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Monday, July 20, 2015

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Review

HimHim by Sarina Bowen 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

Expected publication: July 28th 2015
ISBN: 139781942444077
edition language: English

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