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Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, s Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, she makes the hardest decision of her life--to let them go. Unfortunately, that means giving up her own heart to protect theirs. What she hadnʼt planned on doing was working at a strip club to pay bills, or to meet someone new that may be able to make her feel whole again. Luke Matthews has more than he could ask for. Heʼs attending his favorite University, has the girl of his dreams, and lives with his best friends. The one morning when he wakes to find her scribbled note telling him sheʼs leaving flips his world upside down. Unable to cope, he turns to booze and pills to numb his pain. It isnʼt until almost two years later and losing all hope when he stumbles upon Maggie. And of all places, working in a strip club. Convincing her to come home with them is the easy part, but finding out the real reason for her leaving could destroy them both.


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Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, s Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, she makes the hardest decision of her life--to let them go. Unfortunately, that means giving up her own heart to protect theirs. What she hadnʼt planned on doing was working at a strip club to pay bills, or to meet someone new that may be able to make her feel whole again. Luke Matthews has more than he could ask for. Heʼs attending his favorite University, has the girl of his dreams, and lives with his best friends. The one morning when he wakes to find her scribbled note telling him sheʼs leaving flips his world upside down. Unable to cope, he turns to booze and pills to numb his pain. It isnʼt until almost two years later and losing all hope when he stumbles upon Maggie. And of all places, working in a strip club. Convincing her to come home with them is the easy part, but finding out the real reason for her leaving could destroy them both.

30 review for Stay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zara

    ... um! I'm kinda wondering if I read the same book as everyone else with 4 and 5 star ratings. I almost hated this book. At times I seriously considered just quitting but I absolutely hate giving up on a book so I continued on. I have nothing against the writing itself.. it all actuality I think that Kelly is a great writer.. I just didn't love Maggie or Luke. At first it was just Maggie I couldn't stand and I adored Luke but near the end he just really started to irritate me. He blamed Maggie ... um! I'm kinda wondering if I read the same book as everyone else with 4 and 5 star ratings. I almost hated this book. At times I seriously considered just quitting but I absolutely hate giving up on a book so I continued on. I have nothing against the writing itself.. it all actuality I think that Kelly is a great writer.. I just didn't love Maggie or Luke. At first it was just Maggie I couldn't stand and I adored Luke but near the end he just really started to irritate me. He blamed Maggie for things I can't mention without ruining the book for some of you who actually decide to read it.. but I thought it was totally messed up. And OMG! I understand her need to run away and the things she'd been through.. I get that.. but her back and forth and never knowing her feelings.. and Max.. then Luke.. it just got under my skin in a big way. With that being said.. my heart adored Jeremy.. completely 100% I loved him. He was thee ideal big brother.. even if he was only older by three minutes.. I loved loved loved Dean as well but felt often disappointed that he seemed like more of an after thought and didn't play a bigger role. Also Max has been from the very beginning and I often times felt extremely bad for him.. and felt like he got totally screwed over. I don't know I'm sure for some of you this was an incredible book.. it simply just wasn't my cup of tea. buutttt great book cover :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    Ok, this is BRAND new and I don't know a thing about it but I love the cover and blurb! Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, she makes the hardest decision of her Ok, this is BRAND new and I don't know a thing about it but I love the cover and blurb! Maggie Collins is running away from everything she knows and loves. The only thing she ever wanted was to go to college, open up her own bakery, and marry the man of her dreams. Years later she still struggles to face a secret sheʼs hidden from everyone since she was little. With her brother, Jeremy, and her boyfriend, Luke having the time of their lives at Northwestern, she makes the hardest decision of her life--to let them go. Unfortunately, that means giving up her own heart to protect theirs. What she hadnʼt planned on doing was working at a strip club to pay bills, or to meet someone new that may be able to make her feel whole again. Luke Matthews has more than he could ask for. Heʼs attending his favorite University, has the girl of his dreams, and lives with his best friends. The one morning when he wakes to find her scribbled note telling him sheʼs leaving flips his world upside down. Unable to cope, he turns to booze and pills to numb his pain. It isnʼt until almost two years later and losing all hope when he stumbles upon Maggie. And of all places, working in a strip club. Convincing her to come home with them is the easy part, but finding out the real reason for her leaving could destroy them both.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Maria

