Him (Him, #1)

by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

4.41 of 5 stars 17 ratings • 9 reviews • 25 shelved
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Him (Him, #1)

by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

4.41 of 5 stars 17 ratings • 9 reviews • 25 shelved

A m/m romance collaboration between Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. USA Today bestseller!

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.

  • ISBN10 1942444087
  • ISBN13 9781942444084
  • Publish Date 2 August 2015 (first published 1 August 2015)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Tuxbury Publishing LLC
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 356
  • Language English


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I hardly read M/M Romance, but thanks to the Romanceopoly Challenge created by the lovely ladies at the Under the Covers Book Blog and Jessica at Peace Love Books, I’m now starting to branch out to read it more often. I also got the recommendation of reading Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy from them too. Thank you, ladies!Holy Moly! I loved this book! It didn’t take me long to read it because I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the story, and I loved the characters! The gist of the story is that both characters Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were best friends that attended a summer hockey camp together for years.

At 18 years old Ryan made a bet with his best friend Jamie who happened to be very straight that crossed boundaries with their relationship that he regretted. Now in college, they end up facing off with each other during their college hockey game. They hadn’t seen each other since that incident four years ago. Jamie has been confused since then due to his best friend Ryan never talking to him again. He has waited a long time for answers. Now he is going to finally get those answers and finally realize the truth about his best friend, Ryan. After their hockey game, Jaime goes back to the same summer camp, but as a counselor this time. Ryan also decides to tell him the truth. Six weeks with a best friend may lead more into just friendship with Jaime though. Jaime may realize he thinks more about Ryan than just friendship too. First off, this book has a lot of STEAM to it.

You will need a COLD shower after reading the scenes between Ryan and Jaime. This book is one of those where the friends are confused with their relationship with each other. Ryan is in love with Jaime, but Jaime is straight. Jaime though is baffled by how Ryan has been acting around Jaime back when they were younger and what happened during the bet. Jaime is confused now as an adult when it comes to Ryan. He has some feelings towards Ryan. Who wouldn’t have feelings for Ryan? Ryan is gorgeous! I love the angst between these two and the love between the two because of their friendship and how they buy gifts for each other back in camp and how they were trying to get their friendship back in camp.

Seriously these two were meant for each other. I have found two new authors too. I loved how both of these authors kept me swiping my kindle and keeping me engaged in the story between the characters and how I wanted these two characters to get together finally. They both deserved happiness. I look forward to diving into the second book, which continues Jaime and Ryan’s story. I’ve also added several more books to my TBR from both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s other books they’ve written. I love finding new authors to read. 🙂

Story Rating: 5 stars

Steaminess Rating: 5 stars

Standalone or part of series: First book in a two book series.

Do I recommend this book? Most definitely YES! If you are a fan of M/M romance books I highly recommend this book!!!

Will I read other books from the authors? HECK YES!

Trope/Elements: Friends to Lovers. Both characters are hockey players.

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I don't even know where to begin! I am completely blown away by Jamie and Ryan's story and wish that I could re-read for the first time. I've been on a bit of an Elle Kennedy kick and decided to dive into HIM before I finished the final book in her Off-Campus series. I had a 7 hour drive home and this book totally made the drive go by quickly. This was my first M/M read for the year, it has honestly been a long time since my last one, and this one was recommended so highly. I'm still raving about it and will soon be devouring book two in their duet, Us.



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Linda 5 of 5 stars
Bowen and Kennedy sure do know how to tell a great story! Him was so well done! I was rooting for Wes and Jamie so hard.

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Angie 5 of 5 stars
I loved Him. Like, absolutely loved! Wes and Jamie were best friends through middle school and high school even though they only saw each other for six weeks every summer during hockey camp. Then during their senior year, things happen, and they haven’t spoken in four years. The two are reunited during a championship game, then both of them work as coaches at the same summer camp. It’s there that Jamie finally learns why Wes cut him out of his life, and they regain something much more than friendship.

Him gave me all of the happy, tingly feels. All of them. Right from the beginning. I had to know what happened at camp to drive them apart, and it’s slowly, agonizingly revealed. I was shocked! I was expecting something along those lines, but not quite like that! Holy crap! And once the truth was out, I was mentally yelling at them to get to kissing! There’s so much tension! And so much kissing! And so much beyond kissing! It is intense! Feeeeeelings!

I also loved how Wes and Jamie actually talk things out in Him, rather than giving each other the cold shoulder and ruining things like they did so many years ago. It’s not like it’s all sunshine and rainbows for them. They have problems. They jump to conclusions and have misunderstandings, but they talk about it! Then realize they’re being stupid and get back to kissing! And I loved how Jamie puzzled over his sexuality, and realized that he’s bisexual! He uses the word! He labels himself! He accepts it! Others accept it! Hooray for being bisexual!

There are many, many things about Him that gave me the warm fuzzies. Obviously, the friendship and eventual romance between Wes and Jamie. Then there’s what Wes’ college coach did for him that made me go “AAAWWW!” And then there’s Jamie’s mom’s house warming gift which was adorably hilarious! And then more Wes and Jamie!

Clearly, I really, really, really loved Him. I have zero complaints. Zero. But I do have a lot of feelings. Lots.

Read more of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads & Reviews.

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Acceptance wins the goal...

I started this story with the knowledge that Him was popular, M/M, written by two very talented authors and was supposedly HOT!!! With limited experience reading M/M, I didn't have high expectations and I wasn't sure if it would float my boat.


By the half way point I'm starting to question why this was turning me on so much and analyzing what made it so sexy or sexier than M/f? Maybe it's because women analyze everything and are unsure about getting it right or whether they are on the right track. In a M/M relationship they know what buttons to push because they've got the same buttons. No hit or miss with these guys, no hiding behind fake "o's" is possible. To me it's a confidence thing, two men know what they want and how to get it. Women are still hesitant to ask for what they want and settle for what they get.

Wes and Jamie had been friends for years with Wes knowing he was gay and having feelings for Jamie. One decision ... situation ... occurrence that Wes makes, throws their friendship out of whack and leads them to be estranged for four years. They miss each other and when an opportunity presents itself, decide their friendship is worth fighting for. At the time they meet up again, Jamie has a friends with benefits thing going on with a girl named Holly. TBH, this part of the story had me thinking that this relationship would be easier than what I knew would be coming...but you love who you love and sometimes easy is not the best.

I don't want to go on too much more but I will say that I loved that there was a storyline outside of their relationship. It kept me interested and I wanted to know more about the intricacies of training and working towards being an elite hockey player.

My favourite part of the whole story was towards the end. Acceptance. One word changed everything for me. I read this whole story still with this little voice in my head saying - not too bad for an erotic, take me out of my comfort zone read. Then we get to the part where two blokes have to decide whether to put their lives, careers and acceptance on the line. Is the risks worth it? Will their family's care? Can they live without love? The answers are not the same for everyone. In this story I shed a happy tear and felt content that it all worked out as well as it did.

So another comfort zone explosion with no casualties, that left a big old smile plastered on my face. What's next - The life and times of a transsexual vampire yeti? Probably not, but who knows. This year is all about pushing my boundaries.

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