Stay (WAGS series Book 2)
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
4 Sluttyflutter CROWNS
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy as separate authors are among my favorites, so when they collaborate and publish a new book, it is one of the best book days ever. Their characters are so funny and entertaining, and their stories are always filled with heart as we watch the main characters find their happily ever afters.
In Stay, readers get to meet Matt and Hailey. These two are recovering from recent breakups that have left them off-kilter. With conversations through Fetch, Hailey’s co-owned business, Matt and Hailey form a friendship that quickly becomes more. Although they begin to spend more time together, there is hesitancy on both sides for different reasons. It is very clear from the beginning that these two are really well-suited for each other, and when they are together, the chemistry works. Readers will root for these two to figure it out and acknowledge their feelings for one another.
Another shining moment of this series is the whole cast of characters: the WAGS, Blakey, J-Bomb, Wesmie, and the whole hockey team. The comic relief provided by these characters is fantastic, and I love that they really seem like a family, supporting and making fun of each other. I also really enjoy how these authors chose to represent the WAGs. These women, often in sports romances, are shown to be vindictive and mean-spirited, but these ladies are a unit, supporting each other, and it is a special relationship that I enjoy reading about.
The plot of this story is unique in the fact that the hero and heroine are not your typical romance characters. Matt is charismatic but doesn’t have that cocky swagger. In fact he is weighed down with insecurities of his perceived flaws. Hailey, while attracted to him, is incredibly flustered around him, leading to a bevy of humiliating moments for her. Watching these two rather unsure people navigate a relationship is, in itself, endearing and original. Based on the character development, it is clear what the conflict of the novel is going to be as parts of the plot are revealed, but what readers will not expect is the information that is found to resolve the conflict. By the end of the novel, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have changed these characters, making them stronger and confident individuals finally ready for something real, even with all the craziness of life.
Love this book, the series, and these authors. They never disappoint, and Stay certainly falls into this category. I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us. If my inferences from the novel are correct, the next WAGs book is going to be so good!!!!
ARC received in exchange for an honest 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.
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About the Sarina Bowen:
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.
About Elle Kennedy:
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!