    This was probably the worst book I've ever read that deals with the topic of childhood abuse. The male love interest (Luke) is downright abusive himself. For example, he gets Maggie drunk in the hopes of having sex with her, pressures her, takes her cigarettes away, shames her and regularly screams at her in a very aggressive manner. Oh, and the best part: he stages a suicide attempt to get Maggie home when all she wanted to do was to properly break up with her former boyfriend. The author obvio This was probably the worst book I've ever read that deals with the topic of childhood abuse. The male love interest (Luke) is downright abusive himself. For example, he gets Maggie drunk in the hopes of having sex with her, pressures her, takes her cigarettes away, shames her and regularly screams at her in a very aggressive manner. Oh, and the best part: he stages a suicide attempt to get Maggie home when all she wanted to do was to properly break up with her former boyfriend. The author obviously has a very twisted idea about good relationships, boundaries and consent. I could maybe overlook these flaws in a fluffy, light romance story; but mixed with the childhood abuse it's just distateful and awkward. I guess I don't have to tell you anymore that the childhood abuse itself was badly researched and Maggie's behaviour extremely inconsistent with her past. Yes, I did finish this books, but only because I kept hoping Maggie would finally make the right choice and be with the decent guy. Unfortunately, it didn't happen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    One of those books that captivates you from page 1.. So much depth to the story, it's not towards the ending there abouts when you learn why she chose to run away which gives you more of an understanding what was going through her head, sitting back I can understand why she felt she had to.. But if she only knew that no matter what love conquers all!! One of those books that captivates you from page 1.. So much depth to the story, it's not towards the ending there abouts when you learn why she chose to run away which gives you more of an understanding what was going through her head, sitting back I can understand why she felt she had to.. But if she only knew that no matter what love conquers all!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Readz

    This book comes off a little familiar, running away from the past, childhood love and the reuniting of it, but I still thought it was a good read. Maggie was best friends with her twin Jeremy, his buddy Luke and their buddy Dean all through school, and now the boys were ready to head off to college. She had a strained relationship with her parents as Jeremy was the favorite, so Maggie was going to go to community college and working to save money for culinary classes. Her dream was to eventually This book comes off a little familiar, running away from the past, childhood love and the reuniting of it, but I still thought it was a good read. Maggie was best friends with her twin Jeremy, his buddy Luke and their buddy Dean all through school, and now the boys were ready to head off to college. She had a strained relationship with her parents as Jeremy was the favorite, so Maggie was going to go to community college and working to save money for culinary classes. Her dream was to eventually open her own bakery. Maggie's home life was horrible, something she kept a secret from everybody, until it became just too much. She left her brother and now boyfriend Luke a note and skipped town. Luke is a sexy broken man. Although his note from Maggie says it all, he just can't see why she didn't love him enough to let him help her-he thinks there is more. It has been two years and after suffering the heartache of Maggie leaving, Luke suffers again and just about looses it altogether. The boys are on a break from college and out of all the strip clubs in New York, they end up in the one Maggie works at. It has been two years and she has tried her best to move on, the last thing she needs is Luke back in her life. They are drawn together and eventually have to figure things out, but now Max is in the picture. He works at the club and has helped Maggie live for the past six months. Of course there are more secrets to be reveled and more heartbreak. At times I was annoyed with Maggie being so wishy-washy, but with her jagged past I had to give her a break. Like I said, the book had some familiar undertones and was a very angsty read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    I absolutely adored this book! Stay by Kelly Mooney was my first read by this easy to love author, because she knows how to deliver a beautiful, raw and emotional love story, one that left me lusting for more, still prying to keep the door from closing as I couldn’t leave her characters. Maggie and Luke were perfect together, being her brother’s best friend they shared an attraction and bond that made their relationship impossible to resist. Luke was so sweet, sexy, and adorable. He really made I absolutely adored this book! Stay by Kelly Mooney was my first read by this easy to love author, because she knows how to deliver a beautiful, raw and emotional love story, one that left me lusting for more, still prying to keep the door from closing as I couldn’t leave her characters. Maggie and Luke were perfect together, being her brother’s best friend they shared an attraction and bond that made their relationship impossible to resist. Luke was so sweet, sexy, and adorable. He really made up for what Mags went through with her parents, who were forever absent from her life, favouring her twin brother Jeremy and supporting his needs, whilst Maggie’s dreams were suppressed constantly neglected, she was a strong and thoughtful girl towards other people’s needs when her own accomplishments never saw the limelight, stuck in second place, she would pick herself back up again, and look at new ways to reach her goals. Mags was definitely a girl who suffered from emotional and physical scars, the fact that she had Jeremy, Luke and Dean around to make her smile made the pain tolerable and hidden, but when her future alters and fearing the impact on her loved ones, not wanting to jeopardise their future, she decided to run leaving her dream man behind with confessions and Luke a broken man. I really felt for Mags as she tried to find peace and acceptance with her new life, and Max was the perfect guy who made her confront her demons. Now Luke, god I just loved him lol, the guy was romantic, sexy and unrelenting to get her back because she was always going to be his. Kelly Mooney really brought tears to my eyes reading his pov, my heart ached to console him as he fell deeper into a dark hole, unable to exist and relied on woman, drink and pills to numb thoughts of his loss. Now he did make my bad list when he played around and acted immature, because he couldn’t handle seeing Mags with Max, I know he was hurting and that he still struggled to overcome his pain relief to deal, but his behaviour and sexual antics kind of tainted what he shared with Mags and his appeal slightly slipped, I hated reading it because I loved his character and I wanted him to stay perfect in my eyes, good thing he did know how to redeem himself and that’s why he’s book boyfriend material for me, we all make mistakes right? This was a romantic read which I loved, drawing me into a world of heartache, loss, inner strength and second chance love as Luke Matthews fought to get his dream girl and his life back on track.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD

