Review: Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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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.


Oh God! I was so excited to read this because I loved book one, and I love both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and it was amazing! It’s just a wonderfully written look at what happens after the proverbial HEA.

The man I love. Even now, the phrase sticks in my mind with damn near wonder. I didn’t freak out when I realized last summer I was bisexual, and I’m not freaked out about it now. It’s not the word man that fascinates me in the sentence, but love.

It’s true that love helps, but any relationship requires a lot of work. Jamie and Wes are madly in love with each other, and you can feel that in every glance, every touch, every word, but they’re learning how to be a couple and although they’re happy they’re still struggling. Between Wes’s crazy schedule, Jamie’s coaching job and having to hide their relationship, things between them start to become heavier; being often apart doesn’t help at all.

I’ve just discovered that falling in love has a dark side. When you’re mad at the love of your life, it’s impossible to feel joy.

Their happiness, their love, it’s all clouded by how miserable they both feel every time they have to lie to their co-workers and teammates, every time they have to stay home as to not be seen together, every time they have to refrain from touching each other. My heart ached every time. But they have to, so that Wes’s career won’t resent from the kind of publicity they would get. They start to fight often, and talk less, and the angst is unbearable.

The peace is shattered when the door opens again, admitting Blake. “I have food, J-Babe!” “What did you call me?” Jess yelps from the kitchen. “How did you get in?” I slur from the couch. “Made myself a key,” Blake says.

But in the end, love conquers all (thank goodness). It’s difficult and emotional but Jamie and Wes will find a way to make things work. In the mean time, though, in comes Blake, one of Wes’s teammates, who moved in their condo and has taken a liking to this couple. He’s awesome and talks a lot, and I’m so happy to know that he’s going to get his own book! I can’t wait to see him and Jess bikering again!

“There’s an old quote my mother once painted on a ceramic platter. Love is friendship set on fire. I get it now.”

So, I obviously highly recommend these books, they’re both funny, and steamy and really emotional.

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