Anderson tells a delightful story about two adults who push past grudges and pain to find love. Most potent and compelling, however, is how this book deals with the reality of the pressures athletes face, whether in high school, college or the pros. The engaging character Keenan Dickerson evokes the widest range of emotions as his flaws, anguish, ambition, disappointments and hopes unfold. The story flows smoothly and quickly for an enjoyable read. Readers who enjoy wholesome romance will definitely embrace Sweet Memphis Crush.

Everyone in Josie Dickerson's family hates ex-NFL star Will Duncan. Will was driving when a car accident took Corey Dickerson's life a month before his high school graduation. Keenan Dickerson is a basketball star plagued by his family's relentless comparisons to his late brother. In a twist of fate, Josie begins working with Will. As friends and lovers, they work together to give Keenan the chance Corey never had, despite the vehement objections of Keenan and Josie's mother. (Kimani/Arabesque, Jan., 288 pp., $6.99)
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Robin R. Pendleton