Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy: ARC Review

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?

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.

Releases: January 31, 2016



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About Sarina Bowen:

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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About Elle Kennedy:

A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA 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. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Elle loves to hear from her readers. Visit her website www.ellekennedy.com or sign up for her newsletter to receive updates about upcoming books and exclusive excerpts. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter (@ElleKennedy).

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Review by Yvette:

With their M/M romance series, Him, Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen have already proven themselves to be a complementary duo, writing an unforgettable duet packed with heat and heart. Naturally, I was eager to see what they would come out with next and I'm thrilled to say they surpassed my high expectations with their newest collaboration, Good Boy. Following the story of Jessica Canning and Blake Riley, Good Boy is nothing short of spectacular, providing endless laughs, a riveting storyline, and characters that will have you wrapped around their fingers well before the book's final chapter. Good Boy is sweet, naughty, and just plain fun, making me laugh hysterically one minute then melt into a puddle of swoon the next. Be prepared to fall head-over-heels for Blake Riley, a lovable goofball whose one-liners are an endearing combination of cheesy and charming.

As a couple, Jess – a woman who’s tightly-wound and internalizes everything – and Blake – a man who’s carefree and honest to a fault – may not seem like an obvious choice, but their differences are exactly what make their dynamic so entertaining. First, we have Blake, a professional hockey player and commitment-phobe with a penchant for being boisterous, shameless, and more than a little naughty. The man thinks he's suave but is actually pretty clueless when it comes to women (…or is he?), which is admittedly part of his appeal. Blake's "verbal wordplay" with Jess doesn't win him any favors but it certainly made for some fascinating banter. When I first started reading Good Boy, I was a bit like Jess: mildly aggravated by Blake’s over-the-top, in-your-face personality, but amused by his lack of filter and determination to entice Jess back for a repeat performance (of the dirty variety, of course).

Jess and Blake’s relationship is a bit of a slow-burning romance...at least emotionally. Physically? Their chemistry is combustible. The air between them constantly simmers with sexual tension, with Jess pushing and Blake pulling until she finally gives in to their mutual desire. The authors do a fantastic job building the chemistry between these two characters, creating a spark of attraction that only burns hotter as the narrative progresses. Once emotions enter the equation, my heart was invested and I found myself rooting for the unlikely pairing. I also may or may not have daydreamed about taking Jess’s place as heroine of the book. That’s not weird, right?

If you're in the mood for a lighthearted, HILARIOUS rom-com that'll have you in stitches and set your cheeks on fire, Good Boy is a must-read! There wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t love about this book and I can’t wait to see what’s to come with the WAGs series.

*complimentary copy provided by authors for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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