Yours to Keep (Man of the Year Book 2) from Lauren Layne
Published by Montlake (September 1, 2020)
An irresistible baseball star and a resistant hometown girl stumble into love in a flirty romance by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.
Pro baseball shortstop Carter Ramsey is about to be Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, but the only title that matters to him is out of reach: World Series MVP. Benched by a recent injury, Carter retreats to his hometown to recover. His ten-year class reunion and a potential reconciliation with the sweetheart he left behind could be perfect distractions. Until another old acquaintance throws Carter a curveball.
Olive Dunn admits that her former high school science partner is still a handsome charmer. But she wasn’t swayed then, and she won’t be swayed now. Because Olive remembers Carter’s little shortcoming: he tends to bail the moment it suits him, without a backward glance. Best to keep her feelings strictly platonic while he’s in town.
Except the entitled boy she knew is a changed man: solid, reflective, and generous. As they ease back in to their familiar friendship, things take a surprising turn, and Carter and Olive must decide if what they have is a passing flirtation or a real shot at love.
Carter is a professional baseball player who is trying to heal from what could be a career ending injury. All he wants is to recuperate in solace until his sister convinces him to come home and attend their high school reunion. When she tells him that his high school sweetheart will be there as well and that she is recently divorced it seems like the perfect time to reconnect.
Olivia is fun, a loyal friend who embraces the fact that she is different. When Carter returns and they find themselves neighbors she helps her high school science partner get settled in and a friendship develops. As they spend time together their friendship evolves into something deeper but with their very different lifestyles only they can decide if the feelings they have for each other are destined to be a fling or the beginning of forever.
Their interactions are both humorous and hot and they both had their insecurities when it comes to love and life. They embrace each other for who they are as people and that is what makes their connection so special.