Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are superstars in my book. Individually, they rock. Collectively, they’re… so far, so good. (Disclosure: I have yet to read Jamie and Wes’s story in “Him” and “Us.”) Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed this story featuring Jamie’s sister, Jessica “Jess” Canning, and Wes’ teammate, Blake Riley.

Good Boy’s” (first book in the WAGs series) cover, however, is misleading. I thought the dog would play a bigger part in the story, but sadly, any mention of a dog/pet owned by either of the main characters took up only about 0.5% of the entire book. The puppy Jess adopted for Blake, named Puddles, was a chocolate brown Lab, so you can see why that book cover was a tad disappointing. Anyhow, the story was entertaining, albeit a bit forgettable, really.

In case you didn’t know, WAGs stands for “wives and girlfriends.” I don’t know who first coined the term, but media people have used it liberally, especially when writing about who of today’s professional athletes’ WAGs are the most beautiful, most sexy, etc. (Ironically, rarely do those same media people “rank” WAGs in terms of their intelligence.) In my opinion, it’s demeaning and sexist, but whatevs. In this fictional tale featuring Jess as Blake’s WAG, Jess was portrayed as a 26-year-old woman who doesn’t know where her passions lie, thereby rendering her effectively useless in the nation’s “Make America Great Again” workforce. She’s seen as a commitment-phobe by her family, a description she cannot negate, seeing as how it’s true. The minute she sees her current job or venture is perceived as “hard” or something she doesn’t enjoy, she quits. Apparently, she has trouble being an adult. This is probably why I can’t seem to connect with the main characters. I just can’t see how their HEA is believable. Granted, she redeems herself in the end, but I don’t know, that roundtrip plane ticket Blake buys for her is pretty suspect. And, the way she always seems to talk about her student loans around him sound/look suspicious, too. But, hey, she’s fictional.

Blake isn’t any different, either. He’s portrayed as a man who’s had his heart broken by a 3 starslying and insecure ex-fiancée, thereby making him wary of loving again after 5 years when his last disastrous relationship ended. The only saving grace in this likable book, as far as I’m concerned, is that there was none of that cliched misunderstanding or doubting hesitation between the two characters that leads to a mini-break in their relationship. It was just clean-cut and well-written. Hence, three stars.

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