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.
Single was a pleasant surprise. This story resonated with me on a pretty deep level because of one thing, Alzheimer’s. Luke’s mother has it, and I understand perfectly every emotion he felt in this story. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had to deal with a loved one that has it, and if you never do, you’re lucky. My grandmother, one of the most important people in my life, the one person I could go to for anything, I could tell anything, my absolute favorite person in the world got it early and died from it early. So yeah, this story touched me. But, enough of that. Let’s talk about the book.
So, I loved Luke, for obvious reasons. He was loyal, and loving, and for such a small package, he had the best heart. I have to tell you, through what I’ve read of this series, I haven’t really been Roberta’s biggest fan, but she surprised me. I found she was actually a very likeable character. She’s not always nice. She’s guarded, and has been through out the series, and we find out why in Single. Her’s is a hard story. Unpleasant, and it’s a lot easier to empathize with her when you hear every thing she’s been through. I thought-Okay, now I get it.- I’m not going to give anything away, but let’s just say it was easy to change my mind about her. Aside from the issues going on with Luke’s Mom, he has some other stuff going on. I loved him, he’s such a fighter. Never gives up.
I love that this series is a sports romance, without being too sporty, if that makes sense. I mean, of course there is baseball talk, it is a baseball romance after all, but it’s not so overdone that someone that doesn’t really understand baseball, like myself, can’t get into. So, really great job with this one Ms. West. You’ve got my appreciation. I would definitely recommend Single.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
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