Him

Him

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by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
     
 

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942444084
Publisher:
Rennie Road Books
Publication date:
08/02/2015
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
162,720
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

You can visit her at www.sarinabowen.com to sign up for her newsletter. Or follow her on Twitter @SarinaBowen.

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 BA 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. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Elle loves to hear from her readers. Visit her website www.ellekennedy.com or sign up for her newsletter to receive updates about upcoming books and exclusive excerpts. You can also find her on Facebook (AuthorElleKennedy) or follow her on Twitter (@ElleKennedy).

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Him 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't really recommend. These boys were too young for me to relate. And having to read about them having sex with others...well no thanks. I must not be their target audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever read one of those books where you can't stop smiling? This is it! Absolutely loved the story, it sucked me right in, made me laugh and swoon at the same time!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of steamy sweet fun. A good read. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written - you'll get wrapped up in Ryan and Jamie's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story! I enjoyed the love story of these two characters.
love2readJD 6 months ago
Must read book! A well written story with characters that you fall in love with and can't wait to find out what happens next in their lives! I couldn't put the book down and didn't want to because it made me smile and laugh. WOW, just amazing!
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Susan65 10 months ago
Listened to the audio Now this is how I would like my audios to be narrated; two main characters and two narrators…finally, a performance that separates the names with the voices. As is fast becoming a habit of mine, I did not read this book before I bought the audio, and I’m finding that if the performance is spot on, then I lose nothing in skipping the actual book. Both Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton did an outstanding job in staying in character throughout the audio. They each have a distinct voice that fit the persona portrayed and both gave an excellent performance. The only thing that could possibly increase my enjoyment as a listener would be if a third person narrated, read the filler, and let the character-narrators only voice the main characters lines. But then again that’s me being picky, and I know it’s probably asking for a lot. I’ve seen this book around for a while, and the reviews were pretty decent…and the cover is just plain pretty, so I thought I would give it a try and see what all of the hubbub was about. I was not disappointed. Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were both amazing characters and both were performed in a way that I had no problem distinguishing between the two. My only issue, and this is probably all me, but I wish that an author would stick with a name throughout the book and not use last names intermingled with first names, especially when said last name could realistically be a first name. Let me explain. Ryan goes by Wes or Wesley, and it took a bit for me to realize that Ryan and Wesley was the same person. I guess that is an issue with audios over actual books. But, that is my only complaint and not really much of one. Otherwise, the story is solid, the characters likable, and the performances were spot on. This one ended so well, I am afraid to read the next book. I think I will wait for the audio and hope that the authors choose the same format and the same narrators. This one is a winner and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite book!
ReadingFrenzyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This was my first dip in the m/m pool if you will, and I think I made good choice. It’s sweet, funny, sexy as hell, and has zero drama—basically everything I look for in a light romance—only with dudes. Wes and Jamie became best friends while spending their summers together at an elite hockey camp. Wes begins wrestling with a growing attraction to Jamie, who he is fairly certain is straight. The summer before college, a bet goes too far and Wes abruptly ends their friendship without explanation. Jamie and Wes meet again four years later when their respective college teams make it to the Frozen Four Hockey Tournament. Memories of that summer come rushing back: all the happy times, as well as Jamie’s pain and confusion and hurt, and Wes’s guilt. Wes is finally ready to come out to Jamie and give him the apology he feels he deserves. But when Jamie and Wes return to summer camp as hockey coaches, the boundaries of their renewed friendship are tested. This book is nothing like I expected from a NA m/m story. I figured Jamie would be denying his attraction to Wes for half the book, but instead he quickly comes to terms with his sexuality. I kept looking for major drama, mind games, and miscommunication. Guess what? Never happened. The friends-to-lovers progression feels natural. The obstacles they face are real and handled with maturity, but also a healthy dose of humor. The book blurb says it contains sexual situations but what it doesn’t prepare you for is just how steamy it is. Don’t let the fact that it’s NA fool you. This is some really hawt, top-of-the-line erotica that, for this m/m virgin, is a little educational too. Just keepin’ it real. Anyway… I loved tattooed bad-boy Wes. "I’ll give him every f*cking part of myself, serve it to him like a feast at a banquet. Jamie Canning has no idea the kind of power he has over me." But I truly adored laidback California boy Jamie. "It’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve always felt a little more alive when he’s around. Life is just a little brighter, a little louder wherever Wes is." The chemistry is phenomenal, the humor is fantastic, and I got a huge kick out of Jamie’s wacky family. The epilogue is just delicious icing on an already tasty cake. Major kudos to the two authors who seamlessly blended their writing styles. A solid 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story of two friends finding love.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
