REVIEW: STAY by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted July 9, 2017 by MeliMel in Book Love, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Can you fall for 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.

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“I’m ridiculously attracted to you. Hottie. I figured I should be up front about that.”

“Shut up and kiss me again, Snipes.”

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Hailey is a divorcee who co-owns a company with her ex-husband named Fetch. It’ a service that gets you anything you need whenever you need it. She’s been completely focused on the business that she has no time for dating, not that she has any clue how to even start. Besides, she’s too intrigued by her client that ends up being none other than Matt Erikson, her favourite hockey player.

Matt is also a divorcee that wants to spend as much time with his little girls as he can. He’s on the road a lot which prevents him from spending the amount of time with them as he would like. Not to mention his ex-wife doesn’t make things very easy for him either. The last thing he cares about is hooking up with random women like his younger playmates do. However, he is more than a little curious about the woman that takes care of his account on fetch. He may not know what she even looks like but he knows he likes her and would love to get to know her in person.

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Then he leans down and scoops his preschool-aged daughter onto his hip. She slides her arms around his neck and lays one soft cheek on his bare shoulder.
Pop, pop! That sound you’re hearing is both my ovaries exploding.

“Thank you,” he rumbles. “Sorry, it’s such a chaos here.” Then he smiles and my IQ drops another five points.

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I absolutely loved these two. I really appreciated that Matt wasn’t your typical guy who sleeps around to get over his ex. No, his priorities were his daughters and his career. He was mature, sweet, and just made my heart melt whenever he interacted with his twin girls. He was an awesome father. Hailey was also really awesome. She was fun, a little insecure due to her divorce, but still such a great character. They were both more than happy to let things go slow, something that really worked for me. The slow burn built a lot of anticipation. It so wonderful to watch these two slowly open themselves up to one another.

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‘I think she needs to spend time with a man who can’t keep his hands off her, a man who can show her how fucking cool she is.’

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The story was a fun and sweet one. I loved all of the secondary characters, especially those from the previous books. Even the dog was freaking cute, loved him. This book was rather low in angst, something that I usually don’t like but I actually didn’t mind it here. It just worked for these two since they were a lot more mature and were actually able to communicate. I really enjoyed this book, something that doesn’t surprise me considering I have really enjoyed every book Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have written together. Overall, it was a fantastic read.

 

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