#RSFave & Audiobook Review | Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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#RSFave & Audiobook Review | Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyHim by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series | Him #1
Narrator: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
Release Date | July 28, 2015
Published by Rennie Road Books
Genres | Contemporary, M/M, New Adult, Rennie Road Books, Sports Romance
Format | Audiobook
Add to TBR | ADD TO GOODREADS
Buy | Amazon | Audible | Paperback
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Synopsis |

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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Review

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.

Oh my goodness, my mind is so blown away with this story! All expectations were just thrown out the window and it’s honestly leaving me a little speechless. Him was a mixture of all my favorites all in one, we got a bit of a friends-to-lovers, hockey/sports romance and a hot couple. All that muscle, you don’t have me complaining there. Not one bit.

I liked that there was a few different things going on. Along with being in the present, we get a bit of their past and what happened to Jamie and Ryan’s friendship. To me, I thought it was all completely understandable from Ryan’s point. The last summer they were together, it was a trying time for Ryan, he was figuring out his sexuality and I can only imagine everything that was going through his mind. One of my closest friends is gay and I remember talking about his experience and all that was just running through his mind, the fear, the confusion and so many other what-ifs. And then we have Jamie trying to figuring out these very new feelings and there’s nothing better than to explore all of that than with Ryan 😉

I loved Ryan almost instantly, it’s hard not to love the guy. I appreciated his character so much, he was true to himself and everyone. I loved his honesty about everything, he had nothing to hide, maybe his true feelings about Jamie because there was just so much uncertainty there.

Everything that Jamie was going through was just all very real, realizing what his sexuality was and that he was bi. But also had this infinite connection to his best friend that there was no denying. I loved that fact that yes, Ryan has always been in love with his best friend and that it was a bit of a slow burn for Jamie.

This story is completely flawless and this is my newest favorite author duo. Thank you for writing such a phenomenal story that I’ll never forget.

NARRATION: This was my first time listening to Teddy Hamilton as a narrator and second for Jacob Morgan. And I gotta say, I’m quite the fan. I loved them both equally. I just went and checked out the other books they narrate in, sign me up to listen to those 😉

About Elle Kennedy

New York TimesUSA 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!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over thirty contemporary novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in January, with Overnight Sensation. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen 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. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.