1 book 2 RAVE reviews: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

1 book 2 RAVE reviews: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedyby Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen
Published on January 31, 2017
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc.
Source: Bocci PR

Copy for review provided by Bocci PR in exchange for an honest review.

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.

If you read HIM and especially its sequel US, you’ll be primed for this story (but no worries, easy to read as a standalone too). We met Blake, Wes’s goofy hockey teammate and Jess, Jamie’s serious sister in these earlier books and it was clear that a little something-something had gone on between them. All becomes clear in Good Boy.

Blake is determined to bring some fun to the wedding of his two best buds Wes and Jamie. Jess is the wedding planner and she is determined to make sure this is the best wedding ever if only Blake wouldn’t keep screwing up her plans! The fact that she slept with him several months ago in an ill-advised moment of weakness, and that he supplied the hottest sex of her life doesn’t help. Being around him is both a boon and a curse, though, as Blake is determined to get Jess to let loose a little and this includes convincing her to give in to the attraction between them, again, and maybe yet again. Are they destined for true love or are they just too different to make things work?

What a fun and sexy romance! I confess that when I got an advanced copy I tossed all other books aside and read it in one fell swoop – and I have no regrets. It delivered exactly what I was hoping for – lots of laughs, sexy times and an endearing cast of characters (not the least of which was seeing Wes and Jamie again). Blake really is a goofball. He just seems to lack the filter that most people have, saying and doing whatever he feels like, but always with the goal of making people happy. He’s a really kind-hearted man, generous and fun but also a hard working hockey player dedicated and loyal to his team. Jess is equally likable as a woman who is still finding her way in life. When she ends up at nursing school in Toronto on yet another career path, she’s determined that nothing will keep her from following through with her plans and showing her family that she’s not a total screw-up. Blake’s pursuit of her is funny and sweet. The story is told in first person dual points of view which gives us a look at what makes these characters tick. From start to finish it is a delight and definitely will be on my re-read shelf.  I look forward to the next in the series!




This book came along at the perfect time for me. 2017 has been a bit of a rough and tumble year already and I needed a light and uplifting read. Now, let me be clear, I adore both of these authors, I’ve read pretty much everything they’ve written and I’ve loved it all. But I’m here to tell you that this book is something special.  The kicker is, I wasn’t really sure how this book would work for me.  Normally I don’t do well with guys like Blake or as we are somewhat led to believe he is in HIM and US.  You know the funny guy, the sometimes annoying one and he knows he’s hot. But lo and behold, Bowen and Kennedy gifted us with Blake Riley and I’ll be forever grateful.

Yes, he is HILARIOUS and good looking and CHARMING but the also cares very deeply for his friends and family.  Jess comes from an equally loving family but is struggling to find her path once and for all and for her, Blake just isn’t part of that plan. To his credit, he gives her the space she needs to become the person she wants to be. There’s none of the crazy alpha asshole posturing, YOU MY WOMAN. WE HAVE THE SEX AND YOU DO WHAT I SAY. Nope. There is so much funny in the book and not in a crazy over the top way.

As I read this book and laughed my ass off, I kept thinking that this may be the best book I’ve read by both of these authors and that I figured this book would end up on my best of 2017 list. Please, read this book. You won’t regret it. You’ll even come out of reading this with a new vocabulary. The word CHEEZUS has permanently taken root in my everyday language.



About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.