Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on January 31st 2017
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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 underwea
Wait. It’s not over?!?! There’s more from Elle and Sarina!?! Hell. YES!
Those were my exact thoughts after I finished Us. I wasn’t ready to give up this crew yet, and I’m happy to report that there is plenty of ‘Wesmie’ in Good Boy!!! My favorite character in Us was definitely Blake. He stole the show, because he is the bomb dot com. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper into his character! For someone that puts up that much of a front he must have a lot to hide…and I couldn’t wait to figure out what that was.
In my opinion, Him and Us are a prerequisite before Good Boy, otherwise I don’t think that you can fully appreciate Blake’s character. I instantly fell in love with Blake when we met him in Us. He is animated, loyal, a little quirky, and as Jess put’s it a “perpetual Susie Sunshine” and “as deep as a puddle”. He has an abnormal affection towards glitter and everything X-rated, but there is such a lovely soft side to him as well. One of those soft spots is for Jess Canning.
Blake can’t resist harassing his best friend’s sister. His and Jess’s relationship is incredibly addictive. Blake loves to drive Jess to the brink of insanity. It’s difficult for Jess to keep her composure around Blake. She either wants to strangle him or rip his clothes off.
So I do what a girl with five siblings learns to do to keep the urge to commit murder at bay. I count quietly to myself until it passes. One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi…
Jess feels like she can’t measure up in the Canning clan. Other’s might call her flighty, but she’s just trying to figure out where she fits in this world. Now that she’s finally figured that out, her biggest fear is failing and proving to everyone else that they were right about her. But Blake doesn’t see it that way. He only sees the determined Jess Canning that doesn’t tolerate his shit.
I shrug. “It’s just taking you a while to identify your superpower. That’s all.”
“My…what are you talking about”
“What’s your superpower?”
She snorts. “I make wine disappear. And money.”
“Naw. Don’t sell my Jess short.” I squeeze her hand. Everyone has something that makes them the best.”
I absolutely adored Blake’s dedication to wearing Jess down. It didn’t matter what she says or how hard she fights off his advances, he only finds it more motivating to breaking down her barriers. The more time Jess spends with Blake, the more she starts to see his thoughtful side and the walls that he has put up as well. But how could she see herself with someone like Blake?
He’s not my type. If anything, he’s the opposite of my type. He’s big and brash and…a jock. What do I need with a jock? I want someone who’s deep and artsy and who I can have a serious conversation with, not someone who says things like “Cheezus” and “samesies” and all the other frat-boy nonsense that leave Blake Riley’s mouth.
I loved the development of their friendship into true love. There’s so many little nooks and crannies in this book that I haven’t even touched on, and I don’t want to. I want the reader to discover them just like I did. It was beautifully layered. It’s very rare that I’m able to sit down and read a book in a single day, but I just couldn’t put this one down. Blake is definitely book boyfriend material! I can’t wait for you to discover all his beautiful attributes that are hidden under his frat-boy exterior!
The only reason that I can’t go for a full 5 stars is that it fell a little flat towards the end. A book can always sell me on the epilogue, and that’s exactly what this book was missing, an epilogue. Despite that, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I can’t reiterate it enough, but I love this duo! I am a huge fan of both these authors individually, but together?! Perfection.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review