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

“Do you ever give up?”
“I play hockey.”
“I didn’t ask what sport you play!”
“That’s the answer, though. Do I give up? Of course now. I’m a hockey player.”

Picture this: I’m reading an amazing book called Us, I’m pumped because I get to spend more time with characters that I’ve fallen in love with and then along comes a brand new character, Blake Riley, and I’m cracking up at everything he does and feeling all warm and fuzzy over the big heart this guy has. I’m thinking to myself, man I wish Blake would get his own book, this guy is a riot. So imagine how ridiculously happy I was when I put the pieces together that the recently released book, Good Boy, was actually about Blake?! I practically squealed with joy! The icing on the cake was that the heroine is none other than Jamie Canning’s sister, Jess Canning, which means more Wes and Jamie too! The book gods were smiling down on me that day! I had this book on my TBR before I even read the Him series because it sounded good and was getting rave reviews on Facebook, but you can bet that it went straight to the top as soon as I finished Us and realized who it was about. I have to say, this book was the perfect thing to read right after the emotional rollercoaster that was Us because this book was low on angst and high on humor, sexiness and heart. Blake and Jess did not disappoint!

“…I like someone telling me when I’m wrong. Constructive criticism, you know?”
“What the heck are you talking about? Who’s wrong about what?”
“You, about, well, everything.” I grin at her. “We’re way more than friends, Jessie.”
“Blake –“ She sounds exasperated.
“But no worries,” I finish breezily. “I’ll just sit tight until you figure that out.”

Jess Canning is infamous in her family for being the flighty one, she’s tired of feeling like the family screw-up which is why she’s dreading telling them that she’s considering yet another career change. But she’s convinced that this new direction is what she’s meant to do and she’s determined to see it through this time. That means she needs to focus and not allow herself any distractions. The biggest one coming in the form of her brother-in-law’s teammate, Blake Riley. A moment of weakness last spring resulted in them hooking up and Blake’s been looking for a repeat performance ever since. But Jess doesn’t have time to just goof around with Blake, which she’s convinced is about all he’s capable of. It’s been years since Blake has wanted anyone like he wants Jess and he’s nothing if not persistent. He’s convinced he’ll wear her down and she’ll see how good they could be together. Will Jess stick to her guns, or will Blake get the repeat performance that he’s been hoping for?

…that dude is a lot like a big, drooly dog. Doesn’t matter if he just met you, he wants to lick your face and hump your leg.

Two words: Blake Riley! Talk about a larger than life, goofy, fun loving guy! He can definitely be a lot to handle, I remember when he first appeared in Us, I was like “what’s this guy’s deal?” But it doesn’t take long to see beneath the fun guy persona to realize what a huge heart this guy has and how giving he is. He routinely puts everyone else’s needs above his own, even if they might not deserve it. He cemented himself in my heart during Us when he was there time and again for Jamie and Wes and became one of their best friends. He had me in stitches over and over in this book, with his persistence and his silly made up words. I loved seeing him wear Jess down, these two were so hot and adorable together. I loved seeing Jess find her calling and work so hard to achieve her goal. She was way smarter than she gave herself credit for and I loved how Blake was always there to remind her of that. If you love a good push and pull between the main couple then I think you’ll really enjoy these two!

It’s been a long time since anything felt so fucking good. I’m drowning in this girl and I don’t want to be saved.

Like I said earlier, this book was very low angst. There was a lot of resistance from Jess as she tried to convince herself that Blake was a bad idea, even though her heart and body told her otherwise. And of course there’s a little drama with an ex, but it’s seriously not bad at all and I actually LOVED how that particular situation played out. I also loved how much more of Wes and Jamie we got. The beginning of this book was like a great little epilogue for their story and I got a little misty eyed reading it. I also liked the inclusion of the little inside jokes and things from Us that were sprinkled throughout this book. You can definitely read this as a standalone but do yourself a favor and read the Him series first! I had a lot of fun reading this book and I am excited for more books in the WAGS series, I’m just sad that I have to wait now! It’s been so awesome being immersed in this little world for the past few days and I’m not ready to let go just yet!

Blake Riley is a better man than anyone gives him credit for. And I’m ashamed of myself. I’m so fucking ashamed for ever believing that he was just a stupid jock who was incapable of being serious.

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