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Us

4.7 19
by Sarina Bowen
 

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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He's living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves-Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There's just one problem: the most important

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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He's living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves-Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There's just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It's not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn't help that his new job isn't going as smoothly as he'd hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes's nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942444138
Publisher:
Rennie Road Books
Publication date:
03/08/2016
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
193,061
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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Us (Him, #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## BRILLIANT. Loved this sequel to "HIM". Jamie and Wesley are perfect for each other. I'm glad this wasn't just a filler book with sex, sex and more sex like so many authors write today. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of sex scenes and they are HOT....but there's ample plot as well. Wow, these ladies have written a beautiful love story that will take your breath away (yes, tissues recommended). The secondary characters only added to this fabulous book. The locker room banter was hilarious and Blake in particular had me cracking up. Well done. Will read again. Apprx. 230 pages.
NPButterfly More than 1 year ago
US was a book I had been dying to read. I fell in love with Wes and Jamie in HIM and I wondered where the authors were going to take their story. I think that Elle and Sarina write really developed characters. I seriously want these guys to be real and I could go for more of them with a third book, *wink wink* I always pick my rating by how the book sits with me. I give five stars to the books that I have a hard time walking away from when I have to go to work. This is one of those books for me. I hated to put it down. I ran through parts in my head during the day, I wondered where they were going with the story. My heart broke at the thought of the pros being too much for their relationship to withstand. I had so many fears, tears, and laughs with this one. I’m not going into details here, but I am kind of hoping and crossing my fingers that a spin off book may come with a certain pair from this series. Overall, I think I may have loved US even more than HIM if that is even possible. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you haven’t given an M/M book a chance, this is a great series to start with. The characters will have you cheering them on and you’ll fall head over heels like I did for Wes and Jamie. Another Grand Slam from this writing duo, or would that be a Goal? All I can say is, buy this book and you score!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy successfully follow-up Him with their second book in the series Us. I fell in love with Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning in the first book. I could not wait to hear more of their story. I was not disappointed. Us takes place in Toronto, where Ryan is the star rookie. Jamie has taken a job coaching a junior hockey team. The two are living together but keeping their relationship a secret. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. I love Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning. Ryan understandably feels the needs to hide his sexuality during his first year in the NHL. It ends up testing the two, and they need to overcome multiple obstacles. Jamie experiences some doubts in his pursuit of being a good coach. Their characters are well developed. They continue to grow. I love Jamie’s family; Wes’ family, not so much. I did like the Wesley chauffeur though. I like the introduction of Blake Riley; he became an annoyingly good friend to the couple. The book had a lot of humorous scenes. I found all the incidences involving Ryan’s lime-green checker shirt amusing, especially the occurrence at the end of the book. Not to mention, Wes’ and Jamie’s text photos, the boys are pretty creative. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are a fabulous writing duo. I love their style. The book has a great flow. The plot was believable and heartfelt. I would love to see this series continue or to develop into a spin off series. Both Him and Us are books I loved so much I would re-read. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
These authors make magic together. I am in love with their characters. Wes and Jamie manage to be larger than life and an everyday couple simultaneously. Wes wants to wait until after his rookie season in the NHL before he lets this world know they’re a couple, but neither man knew the toll keeping secrets would take on their lives. I adore a couple with a long history of friendship. Wes and Jamie were best friends as boys, before sex came into the picture. They grew up playing hockey together. They're frisky and sincere with their affections, and they know one another on every level. These guys obviously have the love, but this story is about whether or not they can make a romance work long term. Us has comedy and good-natured banter. I smiled and chuckled a lot. It also has some really deep moments. I got all teary-eyed several times. I wasn't expecting it to be as emotional as it was for me. It has loads of heart, great people and interesting relationships. This book is definitely my kind of read, and if you enjoyed Him, it should be a perfect fit for you also.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I love Jamie and Wes together, I'm so excited for Good Boy!
