Release Date: Sep 1, 2020
Series: Man of the Year
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Carter suffers an injury that leaves him rushing home to recover. While he is there, he takes the time to attempt to get back with an old flame that will be attending the high school reunion. Instead, he keeps coming across another classmate, Olive, who is not the woman he thought she was.
This one ticked my boxes but didn’t necessarily wow me. Now I love a good small town romance to keep me feeling all cozy but the cozy feeling didn’t really stay. I kept wondering what happened to the old fling. The idea of that fizzled immediately as he encountered Olive.
I like the individual characters but they didn’t quite work well together in my opinion. Carter is the typical handsome jock who is stuck on himself and his sports. Now that he has to slow down he is a lot more reflective and kind. He likes being around Olive. They have always had an easy going friendship so when things spark up between them, it is a no brainer.
I connected more with Olive because she is this tough woman who isn’t shy or afraid to be exactly who she is. I liked how she is straight shooter and didn’t want to give Carter any play despite him being this big time athlete. In fact, I thought she could have come around faster than she did but I get the witty banter and the constant flirting.
The slow burn got to be a bit too slow which made the book drag. After a while the friendship needed to be kicked up a notch and the romance needed to seep into the storyline more. I think an addition of spice could have made this more interesting for me.
Overall, I’m still invested in this series. I recommend this book to fans for a quick, easy and light-hearted contemporary romance.