Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy Review

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Us (Him #2)

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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.

When I found out there was going to be a sequel to the book Him… I was so excited! I loved that book and couldn’t wait to see how the guys ended up.

This book started off so strong for me… But ultimately kind of just fizzled out.
The way everything was played out in this book… Just didn’t seem to flow right for me.

I mean… I enjoyed Jamie and Wes! A lot! But all the things that went wrong for them were just so over the top. It all just felt like it was all blown out of proportion.
All they had to do was just sit down and talk to each other. But instead they let it get so far out of control. Their assumptions and internal thinking… Were running wild! It almost seemed unbelievable.

Another thing that I wasn’t feeling was the role Blake Riley played in this book. He plays a big part in this story. And I’m sorry to say… He was just too much for me. Everything he said and did…
huhhh… Really got to me.
Especially the whole making a key thing and going through their drawers to get them clothes.
All the butting in and all those unannounced visits. Just didn’t work for me at all.

This was an ok read. I really enjoyed the happy moments between Wes and Jamie. There just wasn’t enough of all those little moments for me.
I just wish the story wasn’t so chaotic. Blake, the illnesses, the coming out, and the non-communication. It just felt like if it wasn’t one thing it was another.

If another book came out about this couple. I would read it. Because I really do love this couple.

*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

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.

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