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Published by Rennie Road Books on June 20, 2017
Genres: Sports Romance
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.
By Sarina Bowen
Some partnerships work better than others.
I can openly admit to being a little narrow-minded in my reads. It’s easy to judge from the outside looking in. I knew that both the main characters were divorced before I started Stay and I admit to maybe rolling my eyes a wee bit. Was it going to be the she-bi+ch from hell ex? Maybe the cheating ex? Could it be the fell out of love ex? How about the jealous ex or the attention seeking ex? Yep, I’ve read them all before. Guess what? They were all of those things…kind of.
I ABSOLUTELY loved this story. Maybe, having two very talented authors working together is a good thing when they can make magic like this series. They have created real characters who face everyday problems in a realistic way. The pacing was perfect, the dialogue flowed beautifully and the settings were easily pictured. I just felt comfortable reading Stay.
For the first time in ages, I LOVED the heroine. I mean, for crikey sakes, they even had the heroine stuttering and stammering when she met her long-time crush. Bloody hell!! It’s been years since I actually felt that a heroine was portrayed that realistically. There aren’t too many people in real life who find it easy to talk to famous people. I get it! I really get it. There is no way I could hold a sensible conversation (without being a little intimidated) with the likes of David Gandy or my favourite authors. It was refreshing to meet a heroine, opposite a famous hero, who took a little while to get used to being with someone you admire…and maybe drooled over.
…and the hero? Call me crazy, but how cool is it that we meet a man who doesn’t immediately find hook-ups after ending a relationship. Again…refreshing!! Look, to be honest, I felt really bad for this guy. He was beating himself up about something that wasn’t necessarily solely his fault. He knew that his career can play havoc with relationships…BUT SO DOES SHE!! It’s not like she didn’t know that he would have to travel for work. There is no way she could have been in a relationship (for ANY length of time) and not know that it takes time and dedication to be at the top level. It’s not like he can only turn up for home games or not train and keep in top form. Sorry, his ex still makes me a little stabby (if you read Stay, you’ll know why).
There’s just something special about Stay that can’t be described. Maybe it was because the main characters showed maturity, strength, courage and determination. ADMIRABLE! They weren’t stupid but they were capable of making silly mistakes. REAL! The characters found ways to communicate that were a little different but perfect to put the other at ease. SMART! They weren’t selfish and they had each other’s backs when they needed it most. GENEROUS! All in all, they were just…comfortable…right…perfect, for each other. LOVING!
Stay is part of the WAGs series. I think it could easily be read as a standalone but would be more enhanced if you know the other characters and the world they live in. It was great to catch up with the gang and see the support they give each other.
I bloody LOVED Stay and I can’t wait for more in this series. I loved it so much it hit my Best-of-the-Best shelf.
I’m wondering if the man-whore extraordinaire is about to leap and spin with his new coach?