|If You Want It|
| Kathryn Lively
|March 10th 2017|
|The days when people called Winnie Segal, “Sea Cow,” are long over. She’s still a big gal, and everybody around her’s gone all PC and “Yay, body acceptance,” but once in awhile something dredges up a bad memory. This time, the trigger is Cory Levane, former high school star quarterback, current NFL legend and former high school crush. After a triumphant career, he’s come home to show off—or so Winnie thinks. She’d rather design and sell her artwork than give a damn, yet the garden in which she grows her damns thrives.
After one month of early retirement, he’s climbing the walls. He thought coming home would provide cheer and inspire him to plan his future, but people treat him like a celebrity instead of an actual person. He’s happy about one thing, though: Winnie Segal hasn’t changed—she’s still gorgeous and funny as ever, and talented. If he weren’t so damn tongue-tied around her he’d let her know.
The opportunity to work together on a project has Cory anxious to get closer, and leaves Winnie suspicious of his motives. She keeps a tight hold on her heart, and Cory knows it will take more than his football skills to get her to pass it to him.