Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 22, 2016
Series: Stockton Beavers #1
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Sports & Recreation, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
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 is the first book in the new spin off series of the New York Kings Series by Collette West, called Stockton Beavers. While I have not read the entire New York Kings series, yet, I have read a couple of the books and I really enjoyed them, so I knew that I was probably going to enjoy this one just as much. It was a tough read for me, because of the subject matter but I loved the story and romance. Luke and Roberta are a great match, and Single is a really great story. Collette West always does a good job with her books. I loved that this one is the start of a new series, but still takes place in the New York Kings world.
Luke has been dealt a rough hand. I felt for him so much. To be dealing with a career changing injury as well as taking care of a parent with Alzheimer’s. It was an emotional read for me. I loved Luke so much though. He is such a sweet, caring person. you just want to see something good happen to him. And having Roberta be that something good was a bit of an interesting take for me. I loved that she is the other main character in this story, and I think fans of the New York Kings series will know why. She is a side character in the series that did not always come across in the best light. But we really get to know her in Single, and I enjoyed that a lot. I’m glad that Collette West chose her for the first book in the Stockton Beavers series. I think I might even enjoy this series more than the New York Kings Series. I love the setting.
Single is a different kind of sports romance for me. Like I said earlier, this book really hit me hard. I deal with the elderly a lot in my job and Alzheimer’s is always so tough. Especially on the family members. Luke will hold a special place in my heart after reading this book. Roberta too. Being a caregiver is not an easy job.
Bottom line: If you like Sports romances with heart, Single is the book for you. Even if you have not read the New York Kings series, give this book a try. It is a good introduction to their world, and if you enjoy it you can always go back and read about the Kings players after. Single is a great read.
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