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Good Boy Paperback – January 31, 2017
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Blake is the gorgeous NHL star that's fun, happy and loved by all. To the outside world, he's always joking and let's everything negative roll off his back. When in reality, he's masking the pain from past hurts and betrayal. He's drawn to Jess. Jess is the gorgeous friend who steers clear of Blake whenever she can. She too has her own baggage and insecurities. The authors take us through the building of the relationship to the realization of more while simultaneously addressing their personal challenges.
Good Boy started out slow for me, but in looking at the big picture, it set the stage for the full story with depth and dimension. And there's a ton of humor but it's the Dumb and Dumber or Hangover kind of humor - funny to some and not so much for others. I fall somewhere in between so it's an immature perspective to me at times. However, once the friendship turns into more and we get to see the real Blake underneath, I fell in love with him and his humor.
All in all, once I got through the beginning, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read. Eriksson is next up in the series and with the teasers already provided, appears to have a great story to tell.
Blake is such a bizarre creature, I had no idea what I was going to find in this book. He's really...almost, eccentric? He's hilarious, but just so freaking weird too!! He's like this big teddy bear that you just want to hug, but that could also annoy the bejeezus out of you. But I think the love always wins out in the end. He was kind of a different book boy than I'm used to falling in love with, b/c he is just so...hard to define. It's not your normal kind of sexual intensity, you know? Not like he's not sexy, but he's goofy sexy. He's make you laugh during the steamy moments sexy. And that's hella fun too. And in spite of all his goofy qualities, he's just such a great guy with a big heart. I loved how sweet and considerate he was of all his friends and his family. I loved that he really saw Jessie, and what she was going through, and always had the most thoughtful advice and observations and pick me ups waiting in his own unique Blake way.
Jessie took me a bit longer to warm up to. It's funny, b/c at the beginning I was worried I wasn't going to love Jessie. Because she really had a LOT of growing up to do, and the way she saw Blake and the way she almost...lashed out? at him because of her own insecurities hurt my heart. I felt so protective of Blake, so I was quick to frowny face all over her actions. But of course Ms. Bowen and Ms. Kennedy would not stand for that! Nope, they had to make her learn and grow and change. It's almost like they're good character writers or something, right? So Jessie definitely grew on me. I started to feel for her and the pressures she was feeling, even if I wanted to smack her for her insecurities, I still GOT it. Sort of. Mostly. And I LOVED seeing her come into her own, and really start to understand her value. It might have been nice if she could have gotten there a bit more on her own, without Blake, but I'm not going to complain too much.
I loved how well they complemented each other too. How they both contributed to the others growth and healing. How Blake showed her a different side of herself, and how Jessie stood up for him and took care of him.
And obviously the secondary characters were pretty sweet. They didn't necessarily have huge roles, but they played their parts. From Mama Riley, to the WAGs, to Leila...actually, writing that out, my favourite secondary characters all played a role in Jessie's growth. But I guess Blake still had Wesmie and some of his other fellow hockey players. I wouldn't have minded a bit more on the support front.
Anyways, thoroughly entertained. Can't wait to dive into more of these Toronto hockey players stories!!
I liked Blake as the goofy best friend side kick used for comedic relief but I never thought he had leading man potential. For the love of God he’s an overgrown frat boy. I couldn’t even tolerate the immaturity of frat boys when I was a college girl ( and that was a LONG time ago). When he talks he says “Cheezus” and “samsies” – like for realsies. And Jess – I get why she’s worried that her family doesn’t take her seriously. I think feeling like she’s a screw-up is a little harsh; but at 26 - I appreciate and support her feeling a sense of urgency in getting her act together. But other than that I have no complaints about her. And Blake – turns out to be a decent person and – pleasant surprise he’s an animal lover and volunteers for a dog rescue. In my book that absolves him of all previously noted infractions.
Good Boy is a relationship driven story with no real angst. If I were invested in Jess and Blake I would call it a sweet, feel good story (but I’m not so….meh). I also have to say that I thought the storyline around Blake’s ex girlfriend who done him wrong and scarred him – if not for life, then at least for 5 girlfriendless years – was stupid.
SPOILERS AHEAD………. Consider this….how about since you’re already sleeping with him, tell him you’re on the pill, get rid of the condoms, then actually GET pregnant – then your time line with regards to conception and delivery will match up and there won't be a grand lie to get caught in. Not that I’m condoning this behavior….it’s just that it reminds me of the “Dumbest criminal of the day” segment on our local news. Or maybe the point is simply this: That Molly - not a rocket scientist. END OF SPOILERS.
So bottom line; this review is for me and anyone else that’s here looking for Wesmie (Blake takes credit for coining that one btw).