Monday, May 5, 2014


TITLE: Night Games
AUTHOR: Collette West
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Sports Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 28, 2014
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 252

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The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she's a goner. For years, she's watched him play on TV, and now she's gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.

Grey's crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she's startled by what a jerk he can be.

Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He's in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He's only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.

But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one's going to break his streak as baseball's most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.

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     After filling a glass of water under the tap, I tiptoe back to Chase’s side, his face awash in moonlight. It feels kind of romantic in here, what with the candlelight and all. But he’s already snoring softly. I nudge his shoulder gently, and when he doesn’t respond, I leave the aspirin next to the water on the bedside table. I don’t have the heart to wake him just because I want to continue our conversation.
     I watch his chest rise and fall as he sleeps with his mouth slightly open. This whole evening has been surreal, and now Chase Whitfield is sound asleep in my bed, drooling on my pillowcase. I curl up on the chair next to him and take a sip of his water. I don’t care if I have to sit here all night. I could watch him from now until eternity. He looks so peaceful, so content. Like all his worries are gone.
     I hate that he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders as the face of baseball’s most winning franchise. The power of his name alone bankrolls an entire organization. That’s a lot of pressure. What a tremendous amount of stress to have to deal with. I don’t know how he does it. 
     The Kings are racing Chase back to the big leagues, but he doesn’t seem ready to me. He’s a competitor and wants to help his team win ballgames, but it feels like they’re rushing his recovery. He shouldn’t play tomorrow, but knowing that Beaver Field’s already sold out, they’re going to put him in the lineup no matter what to stave off a horde of unhappy fans.
     I can’t help but wonder where his girlfriend is during all of this. Shouldn’t she be here, supporting his comeback? I’m sure she’s busy modeling around the world, but can’t she drag her bony ass to Stockton for at least one game? He needs her now more than ever. He shouldn’t have to go through this alone. I mean, he doesn’t even have his regular teammates around him. I bet until today he didn’t know a soul in the Beavers’ organization. He’s doing this all by himself, and it has to be lonely.
     I look at the gorgeous man sprawled out in front of me. The only way he knows how to connect with women is through sex. But I think what he really needs is a friend—someone who’s not after his money or his fame. Whatever happens between us, I’m determined to be there for him while he’s in Stockton.
     If only he’ll let me…

About the Author...

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

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