Series: WAGs, #1
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on January 31st, 2017
Genres: Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance
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Hosting her brotherÔÇÖs wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess CanningÔÇÖs life. Already the family screw-up, she canÔÇÖt 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 fateÔÇÖs gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and heÔÇÖs the best man? Let the games begin. So what if heÔÇÖs facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that heÔÇÖs really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that youÔÇÖve 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.
HEED THE WARNING!!
So, I started off the new year right. Curled up with Blake Riley. Oh yeah, I spent New Years day on the sofa getting to know a two hundred fifty pound docking station * blush*.
I’ve already designated Good Boy as┬áone of my all time favorite books. A go-to when I need a pick me up┬áand a┬á5++ Star read all the way. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy really, really, really outdid themselves. First off, I had the biggest #cheeziest grin on my face throughout the entire reading experience. Blake Riley just swept me off my feet ( I wish). He’s my top BBF (If only he were real and I lived in Toronto and all the other real life obstacles were not in the way).
So about Blake Riley. Well, we met him in Him/Us and I didnÔÇÖt think about him outside of his role being the pesky neighbor. Then in Us, well he became the pesky teammate who came through beyond anything I expected. A true gem. A man with a big heart and according to Jess, a big…well you know. In Good Boy, the light shined brightly on this big beautiful man and all his sweetness. But again, I really had zero expectations about Blake. He was mostly just a quirky side character. I didn’t even think he and Jess had potential. Well, I love being enlightened.
Blake and Jess’s story picks up a few months after Us. They reconnect/ hook-up (somewhat) at Jamie and Ryan’s wedding. At this point in Jess’s life she’s thinking about a change in career and a bit down on herself. She’s a very affable character, a female in her mid twenties who herself is goodhearted, and has the best of intentions. The pull to Blake is mostly carnal but given time she starts to see a side a Blake that warms her through and through. Afterall, he’s just…well he’s charming, funny, sexy, never mean, never spiteful. In fact heÔÇÖs a bit tooo nice. He really goes the extra mile for his friends, his family and his Blake’s actions are endearing. He’s kinda of a tough empath, always considering the ramifications of his actions on someone else.Putting himslef in their shoes. Gyaaaddd do I adore him! I know, enough about Blake already!
So as I plowed through the story (because I simply couldn’t put it down) I was left feeling euphoric. As I finished it, I thought maybe I ate too much sugar while getting to know Blake. okay , I lusted and giggled a lot. Which led me to the realization that it was just that Sarina and Elle developed a story with well thought out characters and then armed them with witty, witty, witty dialogue. The banter between J-Babe and Blake is of the charts phenomenal.
While this is mostly, like 95% a fun and happy read, there is a bit of angst. But every couple needs a bit of a challenge, something that unites them. Overwhelmingly though, this left me positively giddy. It was just the bestest of best surprises. A 5 ++ Star read that I highly recommend. After all “…there is nothing sexier than the Great Wall of Blake Riley.” *swoon*
~Review by Cyndi