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, skinny-dipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.
“I read HIM in one sitting—it’s so, so good! If I had to pick two authors who I’d have team up, it would be Bowen and Kennedy”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover
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This book made me cry twice so for me that’s huge. This book is funny and so sweet dealing with first love and what everyone goes through when figuring themselves out. Ugh. It was phenomenal. So happy I found this book.
I absolutely feel in love with these characters. The sex scenes are hot but the story is what sells it. Such beautiful characters!!! Love love love!
From the opening lines, it’s clear that Him is going to be a friendship to lovers story, but we get so much more in this M/M sports romance. See, Wes and Jamie are two young men with very different family backgrounds, and unique paths, as they learn how to rectify who they are and what they want versus what’s expected of them. They are young collegiate hockey players both with promising futures in front of them and from the first moments we see them interacting with each other, it’s clear they have one of those connections, something way beyond friendship and a connection they really need to stop fighting.
Him is written from the two perspectives of our central characters and really builds insight into how they were raised and how they face their futures. Wes is isolated, with parents that are as cold and uninvolved as can be. He carries the weight of his promise, a future star in the world of hockey as his rookie season approaches. Jamie however comes from an incredibly loving and supportive family. That background gives him the character to accept his growing feelings for Wes. He isn’t quite sure what he wants to do. Certainly hockey as part of his future and it's clear he enjoys coaching.
It’s almost kismet that the summer camp that brought them together in the first place, brings them back together. Almost only because one of them can’t seem to move past what they experienced years before. Their mutual attraction is undeniable and for most of the book, we observe them falling in love AND embracing the feeling. Sure it’s not entirely accepted, a romantic relationship between them would shake up their worlds and potentially tornado their futures. It’s surprising (and yet not), which one pursues the potential of building a future together. Him is an incredibly steamy book and the erotic scenes are very, very well done. It’s not just sex, not at all, and the connection between Wes and Jamie is solidified in these scenes.
I’ve read a few of Elle Kennedy’s stories ( to date The Off-Campus series) and Sarina Bowen is new to me (not that I don’t already own a few of her books, I’m incented to move those up in my TBR). This writing duo makes for a magic combination and are certainly go to authors in the NYA and M/M genre (lest we forget sub-genre of college hockey and boys to men stories). I’m looking forward to more co-authoring from these ladies.