Stockton Beavers (Book 1)
Release Date: April 22, 2016
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.
A sob rises up in my throat. “Luke, don’t you see? I can’t give you what you want. What’s done can’t be undone.” The tears start flowing in earnest now, and I can’t hold them back. “It’s just, at the time, I convinced myself that I was okay with it because I never thought I’d meet someone like you. I gave up on life, on ever falling in love again, on ever being happy again.” I take a shaky breath. “And now, I have nothing left to offer you.”
“Don’t say that,” he cries, getting up and reaching for me. “You’re everything I could ever want and more. Don’t you know that?”
I shy away from him, not allowing him to pull me into the warmth of his embrace. “And do you really think I could be happy, knowing that you threw away your future on account of me? Luke, I refuse to hold you back. I want you to have everything you’ve ever dreamed of because you deserve it. That’s why I want you to tell your manager yes. You owe it to yourself, your mom…your dad…to go and play in New York.” I sigh deeply. “If you don’t, I don’t think I’d ever be able to forgive myself.” Hugging my arms to my chest, I slowly back my way out of the kitchen.
“Roberta…” he whispers.
But with silent tears streaming down my face, I keep going. Once I get inside my room, I lock the door before throwing myself down onto the bed, tugging the sheets around me that are still warm from his body.
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.
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I am a diehard fan of Collette West’s New York Kings, so I jumped at the chance to read the first book in her new Stockton Beaver’s series, Single. I was psyched that she was giving me the opportunity to love a whole new roster of players.
And Single was everything I could ask for from a sports romance – I absolutely loved it!
Luke Singleton’s life is pretty complicated. Gone are the days of enjoying his carefree season of baseball and a party lifestyle. Thanks to a life-threatening injury during one of the games, his career went from being on the fast track to stardom to him being the come back kid. Adding to his stress is his responsibility for his mom – not that he minds taking care of her – it’s just a lot for one person.
Hopefully, Roberta Bennett can help. Robert aka Bobbie Jo was always floating around in the background in the other baseball series by this author and while you knew of her, you never got a sense of who she truly is. So going into Single, I was very curious to get to know her.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked Bobbie Jo way more than I originally imagined. She’s kind hearted and smart – not at all the hussy I thought she was. Fans of Collette’s will love getting her story – she completely endears herself to you as a reader and you will look at her in a whole new light.
Anyway, both characters obviously have quite a bit of baggage and a lot of history to overcome but their journey together was such an enjoying reading experience. Luke and Bobbie Jo were so engaging and real – they totally tugged at my heart and their love story is fantastic.