Thursday, March 10, 2016

DUAL Review of HIM and US by 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.

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He's living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There's just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It's not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn't help that his new job isn't going as smoothly as he'd hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes's nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.



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He doesn't need skill - he just needs to be here. Him. Here. With me.

Yep. It's official. I'm hung over. I have a serious book hangover from these two books!! I like to write my reviews right after I read a book so I can purge all my feelings....make sure I get all the giddy I can down into words. Well, that's really not going to happen this time. It just isn't. It will be one that I think about for a while....continually. Like, the feelings and emotions I got to feel with Jaime and Wes were genuine. I loved the exploration. The curiosity. The fear and the excitement of something new. I felt it all. But, I think the ones that stuck out the most to me was the fear and the ache. The ache that you have when you know your other half is missing and it can only be relieved by that person, and the fear of knowing it could all be gone in an instant.

ARGH!!! So good....dammit, so good.

This series was HIGHLY recommended to me by Jenn at Garden of REden and I was really worried that I wasn't going to love it like she did (I hate that). You know how you get very emphatic recommendations and you are almost scared to jump in and read them because sometimes you don't agree? Man....I was scared, because I don't regularly pick up M/M and read them, so I wasn't too sure how this was going to go for me. I'm so glad she pushed me. This was easily, hands down, the best M/M I've ever read. Ever. 


THESE TWO BOOKS WERE ON POINT! Wes and Jaime's story truly made me go through all the firsts with them. Falling in love? Falling for your best friend? Finding out what TRUE love is? Seriously, these books makes me giddy thinking about them. I can and will easily recommend this series repeatedly. The writing and word flow was beautiful. The authors worked really well together and you could tell because of the harmonious weave between the characters' POV and how the story never stilted or felt like you were skipping. It flowed perfect. The sarcasm and wit these characters showed and used was so funny, yet you could see the fear behind their internal thoughts as well. I just loved the way this was written. SO GOOD!!!

"Love is friendship set on fire."

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Ivy Years is her college hockey series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See for updates.

HIM is a bestselling sexy, sporty hockey LGBT novel co-written with Elle Kennedy.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at



A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!



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