Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Stay
Series: WAGS, #2
Authors: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


Stay was my #1 anticipated release for 2017. I could not wait to get my hands on this book. Heck, I can never wait to get my hands on any of their books. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are my dream team of contemporary romance writing. Their books bring me such joy. I’ve fallen in love with all of their characters, especially those in the Him and WAGS world. I couldn’t wait to get to know Matt Eriksson better and find out what it would take to win his heart.

In Stay, Matt’s still trying to move on from his divorce. He knows it was for the best, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. One thing that has made it easier is Fetch and the virtual assistant from the company who has fulfilled all his needs. Matt can’t stop thinking about her and their computer chats. He would do just about anything to meet her, including give her tickets to his next hockey game.

Luckily for Matt, Hailey Taylor Emery is a huge hockey fan. Specifically, she’s a Matt Erikkson fan. She’s known deep down that her favorite client is Matt, but now that it’s confirmed, Hailey’s not sure what to do. How can she handle Matt’s advances when she can barely utter a word around him?

Once again, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have won the game with Stay. I absolutely loved this book! Their writing shined. Matt and HaiIey were amazing characters. I loved the witty banter between them and the rest of the characters. The incredibly funny and sometimes awkward situations they created made laugh constantly.

Matt Eriksson may have been a god in the rink, but he was even more so in life. I can’t get over what a stand up guy he was. He was perfect, but he was pretty dang close. Matt was a guy who put his family first. That, combined with his dominant personality, was super sexy. He had me fanning myself more than I would like to admit.

I adored Hailey Taylor Emery. She was one cool chick. She was smart, determined and real. I loved that Matt terrified her a bit. Hailey’s reaction to Matt was exactly what I think I would be like if I met my celebrity crush. I’m sure I would be a bundle of nerves, too! Another thing I loved about Hailey was her personality. She could hold her own and a relationship wasn’t the only thing she had going for her.

Matt and Hailey’s relationship was full of ups and down, and I loved every minute spent with them. My only complaint about Stay would be that I needed another 500 pages of it. I could have gone on reading about Matt and Hailey forever. Their story was that much fun. I guess I’ll just have to hope there is another WAGS book coming in the near future. I want another book. I need another book. Please, please let them write an O’Conner book! Or a spin-off about Mr. Dick would be fun, too. Heck, I would even read a book about Puddles and Rufus falling in love if these two wrote it! Just give me more books from my dream team!

Get to Know Me Tag

Good morning! Today, you’re going to learn a little more about me through the Get to Know Me Tag. Before beginning, I need to thank Talia @ Red Hot Ink for tagging me for this fun tag. 🙂


Vital Stats:

  • Name: Deanna
  • Nicknames: None
  • Birthday: October 29th
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Occupation: Office Professional Substitute / Stay at home mom

Appearance:

  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Best Feature: My smile
  • Braces: Yes, in 7th and 8th grade.
  • Piercings: Now, in my ears. Back in the day I had my belly button pierced. That scar is so awesome now.
  • Tattoos: Yes, I have a small butterfly on the lower right side of my back. It is NOT a tramp stamp. I had it done before there was such a thing.
  • Right or Left: Right

Firsts:

  • Real Holiday: The first holiday I remember is when I was 5. I got a cabbage patch doll. The original cabbage patch doll. Yes, I’m old.
  • Best Friend: First one was Bettina. Second one was Melissa. Third was Jaime. Still friends with all of them.
  • Award: I got an award for being the nicest in 9th grade.
  • Concert: Not musical at all. I did play both basketball and fastpitch through high school.

Favorites:

  • TV Show(s): The Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance, Party of Five, Sons of Anarchy
  • Color: Shades of blue, pink and purple
  • Song: Right now, Halsey’s Now or Never.
  • Restaurant: Ranchito. It’s the Mexican restaurant down the street.
  • Shop: Modcloth.com
  • Books: This past week it was the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. Changes all of the time, and I have so many favorite authors.
  • Shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam

Currently:

  • Feeling: Tired. I stayed up too late reading.
  • Single or Taken: 16 and a half years of togetherness and 10 and half years of marriage, so I’m pretty taken. 😉
  • Eating: Quaker Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal
  • Thinking About: I need to tell my kid to get ready for school.
  • Watching: Nothing.
  • Wearing: Pajama pants and a t-shirt. I look hot. Lol.

