ARC Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Posted June 20, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 12 Comments

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ARC Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 20, 2017
Series: WAGs #2
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC
 

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“The sweetness, the chemistry and the hotness!  I was completely wrapped up in STAY and couldn’t put it down….STAY was perfectly romantic…”
~ Under the Covers

When I first saw Matt Eriksson in this series, I actually thought his would be a sweet story of a second chance with his ex-wife.  Reuniting the family and all that sweet, mushy stuff.  And that is obviously not the direction the authors took with this.  And boy, am I glad they didn’t!  THIS was exactly what Matt needed.  Someone to really fit him in ways that his ex-wife never did.  Of course, we didn’t know all that at the time and this is just another reason why I always trust these authors to know best.  They kick ass every single time.

Matt is divorced and father to two beautiful little girls.  He’s still a hot hockey player but he’s not the typical playboy kind.  He’s actually just a nice guy, and honestly we don’t see enough of those in romance because everyone is chasing the bad boys.  STAY shows us why the good ones are the ones we need.  Matt is just perfect in every way.  From the sweet way in which he cares for his kids, his passion for what he does, the love for his adorable dog, and the way he sweeps Hayley (and me) off her feet.  He’s just one of those heroes that will make your ovaries quiver 😉

But aside from the fact that Matt is my future book boyfriend, I couldn’t help but love the heroine.  Hayley was so amazing I just loved her instantly.  First of all, she loves hockey so Matt is an actual celebrity crush for her.  When she’s first interacting with him she is actually starstruck and stutters and stumbles and I found it so endearing (just as he did).  I think both characters showed a level of maturity that I like in my reads.  They both came from broken relationships and had their own baggage to deal with, and dealt with it they did but not to the expense of exploring their relationship.  But through all that Hayley is just an everyday kickass kind of woman that really stood out for me.  I definitely liked her better than Jess in the first book.

As much as the main romance is the focal point and totally lives up to my expectations, the team and the side characters were no slouches either.  Blake’s mom and Blake himself had me rolling with laughter, the girls welcoming Hayley into their fold, the excitement of the games, Matt’s daughters and even the cattiness of some of the WAGs and Matt’s ex-wife.  I think it all rounded this story so well and was extremely entertaining.

The sweetness, the chemistry and the hotness!  I was completely wrapped up in STAY and couldn’t put it down.  While GOOD BOY was over the top humorous because it fit Blake’s character, STAY was perfectly romantic because it fit Matt.  I loved how the authors just let the characters lead the story instead of forcing any situations to fit a style.  It all felt organic, the pacing was excellent and I just didn’t want it to end.

If you’re still not reading this series (or writing duo), pick it up now!!!  You could read this one as a standalone, but why would you want to?  And as always, you know I’m left salivating for the next one, if they can only write faster.

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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.

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!

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I zoomed in on this the moment I saw the cover splash across my screen a couple of weeks ago. It sounds amazing! Thanks for the review!

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YESSSS hope you love it. It was so adorable <3

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Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to read.

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Hope you love it Amy!

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I’m so glad this can be read as a standalone!

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Oh absolutely. I have that same feeling with a lot of the books these two ladies write together (except HIM and US, which obviously that’s a duology)

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I’m not into sports romance’s but between the hot cover and this awesome review its on my tbr gr list!!!! ,shared on all my socials!!!

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🙂 Maybe this will convert you

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Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the review Francesca

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Enjoy Timitra!

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Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

Awww, this looks adorable. I’ve heard some good things about this one. I haven’t read any in the series, but I love single fathers in romance novels!

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You could always read this as a standalone…. 🙂