Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy: Review

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy: ReviewHim by ​Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen
on July 21, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 276

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.

Alexis says…

Sarina and Elle are my new favorite Author Power Couple. Yep, I said it.  Taking two fabulous NA authors and combining forces to give us the best M/M book out there is nothing short of pure awesomness.

Ryan and Jamie have been summer friends for many years until one night and some alcohol changed their dynamics. Fast forward years later and where they meet again at the Frozen Four.  Both confusion and hurt feelings are just some of the emotions running through both of their minds.  When Wes decides to spend the summer where Jamie coaches and where they originally met, their lives completely change.

Ryan has been in love with his friend Jamie for years and that drunken night many years ago did not help the situation. When they are back together for the summer his feelings are brought to the forefront. Will Jamie hate him or be disgusted by him when he comes clean about his sexuality? Jamie takes it way better than he had imagined. At first it was a platonic relationship until Jamie realized he had started to have feeling for Ryan as well.

What I loved most about this book was the natural progression of their relationship. It didn’t rush nor was it too slow. It was a seamless move from friends to lovers. It had the emotion, the compassion, and the heart of a beautiful love story.  You had Jamie questioning himself about his own sexuality and coming to terms with it as well as admitting that he had fallen in love with his best friend too.  Another perk of this fabulous book? Two smoking hot alpha hockey players. Yep-it was beyond HOT!

Had I been able to, I would’ve read this book in one sitting. The writing in this book was top-notch and everything I love in a NA book.  I knew this book was going to be amazing but in short, it was even better than amazing. I wish, no I want, another collaboration by this superstar team STAT.



About ​Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at http://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.