Single by Collette West
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Stockton Beavers #1
Underdog Luke “Single” Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer’s, and he’s all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special?
Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him.
Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta’s past emerges with the power to tear them apart.
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Review by: Nicole
Luke “Single” Singleton was an up and coming baseball player. When a pitch hit him in the neck and almost took his life that nearly ended his career. Now back in the game, but his life isn’t the same. While trying to get better he is also caring for his mom who has early onset Alzheimers. He is trying to figure out how to play the game he loves, but also take care of his mother.
That is until Roberta Bennett comes into his life. She an experienced caregiver and Luke pleads with her to help him. He cautiously accepts his offer to help take care of his mother. Before she knows hi she has become a part of their life and her connection with Luke is growing. She is making is easier for him to put himself into his game and he begins to make improvements in his own game.
Although Roberta has a past that still haunts her and could change everything for Luke. The longer she keeps her secrets the harder it is for her to tell him. Roberta is going to have to tell him if she is ever going to move on.
I really loved this book and the chemistry between Luke and Roberta. I’ve never read anything by Collette before, but I will for sure be looking out for her in the future.
Review by: Dawn
I have to say I didn't know what to expect from this book but I loved it. I could not put this book down. As a sports fan I love to read books that are remotely related to any of them. As a former softball player I know how the players get superstitious over a winning streak or losing streak. When I read a book about that it makes me smile thinking about those days. But to see a book so well written about these things making it so hard for someone to fall in love. The heartbreak that comes in this book is also something that came as a surprise to me. If your wanting to fall in love with a couple that fights to be together to began with but then fights to stay that way this is the book for you.
About the Author
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at email@example.com.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
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