Tuesday, July 28, 2015

REVIEW... HIM 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.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 
This review will be spoiler free so no worries!
When I first found out that Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy were teaming up to write a book I probably squealed out loud. I am a huge fan of everything Sarina writes and Elle's Off Campus series is one of my favorites. You see I had very high expectations for this book. 
Sarina's THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR was my first (and only) m/m romance read before reading HIM. But I was instantly reminded of that same magic. 
Very quickly the story pulled me in and the story was so engrossing and addicting that I looked up and realized I had read the last page. 
The flow of the book was seamless and I was impressed that even having the knowledge that two people wrote the book, there was such a fluidity that I never felt the desire to even try and decipher who wrote what part. 
I loved how distinct the character's were. Jamie and Ryan stand apart in all the best ways. I loved Ryan's confidence at the same time I LOVED that his vulnerabilities seemed tied in with his relationship with Jamie. It made him so much more human and made the cocky (yes I know I said it) banter that much more adorable. 
Jamie on the other hand was the biggest surprise. His conflicts and emotions weren't exactly what I expected but they were probably my very favorite part of his character. Well on second thought, Jamie's family is in strong competition for that title of favorite. 
Individually Ryan and Jamie were great. But together... Perfection. 

And of course... I ended up getting all teary at the end but with these authors I'm not very surprised. 
HIM definitely didn't disappoint. 

I gave it 4.5 Stars!

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