REVIEW: HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy


Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, M/M
Release Date: August 2nd, 2015
Published By: Rennie Road Books
ISBN: 1942444087


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.


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Holy smokes, I loved this book! I could not put it down! It’s not often that I read an M/M book, in fact, it’s so rare that I can probably count them on one hand. With Him, I kept hearing so much about it on Goodreads and from friends that I had to read it. Then the reviews were great as well. Typically that would make me leery but when every person I know on GR is reading a book, and they are loving it, it’s worth a shot for me to try it. Aside from that it’s also a friends to lovers romance, as well as basically a second chance romance. I’m a sucker for both those.

Let me go over the technical information for the book, and then I’m likely to babble a wee bit. Him is a standalone novel written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. It does have an HEA and tells the story from both characters point-of-view.

Going into this book I wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading it. Usually when I read an M/M novel, it is part of a series and the other books have lead up to it. That’s not the case with Him at all. I just knew that I loved Elle Kennedy’s other books I’d read, and while I’d never read a Sarina Bowen book, I was more than willing to give it a chance. So, I opened it up and I fell in love with the characters.

I actually don’t know which character I’m more enamored with. Jamie and Wes are pretty much on equal footing for me. Both have different personality traits, but they are extremely well blended in this book. They grew up as best friends who would only see each other ever summer at hockey camp, but kept in touch for the rest of the year. After a bet that goes “wrong”, Wes completely cuts off contact with Jamie, leaving Jamie to wonder what went wrong and why his best friend didn’t want anything to do with him anymore.

Now then, Wes is gay, and he is fully “out of the closet”. His friends know, his family knows, even his team knows it, and he knew for years that hew as in love with Jamie. Jamie on the other hand, had never even contemplated being with a guy. I’m not really sure who had it worse in this, because both obviously have feelings. Wes, trying to keep himself from going too far, or Jamie figuring out exactly where he stands on the relationship front and his attraction a male, while still being attracted to females.

Regardless though, once it all comes to a head, these two implode and the chemistry really is off the charts. 😀 I was left wondering how in the world they were going to sort out everything and in the end it was SO well done!

I don’t want to say much more, because I am edging into spoiler territory. So I will just say if you love a good friends to romance, or a second chance romance, or both, try this book, If you love either author, try this book! It’s so worth it. Definitely a solid five star read for me and one of my favorite books this year!


5 star


3 Comments Add yours

  1. mudandstars says:

    Thanks for the review! This sounds great, adding to my TBR list! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amber says:

      You’re welcome! It’s a great book!


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