Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Posted November 23, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Good Boy

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Series: WAGs #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Rennie Road Books
Released on January 31, 2017
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

An adorable cover, an anticipated spin-off story, laugh out loud, sexy, and bantering dialogue- oh deep breath… Good Boy was sheer fun from face off to the last horn of the third period.


Good Boy is the first of the WAGs spinoff series to the Him Duology.  It works best when read after the previous two when Jess and Blake were introduced, but I think a reader who doesn’t mind a wedding setting for the previous pair will do all right.

Yes, Jess has delivered a fabulous, tasteful wedding event for her younger brother and his new husband.  Everyone can cheer and praise that she didn’t screw it up, but now she’s changing careers once again so she’ll be back to being known at the Canning family screw up (at least that is her opinion).  She definitely knows that one night a while back with a certain hunky, hot hockey player was a mistake and avoiding him and his big… uh hockey stick is a must now that she’s seriously tackling nursing school.

Good Boy was one of those books that I got when it released and had full intentions of diving right in because I loved Him with Jamie and Ryan, loved the writer pairing, and wanted to see Blake and Jess in their own book.  I saw so many wonderful reviews and yet it is only now that I finally got around to it only to have a hiccup right in the first chapter.  I was not loving Jess who poo-pooed herself as a screw up (and, she did switch careers four times and had to hit up her parents each and every time so I could see why she thought that) and had this denial thing going on about Blake who appeared to be this huge goof ball set out to have a good time and pretend to be oblivious to her cold shoulder.  There was just no connection though yes, even then, Blake’s oddball sense of humor was winning me.

And, then something clicked and I was having a good time.  Full of more of Blake being a nut and the pair of them being horny as bunnies, but a heartwarming layer going on beneath as Blake started working past the betrayal in his past that caused him to deny himself serious relationships and Jess discovering that the screw up issue was all in her head.  I was glad that they switched points of view so I could see what they were thinking because Blake’s antics with Jess had some moments that could have been weird if one wasn’t in his head seeing his motives and intentions and what she really thought even if something different came out of her mouth.  They were a zany fun pair who went from friends with the hots to love and it was wonderful to see.  I loved that they were every day people types under it all and Blake with his dog loving had me swoony (I get that way over men with babies or animals- don’t mind me).

So, in the end, this was a sizzling hot and stellar romance that shines as bright as the Him stories for me.  I must not wait so long to get to Stay.  Those who love tons of banter and a hot and sexy friends to lovers should go for this one.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #80
Romance-opoly #65 Taxi (recommended book)


About Elle Kennedy

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 currently writes 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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

That cover is cute. I love when books have animals in them.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I love the cover and its so like him in the story. 🙂

2 years ago

I heard good things about this one, glad you enjoyed it

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

I waited so long before reading it and now I’m eager to jump right in to the next one.

2 years ago

I have this in my tbr. I haven’t read the one this is a sequel to, but I think I have that one as well. I love Sarina Bowen. Glad you enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yes, there is the dualogy, Him and Us, that you have to read first. 🙂 I loved all her books I’ve picked up.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like such a fun romance! I’m glad you got both points of view. It helps to know motives and what’s going on in each character’s head for a more complete story. Banter is a must in a good romance! Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, it was definitely one that would have suffered without both perspectives. Such a fun one, Lindy!

Jen T
2 years ago

Yea!! I’m glad this was the winner of the recommendation suggestions. I loved HIM/US and was excited to read this spin-off. I didn’t love it as much as the originals, but loved Blake and following up on what started in the duology.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

This one won by a landslide. But, then again, I read Him so I’m not surprised. 🙂 Blake was great in in his own book.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I am so glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I have a copy in my audible account and hope to get to it soon.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh man, you have it on audio, Carole? I think that will be even better with the sort of banter that goes on in this one. Enjoy!