Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
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Can 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.
Out of the park
This is the 2nd book in the HIM series. This book should be read in order. In order for the reader to have complete understanding of the story and/or the series please read in order intended by the author(s).
The story continues almost a year later. We are back into Jamie and Wes working with their hockey teams. Jamie coaching, and Wes playing on the NHL team. Happy and together, but are they?
Wes feels the pressure put on him by his parents to keep his lifestyle a secret. He asks Jamie to stay in the closet and keep his secret. They live a very sheltered and quiet life, where they do not feel like going out with their friends.
Jamie is starting to feel the pressure of keeping the secret. He wants the world to know this man is his. He would prefer to shout it everywhere anyone would hear. Will it tear them apart if he voices his concerns?
This book was just as good, if not better than the original. I do not say this lightly. I am literally blown away with the impact of such a strong love story. This is a relationship we should all aspire to have at home. Hopefully, the authors let us revisit this series often.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy successfully follow-up Him with their second book in the series Us. I fell in love with Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning in the first book. I could not wait to hear more of their story. I was not disappointed. Us takes place in Toronto, where Ryan is the star rookie. Jamie has taken a job coaching a junior hockey team. The two are living together but keeping their relationship a secret. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.
I love Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning. Ryan understandably feels the needs to hide his sexuality during his first year in the NHL. It ends up testing the two, and they need to overcome multiple obstacles. Jamie experiences some doubts in his pursuit of being a good coach. Their characters are well developed. They continue to grow.
I love Jamie’s family; Wes’ family, not so much. I did like the Wesley chauffeur though. I like the introduction of Blake Riley; he became an annoyingly good friend to the couple.
The book had a lot of humorous scenes. I found all the incidences involving Ryan’s lime-green checker shirt amusing, especially the occurrence at the end of the book. Not to mention, Wes’ and Jamie’s text photos, the boys are pretty creative.
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are a fabulous writing duo. I love their style. The book has a great flow. The plot was believable and heartfelt. I would love to see this series continue or to develop into a spin off series. Both Him and Us are books I loved so much I would re-read.
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Love Ryan & Jamie
Wow what another great book by two amazing authors!! I absolutely fell in love with these guys in the first book Him and was so excited to find out there was going to be another one. This book didn't disappoint and I'm so happy to know there will be more books to come. I loved the story of the book and how we got to know more about Jamie and his feelings with dealing with all the changes in his relationship with Ryan. I love Blake!! He is the type of guy everyone wants as a friend even if he is intrusive and loud. And Jamie's family I've always loved them and especially how they just accept Ryan as family no questions asked. My heart was breaking for both of them as they went through their struggles in the book but I never doubt their love for one another and I'm glad hey figured it all out... This book is going on my top favorite list for sure and will be one I reread many times!!