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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Him” by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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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.

 

BOOK INFO:
25686927Title: Him
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Self-pub
Pages: 276
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon

REVIEW:

“I don’t like sports books, I don’t like sports books…”

Ummm…apparently I like sports books? Well, I really like hockey books. And I really really like hockey books written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I just recently finished “The Deal” by Elle Kennedy a few weeks back and thought to myself “I’d love to read a m/m book by this author”. A few days later, I hear the news that she and Sarina Bowen were cowriting one!

This was a fun read! It’s sexy. It’s second-chances, friends-to-lovers, out/bi- for you…and it’s sweet!

Jamie and Wes are soon to be college-graduate hockey players playing for 2 rival teams. When they run into each other at the Frozen Four (college hockey championship tournament) it’s revealed that they were childhood friends who met every summer at hockey camp. And come to find, Wes, a kinda-out-but-keeping-it-underwraps-for-the-pros gay superstar player, has always been in love with his former best friend. Problem is, Jamie likes women…right?

What follows is a rekindled friendship. An explanation of mistakes and misunderstandings past. Explored attraction and affection. Sex sex and more sex. A really beautiful blossoming relationship.

Now, no self-respecting NA book would get away without some angst thrown in. And this one has a bit of it’s fair share. But nothing over-the-top, and nothing that felt forced.

Jamie and Wes are both really likable characters and their pairing is one that will have you rooting for them to figure their sh*t out. There are some slightly annoying “TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!” moments and the parental units run on the typical/played out caricatures we read in a lot of these books.

But overall, this was an enjoyable read by two authors I’ve really come to like and am looking forward to more from both of them (and maybe more of them cowriting…?) :)

 

 

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This entry was posted on July 22, 2015 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Susan, YA / NA and tagged , , , , .

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