REVIEW: LAUREN LAYNE – YOURS TO KEEPYours to Keep by Lauren Layne
Series: Man of the Year #2
Published by Montlake Romance on September 1, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Smalltown Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Montlake
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Narrator: Alexander Cendese, Samantha Martin
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
Cliffhanger: No


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.

Lauren Layne is a wonderfully talented author and while not every book by her hits the spot 100% I keep returning to her stories because many times they are very enjoyable.
In YOURS TO KEEP we meet Carter, an MBL star who while mending from an injury takes up the opportunity to go to his smalltown home to reconnect with his high school sweetheart. Instead he moves in next to his former lab partner, nerdy, busybody Olive.

I loved Olive, she was so self aware and a little quirky, confident, she knew who she was and what she wanted and knew how to express it. Something Carter admired. He has come home to find out who he is beyond the baseball player with the plethora of top model ex-girlfriends.

Olive is a typical smalltown girl, sticking her nose in everybody’s business, at first, hilariously, to Carter’s dismay. But he soon found himself helplessly attracted to Olive and I really loved the chemistry between them.

“What I am is a very smart woman who’s figured out how to have the life I want with the man I want. And that man is you.”

Carter was an all around good guy and Olive grounded him. I loved how down-to-earth he was. His love for Olive snuck up on him and it was quite funny how confused he was at first. Their relationship was based on friendship and came so naturally.

“It’s so annoying,” she said, folding the newspaper closed.
“What is?” Carter took a sip of coffee. It was excellent.
“All your hidden depths.”
“Starting to fall for me now, are you?”
“Let’s not get crazy.”

YOURS TO KEEP is a pretty low-drama, lighthearted quick read that made me smile and reminded me why I love Lauren Layne’s books. Olive and Carter made my heart sing and I’ll be grabbing the next one for sure!

Favorite school subject: Science. Because it’s damned important. And because I met a girl there my senior year. I think I love her.


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