Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Release Day Blitz & Review: HIM By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

A new M/M title from
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.

What I thought about HIM

**Spoiler free review** 

When Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning have a short-lived reunion four years after things got a little too close, it's clear the feelings between them haven't disappeared like magic. Wes is torn between wanting more from his friend, and knowing that Jamie could break his heart in an instant with a rejection. He believes his friend is straight.

Jamie wants to reconnect too, but his uncertainty goes deeper than Wes's. He gets to struggle with questions central to his sexual identity. It's a bit intimidating, but Jamie handles finding himself with a maturity that made me fall for him myself. I loved his interactions with Wes, his friends and family, especially how he treated his friend Holly. He's hot, he's introspective, and with Wes he finds something beautiful. 

It was easy to get invested in Wes and Jamie's happiness. I loved their story and the hockey backdrop was perfect.

I love it when an author, or in this case authors, can write characters who are so clearly unique and identifiable that the dialogue is easy to follow. The writing here is tight and I couldn't stop reading. There's just so much to enjoy in HIM -- it's a wonderful friends to lovers story that covers a lot of ground and will make you want more by the time you get to the end.  

ARC provided for review.


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