    2.5 really... I want to like this book at the same I want to strangle myself, Maggie is a royal pain! At the end of the book, I get all her pain and what she's gone through, I just still couldn't feel for her! Damn! Must be all that running, she could win a marathon! 2.5 really... I want to like this book at the same I want to strangle myself, Maggie is a royal pain! At the end of the book, I get all her pain and what she's gone through, I just still couldn't feel for her! Damn! Must be all that running, she could win a marathon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Umisyafiqa

    God please help me erase this book from my memory.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a good story that covered a lot of things. Abuse, love, forgiveness, and healing The story revolves around Maggie, her twin Jeremy, and his two best friends Dean and Luke. They've all known each other since the age of 6. Maggie always got she crap end of life. Jeremy always got priority over her. The nice things, the car, the college education. Maggie knew her place and didn't hate her brother for it. She wanted him happy. But no one knew the sexual abuse she endured from a young age. By This was a good story that covered a lot of things. Abuse, love, forgiveness, and healing The story revolves around Maggie, her twin Jeremy, and his two best friends Dean and Luke. They've all known each other since the age of 6. Maggie always got she crap end of life. Jeremy always got priority over her. The nice things, the car, the college education. Maggie knew her place and didn't hate her brother for it. She wanted him happy. But no one knew the sexual abuse she endured from a young age. By someone she trusted. No this isn't a spoiler, it's revealed in the very beginning. Once the boys take off to college, things get harder for Maggie. It's also when Luke and Maggie finally admit to their feelings and begin a relationship. It's always been there for them. About a year and half into college, she can't take it anymore. She's got to get out and the only way to do it is to walk away. So she leaves behind two letters. One for Luke and it explains her abuse. One letter for Jeremy, no mention of the abuse. She ends up stripping in a club in New York. She befriends bartender Max who helps her to heal. But Luke is never far from her heart. It's been 2years The boys take a trip to New York. Luke and Dean wonder into a club. Her club. Dean spots her first and it's like.. The story starts to unfold. They want her back. Luke is still in love with her. Luke was never the same after she left. He also suffered a huge loss and Maggie wasn't there. Jeremy has more questions and is so happy to have her back. Max is afraid to lose her. She moves back with the boys and knows she has some explaining to do. Jeremy doesn't handle the reason very well but stands by her. But there's still a other reason why she left she hasn't told yet. Luke is dying to have her back. Max is still in the picture when she returns home and I felt so bad for Luke. I felt like he was being tormented. Getting his heart ripped out. But I had faith because the kind of love between Luke and Maggie was too strong to not make it. She had to realize that love again right?? After some indecision and secrets exposed this group can finally come to terms and heal. Because these four are a family. They realize why she ran. She realized she should've had more faith and trust. But she was so scared, the only choice she saw was to let them live the good college life and not bring them down with her issues. She needed to forgive and heal too. Can Luke forgive her? For not trusting him,for leaving, shattering his heart? He suffered so much. Can she get past the hurt she caused and find her way back to Luke or has max stolen her heart?? For me there was never any doubt it was always to be Luke and Maggie. . Told in alternating povs of Maggie and Luke made you feel their pain, the sorrow and especially the longing. This did put me through the ringer a bit but there is an HEA

