Sometimes, the second chances are the sweetest…

Divorced single-mom Kelly must survive a grueling cross country drive to Nationals with her sons and mother. More importantly, can she make herself take a second chance on love?

(MF, contemporary romance, hero with a disability, sports romance, wounded hero, second-chance romance, older MCs, HEA)

Writing As: Lesli Richardson

Release Date: 6/23/2021

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Kelly Alexander is a divorced single mom. Her younger son, Denny, who uses a wheelchair because of spina bifida, wants to participate in sports like his big brother. Then Kelly learns about the Junior National Disability Games but they’re being held in Spokane, Washington, literally on the other end of the continent from their Florida home. She’s clueless about her next steps to help him fulfill his dreams to compete.

Enter Mart Rawlings. The handsome, single athlete and coach also happens to use a wheelchair. He volunteers to help Denny qualify for Nationals, falling hard for Kelly in the process. Winning over Denny and his brother–and Kelly’s mom–is the easy part. Kelly’s past heartache because of her cheating ex left deep scars in her soul and fuels her reluctance to get romantically involved. She fears Denny will lose his coach should things head south between her and Mart.

Besides, getting Denny qualified is only half the battle. Now Kelly must survive a grueling cross country drive with her sons and mother to get Denny to Spokane. But, more importantly, can she overcome her fears and take a chance on love with Mart?

This MF second-chance romance features a hunky hero who is an adaptive sports athlete, a single divorced mom doing the best she can, an aggravating cross-country drive with family, and a guaranteed HEA! This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been heavily revised and expanded for re-release.

(This book was originally published in 2009. It has been heavily revised and extensively expanded for re-release, including a full re-write changing it from third-person past-tense to first-person present-tense.)


My son is an adaptive sports athlete, and one year we took a cross-country trip in a Honda Element to Junior Nationals. While some of the more humorous incidents ended up in the book, that’s where the similarities to Kelly’s life ends. But I probably wrote half the book in my head during the drive out and back. (When I wasn’t chanting “load and unload…”) And, yes, we still own that Honda Element.

Old Cover:

Cross Country Chaos by Lesli Richardson
Original cover from first publication through BookStrand.