By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
I liked this book! But I think I could’ve loved it and it’s my fault that I didn’t….
I almost always have at least two (sometimes three) books going at one time. One is an audiobook, one a Kindle book and then sometimes a physical book as well (you know, to carry in my purse in case of boredom — the emergency back up book!). I try really hard to make the books I’m reading simultaneously be different so I can keep them straight. But I didn’t do that this time. My bad.
I was listening to Stay, an adorable audiobook about a single dad who also happens to be a star hockey player who accidentally falls for his dog walker (adorable right?), while also reading my ARC of The Varlet and the Voyeur, which is about a rugby player. Two sports romances at once did not mix. I ended up getting confused about which team and player was which and I’m afraid Stay suffered. I just don’t remember much about it.
So even though I am going ahead with this review, I am vowing to go back and re-listen to Stay at another time.
I don’t know why I find it so hard to remember; there was a lot I liked about it! For example, Hailey works with her ex-husband at the company they own together. Are they bitter and fighting in the hallways? No. They remain friendly and get along just like real grown ups do. I so appreciated this because I get tired of the sniping exes trope in romances. Though our hero, Matt’s, ex… she’s a sniper alright. But at least we didn’t have to deal with that on both sides.
And Matt? I like Matt a LOT. He’s a hot as hell hockey player (really, aren’t they all? Let’s take a minute and appreciate the beauty that is Braden Holtby, goalie for the Capitals.)…
Just look at him work his stick….
I’m sorry; I got distracted! Our hero Matt is a great dad and I loved that too. The single dad trope never gets old for me! I also appreciated that with each book in this series we get a closer look at the Wives and Girlfriends of the hockey team (WAGs) and they are a tight bunch. Their drinking parties in Stay reminded me of the gang from another one of my favorite hockey series, Helena Hunting’s Pucked.
There was a lot of humor and a lot of heat. This book should’ve been a winner. I’m still giving it four stars, but I have a feeling upon re-read it may get a full five.
And finally, because he’s beautiful and because I want the Caps to win tonight, here’s a gratuitous gif of Tom Wilson, because, damn….