Him by Sarina Bowen

Him

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. No...

Title:Him
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ISBN:1942444079
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:360 pages

Him Reviews

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    Jun 08, 2015

    This was such an adorable feel good story!

    was a friends to lovers, GFY story that made me smile or grin more times that I can count. It was sweet, it was sexy, it was simply a fantastic read! Honestly I’m not really a sports romance fan, but I didn’t care about this aspect in this case since this book it’s written by two authors I really enjoy.

    Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley used to be best friends. They used to spend together six weeks every summer at a hockey camp on Lake Placid.

    This was such an adorable feel good story!

    was a friends to lovers, GFY story that made me smile or grin more times that I can count. It was sweet, it was sexy, it was simply a fantastic read! Honestly I’m not really a sports romance fan, but I didn’t care about this aspect in this case since this book it’s written by two authors I really enjoy.

    Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley used to be best friends. They used to spend together six weeks every summer at a hockey camp on Lake Placid. Until everything changed between them...Something happened that summer that made Wes to end their friendship, leaving Jamie confused. It’s been nearly four years since Jamie had spoken or seen Wes, but he still misses his friend and occasionally thinks about him. While Wes never returned to the hockey camp, Jamie returned every summer as a coach.

    Wes gets a second chance to make things right with his former best friend when their college teams set to face off at the national championship. From the moment Wes lays his eyes on Jamie, he knows he still has feelings for him. He accepts to coach alongside Jamie on Lake Placid hockey camp hoping Jamie will forgive him and eventually they will be friends again. What he never expected is for Jamie to accepts so easily that he’s gay and also to discover one thing or two about himself.

    was a great, sweet and steamy story with two endearing characters that I loved reading about. I liked both Jamie and Wes and I have to say their romance made my heart melt. They were cute together to say the least and I enjoyed seeing them getting to know each other again as friends and later as lovers. I think they complemented each other really well and that’s why their chemistry was so fantastic. It also was done really well and it was palpable from start to finish.

    I enjoyed all kind all m/m romances, but my favorite is GFY m/m novels when one of the characters (or both of them) is (are) struggling to accept the 'new' reality, that he is /they are gay or like in this case bi. While Jamie didn’t struggle too much with everything like I expected, I think his self-discovery felt natural. I really liked how he handled everything he figured out about himself. There’s no stupid, unnecessary drama, (even if the two guys have to face some obstacles) which I enjoyed.

    Like I mentioned above,

    was a steamy romance. And when I say steamy I mean steamy-steamy. This aspect of the story was fantastically done. The sexy moments between these two were hot, intense and at times even a little emotional. So to say that I enjoyed them a lot, would be an understatement. Loved every single one of them!

    This novel had also plenty of funny moments. These guys made me laugh as much as they made me swoon. Their banter was so great and I liked how easily they interacted with each other and how every single one of their interactions felt natural. Nothing between them felt forced. Their bond felt real and even if four years had passed since they saw each other, their connection it’s stronger than ever.

    I have to say one more thing about this awesome read. I loved, loved Jamie’s family. I loved how they were with each other and how wonderful and supportive were not only with Jamie, but with Wes as well.They were pure and simple fantastic!

    All in all,

    was a great, sweet and sexy NA m/m romance with likeable main characters, great steam and banter and a tender romance.

  • Jennifer Kyle
    Jun 08, 2015

    I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy’s

    series as well as Sarina Bowen’s

    series and so a collaboration by these two authors made me actually squeal out loud. Now for the iffy area for me is that the genre for this book is mm. The truth is, I have actually only read two others books in this genre. One of them being Sarina Bowen’s

    which I absolutely loved (felt it clicked all my boxes)

    I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy’s

    series as well as Sarina Bowen’s

    series and so a collaboration by these two authors made me actually squeal out loud. Now for the iffy area for me is that the genre for this book is mm. The truth is, I have actually only read two others books in this genre. One of them being Sarina Bowen’s

    which I absolutely loved (felt it clicked all my boxes) however some hardcore mm readers called it mm light. So for me to rate this against others is a bit hard. On the one hand there’s a ton of hot kisses, petting and hot sex scenes. On the other hand, I prefer more drama in my reads but did feel that this one was a good read nonetheless.

    This is a second chance love story so to say, as two best friends make a bet as teens at hockey camp the summer before heading to college. Thereafter, strong feelings of guilt/love on Wesley’s part causes him to cut Jamie’s friendship off without a reason.

    The story is told in alternating povs of two hot hockey players. In their senior year of college their respective hockey teams are in the same big tournament and the two come face to face once again.

