In Review: Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted June 4, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyStay by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 291 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So, I kinda feel like Sarina and Elle should just write all the books together forever. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE their solo efforts. LOVE. But there’s still something absolutely magical about this writing duo. I know when I begin a book that, before it’s all said and done I will have fallen in love with new characters and have a new favorite book to swoon over. There’s never a moment of doubt. They deliver time and time again. Stay was no exception.

I loved this book so, so much. Hailey was smart, driven, smart and strong. She was easy to like and relate to. Matt was hot and swoony, plus he was rocking the dirty mouth and I loved that. Also? An athlete that wasn’t a manwhore. HALLELUJAH! Also, he was a great dad. The scenes with him and his girls had my ovaries in danger of exploding. Hailey and Matt were wonderful characters that I fell for hard and fast. Their banter, their obvious feelings for each other, the way the connected. LOVED.

Everything about this story just worked. Starting with Fetch. What a great concept. It’s one that I’d totally support if it was real and in my city. As much as I liked the idea, I especially enjoyed how it helped bring Hailey and Matt together and the role it played in their relationship. Their initial flirty messages were fun and gave me flutters. (Not *quite* of the sluttyflutter variety that Hailey had, but believe me when I say I understand hers!) Their story gave me the swoons, laughs and sexy times I want in a romance. I even thought the ex wife situation was handled well. But, you know me, I’m here mostly for the romance and if that’s amazing, I’m going to love the book.

Stay was hot, sweet and low on the drama. Absolute perfection. Plus, you know, cameos from favorites like Blake, Jess, Wes and Jamie were a definite bonus. I hope Sarina and Elle continue writing more WAGs series books. There are so many fantastic characters that the opportunity for even more fun, swoony and sexy stories is definitely there. If they write them, I will certainly read them.


I’m in a weird place. I feel like I’m too old for one-night stands, but too jaded for anything more serious. That leaves only one other option: celibacy.

“I need to date someone who doesn’t give me the…”


“You feel like heaven, and you look like an angel all splayed out on my bed.”

“I warmed up to you the day we met. I melted for you the second you kissed me.”

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated 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 currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Do you enjoy Sarina and Elle’s books as much as I do?

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