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- Publication date : June 20, 2017
- File size : 2304 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Publisher : Rennie Road Books (June 20, 2017)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01NC097D8
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,637 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While this is technically the second book in the WAGs series from these authors this book can be enjoyed as a standalone. Stay gives us the story of Hailey and Matt and I loved every second of their journey.
I loved Hailey. She's co-owner of a brilliant business called Fetch. Clever and apt name, since basically Hailey runs a team of people who will literally fetch whatever someone needs. She's put her heart and soul into this business, focusing on its growth after her failed marriage to the co-owner of Fetch. Hailey's fun. She's sweet, she's somewhat shy with herself. I loved seeing her grow in this book, finding out what she liked, what she wanted. I was really proud of her, which seems odd to say about a fictional character I suppose, but Hailey felt like a girl I could know.
Matt Eriksson slayed me. This is a hot, sexy, vulnerable man. Yes, you read that right. Matt is so vulnerable and raw in this book. He's coming off of a failed marriage-in a time frame similar to Hailey's failed marriage-but he has so much self doubt. There were a couple moments where I wanted to shake him and other times I just wanted to slap his ex because I just didn't get it. I mean, this guy is a catch. Sweet, funny, sexy...and single?? It was great to see him find his confidence in his personal life again.
I adored these two together from their very first text message. They're flirty and fun and when Hailey realizes who Matt is? I couldn't stop laughing at her reaction. There's a chemistry between them that neither seem to know what to do with at first, and I liked that. I liked that they were confused about how to handle each other because it made the book that much more real for me. It made the journey to their resolution that more fun as well.
The supporting cast of characters is fantastic. If you've read works from these authors previously you'll see familiar faces. If you haven't read previous works, you're going to want to after you meet some of these people. They're a team and the way they behave around one another and play off each other is amazing. Also, there are some really adorable kids in this book, which just happen to be a weakness of mine.
The writing in this book is phenomenal. It's sharp, it's witty. But it's also realistic. The pacing of this book was great, too. It's a delicate balance with these characters figuring out the timing so that nothing seemed rushed but these authors absolutely nailed it.
This book is a fun, flirty look into two people who suddenly find themselves in a situation they didn't think they'd be in again. Watching them find their confidence again was so satisfying. This is a book I'll come back to time and again. I highly recommend this book!
Hailey's company "Fetch" is a delivery service that can make all your needy dreams come true. Need something at 2AM, her team will help. Need a random gift for the MIL, she's it you covered. Best part is that its anonymous.... You can let your freak flag fly and no one is the wiser!! She got all handled until she gets a request from "Sniper87" that has her curiosity racing into overdrive. Being a complete hockey fan, she has an idea who this mystery client could be but can't believe he could be interested in her.
Matt Eriksson is hockey royalty and super sexy eye candy. He's on the road a lot and relies on "Fetch" for his in town needs....like a dog walker. When he begs "HTE" at the service to help him get his four legged fur baby taken care of, he has no idea who that is. Until he watches his in home video footage and sees a woman who literally knocks him off his feet. She isn't his usual type, but she's got everything he needs to set his eyes a blaze & heart pumping into overdrive.
I absolutely love these two authors. Their books are o well written and a pleasure to read. They bring the sexy and witty together to form an amazing combination that I can't put down. I completely recommend this book and pretty much everything they write together! 4.5 stars-FMR Book Grind
Both Hailey and Matt find each other to be an unexpected breath of fresh air from what they experienced with their exes. Despite being neighbors, childhood friends and college sweethearts, Hailey's relationship with her ex husband lacked passion and intensity which hindered her self confidence, made her timid and unsure about herself. Likewise, Matt and his ex wife's relationship soured due to her feelings of jealousy, abandonment and insecurity attributed to dating an in-demand and popular athlete. As a result he believed himself to be unfit to be someone's partner and his self-confidence took a hit. But with each other their confidence and self-worth grew. They helped build one another up and made each other better! I absolutely loved this about this book.
I loved this story ya'll! I had butterflies the whole time and related so much to the characters. It was an honest portrayal of two people who were nervous and unsure but they took a leap because what they felt for each other was a first time kinda love feeling. *SWOOOON* This was the perfect story of second chances and new beginnings and I personally could not get enough!
And can we talk about the Bowen and Kennedy "Magic Touch" where they create stories where friendships and sisterhood are showcased so beautifully? I love the brotherhood and banter between all the players. I absolutely loved the spirited back and forth between them and also the easy acceptance, kindness and just loving sisterhood among the WAGs. It was so beautiful! All in all this book was absolutely amazing. I hope there are more books in this series as I'm not ready to let them go. Bravo! 4.5 stars! ~Ratula
Top reviews from other countries
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have really put the biscuit in the basket with this book. (Really hope I used the right ice hockey term there- totally had to Wiki that!) They are two authors whose individual work has been outstanding but when these two collaborate....wow!
