by Collette West Stockton Beavers #1
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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.
4 of 5 Stars
Luke has fought hard to come back from that awful night when he was hit while standing in the batters box. Now that he has gotten the chance to get back on the field he is not certain that he can do it. Not because he is worried about getting hit again but because he needs to look after his mother. The Alzheimer's is getting worse and she can't be left along. Determined to keep her at home as his father had planned. He is so torn between his love for both his mother and baseball. When he see Roberta again after all these years, he wonders what the possibilities would be? Would she be willing to care for his mother?
Roberta is determined to start over in Stockton, certain that he won't be able to find her in this small town. But arriving in a new place with no specific plan can be a little unnerving. When she realized that Luke is playing on the Beaver's once again, she fears she will have to find a new place to start over. When she meets Luke's mom and realized the situation they are in, the caregiver in her takes over and she can't leave him to do this all on his own. Over time you can see Roberta and Luke making a connection that is more than friendship. Can it work? Even with the secrets she has been keeping from him?
This is a nice sports romance read with the twist of dealing with Alzheimer's and the twist of the past, Collette keeps it interesting. I understand this book is a spin off of her New York King's series, I have not read yet and didn't feel like I was lost. This is a book in it own. I look forward to seeing what comes next for the Stockton Beaver's
As this was an audio tour, I found the narration to be good. I could often feel the emotions being portrayed.
** Copy provided in exchange for an honest review **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECTGAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.
Narrator Aundrea Mitchell
After receiving her B.S. and MBA Aundrea fell madly in love and decided to start her family. Ten years and five children later she was quickly living the full time wife, mother and household management life. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Aundrea returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.
Narrator Gary Furlong
Gary is an up and coming Irish Audiobook narrator and Voice Actor. He has a true flair for accents and dialects and has lived all over the world including Japan, Ireland and Texas. He can make listeners laugh, cry, seethe, think and feel and loves working with authors and writers to bring their message to audio! Gary has over a decade of experience as an actor and improv artist. Do not be fooled by his rugged handsome exterior, on the inside he is even more rugged… too rugged really. It’s becoming a problem.