Guys. GUYS. GUYS! Good Boy is almost here! It releases January 31 and well, you are in for a treat because this book is fabulous from start to finish.
You may remember the charismatic Blake Riley from Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen’s previous books together, Him and Us. Blake was introduced in Us and quickly became a breakout star. With good reason! He has a roguish charm that is hard to resist. And that charm shines through in Good Boy.
When the story opens, Blake is looking forward to hooking up with Jess Canning again. He is sure she can’t resist him and well, it’s a wedding, a traditionally romantic event for women. Except for Jess, the wedding of her brother is stress city. She is organizing the event and wants it to be perfect because when it’s over, she has to tell her family that yet again, she is not going to stick with a career that she was sure was for her. She is embarrassed because her family sees her as a bit flighty. So, Jess is determined to have this event go well. And it does. But yet again, in her eyes, Jess is seen as the family failure. But Jess has a new plan. She wants to be a nurse and she will make this work. That means moving to Canada, where the cost of nursing school is a bit less than the schools in California. Moving to Canada also means being put in constant contact with Blake.
I don’t want to really give anything else away because this book is pure joy to read. I will say, both Blake and Jess have relationship issues that makes acknowledging their growing feelings difficult. But in between those moments, this romance is wonderful. Blake is more than happy to give chase to Jess. He wants her back in his bed. He does not expect to fall in love with her though, at all.
Blake is a charmer. He is a bit of a rascal. He is utterly delicious. Just about every sentence out of his mouth made me laugh. I love his enthusiasm for life. Not a lot gets him down and in general he is a very positive person. I really loved seeing him falling in love because once it hits, it hit him big time and he was just fully committed to making this new relationship work.
I must admit, when I finished this book I felt like a pile of romantic mush. While I love both Him and Us, I feel like Bowen and Kennedy were truly in sync together when writing this book. The story flows really well and at no point was I ever really aware that there were two writers for this book. I don’t know how they did it but their writing talents have grown in leaps and bounds in this new series. I can only imagine how difficult it is to write a book with another person so I must say, hats off to you Ms. Bowen and Ms. Kennedy. Job well done!
I absolutely love this story. Plain and simple. Jess is a strong, fabulous woman who has found her calling in nursing. Her hard work and joy in this profession is evident as the story continues. I loved seeing her mature as a professional woman. And I really liked her roommate and must admit, was hoping she would get a book of her own. Hard to say if it will happen but I will hold out hope.
Anyway, there is SO MUCH good in this book. Good Boy is the kind of heart-swelling, tear-inducing, laughter happy story that romance readers crave. Don’t miss out on this book!
ARC provided by publisher for review.
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And in June… return to the W.A.G.S. world in Stay!