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Wes Jensen just lost the sister who raised him, and gained custody of his niece. The last thing he needs to add to his full plate is dealing with Braden Roth, the one-night-stand who continues to try to push his way into Wes’ life. He has a kid to raise now, and Wes isn’t great at getting close anyway.
Braden has never had a woman or a man sneak out on him the morning after. From the start, Wes intrigues him, and Braden isn’t one to deny himself something he wants. And he wants Wes. The more time he spends with Wes and the little girl who constantly keeps them on their toes, the more Braden realizes this isn’t just about getting the guy who walked away.
As their lives intertwine more and more, Wes discovers Braden isn’t as shallow as he thought. But after everything Wes lost in his life, he isn’t sure he can risk his heart, and truly want Braden to stay—and if he did, would Wes’ quiet life be enough for Braden?
Books are very much like single days in our lives. Some are good, and some are bad. Sometimes they’re ridiculous and hard to believe, while others make you wish you’d never had to endure them. Sometimes you’ll revisit a picnic spot (or book) with great fervour only to find that it’s memory serves you better than the crummy experience you just had. And sometimes you go meet with old friends and find that things (just like wine) only get better with time. And that, my dears, is exactly what’s happened with book two of the Blackcreek Series.
I can tell you that I adored this book; that the story, despite being quite simple, held my attention the whole time. That there were nuances throughout the story that moved me and that those details added life and sometimes darkness to the story. I’ll admit that I liked Stay more than it’s predecessor, Collide.
Both main characters are well developed, but I can’t go further without mentioning the awesomeness that is Braden Roth. He is such a fantastic character and the kind of guy everyone would like as their friend and/or lover. He’s a quick witted smartass, an unashamedly free spirited soul, a FIREMAN and wiser than he lets on. He’s the hero in this story. Following on for that, it would be remiss of me not to mention the steamy chemistry (and the subsequent hotty hotness which ensued) between Braden and Wes, and for that I’d like to Ms Hart – enthusiastically.
A big component of this story is in (as the blurb states) the fact that Wes becomes the sole guardian of his 4 year old niece, so be prepared for “family time” and the emotional attachment that goes with it.
Lastly, I’ll tell you that snapshots of car headlights, little fingers that wiggle, doggy noses pressed up against car windows and life changing sled rides will now hold a special place in my heart.
Well done Ms Hart, well done.