They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—
can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.
Warning: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Him was my first read by both Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Him was an easy read that I didn’t want to put down. Both Jamie and Wes were likeable characters that I rooted for throughout the story.
The authors’ writing meshed flawlessly. I heard that both had turns at writing each POV and they nailed it, never would you know it was written by a duo as their words flowed as one.
Him was on the lighter side of the m/m romances I have read and I would say it’s perfect if you are new to the genre or unsure if you would like it. Him is a great place to start. Both boys had to come to terms with who they were now as well as their growing feelings for each other. I particularly liked the way the author’s dealt with Jamie’s sexuality and went for something a little different.
If you enjoy hockey romances then Him also hits the spot. I loved the inclusion of the sport as well as the growing romance. I know nothing about hockey but I don’t mind reading about it. Him gave me just enough description to follow the story without being overwhelming or boring. And who doesn’t love hot hockey men?
I am now a fan of both Sarina and Elle and I really can’t wait to discover more of their stories. Both individually and I hope they do write together again.
If you love a sweet m/m romance with hot sexy times and a story with heart, then you need to check out Him.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
FEELS. Laughter. Love. That pretty much embodies everything about this story for me. HIM was everything and more that I could’ve wanted in an M/M romance. It was everything.
“Jamie Canning was my first crush and my first love. But he was never mine to have.”
Ryan Wesley (Wes) likes boys. He’s been in love with his best friend, Jamie Canning since they were young boys at summer hockey camp. While at camp a bet was placed that challenged and then damaged the boys and their friendship. Wes cut off Jamie without a word. He was forced to face his feelings and the truth that Jamie will never be his. Years later as college hockey players, they are thrown back into each other’s lives. Seeing the other won’t be easy, but both men are ready face the other. The moment they meet, the past comes back full force. Feelings resurface. Hearts collide. And they realize that their hearts beat simply by being in the presence of the other.
The moment Wes and Jamie were in a room together there was an overwhelming magnetism. And you FELT it. You understand their pull. The summer before Wes and Jamie are to go off to their future professional jobs in the hockey world, they spend six weeks at their old summer hockey camp as coaches. They easily fall back into their friendship and banter and soon realize that spending years apart made no difference. The thing between them was always there. But this time? It was stronger. More intense. Wes always loved Jamie but he was never his to have. Jamie questioned his feelings for Wes, but never denied them. At least not to himself. He knew deep down that his heart had a place for Wes. But he’s never felt like this over a man before. He soon learns that love only sees the one it’s heart belongs to. And Wes owned Jamie’s heart.
“I’d forgotten how magnetic he is. As if he burns with higher fuel than the rest of us.”
The authors seamlessly wrote an engaging and extraordinary story. The words, the execution of the plot, and the characters are a true testament to not only their writing abilities, but to their talent of story telling. There was never a lull or boring moment. My heart was in this story the entire time. I never wanted to put it down. The authors truly did an amazing job as writing as one as the story was solid from beginning to end.
“Loved you every summer since I was thirteen years old. Love you even more now.”
THIS story attests to the truth in that love is love. The story is so much more about two men falling in love. It’s about choosing love at all times, no matter what. That love doesn’t look for opportunity. Love simply goes where it belongs. I loved that there was no unnecessary drama. Wes and Jamie deal with real life issues. Their feelings, hopes, and dreams are genuine and you felt everything from these two men. If there’s one thing I love about M/M romance is that you are never told about love. Love is never explained or forced. Love is felt in every part of the story. And Wes and Jamie? They were no different. They loved fiercely. Loudly. Their love endured. HIM captured my heart from the very first page until the very end. It was the perfect mix of sweet, sexy, and passionate romance that I look for in reading. Oh and it was HOT! I love Sarina Bowen and this story further solidifies my admiration of her as an author. I also now must read anything Elle Kennedy writes. If you are a lover of M/M romance and believe that love overcomes any circumrstance, then HIM is a must read.
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.
Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series athttp://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears
Also, the Gravity series.
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.
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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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