Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt : Single by Collette West






Title: Single
Series: Stockton Beavers
Author: Collette West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: April 22, 2016
Review Source: ARC

 


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.


Luke has always been the underdog.   He isn't your average Jock, he is compassionate, understanding, thinks of others, and most of all is determined to keep his promise that he made after his fathers passing.  He would take care of his mom no matter what the cost.

Roberta is trying to run away from her fears again, but what she doesn't expect is to find herself helping Luke with his "secret."  But, she soon realizes that without her help he is going to end up losing the two things that mean the most to him, baseball and his mom.  Roberta feels an obligation to Luke even though his injury had nothing to do with her.  Ad that to the fact that she used guilt to get him to agree to play baseball again, she really does feel the need to help.

This book is full of humor, even though it hits on so many hard topics.  It touches on bullying, alzheimer's, violence, and abuse.  The pain at which both of our characters face and over come is so strong but neither break.  The find strength through each other and manage to overcome the things that are placed in front of them.  What neither thought would happen, seems to pull them closer together allowing them to react to issues stronger.  The friendship and the bond seems to become stronger the further they go.  The emotions that run through this book keeps you wanting to know how the end of the book turns out.

I look forward to reading more from our friends of the Stockton Beavers.  I hope to see where Roberta and Luke go.  Will life give them the happily ever after that they each deserve.  I know I hope so.  I am also looking forward to finding more books from this author.  



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But I'm not about to let her blow me off so easily, not when we were finally starting to enjoy ourselves. This time, I pull on the corner of her scarf and end up drawing it down over her shoulder, spinning her around. I have her off-balance, trying to find her footing, when she falls into my arms.
Her eyes never stray from mine when her hand comes to rest on my neck at the exact spot where I got hit. I swallow hard, never believing anything in the world could feel as good as this. If given the choice, I'd go through all the pain and rehab all over again just to have her do what she's doing to me now. She glides her fingers along my jaw and across my goatee before lightly skimming them over my lips, making me shudder with pleasure. I lean in, and she lowers her hand, her eyes burning into me. Intent on capturing her lips with mine, I’m close enough to feel her warm breath on my face when suddenly she pushes me away from her, taking a step back.
Holding a hand to her forehead, she’s unable to look at me. "Sorry… I tripped and—" 
"Roberta," I gasp, struggling to catch my breath. "It's okay. I—"
Yet all she says is, "C'mon," before turning and leaving the alcove.
I run a hand across my face, trying to make sense of what just happened. I almost kissed her… And for a split second, I could've sworn by the fire in her eyes that she'd really wanted me to. God, could she possibly have feelings for me? No… That's just crazy. She probably didn't want to hurt my feelings, and to save me the embarrassment, she graciously backed away before anything could happen. Yeah, that sounds more like it. Now we can just pretend like she tripped and I caught her and go on our merry way. My fingers stray to my neck, right where hers were. Because that's what she wants, right?



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 manygames 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 collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECTGAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.

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