Margaret123321 3 months ago
Once again, I love Wes and Jamie! I am so happy that there was a sequel, and we got to read more about these guys. Everything about this book felt so real, and I love that I got to see what happened with Wes and Jamie's lives and relationship. Also, I freaking love Blake. Can't wait to read the next book about Jamie's sister, Jess, and get to see some more of Wes and Jamie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved HIM and loved US. Read both books in one day. Love the author mash up. Would love for it to happen again and again... and again and again.
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Singofrit More than 1 year ago
“US” picks up shortly after the end of “HIM”. Unlike some sequels featuring the same main characters, this book isn’t an unnecessary continuation of the first book. Although Jamie and Ryan are happily living together, they have to keep their relationship secret from almost everyone. This put enormous pressure on them and leads to several problems, threatening to tear them apart. Will they have the strength to weather the storm?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! What a great follow up to Him. Can't wait for more of these books!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I fell in love with Wes and Jamie quick and hard when I read HIM. We were left with an HEA that could’ve worked but had a lot of obstacles to overcome still. So when I found out about US I was thrilled! US was quite different than HIM. It’s understandable as the boys are at different stages in their lives and dealing with completely different issues in their relationship. I found myself getting upset at how Wes was handling some things, and then after a while at Jamie too because …. just communicate! It’s a testament to how much I like these guys that I was so invested in their relationship. Wes is the star Rookie in the team and doesn’t want his sexual orientation to be what’s headlining the news. So he continues to keep his relationship with Jamie a secret, from even his teammates. Jamie is now dealing with being away from his family, in a new city, without any friends, and not being able to live a normal life outside of the safety of their apartment. It’s all coming to a boiling point. I liked seeing the more mature storyline here. They are now living their every day lives, no more school or training camps. This is what their careers will look like. And they are both adjusting to those roles. I think some things that happened could’ve been less dragged on, and that’s probably what was getting to me at one point. But this book definitely kept my interest the whole time. But you must be wondering…was it as hot as the first one? I don’t think so. This book was different. Sweeter. But it showed a deeper and more emotional connection between these two. Even when they were at odds with each other. And when I wanted to throttle both of them at some points. We also get to know Wes’s team more and I really hope that we get to see more of them in future books. I especially fell for Blake because he’s so over the top someone just needs to reign him in. US was the perfect culmination of this beautiful love story. Strengthening their bonds and giving us a true and strong HEA. I was very happy to see that.
LaurenLesczynski2828 More than 1 year ago
OMG that book was everything!!!!! I can't even describe how much I loved it.....I fell in love with Jamie and Ryan when I read HIM. I mean this book has it all.....hot guys....hot sex....HOT HOT HOT!!!! Oh and also it's the most incredible love story. I mean they are just so sweet and caring and I can't, I just can't.....lol. I can't wait for the wedding, and let me tell you how much I heart Blake and I am dying to see what goes down with him and Jess. Oh and I love hockey so much this series is right up my ally. Must read ya'll...I am telling you that you will not be disappoint.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Jamie and Wes are together but not. They live together, but they are not 'out' as a gay couple as Wes is now in his first year as an NHL player and determined to not rock the boat over being the first openly gay professional player in his rookie year. He and Jamie have agreed that they'll keep things on the down low for this first year. Jamie is having a hard time with this. He's coaching some younger players, not in the major leagues anymore, and kind of getting tired of being the man at home while Wes is off traveling and being in the public spotlight. And as a result he's spiraling down into depression. Wes's hockey teammate Blake has moved into their building and it's a struggle to keep their relationship hidden. When push comes to shove, Jamie and Wes are going to have to decide whether there are just too many obstacles against them to let them live their lives they way they really want to. Unlike the more lighthearted and humorous HIM (which had its serious moments but gave an overall uplifting impression), US takes a much more emotional and serious turn (albeit still with some humorous parts) as Jamie's depression and Wes's constant stress over keeping his sexual orientation out of the limelight wear on the