SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

 

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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.

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Good Boy possesses just the right concoction of wit, drama and romance to provide a light-hearted and entertaining story.

I love the men Bowen and Kennedy create together. Blake had his own special blend of charm that made him completely irresistible. He was like a bull in a china closet at times with his take charge attitude and determination. But beneath that tough exterior was a swoon-worthy, gentle spirit with a heart of gold. I admired Blake for his tenacity and the patience he demonstrated time and again.

Jess was a frustrating character. Her insecurities and reserved nature made her difficult to connect with at times. She definitely tested Blake’s patience (and mine) which provided for some rather entertaining moments. In the end, I was pleased with her character development.

Overall, this was a cute story and I adored getting to catch up with Wes and Jamie. There were a few eye-rolls over excessive talk about size but I thoroughly enjoyed the chase. I am looking forward to the next installment in the WAGs series, Stay, which is slated to release in June.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England. Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series. With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US. Sarina has begun a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move. 

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Elle Kennedy is 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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RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW – Us by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

We are so excited to bring you the release information and review for Us by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen.  This is the steamy conclusion to Him, a m/m novel featuring the lovable (and hot) hockey players Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley.

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SYNOPSIS

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

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EXCERPT

At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.

Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.

“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.

“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.

And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.

And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.

He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”

“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.

“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.

Whitney’s Five Star Review

Us is the steamy conclusion to Him, a m/m novel by the fantastic authors Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen.  I happen to be fans of both which led me start this series along with the desire to read another m/m which I hadn’t done in a long time.

The story picks up where Him leaves off and follows the two men on their journey through Wes’ rookie hockey season.  Trying to keep their relationship quiet is anything but easy and it doesn’t take long for the secrets and lies to take a toll on their relationship.  Jamie feels left out of Wes’ life and Wes spends all of him time traveling and missing the love of his life.

Wes’ teammates and Jamie’s family cracked me up and I see some spin-off potential from a couple characters which makes me happy since you know I love a good stand alone series.  But for all the chuckles, this book is nicely balanced with angst.  I can’t speak from personal experience but the trials and tribulations of being a gay man in a professional sport shine through for both men.  Jamie’s coaching is also threatened by his relationship status and my heart was full of pain a few times during the story.

Elle and Sarina are reliable at producing witty dialogue, sexy men and plots that keep you turning the pages despite the fact that the material itself isn’t all that original.  It’s really the character development that made me fall for both the authors and the stories they create.  There is pretty explicit sex so if you can’t handle m/m then you’ll need to steer clear.  But otherwise, I think this is definitely my favorite m/m series and I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good friends to lovers romance!

 

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