Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book Review: Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (@SarinaBowen) (@ElleKennedy)

Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Published: Rennie Road Books

My Rating:

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'm a creature of habit. There is something I like, I'll stick with it until I don't like it anymore. Even then, I'll still go back to it. So for me to pick up Him, my first Male/Male romance book, and actually love it, was shocking.

First thing I will say about this book is make sure you throw out all preconceived notions you may have. This may be one of the sexiest, romantic and hilarious books that I have read all year or ever. It was THAT good! This is the story of Ryan "Wes" Wesley and James "Jamie" Canning, and how secrets can ruin a friendship but also turn it into something much more.

Wes and Jamie are summer bestfriends. They met at Hockey camp and only saw each other for just a few weeks out of the year for most of their adolescence. Sometimes, the best friendships are the ones that are held in a bubble. When that bubble bursts due to a silly bet and sexual uncertainty when they are 18, a friendship is lost and both guys are left a little less after.

Fast forward to the end of college and fate has brought these two once best friends back together. Old feelings surface and new ones are discovered when Wes and Jamie are now coaches at the camp where they met. I won't go into much details because this is one ride you'll want to enjoy.

The one thing that I really liked about both Wes and Jamie was how their personalities complemented one another. Wes was the wild child, ready for anything jock and Jamie was the Cali bred laid back youngest of 6 goalie. When the two of them were together, the chemistry rose of the pages. Their friendship was the most admirable thing. Even with the lust in the air, you knew that each one of them cared for the other in a way only your best friend could.

When I went into this, I was expecting myself to assign usual gender roles to the characters. I assumed that I was going to go "Yep, he's the girl in this." and that didn't even come up. At the base of this, it's a love story between two souls that belong together and that is what I connected to the most. Also, the sex....

That good. So if you're looking for something different or just something that is going to make you smile like a fool after, then Him is the way to go. By the way, there should totally be a book just about Jamie's family because they were amazing!

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