Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Good Boy
Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #1
Heroine/Hero: Jess Canning/Blake Riley
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 269 Pages
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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?
Review: Before I start my review, I must admit that the only reason I picked up this MF book was because I wanted more of Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley from the Him series, which is MM. I was so totally invested in those two guys that I’d wanted to be there for their happy ever after fairy tale wedding. Initially, I was a little peeved that it was continuing in a new side series that was MF based. But man oh man, am I glad I put my distaste for MF romance novels to the side because this book was simply amazing. I may need to readjust my thinking a bit.
This is, in my humble opinion, how a MF romance novel should be written. The female character, Jess, was strong, their dialogue was real world, and the male character, Blake, was simply perfect. We meet these two in the last Him book where Blake comes across as a big kid without boundaries. Jess comes across as flighty because she is constantly starting and stopping careers because she really doesn’t know what she wants to do. These two meet because she is Jamie Canning’s sister, and Blake is Ryan Wesley’s professional hockey teammate.
There is a lot of back story that new readers would completely miss unless they read the Him series first. Could they get away without reading it? Sure, but it would take so much away from the feels attached this book that I would not recommend this book without reading that series first.
I think what I loved the most was the slow-burn in their relationship. That would be equally tied with the world that is Blake Riley. Blake is probably the most genuine character I’ve read about in forever. He is humorous, the life of the party, and he has a heart of gold. The fact that he hides the pain others caused him and puts on a smile is admirable. But, at the same time, you want to wrap him in bubble wrap and make the meanness go away. That meanness comes in the shape of his ex-fiance Molly. What a piece of…crap.
There are many dynamics going on in this book and every one of them is pertinent to the story line and the reader’s enjoyment. The fact that I willingly picked up a MF romance novel says something, but knowing that I will read the next one as well? Now we’re onto something special, and I highly recommend you join that bandwagon and experience it for yourselves.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*