Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyGood Boy (WAGs, #1)
by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: ,
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc.
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Narrator: Teddy Hamilton
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Pages: 269
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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.

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I feel like it’s been so long since I read a good New Adult book. I have loved New Adult books by both these authors before although this is my first book by them writing together (I think), but I was hoping that this would be another book to add to the ‘I forgot how much I liked good NA books’ list. Although the beginning was a bit rocky for me (to be fair, I find that most things that annoy me now didn’t back then) I really did end up liking this book. It had good characters, great family and friendships, really good romance with swoony scenes that were just the right amount of sexy and not over the top and/or cheesy and it was relatively drama free, which is always a plus for me these days.

Like I already stated, this book did start off a bit rocky for me. There was just something about both of the main characters that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Jess was so stressed out to the point of kind of being a stick in the mud, she was super uptight and in general she was just not very fun.  Blake was also a bit annoying in the beginning. It was hard for me to imagine that this was a grown man who was basically acting like an over hyper and over horny guy. It was a little off-putting especially since Jess clearly was not giving him any signals in the beginning (even though we all knew she definitely had the hots for him). But hey. props to the guy for not losing focus and being determined to go after what he wanted. I quickly realized that although these were annoying quirks of their characters, it totally made sense for them at the same time and therefore also made sense for the progress of their relationship. After this, I was all in for the characters, the story and the romance.

I absolutely loved how drama free this was! This was actually the main reason I picked it up in the first place (Nick promised me this was low on drama) and I’m so glad for this because this was exactly what I needed. No dumb plot twists added for shock value here guys!  I loved the slow burn romance between them that blossomed from a really nice friendship. Other than the great romance, I also kind of fell in love with the rest of the family, their extended circle of friends and teammates and it just made the story that much more enjoyable. I love that this book reminded me how simple yet good new adult was/could be, I really need to keep up with this series!


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  • A Novel Glimpse

    I’m guessing you haven’t read the Him and Us books by Bowen and Kennedy? They’re a separate M/M NA series, but Us kind of sets up this story. I’m wondering if it would have been less irritating had you read that one first? It would have allowed you to see how they met and stuff.
    I get what you’re saying, though. Really good NA books stand out. So do bad ones.

    • Cristina Afonso

      Yeah, I agree with Deanna, knowing the characters so well from Him/Us, and knowing what happened before, really lets you know why Jess was so serious and worried all the time, and Blake is just Blake… he’s awesome 😛

    • I have not. I totally got why she was the way she is. I kind of just wish she was less uptight…

  • kindlemom1

    I use to love this genre as well and read almost everything I could get my hands on (in fact I still have probably over 30 of these sitting on my kindle still) but something happened. Either I got burnt out or they stopped being good. Either way, it is nice to see it’s making a comeback of sorts.

    • I used to buy all those 99 cent NA books so I have lots on my kindle too. I had to take a break cause I found like any little silly thing would annoy me, I think I got burned out on the genre too but I’m slowly trying to find my way back.

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I do like both of these authors and am not sure how this book slipped by my tbr but I just remedied that. I’m glad you didn’t give up on it after the start was a bit rocky. I’m always looking for good NA!

    • I like both of these authors too, they are one of the better NA authors out there I think. You should try this one Sara!

  • I do love a drama free romance and these are hard to find in NA sometimes. Especially when the drama isn’t realistic or overdone.

    • So hard to find! I don’t mind a super angsty romance book once in a long while, but it’s not the norm for me. It gets old and annoying real fast.

  • I used to love NA, but these days I am really not all that interested. It’s the same with YA. I just want to read books with adults in them! But I’m so glad you enjoyed this, even though it had a rocky start.

  • I love books by these two – separately and together. I have this one and need to get to it. Love it is pretty drama free. Great review!

  • I just got this one from my romance readers club, and I love that you think it was drama free. I am not a huge fan of the high drama myself. I like NA, and read one this past weekend, because I missed it so much.

  • It is good to know that this was a drama free romance. I am not a fan of drama in this genre.

  • Jasprit

    I’m all about the NA books lately Nereyda, and like you I’m a huge fan of when they’re done drama-free! I’m glad that this was the case here, I actually bought myself a copy of this book when I heard Nick praising Bowen’s books, I guess I should bump this up my tbr asap! I’m glad you were able to enjoy this one Nereyda despite the initial bumpy start! Fab review! 🙂

  • This is one I’ve not read yet and one which is on my to read list. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are both brilliant writers and I know they work so well together with their books so I am definitely planning to read this eventually. Glad to hear it’s got those good NA vibes going for it whilst staying drama free (that is not something you always get with NA). Sometimes it can take me a little while to connect with romance characters and it sounds like I may experience something similar with this one, but the fact they both grew on you and you got behind the romance in the end is a plus. I will have to make sure I read this soon, i haven’t read enough good romance of late.

  • I’ve heard nothing but good about this book. I have not read NA in a while because of several issues but I am thinking of giving this one a shot – the fact that you really enjoyed it makes me happy. I love a good slow burn

  • This is what you get for never listening to my recs ASAP. -_-
    Go read book 2 now. K thanks.

  • This one started out a bit rokcy for me too — Blake was too ridiculous to be believed, and Jess was way too uptight. But by the fourth chapter or so, the story really hit its stride and it ended up being super fun. I laughed, I swooned, and I enjoyed all the Canadian references. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel soon!