Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

It’s Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy… need I say more?

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

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JENN’S REVIEW

 

I did cartwheels when I found out Elle and Sarina were co-writing this book. Sarina’s m/m, The Understatement of the Year is one of my all-time favorite books ever. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Him, and find out what kind of awesomeness Sarina and Elle could bring us when working together.

HIM is the story of Jamie and Wes, who one night, put their relationship to the ultimate test when they, on a dare, hook up at hockey camp. Flash forward 4 years and one ruined relationship later, neither one can stop thinking about it. When they meet back up at the Frozen Four, old feelings return to the surface, and what they thought was forgotten, takes them on an incredible journey of love and self-discovery.

Jamie has never really thought of himself as gay, but after that one night with Wes, and the way he feels with him now, he knows that there is something there. He just doesn’t know if it’s something worth exploring. Wes knows what they are like together, having to compete with both men and woman really screws with his head.

The chemistry between Jamie and Wes is at a different level. It is in your face and honest. Nothing about their relationship is forced on you, or told to you. You feel each of their emotions as if they were your own.  Four years apart has done nothing to squash Wes’s love for his straight best friend. As they instantly fall back into their friendship, the longing is front and center. I want you to go into this blind like did, so read it without looking for spoilers. Without trying to sound like a cheesy promo for The Bachelor, the road that Wes and Jamie navigate is truly an incredible journey that needs to be traveled spoiler free.

You know you love a book when you go back through your notes, and find yourself rereading the entire book for a second time. The writing, obviously, is top-notch. This is Sarina and Elle we are talking about. There is not one time in the book that felt choppy or disjointed. The writing is clever and moved at a great pace. Elle and Sarina brought so much of their signature humor to the story, it helped bring a bit of light to the heavy parts. It has just the right amount of sexy (seriously hot) without it distracting from what is a beautiful story. Wes and Jamie are going to stay with you long after you have finished.

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