Future:

  • Want Children: Nope. Well, not anymore. One and done.
  • Want to be Married: Yes. No plans of divorcing ever.
  • Careers in Mind: I’d love to be a stay at home mom forever, but that won’t happen. I’m not sure what I want to do now that I’m a grown up.

Do You Believe in:

  • God: Yes.
  • Miracles: Yes, maybe.
  • Love at First Sight: No. There’s only lust at first sight.
  • Ghosts: I want to say no, but you never know. And I’d rather not know.
  • Aliens: Same as ghosts.
  • Soul Mates: So, yes, I think I do. I read this book called When it Rains by Lisa DeJong and it made me think about this a lot. I’ve loved more than one person in my life, and I think every relationship has meaning. Here’s a quote that maybe helps…“There’s a difference between soul mates and true love. Looking at the surface, they are similar, but when I dug deep down inside, I found they were different.
Is one type of love better than the other? I don’t know but I’m lucky enough to have found them both.” I think that’s kind of how I feel.
  • Heaven & Hell: I hope there’s a heaven, and maybe a hell for some really horrible people.
  • Kissing on the First Date: Since I’m never going to date again (hopefully), I say go for it!
  • Yourself: Yes, I’m awesome!

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

WWW Wednesday: June 14, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

Right now I’m reading an ARC of Wrecked by Jeannine Colette. She’s a new to me author that I’m really enjoying.


Recently finished:

I am a little embarrassed by how many books are going to show up in this section. I continued my binge read of the Fallen Crest High series and things got a little addicting. I started the week by listening to two of its audiobooks non-stop. I think it took me three days. Let’s just say my house is cleaner than ever before, I worked out a lot, all my errands were run, I lost a lot of sleep, and my husband thinks I’m super weird for sitting in our bedroom listening to them while he was watching T.V. in another room. Then, I read the three short novellas in the series. That took me an evening. Then, I read the final two books in the series in a day each because with school coming to an end, they’re not needing me to fill in as an office substitutes as much. When I finished the series, I realized I need to buckle down and read a couple of books I needed to review at the beginning of this week! Luckily, they were quick romance reads. So, that’s my crazy week in books. Here’s the books I listened to:

Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High, #4)
Fallen Crest University (Fallen Crest High, #5)

And here’s the books I read:

My Roommate’s Girl
Mason (Fallen Crest High, #0.5)
Fallen Crest Christmas (Fallen Crest High, #5.25)
Logan Kade (Fallen Crest High, #5.5)
Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High, #6)
Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest High, #7)
The Last Guy
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4)
Stay (WAGS, #2)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

Next, I need to read Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1) because I have a review due next week.

Review: Fallen Crest University by Tijan

Fallen Crest University
Series: Fallen Crest High, #5
Author: Tijan
Narrators:  Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Samantha, Mason, and Logan are all together and united with one common enemy: Park Sebastian, the king of fraternity douchebags. With professional football scouts eyeing his every move, Mason Kade has to walk the line for the first time in his life. Any move he makes against Sebastian has to be perfect and under the radar. One mistake, and his career is over. Sebastian has other plans. Mason’s career isn’t his target-not even close. Wanting to destroy Mason completely, Sebastian knows that he must hit him where it hurts the most: Samantha, who doesn’t give a rat’s ass that she’s the target. Sam is bound and determined to protect Mason herself, no matter the cost, but what if the cost is beyond her imagination? What if this time, the villain wins?


If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews recently, you’ve probably noticed I’m majorly bingeing on the Fallen Crest University series. Tijan has created a series so addicting and drama filled that I can’t put it down. I wouldn’t say the books are perfect, but they weave a tale so complex and fascinating that perfection doesn’t really matter.

Fallen Crest University is the next stage in the fearsome foursome’s life. No longer are Sam and Logan stuck in Fallen Crest while Mason and Nate are at college. All four of them are now at the same college. It’s a blessing and a curse for Mason. He loves have his family back at his side, but he worries about their safety. If his battle with Park Sebastian was simmering last year, this year it’s boiling. Mason wants to protect Sam and Logan, but they have other ideas. Both of them are willing to do anything to protect Mason from Park.

I absolutely loved having the family back together in this book! The Fallen Crest world just didn’t feel right with them separated by distance. Sam, Mason, Logan, and Nate feed off of each other and that makes for so many fun moments. I also liked the place Sam and Mason were in. There were still secrets, but Sam seemed to be back to holding her own. Her mental state was so much better in this book.

