Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Stay by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Stay (WAGs #2)
By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: For Review
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.

YES. That's all I can think when I see a new Elle Kennedy and/or Sarina Bowen book released. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and fell in love with the professional hockey romances these ladies have created for us. I couldn't wait to read Eriksson's story! 

Hailey Taylor Emery did not expect to be divorced from the man she's loved all of her life. Nevertheless, they've separated and both still thrown themselves into their service/delivery business, working to satisfy their growing costumer base. Hailey doesn't typically personally run errands for the costumers, but she has a hunch that one of them, one she chats with online quite frequently, is Matt Eriksson. Hockey player for her favorite hockey team. Hailey knows that she would be violating client confidentiality if she ever tries to meet him, but some flirting online leads to a very intrigued hockey player. Recently divorced and working hard to be a good father to his two kids, as good as he can be while traveling so much for the team, Matt can't stop thinking about the woman he messages for his delivery service. Taking a chance, Matt gives Hailey an offer she can't refuse and the two find themselves face to face for the first time. Can someone like Matt really like Hailey? And can they both give themselves into another relationship when they've already failed at one once? 

From the beginning, I loved the premise of how Hailey was anonymously messaging with someone who she could only guess was Matt Eriksson. Their subtle flirting was so cute and I loved how slowly this romance started. They met multiple times before any feelings were involved, which I felt was very realistic and I really enjoyed. It was fun, too, how much of a hockey fan Hailey was, so she truly loved seeing the hockey games and following how Matt was doing in his games. 

While the first book in this series was about younger characters, I really appreciated how both Hailey and Matt were divorced and trying not to make the same mistakes in their new relationship that they made in their failed ones. It was so heartbreaking in Matt's case because he felt like he could never be a good husband or father because he was gone all the time, a fact that he believed had broken his pervious relationship. I loved how their exes were both still very present in their lives and affecting their new relationships. I also loved how we got to see my favorite characters from the previous book and see the men that I knew and loved from the hockey team. 

This was such fun addition to the WAGs series and all hockey romance lovers HAVE to pick up this series. I am already looking forward to reading more about these hockey players and seeing my favorite couples show up in the later books!

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