Thursday, July 30, 2015

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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.


     I love this book. Straight up (pun unintended), this is probably one of the best romances I’ve read this year. I love both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s books and ever since finding out they were writing a hockey romance together, I have been dying to read it. Author collaborations are very tricky since they can be really good or really bad, but luckily, this one was really fucking awesome. 

     I loved Jamie and Wes. Both together and apart, they were such strong characters. They were both cocky, charming, and sweet all at once, which made them very likable. The authors did a great job developing their characters throughout the book and then developing their relationship. Which brings us to the hot stuff. And let me tell you, it’s hot stuff. The chemistry between Jamie and Wes was off the charts from the very beginning. It wasn’t overdone and it was very easy to feel the connection the two of them had emotionally as well as physically. The love they had for so real and it gave me butterflies.

     This book has probably one of the best developed plot lines in any romance novel I’ve read. The authors did a fantastic job delivering pieces of information that didn’t confuse me, but added depth to the characters and the story. The story progressed at a perfect pace and that only made this book more realistic. Additionally, the authors did a great job making this book as original as possible. With all the hockey romances I’ve read, this is the first one where the main action takes place during summer, in between college and adult life. And that factor took this book to a whole new level, because instead of the story being split into half hockey heavy and half romance, there was more emphasis on the romance than the hockey moments, making me love Jamie and Wes’s story even more. Him had every single thing I could want in a romance. It had the funny scenes, the sweet scenes, the heartbreaking scenes, the hot scenes, and everything in between. There is nothing to improve.

     I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do now that I’ve finished reading Him because I want more Jamie, Wes and their world. So I’m just going to sit here, wishing and sending telepathic thoughts to the brilliant authors to write a second book. If this review made no sense to you, it’s because I’m still in shock of how great this book was, so the one thing you should take from this post is to go buy this book. And it’s totally okay to drool on the cover a bit.

     Team Jes. Or Wamie. I’ll figure it out.