Him by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy Review


by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

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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’m a sucker for books where best friends get together. I also love M/M books. Put those two together! And you have a winning combination in my book!
This book was everything I was expecting it to be! It was funny, a little sad, the sex scenes were pretty hot! I could not put this book down.

Wes and Jamie have known each other for years. They met at Elites. A summer camp for youth hockey players. Every year they would go to Lake Placid. It’s a small town 5 hours away from New York. To sharpen their skills as hockey players.

At first they didn’t get along. Two young kids trying to one up each other. But as time went on. They developed a true friendship.
Their last summer at camp Wes and Jamie do something that changed their friendship.
One person freaked out and the other wanted to continue and explore what they did together.
Four years past…. Until they meet up and talk again.

I loved Wes and Jamie together.
They kind of picked up there old bander. Sending gag gifts to each other. Hanging out and talking.
but… at the same time working through all the stuff that happened between them at camp all those years ago.

I absolutely love when a straight guy is figuring out his feelings for another man.
All the experimenting…
And acceptance and just overall the different stages he goes through coming to terms with it. That being with a man is really what makes him happy.

I loved how the authors didn’t drag anything out or put undue drama in this book. Everything flowed in this book smoothly.
I hope we get more of Jamie and Wes in the future! I would love to read more about them.

*ARC provided for an honest review*


About this author

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 currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!



About this author

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

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.

To be kept abreast of new releases, please feel free to sign up for the mailing list at http://www.sarinabowen.com/contact.

Or visit the her Facebook page, or tweet her @sarinabowen.



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