You Should Be So Lucky

Avon. May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780063272804. pap. $18.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
It’s 1960, and the baseball season isn’t going well for shortstop Eddie O’Leary. He’s been traded to a mediocre expansion team, which he learned very publicly and didn’t react to well. His new teammates are giving him the silent treatment, his batting average is dismal, and the fans boo him regularly, on the field and off. He’s beyond homesick and lonely, and it’s all he can do to keep his temper on the field, let alone with the press afterwards. Meanwhile, grieving arts writer Mark Bailey scarcely leaves his apartment anymore, but his editor has just assigned him to report a series of articles about Eddie. Mark is not a sports reporter, and he has no desire to spend an entire season in close proximity with the baseball team. But as the two men get to know each other, their attraction becomes impossible to deny. Eddie can’t come out and keep his job, but Mark won’t have his sexuality be a secret anymore. Do they have a future?
VERDICT Sebastian’s (We Could Be So Good) latest is full of grumpy/sunshine goodness, with an absolutely delicious slow-burn romance.
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