Stephen Hastings is a control freak.
He’s arrogant. He’s smart as a whip and sexy AF.
He has too much money. He’s bossy, and he’s usually right.
All I saw were his clear blue eyes, tight ass, and ripped torso.
I gladly handed him my V-card that night, ten years ago.
I was so stupid. I swore I’d never be that stupid again…
Emmy Barton works for a dry cleaner?
Yes, that Emmy Barton—long, blonde hair, bright blue eyes, pretty smile…
Sexy little ass. Smart mouth.
She was the only girl who interested me, but I was leaving to be an officer in the Navy.
Now I’m home, running my business. My life is perfectly ordered until I bump into her, divorced and struggling to make ends meet.
I hate seeing her like this. I hate that she married Burt “The Dick” Dickerson. What an asshole.
She says she hates me, but when we fight, it’s all heat and lust.
I won’t leave her this way.
She will let me help her and her son. She will stay…
It’s a thin line between love and hate, and this line is on fire.
(STAY is a STAND-ALONE enemies-to-lovers, second-chance, marriage of convenience romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)
I liked Emmy. She's strong and capable, smart and caring. I loved how she protected and cared for her son. I thought that came across loud and clear throughout the book. There were definitely moments with her where I scratched my head as well, but overall I did like her.
Stephen? Now, I'm going to be honest. I didn't love him initially. It took me a bit to warm up to him but once I did I really liked him. There was some backstory to him that played a very heavy hand into the man he became, and I really liked watching how he grew from the experience. I liked his intentions, but I wanted him to come to some realizations sooner.
There is no way around the fact that there is chemistry and a connection between these two. It's up to them to figure out how much they want and need from each other. I will say I felt like I was trying to encourage them earlier to move on from the past, but they eventually did. I did believe in the relationship they had.
I must admit there was a plotline here that I thought kind of got overplayed. I won't mention it, but it's in regards to Emmy's son and his father's reaction to things. I didn't love that so I was annoyed when it pulled me away from the story. Other than that, I thought the plot moved along well and I loved all the other supporting characters.
Overall I enjoyed this title and recommend it.
Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “Bright Lights,” “One to Hold,” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.
After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.
Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.