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.
4 stars — These books by Ms. Bowen and Ms. Kennedy are just endless boodles of entertainment. And not just laugh out loud funnies, but heart too you know? They always have an amazing balance. And this book is non exception.
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!!