Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Stay (WAGs, #2)

(WAGs #2)
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Published: June 20, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary



Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

“The best things in life are the ones you don’t expect.”

Sigh. There should be more books as good as this. I am not surprised to find myself enjoying this book a lot. Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen blew me away when I’ve read the previous book of WAGs, Good Boy. Now that I’ve finished this second installment, all I want is more. More of these hockey stars goodness!

Stay brings out the story of Matthew “Matt” Eriksson and Hailey Taylor Emery. Matt, a divorcee hockey player of Toronto, is a loving and devoted dad for his two daughters. One with a successful sports career, he is not all happy with his interactions with his ex-wife. He blames himself for their divorce because of being away most of the time and being unable to spend more time with his family. When he started to interact with Hailey, a co-owner of a premier virtual assistant company called Fetch, he became curious about her. He has always been resorting to her company’s services for his everyday errands and the more he communicates with her online, the more he becomes determined to see her in flesh.

What I absolutely loved about Matt and Hailey’s story was the overall cuteness which was mixed with enough sexiness and sufficient amount of chemistry between the characters. The story had an incredible depth. You can’t expect a heavy amount of angst here because the way their story was portrayed– it was laced with humor. I cannot fangirl enough over how the story progressed!

I especially loved Matt and the way he treats his little kids with so much affection. I also loved the way he treats Hailey with warmth and not just lust. Compared to most heroes in a sports romance, Matt was not an arrogant character and I loved it. He was gentle and loving and kind. Hailey, on the other hand, was a fun and easy-to-like heroine. I loved her sweet, honest, and open personality.

Moreover, I loved the hockey players’ and their women’s (WAGs) tight bond. I can’t help but smile with the way the WAGs support each other, especially the way they welcomed Hailey and made her feel like she’s already part of the family.

And oh, there’s this certain character (Mr. Dick) who gave me chuckles along the way. He’s definitely one of the most interesting characters in this book. Lol.

Stay, as a whole, was a pleasant, light-hearted, and thoroughly enjoyable romantic read. It absolutely left me with that feel good factor. I would recommend this book and this series to romance fanatics without hesitating!




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