fell for Kevin in "Nobody's Baby But Mine" and continue to like him here. It took me a while to get into Molly. I mean, I liked her, but I didn't connect with her the same way, I have with her other heroines. I didn't understand her need to "act out" until Kevin spelled it out near the end of the book. I also have a desire to buy some panties with bunnies on them. (You'll have to read the book!) I love how SEP gives you a secondary romance in just every story. I enjoyed Lily's progression. My favorite scene was the softball game. I loved how the "underdogs" got one up on the "superjocks". Being the last one picked for any/all sports in school, I was not so secretly rooting for the "underdogs". I enjoyed the way they won, and all the fun. I give this book a 4 stars. Maybe even a 4.5.