Title: Stay (The Keaton Series)
Author: B.A. Wolfe
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Fate took Cassandra down a path she never expected.
Then a small town in Colorado gave her exactly what she needed—until tragedy left her heartbroken and devastated. Alone with only her child and her memories, Cassie struggled to put her life back together, one day at a time, piece by piece. Finding love again was something she never thought possible. That was, until she ran into an unlikely stranger who flipped her entire world on its axis.
Aidan had a secret locked away in his heart; one that would surely send Cassie running the second she discovered it. He held onto her closely and kept his secret guarded, but one careless mistake could reveal all.
Their friendship was strong, their moments beautiful, and the love that brewed between them intense—something neither denied. The only problem? Cassie was slowly letting him into her life. Could she let herself get close to the one person she didn’t think she should?
Her mind tells her to run, but her heart tells her to stay.
Chapter 1 – One Year Ago
My hand shot left and landed on the alarm clock, silencing its incessant beeping. There was no point even setting it. I’d been awake for hours, anyway, but inside my nerves were having a hay day. Heartbeats thudded against my chest as I sucked in deep breaths trying to calm myself.
“Fuck it,” I muttered, kicking my heavy comforter off.
I swung my legs over the edge of the bed and ran a hand through my messy morning hair. My eyes traveled to the phone on my nightstand. I picked it up, sent a quick message to my brother, then tossed it beside me on the bed and made my way to the kitchen in nothing but my boxers. After dumping coffee grinds into the maker and setting the machine to brew, I braced my arms against the white countertop and stared down mindlessly while I waited. Your brain knew when something was important. It wouldn’t let you think of anything else. It was all-consuming. Today, it might just be the death of me.
I filled my lucky Denver Bronco’s mug and paced my way through the house. Wearing a path in the floor was the only thing slowing my thoughts. I downed a few sips and stopped in front of a tall bookshelf. A covered box containing all my letters from Jase was nestled there.
It had started out as a joke, but neither of us could stop writing. I told him I had a mailbox at college and then every week I had a letter waiting for me. And every week I’d write him back. I saved them all. His latest had me smiling hard. He was happy. Really happy—thanks to her. I needed to meet that girl. My eyes caught a glimpse of the clock; it was nearly time.
I took a shower and slipped on a pair of worn jeans, a plain tee, and my Nikes. Sucking in a deep breath, I grabbed my keys and left, bracing myself for the day ahead.
I was only an hour into my drive when the red engine light caught my eye. It came on every once in a while, so I pushed it to the back of my mind. My foot pressed a little harder on the gas pedal. As the needle on the speedometer crept higher, a new light on the dashboard lit up. And then it happened—my car started to shut down. “Fuck.” I banged my fist at the wheel as the car slowed. But no amount of banging or cursing helped. I veered to the shoulder of the highway, dodging car after car. Finally, the piece of crap stopped dead.
“No, no, no. Don’t do this to me now.” I pounded the steering wheel again, ready to beat it to death. “Not today. Damn it!” I reached for my phone in the cup holder, dialed the number for Triple A, and within minutes the rep said a tow truck would be on its way. Estimated time of forty-five minutes. Great.
It was too important of a day to be starting out like this. I only prayed things turned around.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 5 “X’s, O’s and Sweet Tea” Stars ~~
This is probably one of the hardest reviews for me to write. Not because I didn’t like the book, but because I LOVED it and my emotions are all over the place. I want to apologize now if this review is on the short side, I don’t plan on talking about the storyline of the book much, because I believe you need to experience this book and all the emotions first hand without any heads up’s.
I want to send a HUGE Thank You to B.A. Wolfe for personally contacting me asking me to join the blog tour for Stay. I will admit I was very hesitant, because I was so gutted after the first book…. Away. But then I thought I had to give it a try and find out how Cassie’s story ended. I am so thankful that I did because this was an AMAZING ending to Cassie, Jase and Aidan’s journey. Don’t get me wrong….I was still gutted and crying like a fool in this book as well, but don’t worry Ms. Wolfe was able to put my broken heart back together by the end of this book. This book/series is such an emotional roller coaster. You will be high one second, laughing and blushing and then crying your eyes out the next. Another reason I decided to give this book a chance was because I love B.A.’s writing style. She knows how to suck you into a story and not let go until the very end. Her books are a slower paced book, but not too slow that things drag and you get bored. She gives you just enough information to make the story complete, but won’t overload it with useless info. When reading both of these books in this series, I felt like I was a part of this family and circle of friends. If they laughed, so did I. If they cried, then so did I. These books were amazing love stories, that weren’t overwhelmed with a lot of outside drama. Yes she does add some characters in these stories that you will absolutely HATE, but every story needs some of those.
As for the characters I LOVED…..That would be all the others…..Cassie, Jason, Aidan, Baby Jase, Melaine, Moose, Trish and Bart. This book is about Aidan and Cassie, but all these others play such a big part in this story that you really can’t help but feel connected to all of them. I honestly didn’t think B.A. could make me love another Hero after Jason (Jase….Hero in Book 1 Away), but HOLY MOLY she did when I met Aidan. This man is just as amazing as his brother (Jase). He was so fiercely protective and loving. He was the type of man who wanted to protect everyone he loves. Now I will say that his and Cassie’s journey is not an easy one….they had a lot of ups and downs and hills to cross, but I was so glad to see that things all worked out for the best in the end. I loved watching how Cassie grew in this book. She was such a broken soul after Away, but overtime and after meeting Aidan, she really turned around. I really can’t explain these two anymore without spoiling things, so I will just say that you need to read this book/series.
As for Melanie, Moose, Trish and Bart…..all I can say is that everyone needs and wants friends and family like these four people!!!! What amazing characters. I loved Mel and Moose’s banter between each other. I think there is an interesting story to come for those two 😉
Stay is book 2 in B.A. Wolfe’s Keaton series and the conclusion to Cassie’s story. I would definitely recommend these books (Away and Stay) to everyone, but I will say that you are going to want to read them together. Book 1 doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but a to be continued ending, and after reading that ending you are definitely going to want to jump right into book 2. I know I did and I had to wait until the book was finished. Honestly…..You don’t want to miss this series!!!!!!
The first book in the Keaton Chronicles Away is on SALE for .99 Cents during Stay Book Tour.
Buy Away by B.A. Wolfe
B.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change.
B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless T BR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fill a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category.
She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.
Signed Set of both Away and Stay
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