Series: WAGS, #1
Authors: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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?
Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.
Good Boy is a novel I’ve been eagerly anticipating reading ever since I learned of its existence. For those of you not familiar with Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s previous collaboration, the Him series, the main characters of Good Boy were first introduced to us there. Good Boy can be read as a standalone novel and is part of a new hockey romance series, but you really don’t want to miss out on the amazing experience that is the Him series. I highly recommend reading it before Good Boy. Now to focus on Good Boy…
In Good Boy, Jess Canning is tired of being a failure. She’s hoping successfully throwing her brother and his boyfriend the celebrity wedding of the year will prove her abilities to her family. All she has to do is make sure it goes off without a hitch, and that means avoiding the best man. Hooking up with Blake Riley again would constitute a disaster in Jess’ book. Too bad Blake has every intention of getting Jess to do just that.
I know the first question fans of Him and Us are going to ask is if we get more Jamie and Wes. The answer is yes. It won’t probably be as much as you would like, but it’s enough to satisfy your needs to know what they’re up to. At least, it was for me. Plus, Jess and Blake are awesome characters, and you’re going to love spending time with them!
The second thing readers will want to know is was Good Boy as good as Him and Us? In my opinion, yes. It was. But here’s what I need to point out: Good Boy isn’t Him or Us. It was its own kind of amazing. Don’t go into expecting the same type of story. Jess and Blake truly have their own thing going and it’s so much fun. I absolutely adored every moment I got to spend with them. They made me laugh so much, and their chemistry was insane.
Jess is one of my favorite female main characters in a while. It was so easy to relate to her. Who hasn’t felt like they weren’t good enough at some point? I loved her determination to prove herself and make her own way in life. I admired the effort she put into making her dreams come true.
Blake was a force to be reckoned with. He wasn’t about to let Jess get away. I loved his flirty personality and ability to make everyone (including me) laugh with his made up words. Cheezus, he was funny! But what I loved most about him was his caring loyalty. Blake would do anything to keep those he loved happy. He was a much deeper character than I was expecting.
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are an author collaboration made in heaven. They fill their books with so much heart and humor. I adored every moment of Good Boy. It was so much fun learning more about Blake and Jess, reuniting with old characters, and getting to know some new and upcoming ones. Good Boy was great beginning to the WAGS series, and I hope there’s many, many more books to come.