REVIEW: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy



Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

A stand-alone #RomanticComedy from the team of Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy.

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.

May cause inappropriate laughter. Plan accordingly. 😉

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In Us, Jamie and Wes’ story, readers were introduced to Wes’ unfiltered and uninhibited teammate; a guy with a personality just as big as his muscular, athletic body, and while it seems easy to classify Blake Riley as just another stupid jock, in Good Boy, Blake proves that he’s so much more than his kooky words and his large ego…now all he has to do is show Jess Canning what’s beneath his playboy persona and ensure her that he’s worth more than their one-night stand, something she sees as just another colossal mistake in her life.

“Cheezus” is Blake Riley way more than he appears to be. His goofiness and crazy personality definitely makes him a larger-than-life character – one that may rub people the wrong way due to his constant innuendoes and his in your face temperament, but as funny and inappropriate as he appears to be, he’s also a caring, helpful, and genuine man who loves his family and will do anything for those he loves, even if it means making himself look bad in the process.

Jess Canning’s lack of confidence and low self-esteem places her in direct contrast to Blake’s fiercely, confident attitude. And while she may feel like the black sheep of the Canning clan, those feelings are largely brought on by herself due to her inability to follow through with any one of her career choices, and that attitude as well as her constant feelings of inadequacy at the beginning of the story made it difficult to understand what Blake saw in her.

But as Blake continues to build Jess up and prove to her just how much of a good boy he actually is, Jess begins to loosen up and go after the things that she truly wants, spending more and more time with Blake and keeping his ego in check while he helps her to identify her superpower and show her that them having more than one hook up is inevitable. 

I absolutely adored getting to know Blake’s softer side; the depth of his character will surprise readers and I was definitely blown away with just how giving and sensitive he is. Blake is the kind of guy who just keeps picking away at someone, forcing him/her to see just how good things can be if s/he looked closely at what was right in front of him/her.

Getting to experience Blake and Jess’ story as well as Jamie and Wes’ big day made Good Boy the perfect read, and I love the fact that there are a whole lot of hockey players’ stories for Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy to tell!

4.5 Poison Apples 


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Release date: 6/20
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