One of my favorite things about this book was that Logan got his own point a view for a couple of chapters! It was just as awesome as when Mason’s point of view showed up in book 3. I’ve always loved his cocky demeanor, but it was even more fun hearing it from his point of view. Logan rocked! I’m so excited to read his novella soon!

Now for my least favorite things about this book. I hate to say it, but Fallen Crest University is the weakest book in the series so far. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it — I totally did. I mean, I listened to it non-stop. It’s just that it was missing some of the things I’ve loved about the series in the past. It was also really over the top in the drama department. That’s saying a lot because this series is nothing but drama.

This book was missing so many things for me. I wanted more of some of the old characters. I wish at least one horrible person from one of Sam’s high schools had shown up at her college. I also wish Heather had gone to school with her. She visited for a second, but I still missed her presence in this book. Speaking of Heather, I really wanted to know more about her hook up with Logan. They had such chemistry, and I’m sad I only got to hear a tiny bit about it. Another thing I missed was Sam’s running addiction. I know that’s crazy because it has annoyed me in the past books, but I thought there would be more involving her track scholarship. And, finally, I missed the Mason-Sam sexy times. They were alluded to, but in the previous books I got more details. I was surprised that they weren’t more prevalent now that it’s a college romance instead of a high school one? I would say maybe they cooled off after being together so long, but that wasn’t it.

As for the over the top drama, I had a hard time buying into one major twist at the end. It helped with Park’s demise, but was too out there for me. I still don’t know what to make of it.

Overall, Fallen Crest University was another addicting read. I loved seeing Mason and Sam in a new phase in their lives. I’m excited for what’s to come in the rest of the series. I’m sad that I won’t be able to listen to the rest of the series because I have fallen in love with the narrators, but I don’t think they’re out in Audible yet. I’ll have to make do with reading them. 😉

Review: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

I Knew You Were Trouble
Series: Oxford, #4
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.


I Knew You Were Trouble is an excellent example of why Lauren Layne is a queen of contemporary romance. Each book she writes gets better and better. I didn’t think another Oxford novel could top Lincoln Mathis and Someone Like You, but I was wrong. I Knew You Were Trouble was just as amazing, if not even better than Someone Like You.

It doesn’t matter who the characters are, or what the situation holds for them, Layne makes me fall in love with their story. I Knew You Were Trouble showcased this by taking a smart and beautiful but somewhat cold woman and making me empathize with her. I didn’t love how cold Taylor could be, but I got it. She had a tough life, and what she thought she wanted wasn’t always what was best for her. I loved how having her nemesis move in and taunt her in ways she didn’t want changed her. It was fun to see her character progress through so many emotions throughout the book.

As for Taylor’s enemy, Nick was way hotter and cooler than I remember him from Someone Like You. He had his own issues, but I loved how he helped Taylor come to terms with hers. They way he pushed her was frustratingly hot. I couldn’t get over their witty banter. It made the story fly by. Nick and Taylor’s chemistry was undeniable, and those steamy sex scenes proved it.

My favorite part of I Knew You Were Trouble had to be the climax. I saw it coming, but didn’t expect it to play out the way it did. It was so creatively set up. I really loved how it ended up resolving.

I loved everything about I Knew You Were Trouble. It was another great office romance. It held my attention from the beginning and never let go. I read it in one sitting, and couldn’t have put it down if I wanted to. I’m really hoping this book will not be the end of the Oxford series. I would love another book or two in this series!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Fictional Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Father’s Day related Freebie:  favorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc..  My topic is Ten Favorite Fictional Fathers. You can click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


1. Josh
Kick Push by Jay McLean

2. Ben
Where I Belong by J. Daniels

3. Simon
The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

4. Kolton
My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind

5. Seamus
So Much More by Kim Holden

6. Mr. Garrett
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

7. Tucker
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

8. Mike
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

9. Luke
Carolina Man by Virgina Kantra

10. Keller
Bright Side by Kim Holden

Release Blitz: The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise

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Blurb

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and international bestselling author Tia Louise…

The first rule of office romance is don’t do it—especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired.

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things.

Sex in his office…
Sex in the on-set kitchen…
Sex in the supply closet…

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets—except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge…ego.

He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with.

Cade Hill draws a thick professional line on office romance—until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives.

It’s just a hook-up, she says.

When can we do it again? he says.

With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her he’s the last guy she’ll ever want.

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About the Authors

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Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life, they’ve teamed up to bring you laugh-out-loud naughty romances with strong leading ladies and sexy alpha males who know how to please their women—and who sometimes you just want to slap.

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