Stay by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
I'd been eagerly awaiting the next book in this duo's WAGs series and Stay did not disappoint. Matthew Eriksson is the 'sniper' for Toronto's hockey team and is left heartbroken and jaded after his divorce. His ex-wife took his twin daughters and micromanages every moment they spend with him. He's a rare species of (fictional) male that doesn't turn to manwhoring the minute his wife is out of the picture and I wholly respected him for that. Matt uses a service called Fetch - essentially a virtual assistant provider and when he voices his concerns over his recent dog-walker, the co-owner of Fetch herself walks the dog. Evidently, Matt likes what he sees on the doggy-cam and makes his moves.
Hailey is the co-owner of Fetch, a business she owns with her ex-husband. She gets the feeling that the man she's communicating with online is her crush, the one and only Matt Eriksson but she can't be sure until he leaves her a gift on one of her dog-walking sessions. She's not your typical bitter divorcee but she is heartbroken. Perhaps more at losing her best friend than losing her husband.
Matt and Hailey had a lot to work through and I enjoyed their journey to the end. Matt's ex-wife left invisible scars and he really had to work hard to get through it. It was almost as though he was waiting for the other shoe to drop with Hailey but it never did. She was the perfect woman for him.
The only problem was me reading Good Boy before getting stuck into Stay and expecting that same level of humor. But really, how can one expect that same humor when the main character isn't Blake Riley? I loved the presence of Wesmie and Jess and of course, Blakey himself (I freaking love that guy!) - it's like visiting family again which is always lovely. This book can easily be read as a standalone, however reading Good Boy first would only enhance your enjoyment of Stay and if you really want to go all out, you should go and read Him and Us first!
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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