Book Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Title: Good Boy (WAGs #1)
Authors: @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy
Reviewers: Michelle & Ivy @Michelle6803 @IvyPoison70
Genre: Sports Romance, Romantic Comedy
Rating: 4.25 stars – Michelle, 4 stars – Ivy

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.

 M & I

Welcome to another rendition of Michelle and Ivy joint review, where the snark and love will be flying all over the place.

Michelle: Both Ivy and I read Him and immediately fell in love with Blake.  Of course, Ms. Ivy immediately started marking her territory like a dog in heat, but I digress.  I adored Jess and Blake in Him.  We all knew something happened between her and Blake, we just didn’t know what exactly.  So here she is planning the best wedding for her brother Jamie, who is marrying Wes.  God I miss those two hot boys.  

Ivy: Hey!

For the record everyone, I loved Blake at the same time Mick did. And girlfriend insists on bum-rushing me, just as I start to get my groove on.

Hmph. Now where was I? Oh yes, love for Blake and Jess. From their physical disparity (I always pictured a big goofy Rottie playing with a Chihuahua), to their great banter, these two balance each other out well. Which is a good thing, because both of them have some quirks that would drive me a little batty…er.

Michelle: So here’s the thing, Jess is a bit of a flake when it comes to not knowing what she wants to be when she grows up.  Homegirl has taken on so many jobs, she can be a recruiter at this point.  But her true nature is being a nurturer. Remember when Jamie got sick in Him?  Now to break the news to her parents that she wants to become a nurse.  

Ivy: I loved that little twist on Jess’ personality and I applauded her desire to become a nurse. Once I got a sense of her family dynamic and her insecurity when she compares herself to her siblings, I could see why she was so hesitant to tell everyone about the nursing dream. Family supports you, but they can also unintentionally tear you down, even if it’s only in your own mind. I think it also highlighted a real concern for most people as far as the cost of switching your career path, emotional and financial.

Michelle: Let’s talk about Blake, le sigh.  Although still boisterous and always showing up at inappropriate times, he’s still so fun loving and seriously adorable.  Obviously, he can’t get JBabe (that’s his nickname for Jess) out of his mind.  He wants to tap that ass several more times.  If this is your first time reading a Sarina and Elle book, Blake may be a little over-the-top with his corny phrases, but that’s what makes him all the more endearing.

Ivy: Blake’s a big goober, but it’s when you see flashes of the sincere and caring man underneath the frat-bro exterior that the story always shone for me.  He’s a genuinely good guy who doesn’t want to hurt anyone, even those who deserve it. Yeah, I’m looking at his ex. *glares* Oh but I have to throw in – how awesome is his mother? She was the shiznit and her love for him was GREAT. Plus, I wouldn’t mind sitting next to her at a hockey game lol.

Michelle: I think my issue, and I think Ivy will agree with me, is how Jess can be so indecisive, especially with someone like Blake.  Although, I did enjoy the banter her and Blake had going on. Even their sexy times was seriously hot, even though Jess didn’t want to admit to herself how attracted she was to Blake.  

Ivy: Agreed on Jess. I understood her hesitation, but there are times when she’s kind of cruel in the way she shuts him down. Now, even I got a bit tired with the bro-speak by Blake, but Jess’ tendency to judge him, especially when she was so sensitive to being judged herself, irked me. I can enjoy a difficult heroine, but I needed a bit more empathy from her than I got. That said, when it came to the big moment at the end, Jess was there for him just as he’s there for her and I loved that.

Michelle & Ivy: So for those who read Him and Us, you’ll love seeing some Jamie and Wes (Ivy: yes! *fist pump*), but most importantly you’ll love seeing Blake and Jess work their way to their HEA.  We love when Sarina and Elle get together and collaborate together.  They bring, hockey, sexy and funny and makes all things right in the world.

Ivy: P.S. Also, there are hot men with puppies. How can you resist? 🙂

– Michelle & Ivy

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

PURCHASE LINKS (available 1/31):
Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes


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