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Line Drive EM Lindsey

Line Drive

E.M. Lindsey

Copyright © 2022

 

PREORDER

 

He felt like he was standing on the edge of a moment, and he thought, just maybe, he had the courage to leap. He shifted closer and let his hands float up. When they brushed past Ridley, the man didn’t pull away.

 

James knew then. He knew.

He would have to tread carefully, but he’d done that before. Staring down at the distorted images of them beneath the water, he moved his hand again, and this time when he brushed Ridley’s fingers, he held on.

The man sucked in a breath, but he turned his palm and let James touch him.

“Is there something I should know?”

“I think so,” Ridley said. “I haven’t been able to get you out of my head. Even when you were ripping me a new one, I couldn’t hate you.”

James’ fingers trailed up his arm. Ridley seemed unsure, but there was no hesitation as he leaned further into James. “That’s exactly how I feel about you.”

“Really?” Ridley asked, just a hint of sarcasm in his tone. “The forty-k-a-year teacher with nothing going for him except an ever-expanding gut and a grey hairline?”

James lifted his other hand and traced a finger along the coarse greys on Ridley’s temple. It sent a bead of water down his jaw, and James fought back the urge to lean in and trace that line with his tongue. “I think soft bellies and grey hair is sexy.”

Ridley opened his mouth to retort, so James cupped his cheek and brushed a thumb over his bottom lip, effectively silencing him.

“You can’t convince me otherwise,” James murmured as he leaned in. Their noses were almost touching, lips almost in a kiss. They were sharing breath, sharing warmth, and James was so close to losing every inch of his control.

James "Scooter" Harney is good at two things and two things only:

 

Pitching...

...and running away from his feelings.

 

So, when he comes face to face with a high school baseball coach who gets under his skin like no one ever has before, James isn't quite sure what to do about it. After all, Ridley is smarmy, annoying, ridiculously good looking…

 

And worst of all, straight.

 

Then, James' world is turned upside down one evening when Ridley admits that he's been having thoughts. Thoughts about James. Thoughts that are making him question his own identity.

 

James knows he won't make a good boyfriend, but the way Ridley looks at him, the way Ridley trusts him, makes James realize that maybe—just maybe—there’s something worth fighting for.

 

Line Drive is the second book in a fictional MLB series featuring a smarmy pitcher good at annoying his teammates and stroking his own ego, a team ready to win no matter what it takes, a lost single dad who just wants to know he's doing a good job, and an agreement that wraps both of their hearts into a tangle. Each book in the Hit and Run Series stands alone, contains no cheating, and has a happily ever after.