Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Releasing July 28th, 2015
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.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
From the second I picked this book up my heart couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t stop smiling. Sarina and Elle have created these two beautiful men that you just can’t help but fall for the second you meet them. This friends to lovers story just truly took my breath away. There is no unnecessary drama, filler or angst that leaves a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Don’t get me wrong there are some times when you’ll be wanting to hold your breath but not to the point where you’ll feel like throwing your kindle. This story is about two friends who after years apart find their way back to each other. Their questions and concerns are real.
I loved Jamie and Ryan. I loved their connection, their passion and how much they really wanted each other. These authors didn’t spare anything when they wrote this story. The buildup to that first sexual encounter was just unbelievably sexy. I was completely consumed with them that I couldn’t wait to get to the next page. I felt like I was a voyeur into their world because I felt every word and every touch. These two college graduates were sexy as hell. A perfect feel good story.
Keep your husbands or significant other close because dear god this book has some steamy scenes that will have you all hot and bothered.
My heart ached for Ryan because throughout the story you could feel how much he was in love with Jamie but also how scared he was that he’d be rejected. He really does some stupid things but what really got me mostly was how much I wanted to scream at them to communicate. Their communication skills really sucked but I love how even though these men had a hard time voicing their fears or what they wanted to each other, there wasn’t any back and forth games. Sarina and Elle really did a fabulous job by giving us internal conflict without having the characters being on a constant run from each other.
This is definitely one book every fan of these authors and every m/m fan will want to pick up. This seriously sexy story with a brilliant story line is one that will be well received. The writing was fantastic. I’ve read some of Elle’s books before and have loved every one of them but Sarina Bowen is a first time read for me. I’m so happy these talented ladies collaborated on this wonderful story. I hope we see more collaboration in the future. I’ll definitely be looking into reading more books from Sarina as I am very excited to learn that this was not her first m/m.
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.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!