    Ryan Wesley finds the guts to apologize to his old friend Jamie and he reveals his sexuality and Jamie is ecstatic to have his best friend back. The two start to replay the events that happened between them as teens. Wesley surprises Jamie by showing up at hockey camp to coach and room with him. The attraction magnifies between the two and confuses Jamie.

    The two make a deal that they will end their relationship once they leave camp as Wesley heads for the pros and Jamie waivers on what he wants in his future.

    This story doesn’t have any unnecessary drama and their fall into one another’s arms was well paced and very hot.

    Both characters were very likable as were Jamie’s wonderful family. The story has a sweet ending and overall made for a good read.

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    Jun 09, 2015

    Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning are best of friends especially during the summer months they spend on Lake Placid where the two of them are enrolled in a summer hockey program. Despite seeing each other for only two months out of the year, they've bonded and considered each other best of friends.

    On their last summer there before going off to college, something happened which caused Wes to end their friendship leaving Jamie confused as to why. Fast-forward to four years later and both of

    Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning are best of friends especially during the summer months they spend on Lake Placid where the two of them are enrolled in a summer hockey program. Despite seeing each other for only two months out of the year, they've bonded and considered each other best of friends.

    On their last summer there before going off to college, something happened which caused Wes to end their friendship leaving Jamie confused as to why. Fast-forward to four years later and both of their teams are in the Frozen Four Hockey tournament.

    By then, Wes is more or less out of the closet and as much as he wants to pursue his feelings for his best friend, he can't because as far as he knows Jamie is straight. An opportunity to coach teen hockey players at the same camp where he and Jamie met gave Wes an opportunity to come out to Jamie do right by their friendship.

    Jamie is still trying to understand what happened all those years ago. And learning about Wes sexuality explained a lot of the decisions Wes made but it doesn't explain Jamie's growing attraction to his best friend. It doesn't explain why he's suddenly discovering stuff about himself, about Wes and about the fact that he wants nothing more than to spend time with Wes and explore the growing feelings between them. And holy sweet mother, did they explore.

    Him is a great gateway M/M read for romance readers looking to try the m/m category. It has great banter, fantastic chemistry and two very likable leads. I admit that Wes annoyed me, at first. He's cocky and he made an arbitrary decision that hurt his best friend. But very early on, he won me over with his sincerity and depth of feelings for Jamie.

    To be honest I was worried with the set-up because Jamie, for all intents and purposes, is straight. But Sarina and Elle did a wonderful job handling that aspect. Jamie self-discovery felt natural. It didn't feel contrived. Both Jamie and Wes have to face obstacles, but when it comes to their feelings for each other, it's clear to me as a reader that they belong together. Their relationship felt raw and sincere, and so, so hot.

    A word of advice. Do not, under any circumstances, read this book in public or even semi-public. I'm not a blushing person but I've lost count how many times, Wes and Jamie made me blush and smile like a lunatic. Both authors captured the emotion perfectly and I just couldn't help but fall in love with Wes and Jamie.

    I really enjoyed this book. And I think that Elle and Sarina's style blended so well it reads like there's only one person writing this book and not two. The writing was seamless and I can't wait to read more from these two, either individually or together.

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  • Lisa
    Jul 11, 2015

    is a collaboration by authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. Both are new authors to me so I was a little unsure as to what to expect. Holy heck did I ever end up loving this book! This sweet and sexy story about two best friends turned out to be such a welcome surprise. I could not help but get wrapped up in this enchanting tale and see how things would work out between our two hockey stars.

    is a collaboration by authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. Both are new authors to me so I was a little unsure as to what to expect. Holy heck did I ever end up loving this book! This sweet and sexy story about two best friends turned out to be such a welcome surprise. I could not help but get wrapped up in this enchanting tale and see how things would work out between our two hockey stars.

    Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley used to spend their summers together at a hockey camp. Their close bond never faltered despite the fact that they only saw each other at camp. That is until a naughty bet they made during the summer right before they headed off to college changed things between them forever blurring the lines of their friendship. What resulted was three and a half years of distance, separation and no communication. When Jamie and Wes finally to come face to face once again at a national hockey championship, the awkwardness is certainly there. However, they can’t help but be transported to a time when their friendship was strong and unbreakable. Will Jamie finally get some answers as to why Wes walked away from their friendship, never looking back?