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Lola's List of Problems with Stay 1. There's too much going on. Family tragedies, sexual abuse, (view spoiler)[ secret pregnancies, babies that didn't make it to term... (hide spoiler)] It makes it difficult to understand where your focus should be. I was getting whiplash with all the problems in the novel. 2. (view spoiler)[ Why didn't Maggie's friend tell on her dad? Why say nothing? Why would Maggie let her (hide spoiler)] 3. How is Jeremy noticed his sister never got anything she wanted? Why Lola's List of Problems with Stay 1. There's too much going on. Family tragedies, sexual abuse, (view spoiler)[ secret pregnancies, babies that didn't make it to term... (hide spoiler)] It makes it difficult to understand where your focus should be. I was getting whiplash with all the problems in the novel. 2. (view spoiler)[ Why didn't Maggie's friend tell on her dad? Why say nothing? Why would Maggie let her (hide spoiler)] 3. How is Jeremy noticed his sister never got anything she wanted? Why didn't it bother him more? 4. How could Maggie's mother be so cold and nonchalant about the sexual abuse. It's like, "Wake up and take a look at your f**cking husband, lady!" (view spoiler)[ This behavior also makes her apology and breakdown later way less believable. (hide spoiler)] Any mother who doesn't believe her daughter after hearing a claim like that is a disgrace. 5. Okay, saying Maggie works in a strip club in the description makes her sound like she's stripping. She isn't. That might've been more interesting, but that's a different novel. A bit of blunder on the part of the description writer... 6. How is everyone getting from Chicago to New York so easily? I live in Michigan. I know it is not that fast. This might be a factual mistake on the author's part. 7. This was not well-edited. I found at least a dozen grammatical and spelling mistakes. I mean, I make them in my reviews, but I don't have an editor looking at them, do I? 8. Luke. He's just a freaking hot mess a lot of the time, and frankly he scares me. I like him when he's put together, but I don't like his temper. 9. Maggie's relationship with Max dragged on much longer than I thought necessary or realistic. Trust me, that kind of long distance relationship would have never worked out, and Mooney stretched believability pretty thin there. 10. Dean is supposedly like a brother to Maggie, but we barely hear him speak. He's kind of in the background a lot. The only reason this got two stars with the last chapter. It was gooey and emotional and romantic, and I squealed at the end of the book. If when it's crappy, I like a book to have a happy ending. I just might not care as much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Oh, sweet Lord. I just can’t- How did it get more than 1 star is beyond me. Luke was just awful, he was abusive and manipulative and plain ol’ jerk. I can’t believe he could be the love interest of anyone. What an ass. Maggie, well… Though I understand why she did some of the things she did, I just hated her. She run away from everything, you guys, everything. It became ridiculous! And aside from deciding to leave her family and friends, she couldn’t make a decision for shit. Everyone else made the Oh, sweet Lord. I just can’t- How did it get more than 1 star is beyond me. Luke was just awful, he was abusive and manipulative and plain ol’ jerk. I can’t believe he could be the love interest of anyone. What an ass. Maggie, well… Though I understand why she did some of the things she did, I just hated her. She run away from everything, you guys, everything. It became ridiculous! And aside from deciding to leave her family and friends, she couldn’t make a decision for shit. Everyone else made them for her, and the worst part is that she let them. I can’t even tell you what a huge pet peeve of mine that is. Aside from Max (the only decent character in here), I hated every single character in this story. Jeremy (Maggie’s brother) always put himself and Luke before Maggie. Always. It didn’t matter how torn and messed up she was, as long as she was with Luke, then Jeremy was ok, because his friend was ok now. Really? Really? Brother of the year, ladies and gentlemen. Seriously, you guys. How I was able to finish this, is beyond me. I only did it out of stubbornness, I guess.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Love the effing cover!!! Jeremy he's a good brother, "Maggie, there is no effing way you're staying here in New York, let alone working in a goddamned strip joint." Luke after years you can tell her still hardcore for his girl, "I stayed up the rest of the night planning my mode of attack to win her back, worrying she might leave, or worse, stay with Max, and I'd never get my girl again." He's real persistent as well, "go ahead, baby. Keep running, but I'll never change my mind about you. It's a Love the effing cover!!! Jeremy he's a good brother, "Maggie, there is no effing way you're staying here in New York, let alone working in a goddamned strip joint." Luke after years you can tell her still hardcore for his girl, "I stayed up the rest of the night planning my mode of attack to win her back, worrying she might leave, or worse, stay with Max, and I'd never get my girl again." He's real persistent as well, "go ahead, baby. Keep running, but I'll never change my mind about you. It's a waste of time to try. Cause this isn't over." I loved this book losing your first love, finding it again, going through s*** to get back to where you were it's like a fairytale!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    I'm not a fan of love triangles. Maybe because the theme is over-used or that I find it so frustrating that it takes away from the story (unless that is the story which in that case I should know better). I enjoyed everything about Stay except the love triangle part. I'm not a fan of love triangles. Maybe because the theme is over-used or that I find it so frustrating that it takes away from the story (unless that is the story which in that case I should know better). I enjoyed everything about Stay except the love triangle part.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chrisabel

    I thought this was a cute book. I really love the cover thats what drew me to the book in the first place. This was my first read from this author and I will read more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Molly H-W

