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

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WHY I READ IT

Him was one of the best books of 2015. It was no brainer. Wes and Jaime are never far from my thoughts.

WHAT I RATED IT

off the charts

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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?

leaf dividerJENN’S REVIEW

**Not a standalone… read HIM before US.**

Wes and Jamie may have gotten their happy for now at the end of Him, but I was NOWHERE NEAR satisfied. To be honest, I will probably never be satisfied with Wes and Jamie. I want to be their neighbor, or their best friend. Heck, even just being their cleaning lady works for me! The chance to spend more time with two of my favorite guys, even knowing that Sarina and Elle were going to deliver me a sucker punch to the gut, was worth every single agonizing and angst-ridden moment.

We pick up with the guys about eight months after Him. Wes is having a rookie season crafted for the record books, but it’s not going as swimmingly for Jamie. His coaching job isn’t everything he hoped for and working with a bigoted assistant coach everyone else seems to turn a blind eye to, is making each day more and more difficult. Making matters worse? Having to still pretend his relationship isn’t the love story it truly is. Jamie wants desperately for Wes to continue playing brilliant hockey, without the stress of having to explain his personal relationship, but we witness a little bit of him die inside more each day.

Their haven is their apartment, where they don’t have to pretend to be anything they are not….until Wes’s teammate, Blake moves in upstairs. All of a sudden, he’s coming over at all hours of the day, taking away the privacy Wes and Jamie so desperately crave. At first, I hated Blake, and screamed at him to leave my boys alone. But, the more he hung around, the more he grew on me. Then came the one phone call that shifted the whole story, and dropped everything on its head. At that moment, not only did I no longer hate Blake, but he became my hero.

I absorbed every single word, moment, and feeling in this book. I refused to put it down, and spent the entire night with my boys. I am always impressed with how Sarina and Elle manage to balance humor and gut-wrenching emotion. I’m near tears one sentence, then laughing the next. There is not a single part of this book that isn’t written perfectly. There isn’t a moment I would change or a decision I would second guess. We have a front row seat to see Wes and Jamie grow and change and it’s an honor to come on along on their ride. I wish I could experience it for the first time again, but that’s what the re-read is for…to get lost once again in the beauty of this sensational book.

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