Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

HimRate: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Sports (Hockey)
Length: 276 pages
Published: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published

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.

My View: I kept putting this book down on my TBR because I’m not a big Hockey fan, but even when the sport is very present in the story, it was simply integrated. It’s as important as the characters’ relationship and isn’t put aside for other plot points.

What else can  I say? I love friends to lovers stories, especially when they have a sincere friendship to start with. The foundation of their love was strong and developed over time, morphing from fondness until it became necessary.

All the events were credible, including their dealings with homophobia and getting to know each other. The secondary characters had a purpose and helped the story moved forward. They also shaped the men Ryan and Jamie became.

Overall, this story is a lovely tale of two young men discovering their love for each other and how to keep it against the odds. It gives the reader a window into their lives and what made them care for each other. We see as well their love for the sport and others. And the distances they would go to help and achieve their goals.

What I liked the most: The MCs’ friendship.

I wanted more of: Nothing at all.

Who should read it: Fans of coming of age stories.

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