Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . . Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life.
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This book is different than all the other Traci Hunter Abramson books I've read, but it's a great read. Maya has an a tumor at the base of her skull that has to be reduced to half its size before the doctors can operate. This isn't the first big challenge she's had in her short 20 years. When she was 13 yrs old she fled her homeland of India to escape an arranged marriage; when she was 16 yrs old her grandmother, who had helped her escape the arranged marriage, died and she was put into a foster home with people who didn't care about her. Despite all this she gets a full ride tennis scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Despite rounds of chemo and radiation the tumor isn't small enough to remove. Maya's only shot is to be accepted into a clinical trial in Washington D.C. She quits school, but she's too sick to work so she has no income, and no place to live while receiving the treatment. Her best friend Kari comes up with an idea but fails to tell her brother, Ben, a major league baseball player, about it. When Ben comes back to D.C. to train in the off-season he's more than a little shocked to find this girl he's only met once before in his apartment. Both of the main characters are very likable people who are genuinely kind. Ben feels the solution he comes up with to solve all of Maya's problems is inspired, if unconventional. Maya is a person who deals with everything life gives her without complaining and wants to take care of her problems by herself without burdening others. This story completely illustrates how serving others helps you to love them. I wish there had been another chapter or a short epilogue that takes place a few months later to catch up with them after Maya's surgery. This is a wonderful heart warming story. Totally clean read with a few chaste kisses near the end.