Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Publication: January 31st 2017 by Elle Kennedy Inc.

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.


Blake is Wes' teammate and friend with Wes and Jaime, quite often hanging out at their apartment. Jess is Jaime's sister and in Us, we get the hinting that Jess and Blake may have hooked up during Jamie's illness. Fast forward several months, Jess is planning Wes & Jaime's wedding and she's been avoiding Blake as much as possible. Blake is insistent, though, and Jess eventually caves into him.

Blake and Jess' story was sweet, and although Jess made Blake work for her, there was very little drama. I liked that Blake knew what he wanted and realized fairly quickly that Jess was it for him. There were a few instances were I felt bad for Blake because he is such a good guy and he was getting some grief from his family about a past issue. 

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but it was missing just a bit of the magic I'm used to from these two authors. I an anxious to read the next book in the series and will definitely continue on.


3.5 stars

Good Boy follows the story of Blake and Jess. Blake is Wes’s friend from Him/US and Jess is Jamie’s sister. After a hot hookup between these two Jess is adamant that they are never going to repeat that mistake. Blake has other ideas and is determined to get into Jess’s pants again. 

I will be honest; I almost DNF’d this book. Blake was a fun guy and he had a great personality. But….his juvenile bomb.coms and cheezus talk was so annoying I didn’t know if I could continue. I never really got used to it but I learned to tune it out. Jess is at a crossroads in her life because she feels like she keeps failing at everything. 

This was a pretty good story about Jess finding solid ground and finding a career she loves. While doing that she thinks that she needs a solid stable guy but soon learns that Blake gives her what she needs with his wild and nutty ways. These two were really good for each other and I really enjoyed them as a couple. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Good Job!



God, this book! 

God, this duo of authors!

Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen should write more books together because they rock. I loved their HIM and US books, but this one? No words!

I was laughing from the very beginning because Blake was cracking me up! It was so good to find a book with a funny - hilarious, better said - hero. Oh, don't get me wrong. I still love the moody-grumpy type, the alpha-bordering-on-asshole, the boy-next-door. But Blake is in a category of his own. 

Jess was awesome. I felt connected to her; I felt I bonded with her. Except I would have been laughing at Blake's jokes and, quite possibly, jumping his bones! 

The two of them together? Amazing! Different as they were, they clicked and made it work. 

Thumbs up, ladies, and I can't wait for more books! Loved it!



About the Authors

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US.

NEW IN 2016: Two New Series!

Sarina has begun a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She's also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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Or visit the her Facebook page, or tweet her @sarinabowen.

Elle Kennedy 

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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