HIM managed to be sexy without compromising character development, and hilarious in spite of its frequently serious subject matter. One of those rare books where the ending is so perfect and self-contained that I'm not actually sure I will pick up the sequel.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley have been best friends since they met at Hockey Camp in their middle school years. After a drunken episode, they stopped being friends. Now, with both of them at the Frozen Four, they rekindle their friendship and start over. Ryan "Wes" Wesley is just devastated about what happened the last time they were alone. He has been in love with his best friend and hurting. Now, with a fresh start he tries to make Jamie proud of him as the best friend he can be. Only Jamie is not sure he wants to be just friends anymore. He went out to a bar with his buddy and got pretty jealous when some other guy was making the moves on him. So he kisses him. It was pretty hot. Jamie now knows he is interested in more. The question is will Wes go for it? Wes is scared out of his ever loving mind. This is the love of his life, how can he say no? When he touches him - he loses all control and any remnant of sanity. After spending the summer with the person you love the most, how do you move on and go your separate ways again? Such an incredible love story! I was laughing and crying right along with the main characters They are charming, honest, loyal, and talented.
h2olvr More than 1 year ago
bookshelves: college-guys, gfy, m-m, made-me-smile, made-me-think, mc-to-love, sports, steamy Read from November 23 to 24, 2015 Two teenagers are good at hockey. They live a continent apart, but spent every summer as roommates at an elite hockey camp. They are headed to the pros, but first they are friends. Then as they are finishing High School and ready to go off to college something happens. They do not see each other until their senior year at the college hockey championships. Wes has never forgiven himself for what he did to Jamie. He just could not face him. He could never share his secret with Jamie. I've spent four years riddled with shame over what I'd done, and now it turns out I should've felt ashamed about something entirely different...(Jamie) cared that I'd abandoned him. And knowing I'd hurt my best friend much more deeply than I'd realized twists me up in knots. They have one last summer to repair their friendship before the Pros separate them again. Wes is gay and has known that fact since he was a teenager. His college coach and teammates know but they won't out him. Going to the pros means the closet. It is a lonely place. Of course the world is lonely to Wes without Jamie. I liked all of the supporting characters especially Coach Pat. I loved Jamie's family and their crazy facebook entries. I felt for the young hockey player with his Ah father. I just liked this story.
khulseman More than 1 year ago
"As I admire the grace and deadly precision with which he moves. My weakness is him." Jamie and Wes - sigh. I love an unrequited love story. I love sports romance especially if it's hockey. For M/M romance, I love a GFY storyline. Check. Check. Check. Got all the necessary elements I need for a one day, binge read. And duo Bowen and Kennedy did not disappoint. The authors take you through their journey of friendship as young teenagers where one realizes that the love they feel for the other is not just friendship to their eventual reconnection as adults. Bowen and Kennedy give you great insight into both the heads and hearts of the characters that you can't not root for their HEA. I loved how they wove the back story with present day. Both male characters were completely relatable. I loved that Wes was the one that was easy to judgement whereas Jamie was the more accepting one. Need more detail on that last sentence. Well, I recommend you read for yourself. The epilogue is epic - loved the Facebook conversation. If anything, I wish the last quarter of the book had more messiness to it. Yes, me the angsty/drama hater wants them not to have it all fall nicely into place. I guess that why they call it a HEA. I love Crossroads and Bend or Break series to death. If you loved those books, this book will definitely be a win for you. If you are new to the M/M genre, this is a great story to get hooked on. 4.5 stars out of 5.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
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. :D 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!
ACody89 More than 1 year ago
This story captivated me from the very first moment. I only got the sample but after the first section i immediately bought this book. It kept me guessing the whole time and really rooting for these boys
Rhonda_J_728 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent! It was my first m/m book. I was a little reluctant to read it, but I'm glad I did! It was a great love story.
TheBookFairyReviews More than 1 year ago
Being in the NHL is the one thing that Ryan Wesley and his father agree on. It is the one thing that has kept him going, it's his future and he loves it more than anything else in his life. Well, except for his best friend Jaime Canning. The one thing he has loved that he pushed out of his life. Jaime has spent the last four years trying to figure out what happened to his best friend, what he did to be cut out of his life so suddenly after spending every summer at Hockey camp. Are you ready for sparks to fly? A friendship to rekindle? A romance? You will get all three and more in this book about acceptance and love. Ryan and Jaime grow through out this book, they grow as individuals and they grow as a couple. I love reading a book that not only fills my heart and soul but also gives me insight to something different and new. Sarina and Elle partner up and give me insight to the fear of coming out, not only to your colleagues but to the public in general. I mean I know that the insensitivity in this world exists but when I read how Ryan and Jaime deal with it it breaks my heart. In short this book is more than a romance, it is a glimpse into reality a part of life that some have to go through just to love one another. So, if your looking for a book that fills your heart and soul, you got it in spades!
NPButterfly More than 1 year ago
