ARC Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Series: WAGs #1
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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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.

I’ve never read anything from this author collab (because MM is not my thing) but I sure am glad for this to be my first! This one’s about Jess, Jamie’s sister, and Blake, Wes’ teammate.

Jess is the wedding planner of Wes and Jamie’s wedding but apart from that, she had to ignore Blake Riley’s advances for a repeat of their one-night stand, who’s also a part of the entourage. She’s not having any of that though. She needed to focus on more pressing matters like how to tell her parents events planning wasn’t really what she wanted to do.

I have to admit I didn’t like Blake at first. For the record, he wasn’t an asshole. In fact, he’s got this cheerful, glittery personality. But the way he spoke just annoyed me to no end. It was childish, unman-like and not funny at all. Other than that irritating stuff about him, I’d say Blake was a fine man who just wanted everyone around him to be happy–whatever the cost, even when it would make him the bad guy for some people. Also, the guy has a soft spot for the dogs and good cause so swoon level just got a lot higher.

While Blake has this all happy-go-lucky vibe, Jess was the exact opposite. But only because she felt like her world was a spinning mess. She tried a lot of things and failed at most of them. But I really admired how passionate she was about the things she did and how persistent she was to go after what she really wanted. She’s brave, smart and I loved her. It’s a flashy bonus that she could go head to head with Blake, even when she wanted him.

I truly enjoyed this book thanks to the characters’ funny banter (I swear, Blake and Jess were so inappropriate–I loved it haha!) and the sizzling chemistry and hot sex that came with it. The pacing wasn’t boring though Blake and Jess in the US were different from the Blake and Jess in Toronto. It was like–huh? What did just happen? The sudden switch of Blake’s feelings towards Jess wasn’t transitioned smoothly. It was fuck-buddies, to friends to lovers so I expected it to be gradual, not abrupt. However, I loved that the authors incorporated little things to show more of Blake’s side of swoon, his family and what he’s been hiding that made me understood his aversion to relationships. Though he was really getting on my nerves because of his vocab on the first half of the book, I was relieved that I soldiered on because I fell in like with him on the last half. Still not fond of his immature language, though. Heh.

Overall, Good Boy is undoubtedly a story that’s charming and funny with a heart. It’s light on the drama, heavy on the fun and could really be your source of laughter any time of the day.

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