    Wes is a star college hockey player with an impending NHL contract set to begin shortly. His sole focus is his career and future in hockey so he keeps his love life simple and uncomplicated never straying outside the boundaries of his no commitment hook-ups. When Wes sees his former best friend again, the plethora of feelings he was bombarded with around him in the past comes rushing back and bringing to the forefront regret, guilt and a broken heart due to unrequited love. Jamie may be in the dark as to why Wes cut off all communication with him but seeing him again has made him realize just how much he missed his best friend. When Wes extends an olive branch, Jamie is happy to accept the gesture breathing a sigh of relief that Wes is no longer out of his life completely.

    Jamie has returned to their old hockey camp every summer as a coach. This summer, Wes decides to join him and decides to coach the young teens attending the camp right along with his best friend. Jamie and Wes will have one last summer together in their old stomping grounds. One last summer before real life and NHL careers take over. Once last summer where the course of their friendship could forever change once again.

    This story is told in alternating POVs and I loved every word. Both Jamie and Wes were such endearing characters. The simplicity of what they felt for one another was so beautiful and raw. As they spend the summer with each other Wes is finally given the opportunity to express all that he’s ever felt for his best friend, even if he may not be able to put his feelings into words. Then we have Jamie who is all of a sudden struggling with a side of himself that he never knew existed. What both Wes and Jamie experience and go through is so honest. Their journeys grabbing a hold of my heart with a vice-like grip. Will they find the courage to fight for what their hearts long for? Can they reach for something that equally terrifies them and makes their hearts sing?

    One of my favorite things about this book was the laughs. In the midst of such an emotional tale about two best friends, these authors hit us with some fantastic and well-timed humour. Let me clarify my point:

    All in all,

    was a beautifully written story that was steamy, fun and tender-hearted. With two captivating protagonists that captured my heart right from their initial introduction, how could I not fall in love with their love story? A story where the sheer emotion transcended through the pages. A tale that left me fanning myself, clutching my heart and happily sighing. This certainly will not be the last time I read something by each of these authors!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    Jul 11, 2015

    Fine, I'll admit it: I was wary going in.

    Sometimes when a book is so hyped up, it falls short of expectations. Plus, the authors write mainly M/F, and I did not want a Chicks with Dicks repeat.

    Thankfully, what I got was

    .

    I approve.

    Jamie figures out he's bi, not just gay for Ryan, which I appreciated (I'm not a fan of GFY, as it mostly strikes me as false).

    The alt

    Fine, I'll admit it: I was wary going in.

    Sometimes when a book is so hyped up, it falls short of expectations. Plus, the authors write mainly M/F, and I did not want a Chicks with Dicks repeat.

    Thankfully, what I got was

    .

    I approve.

    Jamie figures out he's bi, not just gay for Ryan, which I appreciated (I'm not a fan of GFY, as it mostly strikes me as false).

    The alternative first-person POVs worked fairly well. I did not have trouble figuring out who was talking.

    Some of the dialogue is a little juvenile, as other reviewers have pointed out, but considering that the MCs are 22 and grew up in locker rooms, I found their sometimes crass way of talking believable.

    After all, they are jocks, and this is what (many) jocks are like.

    Plus, when the MCs are alone, their friendship transcends pranks and teasing.

    I know next to nothing about hockey, but the sports talk didn't overwhelm the story.

    -Coach Pat

    -Jamie's funfuckingtastic family & their FB responses

    -Holly for not being a bitch

    -Condom sofa

    -Awkward yet steamy sex fest in the backseat of a (rather) small car

    -Ryan's tattoo (

    )

    -Totes feel-good HEA

    Jamie does muse about female anatomy too often at the beginning. I could have done without the many mentions of tits and pussy, fuck you very much.

  • Christy
    Apr 28, 2017

    is one of those books I waited for FOREVER to read, and now that I have…. I’m over here kicking myself for waiting so long! This one was SO GOOD! I loved Wes and Jamie!!

    Wes and Jamie went to the same hockey camp every summer throughout their teenage years. They became best friends and had a great relationship. Something happened Wes’s last year of camp, and the two lost touch. That 'something' being that Wes started to develop feelings for Jamie and it terrified him so he quit tal

    is one of those books I waited for FOREVER to read, and now that I have…. I’m over here kicking myself for waiting so long! This one was SO GOOD! I loved Wes and Jamie!!

    Wes and Jamie went to the same hockey camp every summer throughout their teenage years. They became best friends and had a great relationship. Something happened Wes’s last year of camp, and the two lost touch. That 'something' being that Wes started to develop feelings for Jamie and it terrified him so he quit talking to him.

