How much do I love Wes and Jamie?
Well, here you go…
So to say I was excited when I heard there would be a spin-off series would be an understatement.
The first book in the WAGs series features Wes and Jamie’s teammate, friend, and neighbor, Blake, and Jamie’s sister Jessica. If you’ve read Us, then you should definitely remember Blake and Jessica hooking up in the feel good recliner while nursing a sick Jamie. When Good Boy opens it’s months later and Jess wants to put their one night stand behind her. She’s currently right in the middle of planning one hell of a kick ass wedding for her brother and his one true love and is determined that everything will be absolutely perfect. Despite the fact that she’s almost positive that she hates being a wedding planner. That’s a conversation with her parents she’s not looking forward to, which is why she’s waiting till after the wedding to have it.
Blake is bigger than life, both in body and personality. He has absolutely no intention of forgetting about how good he and Jess were together and he’s determined there will be a repeat. He just has to wait Jess out and charm her until she gives him another chance. The wedding of his best friends gives him just the excuse he needs to spend some time with her, I mean he is the best man, which means he has duties that he must attend to.
Blake, oh Blake. How I love thee, let me count the ways.
He’s dirty charming. I love heroes who can be dirty charming.
“Dude. I’m totally digging it. Reminds me of my fraternity days.”
Blake was a frat boy? Shocking.
“You know,” he continues, “when all the babes would throw themselves at me nilly-willy.”
“Willy-nilly,” I correct.
“It’s willy-nilly. The willy comes first.”
He winks at me. “I’ll let you have this one, but only because you’re right– the willy always does come first.”
He’s also sweet. Adorably sweet.
“What’s your superpower?”
She snorts. “I make wine disappear. And money.”
“Naw, don’t sell my Jess short.” I squeeze her hand. “Everyone has something that makes them the best.”
“Yours is hockey?” she asks with a sniff.
“Not exactly. There’s more talented athletes than you can shake a stick at. My advantage is my amazing tolerance for pain.”
She’s listening carefully now, those big brown eyes taking me in. “What if I never find my special thing?”
“You will. You just have to keep looking.”
And so many, many other reasons. Blake Riley is loud and boisterous, he makes up his own words and likes a good time, which means some people might not take him seriously, but in reality he’s got this huge heart and isn’t afraid to show the people he loves how much they mean to him. He’s kind, even to people (you’ll see) who don’t deserve it. He is funny, and generous, and loyal. Seriously, be ready to fall in love with this guy.
Jess, however, is serious. She’s all of us who can’t seem to get our life together because we just don’t know what exactly we want it to look like. She has tried her hand at so many things that she’s gained a reputation in her family as the screw up with a short attention span. Or at least that’s the way she views herself. She is pretty sure she finally knows what she wants to do with her life, if only she can work up enough courage to take another leap into a new career.
I adored the relationship between Blake and Jess. Despite chemistry that sizzles and snaps between them on every single page, with every single conversation, it’s the slow build of their friendship that I appreciated the most. I liked Blake’s constant support and belief in Jess that helped her rebuild her confidence. While his tactics might seem a little obnoxious at times, they are exactly what Jess needs. It was wonderful to see Jess get to know the real Blake Riley, the one so few people understand. For two such different characters, who are in such different places in their lives, they meshed together perfectly. Their differences only complimented each other and ultimately is why this couple worked for me in almost every way.
I do believe you can read Good Boy without having read either Him or Us. I also believe if you intend to put this book on your TBR lists, you will most definitely want to soak up the Jamie and Wes goodness before you get to the Blake and Jess goodness. Final grade- B+
Silly Jessie. We are dating. She just doesn’t know it yet.