Matt Eriksson is a star hockey player for Toronto and Hailey Taylor Emery (Hottie) is the successful co-owner of 'Fetch' , an anonymous virtual assistant service which Matt uses. Hailey has adored Matt from afar for a long time- this girl is a die hard hockey fan- and she has a sneaking suspicion that Matt is one of her client's. Even before this becomes apparent there is definite attraction on both parts. Their emails to each other have a some sass and friendly flirtation to them. When they meet face to face that chemistry becomes palpable and the connection between them practically shimmers on every page
I am always a bit wary of stories where there is an ex spouse who is still very present in the character's life. In this case it was applicable to both our H/h. Matt has children with his ex so has to have contact and Hailey still co-owns her company with her ex husband. Not for one minute did I worry that anyone was still harbouring romantic feelings for past loves. Matt and Hailey were both blindsided by their respective ex-partner's requests for a divorce and it happened at similar times to each other also. Matt is beating himself up that he was a bad husband because hockey is such a strong force in his life and his ex wife berated him almost constantly for it. Hailey was stunned by Jax's request or 'suggestion' to divorce and is somehow still stuck in a rut, not really moving on with her life, until she encounters the man of her dreams. Then all bets are off. And all Kindles are overheating with the hotness that emanates from these two when their worlds collide.
Matt is the loveliest hero. He is considerate, funny and damned hot. He melted me when he was with his girls and his dog. I loved how he recognised all the passion simmering under Hailey's demure surface and he took time to be patient with her and tease out all the feelings she kept locked away. Jax had been married to the girl but Matt truly discovered the woman.
Perhaps some of the funniest moments are when he is with his teammates though:
"Everyone shut it." I hiss. "Here comes my date. Pretend you're normal."
"Good luck with that." Wrs snickers.
"Mamma mia," Lemming mutters under his breath. "That can't be your date Eriksson. She's too hot for you"
Hailey was a beautiful character. She was confident in her workplace and seriously kicked ass in the business world but she was endearingly shy around Matt. She had only ever been with Jax and they worked much better as friends than lovers. Her inner resolve and strength was impressive and yet a couple of scenes , I cried with her. Hailey got under my skin and she is a favourite heroine for sure.
The secondary characters written by these two authors always work incredibly well and are intrinsically woven into the fabric of each book they write. This is no exception. The cast of this book enhance its strength and warmth.
There is a little bit of angst but these two are made for each other and I loved every page. In the words of our heroine,
"I'm a goner for this man. Our relationship might not be 'official' but holy hell, I officially feel all the feelings for Matt Eriksson."
He sure does send your kindle heart a-fluttering. And I'm still smiling and sighing now looking back over the passages I highlighted. It is such good book. It is the second in the WAG's series and is a spin off from the Him and Us series- all of them are awesome reads that I would highly recommend.
HEA? Yes ....and it is GORGEOUS!!!
Cheating? No. These two are solid and so much the smitten kittens with each other.
Worth staying up til the early hours to read because I couldn't possibly put it down? Hell yeah. But then that's how it is with books that steal your heart away.
Beyond 5 stars....
Hailey and her ex-husband run a business call Fetch which does exactly that for wealthy individuals. From 4 am cheesecake orders to nappy deliveries to buying an entire apartment’s full of furniture for a recently divorced client. Nothing is too much trouble or out of hours.
As co-owner Hailey looks after their very special or very difficult clients – and she has one of each. The special client Sniper87 MIGHT be her favourite hockey player Matt Eriksson, but she is too professional to break her client’s request for confidentiality and look at his personal details, even though she has every right as the co-owner. The difficult client likes to send dick picks to illustrate every request he makes, many of which are for sex-related items.
After her favourite client messages her to complain that the dog-walker sent by the service she recommended walked round his apartment taking pictures and fondling things (!!), Hailey agrees to find a staff member to walk Rufus for Sniper87, but decides to do it herself.
Matt Eriksson is a divorcee and a father of five year old twins. His ex-wife Tara hated hockey and spent their entire marriage complaining about everything Matt did and didn’t do, things haven’t changed much since his divorce and at 30 years old he feels like a veteran compared to some of the young kids on his team. Trouble is, at his age, he doesn’t want one-night stands and hook-ups with puck-bunnies. The one thing he enjoys is the online chat with THE (or Hottie as he thinks of her), the person who answers 90% of his Fetch requests. The two of them have a great rapport and he wonders if they could take it further. When he watches the security video of the latest person to walk his dog Rufus he is struck by the looks of the young woman he sees and wonders if she could be Hottie.
There are plots involving Matt’s ex-wife and Hailey’s ex-husband but they are the normal kind of dramas that can be expected when you are still connected to your ex, nothing outlandish or unbelievable. Oh and we get more of the WAGs and Wesmie, so that was nice.
There is just one thing that felt off to me. (view spoiler)
However, maybe if this had been written by anyone other than the incomparable Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowan I would have rated this higher – these ladies just set the bar so flippin’ high.
There is a delightfully light touch in this series (and I hope it's going to be more than 2 books - pretty please), but the real life difficulties some people face have been dealt with, in ways which I think are encouraging, without seeming too much like saccharin.
I cannot believe that a third Wags book has not been written, I thought for sure there was a carrot dangled about O'Connor and the figure skater/coach... It would be a great read. Please?
The plot for Stay is brilliant, very fresh, and so naturally written. No excessive drama or angst, and some very sexy scenes 😉 I love love loved it and really recommend you give it a read. As I said before, the only reason I didn't give this one the full 5 star rating is entirely personal and does NOT in any way reflect on how brilliant this book is! 😊😊😊