Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: US by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

USCan your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice. 

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves. 

Or can they? 

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly? 

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult | Sports and Games

Holy nuggets… ahem – if you could just look down here and away from that completely lickable cover, I promise I will make this review fast but I gotta say if you are about that simple life: READ IT! READ IT NOW. This series is fucktastic. However, if you want a little more blurb (and honestly I like to ramble so…) then here is what I think about this absolutely stunning duology. 

First off, this is a collaboration series by both Kennedy and Bowen. I have read other series from Elle Kennedy (Off Campus amazing, read it) so I was quite familiar with her writing style, however this is the first Sarina Bowen I have on my shelf but by-golly this will not be the last Bowen I add to my collection. I cannot say it enough, these ladies are masterminds behind those deliciously creative finger tips. If I could I would open mouth kiss them both which is very inappropriate but i don’t care because i love them.

We digress though… so moving on.

Right at the jump, US starts of pretty much where HIM left us – on a cliffhanger of ‘what is Jaime and Wes up to now’ yet that isn’t entirely valid; although the ending left off on the slight happy ever after scenario, but nonetheless I always have that lingering thought of after every book with an epilogue always wondering what the characters will do next? I feel like that is what this book is. Though HIM had a beautifully entertaining ending, I would have been fine not knowing (secretly asking for more here…) anymore of their story, but here we are and it is a full book that basically is an epilogue in a nutshell with actual depth. I say this because I do not want anyone to think this book was in any way shape of form pointless, it had an actual backbone and it was ripe with feelings with a dash of sexy goodness.

Why do I say this you might be asking? Easy. We left off in HIM with Jamie coming to terms with his sexuality, being bi-sexual male who gave up his hockey career to be a coach to move to Toronto with Wes, they want a future together. On top of this, with the end of one and starting US, their sexuality and relationship is something they have to keep hidden for the start of Wes’s NHL career. It takes a huge toll on their relationship and themselves. Starting new jobs, new location – it is figuring out their placement in the world. Even without being from a gay circumstance, these kinds of things can be rough on any couple. I love the believable situation that comes with this premise. It is just one hurdle after another for these two. 

Wes is still the cocky hunk of man meat but with a softer side in this novel. He is absolutely head over heels in love with Jamie and it shows through until the end. Jamie is no different still capturing who he was in the beginning, but here we have a little more struggle on his side. He is having a rougher time adjusting to everything which takes a toll on his lovable personality. 

By the end I cried at least a dozen times. Both by laughter and joy to complete broken sadness. Their evolution as a couple, even as individuals was absolutely stunning. Everything was heart felt, sexy as hell wrapped up in the perfect blend of all things delicious. I don’t think I have one horrible thing to say about this book, it was the perfect treat to an already amazing story. I could not recommend this to you more, I promise it is the perfect read. Add it to your TBR… then thank me later: you are welcome. 

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