Cleat Cute: A Novel by Meryl Wilsner

Cleat Cute: A Novel by Meryl Wilsner

Title:  Cleat Cute: A Novel
Author: Meryl Wilsner
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin 
Genre: LGBTQIA+, Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 332
Date of Publication:  17 September, 2023
My Rating:  Stars

My Thoughts 

Cleat Cute was cute, in a NA sort of way - this doesn’t generally work for me in a romance, but the story was enjoyable and the relationship between Grace and Phoebe was one that I found mostly fun to read. 

I wanted to like it more than I did, while still enjoying it, if that makes sense. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for the DRC


A sapphic rivals to lovers rom com for fans of Ted Lasso and A League of Their Own, where two soccer teammates are at odds before falling in love as their team gears up for the World Cup.

Grace Henderson has been a star of the US Women’s National Team for ten years, even though she’s only 26. But when she’s sidelined with an injury, a bold new upstart, Phoebe Matthews, takes her spot. 22-year-old Phoebe is everything Grace isn’t—a gregarious jokester who plays with a joy that Grace lost somewhere along the way. The last thing Grace expects is to become teammates with benefits with this class clown she sees as her rival.

Phoebe Matthews is too focused on her first season as a professional soccer player to think about seducing her longtime idol. But when Grace ends up making the first move, they can’t keep their hands off of each other.

As the World Cup approaches and Grace works her way back from injury, a miscommunication leaves the women with hilariously different perspectives on their relationship. But they’re on the same page on the field, realizing they can play together instead of vying for the same position. With every tackle the tension between them grows, and both players soon have to decide what's more important—being together or making the roster.

The perfect blend of funny and steamy, Meryl Wilsner’s 
Cleat Cute is about being brave enough to win on and off the field.


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