    A love story for all Another amazing story by Kelly Mooney. I loved the characters and the storyline. Honestly I couldn't put it down. I loved how the characters developed during the book. A love story for all Another amazing story by Kelly Mooney. I loved the characters and the storyline. Honestly I couldn't put it down. I loved how the characters developed during the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a really quick read as I was able to finish it in a day. I thought there were a lot of good ideas in the story but I didn't turn out to be that tear-jerking emotional read I was hoping for. Maggie has a dark past. She may seem like she has the perfect life but behind closed doors, she’s dealing with the abuse of her father. One night, she decides to leave town to start fresh, leaving her twin brother, Jeremy, and boyfriend, Luke behind. For Luke, it’s always been Maggie. So after she lea This was a really quick read as I was able to finish it in a day. I thought there were a lot of good ideas in the story but I didn't turn out to be that tear-jerking emotional read I was hoping for. Maggie has a dark past. She may seem like she has the perfect life but behind closed doors, she’s dealing with the abuse of her father. One night, she decides to leave town to start fresh, leaving her twin brother, Jeremy, and boyfriend, Luke behind. For Luke, it’s always been Maggie. So after she leaves, he does anything in his power to numb the pain whether it be from drugs, alcohol, or random girls. Two years later, Luke and friends all go out to New York to help Luke get over the loss of his family after a freak car accident that killed them instantly. It is there he sees Maggie again and is determined to get her back into his life, whether she wants to or not. The characters were okay for me. Maggie is the type of heroine I typically don’t like reading. Everything that happened the last two years could’ve been avoided if she had only talked to Luke. She just decided not to trust in their relationship and left without a trace. I realize there wouldn’t be a story had she not left but I feel like this kind of story is so overdone. I felt like they could’ve played with her relationship with her father more. I didn’t feel like there was any closure in that aspect. I liked Luke and he did have some swoon-worthy moments but he didn’t stand out amongst the heroes I’ve read lately. One thing I didn’t understand was Jeremy. He and Maggie are twins and super close but I just don’t understand how he could not notice how their parents were blatantly favouring him over her. Maybe he didn’t care, I’m not sure. But it just didn’t make sense to be how he could’ve carried such a “good” relationship between him, Maggie, and their parents all the while Maggie was treated so poorly. The story is told in first person POV from Maggie and Luke. I did appreciate there was little to no plot rehashing every time they switched POVs. That’s a personal pet peeve of mine when I read books in dual POVs. Overall, the story was okay but felt a bit anticlimactic for me. The big reveal as to why Maggie left was kind of disappointing and the epilogue felt really rushed for me as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Swords

    **4 out of 5 Stars** Read my full review at http://romancereaders101.blogspot.com This was a good little book. I needed a break after my last read, something that wasn't as dark with a HEA. I got this with this book. It took a long time to get there but they finally made it. The writing style was great, I had no trouble following it. I liked the characters for the most part. The heroine got on my nerves through most of it simply because she couldn't make a decision and it was so obvious to me wher **4 out of 5 Stars** Read my full review at http://romancereaders101.blogspot.com This was a good little book. I needed a break after my last read, something that wasn't as dark with a HEA. I got this with this book. It took a long time to get there but they finally made it. The writing style was great, I had no trouble following it. I liked the characters for the most part. The heroine got on my nerves through most of it simply because she couldn't make a decision and it was so obvious to me where she should be. There is a lot of angst and drama with this one. I was so mad at her most of the book. I wanted to pull my hair out and just scream! Maggie is strong, a survivor. She’s been through a lot in her life. She’s working in a strip club in New York and trying to move on with a life she never imagined. She’s beautiful. I like her to a point. I admire her for doing what she did but at the same time I hated her! She can’t make a decision about anything. She reminds me of Kiera form Thoughtless with her decision making. Luke is tall, built and tattooed. He’s been through a lot of tragedy. He lost the girl of his dreams and his family all within a year. He’s lost and trying to find himself at the bottom of a bottle and with Xanax. He’s been in love with the same girl since he was a kid and he can’t let her go. He’s gonna do what he has to, to make sure he keeps her once he’s found her again. After Maggie left him one night 2 years ago, Luke's life went downhill fast. He doesn't know which way is up anymore. A road trip to NYC brings him face to face with the girl he thought he had lost forever. Their journey is a long and hard one, filled with ups and downs, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I liked this one. It wasn't the best I've ever read but it wasn't the worst either. It’s just a light read with a little angst thrown in. I’m giving it 4 stars because she drove me crazy not being able to make a decision. If you’re looking for a 2nd chance at love story than this book is for you! Favorite Quotes… “…I can’t live without you. You’re the air that I breathe. You’re the beat to my heart. You’re the smile on my lips. You are everything to me. You always have been.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Yupangco

