Stay (Wags #2)
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.
When Matt Eriksson was introduced in book 1 of the WAGs series, I was desperate for his story to be told…I wanted him to so badly get the happily ever after he deserved after his marriage imploded and all of the blame was placed squarely on his shoulders due to his frequent absences because of his career.
18 months after his divorce, he’s left jaded and his self confidence has been put through the wringer because his ex-wife isn’t making his life easy, especially when it comes to spending time with his twin girls. Now, as all of his teammates are involved in happy and healthy relationships, he’s left to pick up the pieces of his life and figure out if a new relationship is something he can have when everything in him believes it’s impossible.
Haley Emery’s divorce may not have been due to her career, but it’s still wreaked havoc on her life; she’s lost her best friend and over thinks and second guesses every move she makes when it comes to moving on and dating again. Never in her wildest dreams did she think her long-time celebrity crush would find her attractive or want a chance to date her, but that’s exactly what happens when Sniper87 figures out who Hottie is and goes out of his way to pursue her, even if neither of them know exactly what they want from each other.
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy do a fantastic job of illustrating just how much Matt and Haley’s disastrous marriages have changed their outlook on dating and relationships while also making it abundantly clear that their attraction is way beyond physical, so as much as Matt and Haley want to believe that it’s only fun not a relationship, the way they feel and how that’s expressed in their words and actions seems to prove otherwise.
It’s definitely a delicate situation – one that must recognize how a new relationship will affect more than just themselves. Matt’s girls as well as his ex-wife and Haley’s business are all factors that must be considered, but at the heart of Matt and Haley’s issues is Matt’s belief that his job is not conducive to getting serious with anyone and due to Haley’s inexperience, her nerves and uncertainty make her a “bumbleberry” and a “flutterstutter.” So, even if it’s clear as day to readers and to those around Matt and Haley, having a second chance at love might be out of the question.
I can’t get enough of Bowen and Kennedy’s hockey studs and their WAGs. There’s just something about their camaraderie and loyalty that stands out in each one of the stories, and in Stay, readers get to witness how two realistically portrayed characters learn from their mistakes and vow to find their happiness even if it wasn’t originally how they planned it.
Matt and Haley’s story is charming, sweet, and sexy, and it will have readers swooning over the way Matt takes care of Haley, giggling over Haley’s nervous behavior, and anxiously anticipating the happy couple finding a way to get past what happened to them in order to move forward in a healthy and honest way.
This author duo is definitely one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see what they plan to give readers next!
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Authors
Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.
A 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!