ARC Review ★ HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: Him
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, M/M, LGBTQ
Publication date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: Author Publicist, Nina Bocci of Bocci PR
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.
This was my first novel that solely focused on an m/m relationship. 
I’ve now read about two boys kissing…and I liked it. A lot.
This book has such an awesome blend of everything I love and then some. It has that good ol’ friends-to-lovers trope, two hot male hockey players, and a deep and beautiful romance. 

This will definitely be going on my list of favorites for 2015!

Jamie and Wes’ history is presented to us in moments of flashbacks and I liked the way they tied in with the current happenings. The authors gave us a piece at a time that for me personally had a great affect on allowing me to fall for these boys without effort.
The chemistry Jamie and Wes had was off the charts. They had that kind of enviable love where your lover isn’t simply a lover, but a best friend that knows you inside and out.

Wes had several years to figure out his sexuality, accept it and then get comfortable with it. Not to say he had an easier road however, considering he never dealt with his feelings for his best friend. Instead, Wes abruptly left Jamie stranded without a friend and more importantly, no explanation.

Jamie’s enlightenment didn’t occur until reuniting with Wes. Straight had always been his answer, but Wes brought up strange, unknown feelings that he couldn’t ignore. Their one and only gay, teen experience together all those years ago had left him with questions, but Wes’ disappearance overshadowed them all. 

When their lives meet once again, they haven choice but to acknowledge their feelings and their past.

I laughed and cried and aww’d all the way through. It was lovely to see the journey they each took on their own and then to see them join was just beautiful. The characters development and growth of the characters were both steady and consistent. 

The sex scenes were written so well, and managed to show that tenderness and love in each scene no matter the context. It was clear these two cared deeply for each other in every smile, caress, and comforting word from their mouths.

If you’re looking for a hot and angsty m/m story this is it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie like I was or veteran to this genre of reading, you’ll enjoy the intense connection these two have and fall head over heels.

If Elle and Sarina decide to join forces again, I volunteer to be their #1 cheerleader!
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)
Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.
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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!
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