    Weird. The whole time I was reading this book, I think I said the word weird aloud more times than I could count. Don't get me wrong. If you're looking for a cheesy love story then this book will give that to you. But as far as the storyline goes, it's quite predictable - and in my opinion, not exactly in a good way. I already knew what was going to happen the first chapter in. Usually with these kinds of books you can predict how it may end, but the things that happen in between always, more ofte Weird. The whole time I was reading this book, I think I said the word weird aloud more times than I could count. Don't get me wrong. If you're looking for a cheesy love story then this book will give that to you. But as far as the storyline goes, it's quite predictable - and in my opinion, not exactly in a good way. I already knew what was going to happen the first chapter in. Usually with these kinds of books you can predict how it may end, but the things that happen in between always, more often than not, surprise you. This just didn't do that for me. Lucas & Maggie, or "Blue" as he nicknamed her, were childhood friends turned college sweethearts turned whatever you would call their relationship at the present time. They both have been through a lot growing up and it has, in more ways than one, affected their relationship. I'm not going to tell you that it's all rainbows and butterflies, or if it's all doomed to fail. I will say this though, I can relate to some of the things that Maggie has been through. I think we all come to this point in our lives where we want to figure out what we want, on our own terms, and allow others to live the life we think they deserve as well. I don't know if I'll ever read this book again, but if I do, it's because Stay is a short and light read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christina Lyn

    What happen to Maggie was unacceptable in so many ways. First moving out leaving a letter to Jeremy and Luke was for me the coward thing to do. BUT the telling the half truth to Luke is inexcusable. Then she she Max that any girl dreamed on a guy. He's very understanding and loving guy. I felt hurt knowing she chooses Luke over him but maybe Max wasn't her true soulmate that she needs to let him go. On the other hand Luke experienced an excruciating that for me never in the million thing could I What happen to Maggie was unacceptable in so many ways. First moving out leaving a letter to Jeremy and Luke was for me the coward thing to do. BUT the telling the half truth to Luke is inexcusable. Then she she Max that any girl dreamed on a guy. He's very understanding and loving guy. I felt hurt knowing she chooses Luke over him but maybe Max wasn't her true soulmate that she needs to let him go. On the other hand Luke experienced an excruciating that for me never in the million thing could I ever overcome for. He lost Maggie and his family. Finding Maggie after 2 years give him hope and bring his faith that his one true soulmate came back to save him but the complication rises because now Maggie has Max in his life. As I continue to read more about them I've learned that Jeremy is very loving brother who doesn't have a clue what happen to his twin sister, never in the day he misses her, for Dean who loved Maggie as his own sister and a great friend to Luke. Most of the times I get irritated to Maggie due to her actions. But the good thing is Luke never gave up on her. For another secret that "almost" destroyed them but faith has own ways to get back these people together.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Knox

    VERY ENJOYABLE! I liked this book so much. I fell instantly in love with Luke and thought Maggie was a freakin idiot. After her sicko of a father and what he had done to her I understand why she felt she needed to leave but I agree with Luke and Jeremy and Dean, she should have trusted them and let them help and support her. After hearing why exactly Maggie left was so sad but then again she should have trusted the guys. Finding out how much Luke lost and suffered had my heart breaking. Max was a VERY ENJOYABLE! I liked this book so much. I fell instantly in love with Luke and thought Maggie was a freakin idiot. After her sicko of a father and what he had done to her I understand why she felt she needed to leave but I agree with Luke and Jeremy and Dean, she should have trusted them and let them help and support her. After hearing why exactly Maggie left was so sad but then again she should have trusted the guys. Finding out how much Luke lost and suffered had my heart breaking. Max was a total sweetheart. I was kinda hoping Maggie would stay in New York for him. When Luke and Maggie were together WOW it was Smokin Hot. It was pretty easy to tell that Maggie's feelings for Max didn't compare to her feelings for Luke. When Jeremy and Maggie went to confront their mother about what her father had done and for her not supporting Maggie had me crying and screaming mad. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Sears

    I have had this book on my kindle for awhile mainly because the blurb and cover grabbed my attention for something I thought I would really enjoy reading. I have to admit I ended skimming the book because I just couldn't get attached in the first couple chapters and I hoped that if I got to a part that would grab me I could really get into it. I don't know if I didn't feel the connection with Luke and Maggie or something else. This book seemed to have all the normal stuff books have nowadays... I have had this book on my kindle for awhile mainly because the blurb and cover grabbed my attention for something I thought I would really enjoy reading. I have to admit I ended skimming the book because I just couldn't get attached in the first couple chapters and I hoped that if I got to a part that would grab me I could really get into it. I don't know if I didn't feel the connection with Luke and Maggie or something else. This book seemed to have all the normal stuff books have nowadays... Childhood Friends because lovers, Abuse, Running Away, Love Triangle, Finding the person who ran away, back and forth I'm in love with situations, overdose, drugs issues, lose and I could go on. I actually really connected with Jeremy and Drew and thought they were great characters and I really wanted to fall in love with Luke but I found him whiny at times. I also hate when people run away from their problems even when you find out the truth of why it will piss you off. Don't make decisions for other people. At least there was a HEA if you wanted to see it that way

