Contemporary, LGBT, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

HIMThey 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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult | Sports and Games

I am head over heels in love with Elle Kennedy, after reading her Off Campus Series (loved it) and then starting her Outlaw Series (two more books to go) a close book bestie recommended this duology. Obviously I had to have it! I was really just excited to see what was in store with the collaboration story, one with an author’s writing style I have come to love and expect perfection while getting to know a new one author. 

First off, have I mentioned how much I enjoy sports orientated synopsis, especially Hockey Romance. I can’t help it – can you blame a girl?

Switching between two perspectives, getting a taste of Ryan Wesley (Wes) and Jamie Canning who are in college, playing Hockey. They grew up best friends from Hockey Camp but unfortunately after certain questionable circumstances, Wes cuts off all contact and ends their friendship. At the start both men have the realization that they are about to see one another after four years of no contact. Wes being decently open gay to his teammates having come to terms with his sexuality while Jamie just questions why he lost his best friend in the first place. Activate the swoonage…

I cannot tell who I loved more, Wes is the brooding, handsome, most deliciously masculine piece of hockey meat ever written. He is confident, cocky as hell, dripping with hilarious antics yet closet sweetheart when he lays his eyes on his childhood crush Jamie. Jamie is just the bees knees. Passionate, goal orientated, charming and drop dead gorgeous. As a reader, switching between the POVs, there is a huge feel for how their personal growth has been from their flashbacks of their last night at camp when they were eighteen to now, spending time at the same camp realizing there was always more between them and it wasn’t as one-sided forced as Wes had lead himself to believe like being gay, in love with his straight best friend. 

Basically there wasn’t a damn thing that I disliked at all, I thoroughly enjoyed everything. The chemistry between Jamie and Wes was absolutely phenomenal. The emotional connection I felt for both characters as they developed together, figuring out their feelings and really just their desires – beautiful. The best parts is how hilarious everything was, it wasn’t all mushy wash romance. Even in the middle of emotional, sweetest of moments (or rather the steamy melt off my sweet beaver drool scenes) I still get moments where I simply burst out in a laughing fit or snort chuckle at some comment. I cannot say it enough as to how much I enjoy their personalities. 

Bottom line, I flipping loved this book. I was completely entranced by everything from start to finish, absolutely captivated. The writing style is absolutely sublime with a story line that is melt of your seat steamy, hilarious, sweet in all the right places with the most heart felt moments between two protagonists that are perfection. Completely enamored by Jamie and Wes, I feel madly in love from the start; the emotional feels, I was honestly connected pinning over their love story. 

Honestly, not only am I excited to dive head first into the second book US, I will definitely be on the look out for more collaboration between these two authors as well as checking out Bowen specifically. I loved their writing style together, really this is such an amazing book, I highly recommend checking this out! 

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