Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Hailey Taylor Emery owns a successful virtual assistant business, providing services to her busy and wealthy clients. One client in particular—anonymous, as that’s an option her company offers—is intriguing. She’s almost certain the guy she flirts with, alongside fulfilling his requests, is hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Hailey is a huge hockey fan, and gets a buzz of excitement with every message she receives from Sniper87. Over the course of eighteen months, she buys his post-divorce furniture, sorts him out with a last minute tux, and dashes over the gluten free waffle mix he needs for his twin daughters. But when his pet pooch needs walking, and the company she hires turn out to be creepy snoopers, Hailey has to step in.

Matt is still in recovery from his tough divorce, but getting messages from HoTtiE (HTE is Hailey’s handle) gives him renewed interest in the opposite sex. Her picture is on the company website, and when he sees her playing with Rufus the hound on his CCTV, he has to meet the woman.

Problem is Hailey’s intimidated by the guy. She also went through a damaging divorce, and he’s her hockey hero. The usually confident and together woman crumbles to a stuttering mess when Matt is in her space. Luckily he’s a patient coach.

“Glad you were into that, honey. But I have other drills for you. Okay?” I nod. “Say, yes coach.” He winks. “Yes coach,” I whisper, and he smiles. Then he reaches behind me and grabs my ass, which he then slaps. “Lie down.”

Did I mention how sexy this book is? Uh, yeah, it is. There’s this super hot scene at the opera. Then another when Hailey freaks out at Matt’s apartment after dinner, so he texts her from the other end of the couch, with an observation on her back tattoo:

Matt: I want to figure out if it wraps around onto your breasts. I’d have to run my hands over your skin while I check. Then I’ll need to inspect you everywhere for more tattoos, because I wouldn’t want to miss any. She whimpers, and I harden just from the sound. Matt: First, maybe I can convince you to kiss me again. I’m right here, honey. Come get me.

That last line killed me. I volunteer as tribute.

Phew, anyway, all the banter that comes as standard with Bowen & Kennedy’s books is here in force. Blake is in fine form (Good Boy, WAGs #1 hero), and we see a healthy dose of Wesmie too (Him, and Us, same-world novels):

“J-Bomb?” Blake asks. “How do you feel about opera?” He tips his beer bottle up toward his mouth. “Well, Blake. I’m bisexual so I only like it half as much as Wes.” “Naw, honey,” Wes argues. “That means you’d like it twice as much.” Blake laughs so hard that beer comes out of his nose, and then we’re all dying.

There are issues afoot, with Matt’s ex-wife doing a number on him in terms of his confidence. He can’t believe any woman would be content to be a hockey player’s wife, after he failed so badly in his relationship. Hailey too is in a weird place, as her ex-husband was her childhood sweetheart, and the only guy she ever kissed. They work together, as he’s co-owner of the company, and their differences mean the future of Fetch, the business, is unknown.

You can tell from my rating how much I loved Hailey and Matt’s story. It’s light and pacey, with little by way of angst, lots by way of sexytimes and heart-warming moments. It’s fine as standalone, if you want to skip Blake’s story (don’t, he’s crazy funny and makes up the strangest names and is soooo sexy it’s unreal), dual perspective and most definitely has a lovely HEA. Go. Fetch yourself this book.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon

Stay
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this book, maybe not as much as Good Boy, but it was great catching up with everyone else. 😀

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it too, Corina. I liked this story slightly better than Good Boy. Both are excellent, and I loved Blake to death (and his crazy family too), but this had the edge for me. Can’t wait to read the next in the series

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