  22. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    This book is forgettable. I would like to read more from Mooney though because she has potential and you can see that by the many great reviews she receives. This book just wasn't for me. i felt like i had read the same premise before..over and over again and some were done way better and some were worse. There was nothing that stood out to me about the characters. Except Jeremy. He felt so real and his reactions to Maggie was heartening. I did not quite understand the abuse she suffered from he This book is forgettable. I would like to read more from Mooney though because she has potential and you can see that by the many great reviews she receives. This book just wasn't for me. i felt like i had read the same premise before..over and over again and some were done way better and some were worse. There was nothing that stood out to me about the characters. Except Jeremy. He felt so real and his reactions to Maggie was heartening. I did not quite understand the abuse she suffered from her father. It was written rather vaguely. Her reasons from running away were paper thin and selfish. The love triangle was interesting and i found myself at times rooting fro both or rooting from none. however, none of the characters stick in my mind. I do like that Luke called Maggie "Blue"..it wasn't so original in thought but it is unique and in a book where almost nothing stood out that was refreshingly different.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Shiels

    This was a really good book. Maggie Collins has had a rough life growing up while her twin brother has sailed right through. The people that are supposed to love us and take care of us sometimes can be the ones to destroy our lives. One thing she had though was the love of Jeremy (her twin brother), Luke and Dean. Luke loves Maggie with everything he has. Maggie walks away from those she loves and that love her one night. She has secrets and past hurts she couldn't get away from. When Maggie dis This was a really good book. Maggie Collins has had a rough life growing up while her twin brother has sailed right through. The people that are supposed to love us and take care of us sometimes can be the ones to destroy our lives. One thing she had though was the love of Jeremy (her twin brother), Luke and Dean. Luke loves Maggie with everything he has. Maggie walks away from those she loves and that love her one night. She has secrets and past hurts she couldn't get away from. When Maggie disappeared she took Luke's heart with her and really hurt her brother. One night almost 2 years later, Luke and Dean find her in a strip joint working. She works as a cocktail waitress. Luke lost his heart when she left him and then his family are killed by a driver that is high and going the wrong way. This book really showed how terrible things and our choices can affect others.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I don't even know, man. I usually think Goodreads reviewers are way too harsh and uppity about a lot of books but this time it seems that the reviewers of this book weren't harsh enough. I can't win, I guess. The characters in this book were one-dimensional characters trying to disguise themselves as three-dimensional ones. It seems that the author had a lot of deep backstory for both of them in her head but when she tried to write it out, it fell flat...on its one dimensional face. The writing w I don't even know, man. I usually think Goodreads reviewers are way too harsh and uppity about a lot of books but this time it seems that the reviewers of this book weren't harsh enough. I can't win, I guess. The characters in this book were one-dimensional characters trying to disguise themselves as three-dimensional ones. It seems that the author had a lot of deep backstory for both of them in her head but when she tried to write it out, it fell flat...on its one dimensional face. The writing was flimsy and the sentence structure was all over the place. Not to mention the over-the-top cheesy dialogue that at times made me yell 'BUT NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT', especially the guys. I got to about 51% before I just started skimming past pages in a desperate attempt to get the book finished. It was just...not good. So I'm not sure where all these 5 star reviews came from.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Ulman

    well I didn't love this book, but it was enjoyable. I liked the plot and the drama, it just felt like the resentment and hard feeling dragged on, obviously both Luke and Maggie knew they loved each other...yeah she should have told Luke, if she trusted him as much as she said....sometimes things aren't always that easy. I really like Deans character....he was the friend who told you how it is and listened when he needed to...Jeremy was kind of selfish....how could he not see that he was the favo well I didn't love this book, but it was enjoyable. I liked the plot and the drama, it just felt like the resentment and hard feeling dragged on, obviously both Luke and Maggie knew they loved each other...yeah she should have told Luke, if she trusted him as much as she said....sometimes things aren't always that easy. I really like Deans character....he was the friend who told you how it is and listened when he needed to...Jeremy was kind of selfish....how could he not see that he was the favorite, and be so mad that Maggie didn't tell him. she did the least selfish thing (or she thought) and I probably would have done the same thing! I must say that the ending was perfect, I enjoy hearing that they finally got a happy ending! 4 stars!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Maggie has a secret too terrible to tell anyone that she feels the best thing to do would be to leave her brother Jeremy and the love of her life, Luke. Luke is devastated to say the least. It's been 2 years and he still only loves Maggie. When Dean sees her in a club in New York Luke doesn't believe it because he didn't actually see her with his own eyes but he has to hold out a little hope. Once he realizes it is her , he makes the decision that he is not leaving without her. He is not going t Maggie has a secret too terrible to tell anyone that she feels the best thing to do would be to leave her brother Jeremy and the love of her life, Luke. Luke is devastated to say the least. It's been 2 years and he still only loves Maggie. When Dean sees her in a club in New York Luke doesn't believe it because he didn't actually see her with his own eyes but he has to hold out a little hope. Once he realizes it is her , he makes the decision that he is not leaving without her. He is not going to lose her again. Both Maggie and Luke have things to work out since they have been apart but one thing has never changed which was their love for one another. Together Maggie and Luke make sense. They are truly meant to be with each other!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pushy

