Sunday, January 29, 2017

REVIEW: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


Shel: I'm new to the boys in Good Boy though I'm sure many fans will recognize many of the characters from Him  and Us. This particular novel starts with the wedding of Jamie and Wes (or as Blake calls them Wesmie, lol) but the main focus of this novel is Jess and Blake and ohmygod it's so funny. Honestly, at first I wasn't sure what to think--Blake was so over the top ridiculous and Jess was so frazzled--but as my reading continued, giggles would come bubbling out of me and I'm pretty sure I snort-laughed at least once and everything just worked. Good Boy is a great blend of hilarity and ridiculousness, interesting subplots and secondary characters, and low angst; plus, I know readers who loved Jamie and Wes will love seeing what they're up to now. And I think it's only fair to give more credit to Blake than I initially did--there's more to him that initially meets the eye--and Jess is his perfect match in the way she is so dead pan with him; they were a lot of fun to read and to read about a relationship that went from a random hook up to unconventional 'courtship' to sweet and heartwarming. Court: I think that everyone should try to bring out the zest of their like a little bit like our friend Blake. He's hysterical. Doesn't care what people think. Fiercely loyal. And just really a great character for us to get to know. Even if he wasn't a hot hockey play, he is the total package - and I love the antics he gets up to while trying to get Jess to agree with us. They're complete and utter opposites, and it definitely was perfect for the two of them. I enjoyed the frenemies to friends to maybe will they or won't they aspect that is finessed perfectly in this story. I only let my nurse snob self come out for a second or two in there, but the humor and these ladies wonderful writing kept me invested and I let it go! 

Shel: I know readers who need an escape from deep and serious reads, who want a laugh out loud Saturday read, or are loyal fans to the authors and their characters will enjoy this low-angst, laugh out loud novel. Court: It is perfect for that, but it has just enough serious times (like when Jess has so much self doubt from being overshadowed by her siblings that she needs a little help believing in herself) that I related to on such a huge level. I get it. Finding yourself is really, really hard...and she's definitely tried all of the wrong things to find it. I really liked how much these two brought out in each other - and I liked how we were able to see characters past and how they're doing, I also was enjoyed a look at some people I bet might just have a book coming out in the future (OR I just hope!). Great read, and highly recommended! This writing duo rocks!



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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