This book! Where do I begin? This is one of the best friends turned lovers’ books I’ve read. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. I found myself grinning like the Cheshire cat a lot while reading this book. It melted my heart, made me snort laugh and I turned into a puddle of goo from all the warm fuzzy moments. Elle and Sarina did a fantastic job of collaborating and bringing to life a terrific story of a friendship that blossoms into more. I loved the characters, their personalities being so different, yet a lot alike. Jamie and Wes are one of my favorite couples now. I can’t tell you enough how much I loved these two as individuals and as a couple. This book is filled with a lot of laugh out loud moments, scorching hot sex scenes and a whole bunch of heartwarming moments that make you go, “Aww”. I highly recommend this title to all readers of this genre and to those who want to start. Seriously, you want to read this book! I give this book 5 Purple Skittles! (Read the book and you’ll understand)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do you get when Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy team up? A whole lot of awesome! This book is sexy and funny, and has all the feels. You'd expect a book about young hockey players to be steamy, and it doesn't disappoint in that area. But the pleasant surprise is how sweet and deeply romantic this story is. I particularly liked how self-aware and open minded Jamie was as he faced his emerging feelings for his best friend. I don't want to post any spoilers, but Jamie's response to liking fooling around with Wes is epically funny and clever. Whichever author came up with that - kudos to you! Jamie's laid back and open minded attitude are only trumped by the awesomeness that is his football loving and oh so supportive family. I want to hang out with the Cannings, and I want Jamie to be one of my best friends. Wes is the more complex character. While he is openly (if quietly) gay, he is extremely driven to become a professional hockey player, and is willing to put his personal life on hold to achieve that goal. He also has an extremely judgmental family, and very little faith in his own happy ending. Is he brave enough to risk his dream career for a chance to be with Jamie? So worth reading to find out!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Jamie and Ryan are total jocks full of testosterone, pranks and drive. They are both star hockey players who met at a summer camp for the best of the best as kids. They spent each summer together honing their skills and getting into trouble. Eventually, they crossed some lines beyond being just best friends which confused things. After meeting again a few years later, they're both unsure of where they stand with the other. I had so much fun reading this. The writing is very colorful and original. For someone who reads a lot, it often feel like I read the same phrases over and over so this was definitely welcomed. Also, I really dug all the sports talk. Both Jamie and Ryan are real guy-guys, ya know, horseplay, beer and ESPN types. HIM has mucho laughs and sexiness. It has themes of figuring out who you are and what you want out of life, and some about the nostalgic feeling of being a teen goofing off. Bottom line, it left me fulfilled and happy, and the pleasure was all mine. I hope this writing duo teams up again.
CrazyBellaBB More than 1 year ago
I SO loved this book!! I'm a big fan of Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen so when I learned they were writing a book together I was so excited! To learn that it was M/M was the frosting on the cake. What I loved about this book: - The writing. Seriously. I can't believe it was written by 2 people. It was seamless and so easy to read. - Friends to lovers - Jamie and Wes - despite not having seen each other for a while - know each other. They have history and their relationship goes deeper than a spark attraction. - Chemistry - omg. I loved the chemistry between Jamie and Wes. I loved Jamie's self discovery. In the beginning of the book he is straight, then as he recognizes his attraction to Wes he realizes he maybe isn't as straight as he thought he was. The sex between these two is HOT! This is a light, easy, sexy, romantic read. Not to much angst or drama. But it kept me turning the pages - I couldn't get enough. It was one of those - I can't stop reading, but I don't want it to end so maybe I should take a break so it will last longer - no way I need to see what happens next!! I highly recommend!! Some of the quotes I highlighted: "It's not an exaggeration to say I've always felt a little more alive when he's around. Life is just a little brighter, a little louder wherever Wes is." "He doesn't need skill - he just needs to be here. Him. Here. With me." "My d!ck and I reached an understanding." "Yeah? And what's that?" I ask curiously. He shrugs. "We both like you."
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Him by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy Jamie Canning never understood why his best friend from hockey camp, Ryan Wesley, cut off their relationship with no explanation, except for maybe that last drunken night together. Four years later, they see each other at the Frozen Four NCAA Division 1, Men’s Hockey Championship. Jamie discovers the truth about what happened with his friend, as well as some things about himself. I loved this book! This is a story where I fell in love with the characters so much I didn’t want the novel to end. Jamie is great. He is a laid-back hockey goalie that comes from a big loving family. The only problem with his family is that they like football more than hockey. I cannot fathom that. Anyway, he is unflappable and great with the kids he coaches at hockey camp. He is open-minded and a nice person. Someone I could see myself wanting to be friends with in real life. Hockey center, Ryan Wesley, is dynamic on and off the ice. He likes to challenge people and get in trouble. While his college team mates and coaches know he is gay, he does not openly advertise that fact, worried it will hurt his NHL career. His family is the complete opposite of Jamie’s. I felt bad that he grew up with uncaring parents. I really enjoyed the camp coaching scenes. Jamie is naturally great with the kids, while Ryan grows over the summer. It was interesting reading about the kid coaching aspect of hockey and the challenges of getting kids to get along and work as a team. Him is a story about two people that have been best friends since childhood, their relationship turning into something more. They both love hockey and have a wonderful chemistry. The sex scenes are tastefully done, obvious the two care about each other. The novel was interesting, believable, and well-written. The characters faced real-life issues and grew throughout the story. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy make an excellent writing duo. I would definitely read another collaboration by the two. Complimentary copy provided by authors in exchange for an honest review.