Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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4 Star Review

Synopsis

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

Dual Review

Wenn’s Review

4 Star Review

Where do I start…

HIM is my first M/M book, and I can’t tell you how glad I am to have popped my M/M cherry with this book.

Jamie and Wes’ story is really sweet and truly adorable.

This is a friends to lovers story. It all starts with a lost bet and from there Wes and Jamie’s friendship is suddenly over. Several years later they meet again and while Wes thought his attraction toward Jamie was just an adolescent crush, we understand that this is much more than a simple attraction.

At the beginning of the story, I felt a bit disoriented, I love my heroes alpha so I didn’t know what to expect here. But the feeling did not last long, I quickly felt deeply immersed in their story.

I loved the playfulness between them, and the fact that their friendship stayed the same even with some adjustments in it!   I can’t say more, it would spoil the story! 😉

Never would have I thought that reading sex scenes between two guys would have been so hot. It felt so right, so real. I loved it.

Kristy’s Review 4 Star Review

So, unlike Wenn, HIM was not my first M/M Book (more like my 5th or 6th) and I did really enjoy it, I swear I did.  I thought there were parts of it that were wonderful, but  there where a few places it fell short for me, hence the 4 Stars.

First of all, I loved both of these boys…ALOT.  It’s so wonderful to read a book where both main characters are fun, funny, sexy, athletic hotties and really, really good guys.  Their friendship was everything a bromance should be.  They were silly,  they were competitive, they were fun and most importantly…they were believable.  But at the end of their last year at camp things took a surprising turn and their friendship was irrevocably changed.

Fast forward five years and they are back in each other’s lives trying to figure out what went wrong and where they go from here.  Wes is openly gay (mostly) and Jamie is straight (mostly) and they’re both playing college hockey and heading to the NHL.  Watching these two navigate their way through the changes in their relationship and their plans for the future is a great ride.

For me, the only thing that prevented it from being a 5 or 6 star book it the fact that the end seemed a little rushed.  Some major life decisions are made and a few of then just seem a little too quick.  And as much as I liked this story, I have read other M/M stories that maybe hit some of the important issues a little bit better.

Overall, this is a great read and hot as hell (and I mean that in the best possible way).  You will definitely not regret this one.  And for those of you who aren’t sure about trying M/M, this would be the perfect introduction, just the right amount of sweet, hot and romantic.

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