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.
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives between Jamie & Wes
Him is the first book in the Him series and I absolutely loved this collaboration between Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. Despite not considering myself a “sports romance” fan, I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. This is a terrific mix of serious, sweet, sexy, and funny. I also generally don’t like flashbacks, but it really worked well here. I enjoyed Wes & Jamie as teens and then reuniting again at the end of their senior year in college. While this could probably be listed under New Adult, somehow it didn’t really have that feeling to it. Perhaps because this really seems to be focused on their hopes and plans for after college and spans a decade of friendship.
Wes and Jamie are so different and yet perfect for each other. While there are definitely several sexy scenes, this is more than just attraction. These guys love each other as friends and lovers, it’s a wonderful and beautiful relationship. Not without some shenanigans and pranks as well as witty dialogue.
While this story continues, it’s not a cliffhanger. It’s a full and complete story that ends with an HFN for Jamie & Wes. But you’ll definitely want to listen to Us.
Teddy Hamilton & Jacob Morgan are a wonderful match here. While either talented narrator could have handled this production on their own – combining the two brings this to another level. Have listened multiple times.
About the authors:
Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list nineteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.
Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. She lives with her family on a few wooded acres in New Hampshire.
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Elle Kennedy 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
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My Favorite Quotes
The question now isn’t whether I want to fool around with this man. The question is how I’m ever going to give it up. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
I don’t know your middle name so I had to make one up. Because, sweetie, you really needed to be middle-named for mangling those poor onions. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
Why hasn’t anyone ever told me the prostate was some kind of magical pleasure zone? Are there unicorns and orgasm fairies dancing around in there? – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
Jesus. Good thing he’s not a traffic cop, because he’s sending enough mixed signals to cause a ten-car pileup. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
I’m attracted to women, no doubt about it. I’m also attracted to men, apparently. Wonderful. Complicated fellow, my dick. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
Every time we kiss, I fall even more in love with him, and it has nothing to do with sex or lust. It’s him. His closeness and his scent and the way he soothes me. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet
Jamie Canning has no idea the kind of power he has over me. – Him by @SarinaBowen & @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @TEDDYHAMILTON14 & @JacobMo46594164 #MM #SportsRomance #Hockey #WesmieTweet