Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
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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, skinny-dipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.
“I read HIM in one sitting—it’s so, so good! If I had to pick two authors who I’d have team up, it would be Bowen and Kennedy”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover
A personal myth buster!
I haven't read very many books featuring males as the the romantic love interests. I've enjoyed the few that I have, but none as much as this one. This will be the book I compare all future new adult m/m books too and I don't say that lightly. I've always understood and accepted homosexuality, but I wasn't ever able to bring myself to read romance novels about it. I've certainly read my fair share of erotica with menages, but two guys by them selves wasn't ever a priority. I'm not exactly sure why but I discounted the feelings and emotions guys can have. I thought I wouldn't feel the same emotional connection as I would with a heterosexual couple or be able to relate to the protagonists. I was wrong.
I was really surprised by how much I could relate to Wes. He comes across as confident and secure, yet when it comes to Jaime, the person he's loved for so long, he's skittish and terrified. I understood why his fears and his reasons even when he said and did things I didn't think were helpful or right. I loved Wes's personality. He was wild and up for anything. He was also kind, considerate, caring, driven, and talented. He knew what he wanted to do and he was going to make it happen. I loved how he was himself and didn't try to fit into whatever mold others wanted him to.
I really liked Jaime too. Compared to Wes he was more relaxed and laid back. I loved the wisdom he gave as a counselor to his campers. It was as deep as it was simple. While I feel like Jaime had the upper hand in the relationship, I liked how he never abused it. I also felt like Jaime was the wild card in the story. Even being in both his and Wes's head never really made what they wanted completely clear. I loved the insight I got from it. I loved how Jaime was with his family. They were such an open, loving bunch. I completely got why Wes envied Jaime for that; Wes's parents were horrendous.
Wes and Jaime had some amazing emotional and physical chemistry. I knew from the get go Wes was attracted to Jaime, but it was interesting watching Jaime figure out what he wanted. The intimate scenes between them were scorching hot. I mean I was seriously turned on! This book was full of surprises for me. I was surprised by how often I laughed and even by a few tears. Even more so were how many of my misconceptions about m/m romance were dispelled. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy did a phenomenal job at writing this book. It's written seamlessly and you can't tell where one started writing and the other stopped. I'd definitely recommend this book to people looking for characters with a strong emotional connection with lots of hot, steamy sex!
I absolutely feel in love with these characters. The sex scenes are hot but the story is what sells it. Such beautiful characters!!! Love love love!
From the opening lines, it’s clear that Him is going to be a friendship to lovers story, but we get so much more in this M/M sports romance. See, Wes and Jamie are two young men with very different family backgrounds, and unique paths, as they learn how to rectify who they are and what they want versus what’s expected of them. They are young collegiate hockey players both with promising futures in front of them and from the first moments we see them interacting with each other, it’s clear they have one of those connections, something way beyond friendship and a connection they really need to stop fighting.
Him is written from the two perspectives of our central characters and really builds insight into how they were raised and how they face their futures. Wes is isolated, with parents that are as cold and uninvolved as can be. He carries the weight of his promise, a future star in the world of hockey as his rookie season approaches. Jamie however comes from an incredibly loving and supportive family. That background gives him the character to accept his growing feelings for Wes. He isn’t quite sure what he wants to do. Certainly hockey as part of his future and it's clear he enjoys coaching.
It’s almost kismet that the summer camp that brought them together in the first place, brings them back together. Almost only because one of them can’t seem to move past what they experienced years before. Their mutual attraction is undeniable and for most of the book, we observe them falling in love AND embracing the feeling. Sure it’s not entirely accepted, a romantic relationship between them would shake up their worlds and potentially tornado their futures. It’s surprising (and yet not), which one pursues the potential of building a future together. Him is an incredibly steamy book and the erotic scenes are very, very well done. It’s not just sex, not at all, and the connection between Wes and Jamie is solidified in these scenes.
I’ve read a few of Elle Kennedy’s stories ( to date The Off-Campus series) and Sarina Bowen is new to me (not that I don’t already own a few of her books, I’m incented to move those up in my TBR). This writing duo makes for a magic combination and are certainly go to authors in the NYA and M/M genre (lest we forget sub-genre of college hockey and boys to men stories). I’m looking forward to more co-authoring from these ladies.