Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and 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.

"Why does such an annoying human have to be so freaking attractive?"

I am a HUGE fan of Sarina and Elle's joint ventures!! I read Him and Us and they ended up on my Favorites List for 2016 and after reading them, I waited with bated breath for the next book that would naturally follow this series. Good Boy is a standalone and is Jess and Blake's book, but we get introduced to them in HIM and US  and I knew immediately that I wanted to read their story.

Blake is your typical sexy hockey player, because....aren't they all? Well, at least they are in Sarina and Elle's world, and I will happily stay in their world! HAHA! But what sets him apart from most is that he has a unique sense of humor and outlook on life. I loved his easy, quirky demeanor and, while I questioned how he was always upbeat and even questioned his maturity level at some point, I loved that side of him. It honestly took a little getting used to but you can't help but notice he is all heart. A HUGE heart. Most memorable for me though is the fact that he may be a goofball with not a worry in sight, but he has the best intentions and the purest of needs to take care of Jess and that was very apparent. Very much so. He always knew what she needed and was patient enough to stand by while she tried to figure it all out. And my gosh, he was hilarious! He was SO funny in some spots.

This book is the very personification of opposites attract. With these characters being such polar opposites, it allowed us to see how well they worked with each other while clashing against each other, but ultimately with a purpose. While Jess was trying to find her way in the world and trying to figure out who she was while following her newest ambition, Blake knew who he was and was comfortable while waiting for her and I found this so attractive about him. Jess did NOT want to give him the time of day, so that obviously gave plenty of fodder for Blake to mess around with. It was comical on so many levels. Refined meets relaxed, his heart of gold is redeeming in every aspect and his carefree personality meshed really well with Jess' uptight and stressed personality. I honestly loved their dynamic. Elle and Sarina did an amazing job making us picture this....this oaf, this doofus in Blake that made Jess cringe and it made it refreshing and funny to read for me. The coming to terms with her feelings part was priceless. As silly as Blake was, he was a softie at heart and only had the best intentions when it came to Jess' heart. Again, HUGE heart. Blake was so perfect for her.

One of my favorite things is to figure out the meaning behind the title of a book, and this one has a double meaning, I feel, and it is perfect! The depth of this story is heartfelt and I enjoyed every facet of this book. I loved the sweet and tender moments as well as the hilarious and entertaining moments. It was the perfect start to a new series by these two authors and I am looking forward to the next book, STAY, which will release in June 2017. There isn't a synopsis yet for it, but once I get it, I will share it with you all!!

"She's always ribbing me, that sweet blonde angel of mine. I know she loves our verbal foreplay as much as I do. She's just too stubborn to admit it."

PURCHASE GOOD BOY: http://amzn.to/2kIp4hU
PURCHASE HIM & US: http://amzn.to/2khGj9e

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Ivy Years is her college hockey series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See http://www.sarinabowen.com/TheIvyYears for updates.

HIM is a bestselling sexy, sporty hockey LGBT novel co-written with Elle Kennedy.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com



A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!




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