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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 underwea
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I live for both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s books. Individually, these two ladies are fantastic writers, and together they are just lethal. Him & Us by this duo was one of my FAVORITE romance series ever, so there was never any doubt that I would be reading this one. Good Boy was just the perfect contemporary romance for me. It was funny, sexy, romantic and had zero angst! I loved it so much that I re-read the book within 3 weeks of reading it the first time.
It’s funny how much I ended up loving Blake in Good Boy given how much I disliked him in Us. He wasn’t a mean character or anything but omg, the number of times he cock-blocked Jamie and Wes in Us, frustrated me so much, I just wanted to push him off a cliff. By the end of Us, I had significantly warmed up to him, which is why I was so eager for his book. Here, he completely managed to charm my pants off. He wasn’t the typical manwhorish athlete you see in a lot of sports romances. He has definitely had a lot of sex with different women, but he wasn’t braggy about it, and plus, he was such a great guy. I loved how much he was devoted to Jamie and Wes and his genuine happiness for them made me love him even more. He just wants his loved ones to be happy and tell me that doesn’t melt your heart a little! His frat boy speech did annoy me at times, but it’s hard not to love Blake because of how sweet and endearing he is. He is loud and funny and just a total goofball, who falls hopelessly in love with this one girl.
That girl of course is Jess, who he had a rather hot encounter with when she came up to take care of her brother, Jamie, when he fell sick. Jess was a little bit all over the place in Good Boy. She’s struggled to find what she wants to do with her life which has led to multiple career changes, and feelings of insecurities especially when it comes to her family. She finally figures out what she wants to do when she applies to nursing school. I really admired Jess for overhauling her life completely and moving to a new place so she can do some good in the world. She faces lots of obstacles, but she’s overcomes them like the champ that she is. She’s a hardworker and has a heart made of gold, so really she was the perfect heroine for Blake.
I loved the dynamic between Blake and Jess. She wants nothing to do with him despite how attracted she is to him, and he continues to push her buttons, but is very patient, allowing her to come to him, while still chasing after her. The progression of their romance was slow, but it was brimming with sexual tension and chemistry. There’s lots of banter and humor and best of all, there is no random useless drama between the couple. I loved that Jess and Blake were open with each other, which ensured that there was no misunderstandings or separations. LOVED IT!
All in all, I had a ton of fun reading Good Boy and this is one book I will be shouting my love for from rooftops. If you’re a fan of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Good Boy will not disappoint. Now, give me the next book in this series because I NEED.