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.
I was first introduced to Collette West’s writing when I decided to check out Game Winner, the fifth book in the New York King’s series. I am a lover of sports romances and enjoyed Game Winner so when I saw that she had a new spin-off series coming out, I decided to check out Single.
Luke Singleton is not your typical cocky baseball jock. He is a sweet and very humble guy who just wants to get back to playing a game he loves, but also look after his mom. Luke’s dad was always known as Mr. Beaver, a well-known baseball player for the Stockton Beavers who never made it to the majors. Before his dad died, he promised him he would look after his mom, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and keep her from having to go in a nursing home. Luke is now faced with a dilemma, he is trying to make a comeback after being badly injured by another player but at the same time he is trying to take care of his mom, who is quickly going downhill and getting much worse with her illness. Roberta Bennett is a personal care worker looking to start over in a new place and learns Luke’s secret about his mom and agrees to help him out by moving in and looking after his mom so he can pursue his baseball career, but there is more between these two than just a professional relationship.
I really enjoyed Luke’s character, he was so sweet and charming and so very humble. He wasn’t a major league player making big money, he was just a guy who played a game he loved in the minors but was willing to give it all up to look after his mom. I loved how protective he was of his mom and later on Roberta. He was a true gentleman that was raised right. I loved that even though he could have any girl he pretty much wanted with being a favoured Stockton Beaver, his main focus was getting to play the way he used to and making sure his mom was looked after.
Having only read the 5th book in the prior series, I only got to see a glimpse of Roberta’s character so I was intrigued to see what her full story was about. I really enjoyed her character, she too like Luke was a good and caring person. Even though not all of her choices in her past were great ones, we finally get to see why she was the way she was and that there was a lot more to her story that no one but herself knew. Roberta survived a lot of hurt and bad things in the past and truly was a strong character to come out all of it still standing.
Overall this was a nice sweet read that I enjoyed. I definitely would have loved to have seen more baseball action as part of the story, but I know not all readers enjoy having actual sport action written into the storyline but that truly makes a sports romance enjoyable for me. I enjoyed the dynamic the storyline took and that it wasn’t your typical sports romance storyline, it was nice to have a fresh and different storyline. I also enjoyed that there were not too much drama added, just a nice level to keep the story engaging. There were a few parts that didn’t work for me or felt a little unrealistic but as a whole, the story was a really good one and I look forward to see more of the Stockon Beaver players.