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.
What I thought about Single
This is my first book from this author and I was drawn to this title because it's baseball season! I was looking for a baseball romance and this one seemed to fit the bill.Luke is recovering from a sports injury. He's got baseball in his blood with his father having been a pro player. But his world is turned on its side when his mother's Alzheimers gets worse and when he gets called back to play, he's got to make decisions about her care. He's promised himself that he won't put her in a home, so he ends up hiring a caretaker for his mother.
Roberta is an independent woman with a heart of gold and a reputation for hooking up with the players. But Luke sees how she takes care of his mother, and that helps to bring them closer together. She's got some secrets that she's keeping from him and that provides the conflict to this story.
I loved the baseball backdrop for this story. Luke's love for his mom complemented Roberta's compassion nicely, which made them a very cute couple as far as I was concerned. While this book wasn't as explicit as I'm used to reading, I didn't mind. It was a nice easy one-day read for me.
I'm intrigued enough to continue reading this series.
ARC provided for review.
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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