    Promising start, I liked the two main characters of Luke and Maggie, who are in love but one day Maggie ups and leaves, leaving Luke a goodbye letter. The story forwards 2 years when Luke finds her but then it all goes a bit Peter Tong. What could have been a sensitively handled account of loss and abuse, just ends up being a little crass and insensitive. It does not help that the book was not particularly long so the ending suffered as a consequence as it just felt far too rushed. Part of my pr Promising start, I liked the two main characters of Luke and Maggie, who are in love but one day Maggie ups and leaves, leaving Luke a goodbye letter. The story forwards 2 years when Luke finds her but then it all goes a bit Peter Tong. What could have been a sensitively handled account of loss and abuse, just ends up being a little crass and insensitive. It does not help that the book was not particularly long so the ending suffered as a consequence as it just felt far too rushed. Part of my problem with the book was the inclusion of a third person in the relationship which I felt was completely unnecessary and I would have preferred for the story to just focus on Luke and Maggie reconnecting. It was a shame as there is a good story in there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dania

    cover is beautiful no doubt.. i give 2 star because it has happy ending.. not so bad but personally i don't like hero (luke).. even he scares me sometimes.. first i feel he always makes maggie cry about running away to newyork (and always said that he dont like when maggie cry and he will do any thing to fix her.. if he really wanted to fix her so he should stop reminding her that she leaves him and how much it hurt him... in almost 60% of book he told her that how much she hurt him)... and then cover is beautiful no doubt.. i give 2 star because it has happy ending.. not so bad but personally i don't like hero (luke).. even he scares me sometimes.. first i feel he always makes maggie cry about running away to newyork (and always said that he dont like when maggie cry and he will do any thing to fix her.. if he really wanted to fix her so he should stop reminding her that she leaves him and how much it hurt him... in almost 60% of book he told her that how much she hurt him)... and then he make her drink to sleep with her.... aahhhh.. what kind of good man do that.. other wise book is fine... i like max.. he is little sweet.. ITS MY PERSONAL OPINION.. I DONT WANT TO HURT ANYONE PERSONAL FEELINGS..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara Luck

    Hmmm, I liked this book. I thought it was good, but frustrating. Maggie, God, what happened was terrible, and I know that trying to cope and move on from what happened to was so incredibly hard, especially at 19 and with everything else going on, but geez she was selfish. The whole Luke and Max and I don't know what to do thing pissed me off. I was heart broken for Luke. It was so irritating for them not to get their shit together. The entire book, up until the last 20 pages was Maggie and Luke Hmmm, I liked this book. I thought it was good, but frustrating. Maggie, God, what happened was terrible, and I know that trying to cope and move on from what happened to was so incredibly hard, especially at 19 and with everything else going on, but geez she was selfish. The whole Luke and Max and I don't know what to do thing pissed me off. I was heart broken for Luke. It was so irritating for them not to get their shit together. The entire book, up until the last 20 pages was Maggie and Luke being together...finding happiness and then the happiness being shredded, and then hurting each other...then starting the cycle over again. I really hope Dean and Jeremy get their own books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rach3975

    I had mixed feelings about Stay. The premise was interesting and I was invested in the story. But the main characters had too many less than stellar moments, times when my dislike for their actions began to turn to dislike for the characters. The grammatical errors were distracting, too. They ranged from mixing up words like "apart" and "a part" to sentences that were choppy or had redundant words (as if the sentence had been rewritten but the author and editor left in phrases from the original I had mixed feelings about Stay. The premise was interesting and I was invested in the story. But the main characters had too many less than stellar moments, times when my dislike for their actions began to turn to dislike for the characters. The grammatical errors were distracting, too. They ranged from mixing up words like "apart" and "a part" to sentences that were choppy or had redundant words (as if the sentence had been rewritten but the author and editor left in phrases from the original sentence that should then have been removed).

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