Ryland James had never looked at Lucy Martin and seen the bloated devastation childhood liver disease had done. He had thought of her as the brave little sister of his friend and protector. He now faced the all grownup Lucy, and her sweet, sexy self was a distraction he did not want. He had escaped the small town lifestyle and was now rich, famous, a world class soccer player.
Lucy had to reface the crush from her childhood. Ryland was back in town for a short time, recovering from an injury. She hoped he would help her with her nephew's soccer team, but she did not have much faith in men.
Overall, a very nice story. The only thing that seemed off, for me, was the part about Ryland being bullied as a child. There never appeared to be a reason for it. Lucy had weight and health issues, but Ryland appeared healthy, cute, had a nice family. Not sure why he would have been the object for bullies.