AUTHOR: Collette West
SERIES: Stockton Beavers #1
PUBLICATION DATE: April 22, 2016
GENRES: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
SynopsisUnderdog 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.
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 10/10
This is the first audio book I have listened to by these narrators. Narrators Aundrea Mitchell and Gary Furlong did a great job in keeping my interest in the story about Luke Singleton.
Luke is a baseball player that plays for the hometown team, the same one his father played for. After an injury where he was hit in the neck by a ball, he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play again. He has a big decision to make, does he go back to the game or does he take this setback as fate trying to tell him something, especially with his mom that is suffering from Alzheimer’s getting worse. When Luke meets Roberta Bennett, he hires her on to help with the care of his mom since he doesn’t want management to know his mom’s illness. Living under the same roof, neither were looking for a relationship especially Roberta with the past she so desperately wants to keep hidden, but they form a friendship that draws them to each other. What will happen when secrets are discovered?
The story kept me wanting to know more. The author hinted at the secret throughout the book keeping me guessing The narrators did a fabulous job of changing their voices for the many different characters in the book. It made for some very enjoyable listening. I love how Gary did Roberta’s voice when it was Luke’s point of view chapter and Aundrea did a great job with Mrs S. I could actually picture some of the things that she was doing especially with the butterfly scene. I’ll be looking for more books written by this author as well as books narrated by these two narrators
About Collette West
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 email@example.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.
About 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.
About 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.