Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Him (Him #1)
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Source: Amazon
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 have been going back and forth on reading this book for so long. I LOVE both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, but I never read M/M books. I've heard so many good things about this book, but it wasn't until I read the WAGs series and saw Jamie and Wes as side characters together that I knew I had to pick this book up. 

Jamie Canning hasn't seen or spoken to Ryan Wesley in years. He doesn't know what he did to lose his best friend, but he's missed him as they've both worked their ways to the top of their college hockey teams. Wes regrets cutting off ties with Jamie four years ago after they crossed a line in their friendship that Wes wasn't sure they could come back from. Now that they're together again and not confused, teenage boys, Wes still doesn't know where he stands with Jamie. Could Jamie ever see him as more, or will he have to lose his best friend for a second time? 

Starting off, I loved both Jamie and Wes's characters and their camaraderie with their teammates and friends. I definitely fell in love with them as individuals right off the bat. And since they were both college hockey players on their way to playing professional, we got so much hockey in this book and I loved it. Then, when they finally reenter each other's lives, I fangirled so hard over their relationship. What I think made their relationship so special was the fact that they were genuinely best friends before they ever became something more. Wes was such a hot-shot hockey player and so confident, but his hesitation and fear over his relationship with Jamie was so endearing. He had no idea if Jamie could ever see him as something more and it really freaked him out because Jamie was the only guy he had ever really loved. 

When it comes to the physical side of their relationship, there was A LOT of sexy times between the two. If you're uncomfortable with that, definitely skip this book. But though there were lots of physical moments between Jamie and Wes, their relationship had such an emotional depth based on their pasts and exploration of their new relationship. Add on the fact that Wes didn't know how his new professional team would react to his sexual orientation and you have such a vulnerable side of Wes that makes you love him that much more. Both Jamie and Wes are exploring the unknown in their relationship and you are right there beside them as they figure it out. 

After reading this book, I now understand the hype surrounding Jamie and Wes. Those guys are so endearing, charming, and lovable and I shipped them so hard as I was reading this book. I loved all of the hockey talk and play in this book alongside the men trying to just figure their lives out. If you want to be at all a part of team Wesmie, you HAVE to pick up this book!

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