Stay - Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen


By Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

  • Release Date: 2017-06-20
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 109 Ratings


Can you fall in love with 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.


  • Swoon, swoon, and more swooning!

    By vjared94
    Holy character development. This book was such a cute and inspiring read it made every part of me melt. First we have Hailey, an almost 30 year old, somewhat newly divorcée who lost all of her edge and spark after the divorce, becoming engrossed in work and never thinking about relationships. Then we have Matt, another newly divorcée who thinks he's unloveable and awful when it comes to relationships because he ex wife decided to tell him that constantly. When the two find each other, it's a strictly business relationship but when feelings get involved, they slowly begin to unravel for each other and learn so many new things about each other. I loved seeing how they both went from closed off, not truly happy people, to vibrant, confident people all with the help of each other. And of course getting glimpses of the characters from the HIM/US series, as well as Good Boy was the icing on the cake.
  • STAY

    By Fongoul
    One of the best books I've read all year. Loved it! Christine
  • Enjoyable read with familiar characters

    By isalaur
    This addition to the WAGs series is an enjoyable read. Some favorite characters from previous books are back which is fun. The premise of the book is an interesting one...who wouldn't love to have a FETCH of their own?! Matt is heartbreaking in his guilt and lack of self-esteem vis-a-vis relationships. Hailey is a little too neurotic for my taste and at a couple points in the book I really needed it dialed back. I seriously wanted to throat punch Kara and it grated that Matt was way too spineless in dealing with her...just didn't work for a hockey player. The element with the former father-in-law had more potential but it flashed and burned too quickly. A few editing errors that should be taken care of (playing Buffalo but refer to Dallas goalie as an example.) Overall a very enjoyable read that inspires the emotions I always get from these authors. Will look forward to the next in the series. 4.5 stars.
  • Exactly what I needed & wanted - a sweet, funny, & low angst romance!

    By Bookbruin
    I love the writing duo of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy! Stay was one of my most anticipated reads and it didn't disappoint! We met Matt Eriksson in book 1 of the WAGs series, Good Boy, and now we get his backstory and the details of how (and why) his marriage fell apart. Stay is book 2 in the WAGs series and can be read as a stand alone, but characters from previous books do appear in this interconnected series. I truly enjoyed this low drama romantic comedy. The authors have an amazing sense of humor and I love all the witty banter and innuendo between the characters. This is a series where I love the hero and heroine, just as much as the supporting characters. The families, bromance, and sisterhood are all incredible and I love how supportive and caring all the characters are (especially the WAGs). Matt and Hailey both have baggage from their divorces and struggle with their confidence. I loved that they were both more mature and settled in their lives and how they each helped bolster the other and bring out sides to them that they didn't know were there or that have been dormant for a long time. Matt and Hailey's struggles are relatable and realistic. They're not perfect and they make mistakes, but at the end of the day they recognize that they like the people that they are when they're together. Having amazing chemistry doesn't hurt either and I FLOVED Matt's "coaching" ;) Stay was exactly what I needed and wanted - a sweet, funny, and low angst romance. The chapter titles are the best and I loved catching up with the characters we already know and love like Wesmie, Blake, Jess, and of course, Mama Riley. I can't wait for more books in this series and I'm hoping the team's resident manwhore, OC, gets his story next!

    By Fab female
    While I really enjoyed the first book in this series...this one by far is my ABSOLUTE BEST! Based on Good Boy I wasn't quite sure if I was going to like Matt's story, but was singe worthy! A true and epic love story from beginning to end! So much fun catching up with Wesmie, Blake, J-Babe, the WAGS and other players. I'm hoping O'Connnor's story is next to include the new skate instructor...HINT...HINT! Fantastic read!
  • Better and better! The second book does not disappoint

    By Ghelka
    Loved this book! It's so much fun to get to know Matt Erickson's story and have all the old favorite characters mixed in. Write the next series book soon!
  • Terrific second chance at finding love story!

    By Mom's Cooking The Books
    This is the second book in this series and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. I love sports romance, but hockey sports romance is my favorite! I couldn’t get enough! I loved the idea of Fetch, the virtual assistant service that Hailey co-owns with her ex-husband. I know awkward, but they had a very different relationship. They were childhood best friends that were comfortable together and then one thing led to another and they felt that the love they had for each other was enough so they got married. There really wasn’t any spark in their marriage. They were comfortable, until it didn’t work anymore. Hailey was devastated by the break up, but it just wasn’t working, she knew it wasn’t going to work, but it still hurt when Jackson wanted out. Matt Eriksson’s story is heartbreaking as the truth comes about his marriage. He took the blame for the ending of his marriage, but there is so much more than he could ever know. Hailey has a client Sniper87 that she has had a business relationship with for over a year and she has her suspicions that he is her fantasy man, Matt Eriksson. He has depended on Fetch for many of his needs and he is fascinated by the person he is messaging with. When he finally gets to see Hailey, via web cam, he can’t resist offering her hockey tickets and the chance to meet her in person. Hailey is a mess! She gets so nervous around Matt that she gets tongue tied and just blunders her way through. He finds it adorable. They both have baggage from their previous relationships, he has twin daughters and the ex-wife from hell. Can they actually pursue a relationship when both of their relationships failed? Well you are going to have to read the book to find out. This book has lots of laughs, great feels and a slow burn romance that catches fire! There is so much to this story that I loved! They took their time to get to know each other. Matt pursued her and was caring and attentive. I loved the story, the characters, the great secondary characters and all the laugh out loud moments. I highly recommend this second chance at love story!
  • Sweet & Sexy

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    Hailey and Matt are great people. They're kind and down-to-earth. She's a business owner, and he's a professional athlete. Wealth and celebrity status don't play much of a role in their lives. Friendship and family are the center of this story, and the love of hockey of course. Matt is divorced. He thinks that because of the demands of hockey on his life and time having a steady relationship isn't available for him. Hailey is also divorced. She and her ex realized they're really just friends. She's never felt that romantic spark and doesn't know if it will ever happen. Hailey and Matt are absolutely the perfect match for each other. She's almost as into hockey as he is, and he brings out her sexy side. All the supporting cast are awesome. If you read Good Boy or Him and Us, you'll be happy to see some of the previous characters make appearances. I really enjoyed Stay. The romance is mature (no manufactured drama), realistic and very hot. I recommend it.
  • Maybe

    By 2kasmom
    This book is #2 in the WAG's series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading series in order. Matt has had a rough time with his divorce. Taking a chance again seems far away. Then he finds himself attracted to the app agent he chats with. Could she be someone he could learn to care about? Hailey has always been a big fan of Matt and his hockey prowess. Is it possible that getting to know him could make her feelings stronger? There is certainly sparks a flyin'! This series is so much fun! Every book brings laughter and heat and this was no exception. I cannot wait to see what is next! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.