Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
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.
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Now this is what gets me going – a woman who doesn’t give a sh*t that I’m Blake Riley the hockey player. A woman who’d rather shoo me away than impress me. It’s…refreshing.”
Jess is organising the most important event of her life – her brother’s wedding. She’s known for flitting around and never settling on one job. The fly in the ointment of the wedding preparations happens to be Blake Riley – the most colossal mistake of her life.
Blake Riley has been an eternal bachelor for the last five years, after a near miss with an ex-girlfriend. These days, he has no interest in a relationship. He is “loud and fierce and without inhibition”. He’s the same way in bed, too. And he wants Jess….again. But, she’s determined to hate him, to stay away from him.
“She’s my problem. And I can hardly even form the words in my mind, they’re so awful. I’m falling for her.”
When they find themselves living in the same city, Blake’s constant presence in Jess’ life has them finding some middle ground where they are not quite friends and not quite lovers. Jess finds him irritating, filterless, and annoyingly sexy, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see beneath the surface of the happy-go-lucky, facetious guy. For Blake, he finds that his persistence and OTT flirtation is backfiring on him, as he finds himself seriously falling for Jess.
This was a fun and humorous story with a vein of seriousness running through it. Jess and Blake have great chemistry and I loved their banter. Jess is on something of a journey of self-discovery and fulfilment, as she finds her true niche in life. It was gorgeous to watch her relationship with Blake develop, as she discovers that there’s more to him than meets the eye – that underneath his loud, boisterous façade is an altruistic man who loves his family.