    Fast forward about 4 years later and Jamie and Wes run into each other during their final year of college when they have a hockey game playing one another. Their friendship is reunited and all those feelings start to come back for Wes. The only problem? Jamie doesn’t play for the same team as Wes…. Or does he? 

Gah! I loved these two together. Their friendship and the chemistry they both shared. It was all fantastic!

    
I listened to the audiobook of

    , and let me tell you- Jacob Morgan KILLS it! His narration is complete perfection for Wes! Teddy Hamilton does a great job voicing Jamie as well, but there is something about Wes’s voice! If you haven’t read these definitely pick up the audio, and if you’ve read them and loved them, consider picking up the audio for a re-read. They were that good!

    This is a fantastic friends to lovers/mm/sports romance. I adored it and I’m jumping into book 2,

    , straight away! And of course I’ll be listening to the audio book! 


  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Aug 15, 2015

    Easily one of my favorite books from this year. Easily. And raise your hand if you are surprised??

    I started listening to this book on a road trip with one of my friends, and let me tell you, that car got STEAMY. This book is HOT, and when I got home from the trip, I spent the next five hours listening so I could hear how it ended!

    The audio for this book was

    , and a good audiobook always bumps u

    Easily one of my favorite books from this year. Easily. And raise your hand if you are surprised??

    I started listening to this book on a road trip with one of my friends, and let me tell you, that car got STEAMY. This book is HOT, and when I got home from the trip, I spent the next five hours listening so I could hear how it ended!

    The audio for this book was

    , and a good audiobook always bumps up my rating and improves my feelings about a story. There are two narrators for this story,

    , who did the voice of Jamie Canning, and

    , who did the voice of Ryan Wesley. I preferred the narration of

    for his sexy, understated performance, but both guys did a PHENOMENAL job. There was so much emotion, so much talent in their voices that I KNOW that both of these guys will be on my audiobook radar. Why don't more M/M authors (or M/F, for that matter), use them!? These guys are A-team material!

    But the story is what got me. Just right in the feels! I just DIED over it. First of all, I'm a huge fan of sexual discovery stories, as I'll call them, and I LOVED discovering Jamie's bisexuality along with him. And loooord, you guys know I love a

    . Those sex scenes were SMOKING HOT, with so much sexual tension that I was at the edge of my seat.

    I'm not usually one to go gaga for sports romance or big, muscle-men, but I think hockey might be the spot where I make my exception. In fact, I've had a great string of sports romances lately, so maybe I should change my tune.

    This book was veeerrryyy close to making my all-time favorites list, which I'm very exclusive with, and I'm still debating adding this one. It was one of those stories that made me choke up with

    , and left me feeling raw and happy and overwhelmed. The LOVE is there and so powerful.

    Awesome job,

    and

    . You both became auto-buy authors for me.

  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    Oct 01, 2015

    RE-READ 11/10/2016 ! Audio version.

    ➦I always suggest this book to those who haven't read any

    before but I've never even bothered to write a review for this awesome read.

    ➦I'll be honest, a year ago I was very apprehensive to try M/M myself. But Only 10% into this story I knew I could never go back. When it's done well, like in this book here, it can be oh so thoroughly enjoyable.

    ➦So I thought a re-read was in order and I'm very pleased to report that the book was just as great for me the se

    RE-READ 11/10/2016 ! Audio version.

    ➦I always suggest this book to those who haven't read any

    before but I've never even bothered to write a review for this awesome read.

    ➦I'll be honest, a year ago I was very apprehensive to try M/M myself. But Only 10% into this story I knew I could never go back. When it's done well, like in this book here, it can be oh so thoroughly enjoyable.

    ➦So I thought a re-read was in order and I'm very pleased to report that the book was just as great for me the second time around. Oh, and the audio version is

    ➦Jamie and Wes... Two teenage

    at a hockey camp. One

    . Prize =

    FUNNY? May be just for one of them. Because for Wes it's not funny at all - it's something he wants desperately because the feelings he harbors for his best friend are very real.

    ➦But is tricking his best friend into getting blown something that can

    Well, the answer is yes, and it's not really a spoiler because the book picks up years later when the two meet yet again.

    ➦Both are in college and play for hockey teams and are about to go pro. Will they be able to get their

    Oh, just freakin' read the book, would ya? :D

    ➦If you have never read any M/M this would be the book to test the waters. It is

    but

    at the same time. Don't worry if you aren't into sport romances - the book doesn't concentrate all that much on the actual playing of hockey. The character development is great and you will fall in love with both Wes and Jamie.


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