couple. There was a point mid-way through the story that I thought things were finally turning a corner, only to discover that they hadn't hit bottom yet. They still have that attraction between them, and there are some sexy love scenes, but they are tinged with the knowledge that all is not right with their world, and it's going to take some major compromises and healing to make things better. Rest assured, we do get a happy ending, one reached with a sigh of relief that things will finally be okay between them. The bright spot is their friend Blake, who at first I found quite annoying but he gradually grew on me, and he's the one who provides the comic relief in a sometimes bleak story. My overall impression is that this is an example of how much hard work can sometimes go on in the background to keep a couple together once the bloom of first lust and love has faded. I enjoyed seeing some of Wes's teammates, and I'm definitely interested in more stories with them, but I'll be glad to let Jamie and Wes have some alone time together at last. 3.5 stars.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
ALL THE STARS! I can't tell you just how happy I was to learn that Sarina and Elle were writing a sequel to Him, one of my favorite books of 2015 and one of the best M/M romances I've read so far. I loved Wes and Jamie and I felt like there was more story there. I'm glad the authors agreed. :) This was utter perfection. I couldn't have been happier with it. Him was about the start of the relationship between Wes and Jamie – and all the messy things they had to deal with to get together. Us tackles what happens after. Life gets complicated for these guys, but in a very realistic, non-trigger warning kind of way. They're dealing with Wes's pro career and Jamie's coaching career and the fact that they're away from each other more than they're together. Which is tough on any relationship. Add in the fact that Wes wants them to keep the true nature of their relationship hidden until he gets through his rookie season, and there are potential land mines all over the place. You know, especially considering they live together and one of Wes's teammates just moved into the same building... and he is a bit of a clinger. (But in the best way possible. I ADORED Blake.) So yeah, this was a bit of a bumpy read at times, but it still had all those things that made Him so spectacular when I first read it. Wes and Jamie are just SO RIGHT together. I loved the humor – their banter is so, so good. They had me laughing out loud one minute, swooning the next and fanning myself soon after. Their sexy times were, as you would imagine, hot as can be. Us was the total package. It gave me feels, funnies and ... sexy times. ;) But it did it all with a dose of realistic issues couples face, without being overly dramatic or angsty. I never felt like my favorites were being put through the ringer or dealing with things that just wouldn't happen. (Which meant I didn't feel tortured either. Ha!) I loved the addition of Jamie's sister, Jess, and Wes's teammate, Blake, in this book. *wink wink* I see good things for them in the future, too. Hopefully. This was just a fantastic read from start to finish. I couldn't put it down once I started and I still wanted more when it was all said and done. I love these characters so much. If you loved Him, you have to read Us. You won't be sorry. Oh, for the record? I'm totes claiming Blake. So hands off, ladies. I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the HIM series. This book should be read in order. In order for the reader to have complete understanding of the story and/or the series please read in order intended by the author(s). The story continues almost a year later. We are back into Jamie and Wes working with their hockey teams. Jamie coaching, and Wes playing on the NHL team. Happy and together, but are they? Wes feels the pressure put on him by his parents to keep his lifestyle a secret. He asks Jamie to stay in the closet and keep his secret. They live a very sheltered and quiet life, where they do not feel like going out with their friends. Jamie is starting to feel the pressure of keeping the secret. He wants the world to know this man is his. He would prefer to shout it everywhere anyone would hear. Will it tear them apart if he voices his concerns? This book was just as good, if not better than the original. I do not say this lightly. I am literally blown away with the impact of such a strong love story. This is a relationship we should all aspire to have at home. Hopefully, the authors let us revisit this series often. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely perfect! I fell head over heels in love with these charcters in 'Him' and I can't believe that I actually love them more now! I was blown away with the story Bowen and Kennedy told, they brought to life two amazing men who are perfect for each other! I can't wait to read more!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, so right now im using Chlo's nook because I just got mine takin' away. I will not be on for about a week, the longest, two weeks. Im so sorry but my dad is an overly di<_>ck. I hope to talk too you soon. Cx