Monday, January 30, 2017

ARC Review:Good Boy (Wags #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

 Meet the Wags!
Good Boy (Wags #1)

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?

Warning: Do not read while sipping hot liquids. Or cold ones. Or while sitting anywhere laughter would be inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppies and a snarky pair of underwear.

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What I thought about Good Boy

Oh, how I love a story that makes me laugh, makes me cry (just a little) and makes me so happy for the HEA!  Good Boy did all of that for me and more.

Jess Canning starts out in the story as a wedding planner. She's done an awesome job of planning her brother Jamie Canning's wedding to his partner Wes (the main characters in the Him / Us  duo by the same authors). She's even sort of managed to keep her past one-nighter with her new brother-in-law's teammate Blake Riley a secret, in spite of Blake wanting to have another night of fun.  But Jess is a little stressed out because she really wants to start a (another) new career and she's not sure how everyone is going to take it.

I love that these two just don't fall back into bed with each other.  Blake really has to woo Jess back into his life and bed, and that's a huge part of the fun in this book.  Blake's personality is effusive -- he's apt to get under your nerves at times and make you want to hug him until he calls "uncle" at others.  But underneath all of that personality is a man who is keeping a secret and nursing a betrayal that all comes to head near the end of the book.  

The slow development of Jess and Blake's relationship takes a few hits when the word gets out that Blake is dating his teammate's sister -- which in most guys is a big no-no!  And he's got to first get Jess to admit they are more than just scratching an itch in bed.  It's a lot of fun as Blake wears Jess down little by little with his humor and his character, because under all that talk, Blake is really just a great guy. 

I'm looking forward to more in this WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) series.  There are some really cute scenes with the WAGS as they support their partners on the ice, and I love that some of the action happens at the venue. I loved every last thing about Good Boy and five stars really isn't enough to say how much.

So if you are into sports romances and love a cute, humorous tale that will have you smiling and  laughing out loud, give Blake Riley a chance to make your day.  You won't be sorry!  

ARC provided for review.

Next up!

Stay (Wags #2)

...Is Matt Eriksson's book! Can the recently divorced player ever trust another woman?


About the Authors

 Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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