New Release Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

HimHim by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: M/M Sports Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


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Wendy’s Review


Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you to Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy for writing a book that got me out of my mediocre slump!  I would bow down, except I’m in the depths of despair over reading this in one day and not savoring it one word at a time.  Now I’m hungover and terrified that I’ll be unable to move on!

Him was epic!  I’m sorry, but it seriously was epic.  Listen, I was all prepared to hate on this book for it’s similarities to Understatement of the Year which I also liked a whole heck of a lot.  Both books are about hockey players who used to be best friends, that friendship ended badly causing years to go by without talking to each other.  They are forced to reconnect in college and yada yada yada, you can read between the lines.  They were similar on the surface, but they were different in substance.

*Gush gush gush gush*

In Him all of those contemporary traps that I normally can’t stand were nonexistent.  The angst was on a low level, very tolerable.  It was focused more around the history between Wes and Jamie, and the feelings between them.  It was Hott with a capitol H, and it was so damn romantic and cute.  Nobody held grudges for chapter upon chapter, and on the flip-side nobody withheld their apologies to soothe their own pride. Everything about it was just flipping perfect.  All of it was perfect.  I have absolutely zero complaints.

Please, Ms Kennedy and Ms Bowen, please tell me this isn’t it!  You know exactly how to write an amazing M/M love story.  I’ll be rereading this book again, very very soon.  Possibly immediately!

Thank you to Rennie Road Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:5 Stars = A+

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