Series: WAGS #1
Published by Self-Published on 01/31/2017
Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.
Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.
But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
Good Boy is a good example of a book that should not be judged by its cover. I don’t know about you, but to me, the cover is terrible. It looks a little bit like I’m about to read a book about beastiality – vomit! And even now having read the book, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I get how it ties in a little bit, but it’s such a small minute part of the story that it still doesn’t fit. I digress.
You’d think after my cover tangent that I didn’t like the book but I really did love it. Blake Riley is an obnoxious, quirky character that you can’t help but love. He’s almost annoying but in an adorable way that makes you just shake your head and smile. His Blake-isms had me giggling throughout the whole story. He’s such a loveable character, I was really excited that this book was about him.
Jess Canning is also really likeable – except for when she’s being insecure. I like a woman who is sure of herself and confident, which is completely contradictory because I doubt myself all the time. That’s probably why I like my fictional women to be strong though. In any case, that’s the only thing that kind of bothered me about her. I wanted her to have more confidence, though I did appreciate that part of her journey was finding it.
Overall, very nicely done again from this pair of authors. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy write very well together. I loved getting little tidbits of Wes and Jamie while also getting a fresh story. I look forward to reading more from them in the future. I think they’ve really tapped into something great by partnering up that we as readers get to benefit from. Hopefully they continue to write together for some time.
AWWWWW! Blake Riley makes me smiley!
This book was SO MUCH FUN! I do have to agree with Tara on the cover, though. When I first saw it I cringed a little bit. Not because its bad, its just…odd? But after two reads, I find that it fits. Elle and Sarina even managed to throw in some canine puns along the way that were well placed and had me chuckling. So, hey good for them for bringing something new to look at.
As a huge fan of Sarina and Elle’s Him/Us duo, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Blake’s book. I loved his exuberant, fun-loving personality and was so glad to experience so much more of it in Good Boy. I loved his cheesy humor and off the wall lingo, I might even add ‘cheezus’ into my daily vocab. No shame. However, the best thing about him is his incredibly warm and loving heart. The way he cares for Jess, extends himself to his teammates and friends and devotes time to charity. He’s just a good dude. Genuine, funny and selfless. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I also liked Jess a lot. Initially she rubbed me the wrong way, but that I think is due to her hesitation with Blake. Also, the way she insisted on correcting him all the time? The first few times were cutesy but after a while I just kind of cringed every time it happened. Blake is quite relentless though, and as he broke down her walls and wormed his way into her heart I softened to her nurturing temperament along the way.
The plot here was pretty basic. Nothing heart pounding; very low angst. Just a lighthearted story of two people without a ton of baggage falling in love. The humor intertwined though made it feel fresh and unique; a story I will reread again. The writing was also really low-key and unintimidating. The pace worked well and the storyline arc felt well balanced. Sarina and Elle’s combined talents make me one happy reader.
Definitely recommend. Cheezus, just buy it, okay?