Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
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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.
Exactly what I needed & wanted - a sweet, funny, & low angst romance!
I love the writing duo of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy! Stay was one of my most anticipated reads and it didn't disappoint! We met Matt Eriksson in book 1 of the WAGs series, Good Boy, and now we get his backstory and the details of how (and why) his marriage fell apart. Stay is book 2 in the WAGs series and can be read as a stand alone, but characters from previous books do appear in this interconnected series.
I truly enjoyed this low drama romantic comedy. The authors have an amazing sense of humor and I love all the witty banter and innuendo between the characters. This is a series where I love the hero and heroine, just as much as the supporting characters. The families, bromance, and sisterhood are all incredible and I love how supportive and caring all the characters are (especially the WAGs).
Matt and Hailey both have baggage from their divorces and struggle with their confidence. I loved that they were both more mature and settled in their lives and how they each helped bolster the other and bring out sides to them that they didn't know were there or that have been dormant for a long time. Matt and Hailey's struggles are relatable and realistic. They're not perfect and they make mistakes, but at the end of the day they recognize that they like the people that they are when they're together. Having amazing chemistry doesn't hurt either and I FLOVED Matt's "coaching" ;)
Stay was exactly what I needed and wanted - a sweet, funny, and low angst romance. The chapter titles are the best and I loved catching up with the characters we already know and love like Wesmie, Blake, Jess, and of course, Mama Riley. I can't wait for more books in this series and I'm hoping the team's resident manwhore, OC, gets his story next!
Swoon, swoon, and more swooning!
Holy character development. This book was such a cute and inspiring read it made every part of me melt. First we have Hailey, an almost 30 year old, somewhat newly divorcée who lost all of her edge and spark after the divorce, becoming engrossed in work and never thinking about relationships. Then we have Matt, another newly divorcée who thinks he's unloveable and awful when it comes to relationships because he ex wife decided to tell him that constantly.
When the two find each other, it's a strictly business relationship but when feelings get involved, they slowly begin to unravel for each other and learn so many new things about each other. I loved seeing how they both went from closed off, not truly happy people, to vibrant, confident people all with the help of each other. And of course getting glimpses of the characters from the HIM/US series, as well as Good Boy was the icing on the cake.
Enjoyable read with familiar characters
This addition to the WAGs series is an enjoyable read. Some favorite characters from previous books are back which is fun. The premise of the book is an interesting one...who wouldn't love to have a FETCH of their own?! Matt is heartbreaking in his guilt and lack of self-esteem vis-a-vis relationships. Hailey is a little too neurotic for my taste and at a couple points in the book I really needed it dialed back. I seriously wanted to throat punch Kara and it grated that Matt was way too spineless in dealing with her...just didn't work for a hockey player. The element with the former father-in-law had more potential but it flashed and burned too quickly.
A few editing errors that should be taken care of (playing Buffalo but refer to Dallas goalie as an example.)
Overall a very enjoyable read that inspires the emotions I always get from these authors. Will look forward to the next in the series. 4.5 stars.