I Declare These Authors Queens of NA Romance: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted January 26, 2017 by Nick/ 33 Comments

I Declare These Authors Queens of NA Romance: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyGood Boy (WAGs, #1)
by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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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.

Have you read books by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy? What are your favorites from them?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I adore Him & Us, so of course I can’t wait for “Good Boy”. I actually liked Blake in Us, because he lightened the mood and made me laugh out loud several times.

    Happy Reading!
    Sabrina

    • Yeah I liked him a lot by the end of Us so I was excited for his story! I hope you like it, Sabrina!

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    okay, I need to get my hands on both of these books. I am going to try and do that now. ahah thanks for the review!

    • I hope you enjoy them, Angel!

  • YES! I am pumped or this because I loved Him & Us as well. I wound up liking Blake in Us so I am excited to see him in this one. Great review!!

    • You’ll love this!

  • I used to love NA, but haven’t been that drawn to it lately. I’m so glad you loved this, and these authors. I’ve heard such good things about both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

    • You would enjoy this one, Quinn. And it may be NA, but the characters are in their mid-twenties!

  • Yes to open communication! Blake and Jess sound like a fun couple to get to know!

    • They were all kinds of fun!

  • Ari

    I SECOND THIS DECLARATION! I’m so ready for Blake and Jess’s book and I also can’t wait to see one of my fave OTPs finally tie the knot. Great review as always, Nick!

    • I can’t wait for you to read it, Ari! You’re going to love it. 🙂

  • Wow, a fantastic NA romance with no dumb misunderstandings or separations?! You’re clearly right, Kennedy and Bowen are the queens! *hustles off to pre-order this*

    • Exactly! That’s more than enough to make them queens!

  • Oh man, I’m super excited to read this book now. It’s going to be one of the first books that I read after I finish my review pile. Yay! I’ll come back and read your review once that’s done. I wanted to stop by and say hi! 🙂

    • Eep! Hope you love it, Rowena! Definitely hit me up when you’re done.

  • I just recently discovered the magic of Sarina Bowen, but you know I’ve loved Elle Kennedy for quite some time. I will have to try them as a writing duo since everyone loves them together. I do appreciate a romance without useless drama! I’ll have to give this series a go. Fab review, Nick! 🙂

    • Rachel, I think you would absolutely love Him & Us! And this one too. 🙂

  • Hmm Elle kennedy, nope just seen her around

    • Haha newbie author

  • Squeee! I am *so* excited for this one. I adored Him and Us and Bowen and Kennedy together seem to create magic. I remember when Blake first showed up in Us and I was messaging my friend saying how annoying he was and that I didn’t like him. LOL Little did I know what a great guy he really is! I’m so excited for his story, and Jess’s. I’m thrilled to see that this one did not disappoint!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    • Right? He was so annoying in the beginning haha! But he was amazing. I hope you enjoy it, Tanya!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    YES! Omigosh! *flails* I love, love Him (haven’t read Us yet but soon!) and I was so excited to see this was a spinoff from Jamie and Wes. Gah! I love these two ladies writing separately and together as well. And Jess and Blake’s story has me itching to spend some gift card $$…but I’ll read Us first. 😉 I can only imagine the banter and chemistry going on here. I love it when half the couple is so resistant to the other half and I love that there’s no unnecessary angst here. I can’t wait, Nick. Can’t wait!!

    • Definitely read Us first so you can meet Blake and Jess! 🙂 I hope you love it!

  • I enjoyed Him, but haven’t been
    able to read Us yet. I had no idea this book features one of the second
    characters from Him. I’m a little bit sick of manwhorish athletes in sports
    romances, so I glad to hear Blake wasn’t portrayed this way. Wonderful review,
    Nick! I’m looking forward to read this story.

    • Yeah they are so stereotypical at this point. Hope you like it, Ksenia!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this! As you might remember I took your advice on one of Elle Kennedy’s books and loved it. I need to try more, Nick! When I first saw this, I thought of Jenny, and how much she would adore this cover, dog + gorgeous guy. Anyways, this needs to be added to Goodreads 🙂 Hope you have a gorgeous weekend 🙂

    • Yes, you do, Kim! And omg totally! Jenny would LOVE that cover.

  • Wow, a reread so fast after finishing? That’s a sign of a good book. Would you believe I’ve still not read Us by this duo so I really need to get on reading that and then this. I mean, Him was pretty damn good as far as I remember so anything Kennedy and Bowen write together is going to be good and I love that it’s angst free. Definitely wanting some non-angst romance lately.

    • Yes! I kept thinking about the book so I figured I’d re-read it. Oh man, you’ve got to read Us! It’s fantastic. I was so nervous about a sequel but it lived up to all my expectations.

  • “Funny, sexy, romantic and had zero angst!” Sign me up! I’m still baffled at how I’ve not managed to read a Kennedy/Bowen book yet. I’ve loved both of their individual works so I can’t even begin to imagine the epicness that comes with this collaboration. From the sounds of it, Jess seems like a character I can relate to. I’m in that stage of life where I’ve finished university and have no idea what to do next, so that frustration and insecurity is something I can relate to. Blake also sounds like a sexy sweetheart and I can’t wait to meet him. Now, should I read Him/Us before jumping into this series?

    • OMG Lois, you have GOT to read Him & Us. They are amazing! So I vote yes to reading Him & Us first! And yes, you’ll love Good Boy too. Blake is a big adorable sweetheart. 🙂

  • I agree, this duo is fantastic. I love the books they write on their own as well as what they write together, it’s awesome how well they work together.

    I didn’t dislike Blake in Us! He was a really good friend and while I understood why Wes and Jamie were hiding their relationship, it wasn’t his fault they kept him in the dark (even though he actually knew everything).

    Anyway, I was really happy to hear he was getting his own story and it was great! I also liked Jess – and their chemistry was off the hook hot. 🙂 I can’t wait for book 2!