Review: Him (Him #1) 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 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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


I really enjoyed Him. It was nice to see some characters who at first thought they were straight, but once they started feeling for a guy they didn't freak out and do that whole I can't like a guy thing. It was fun. 

Wes has always had a big crush on his camp bff Jamie. And Jamie has always been straight. They stayed bff's for years until something happened and now they no longer speak. They both play hockey and when both of their teams are playing in the playoffs they have a minute to reconnect. And Wes gets his hopes up only to realize Jamie is never going to see him as more than a friend. 

Now I liked Wes, but he is a bit of a coward. What happened in the past and how he handled it was not so good. It is understandable as he has been dealing with awful people making him feel like being gay is wrong, or something he has to hide, but he is who he is. And he likes Wes so much he can't deal with all of that. He couldn't deal if he hated him for what happened. So there are some hurt feelings involved here. But he decides to give it one more go to try and reconnect and fix their friendship because he really does miss Jamie. 

I loved Jamie so much. I loved how open he was and how he would take time to think about what was happening, didn't want to hurt Wes by being impulsive for a min, but he was fine. I loved how he didn't freak out when he started falling for Wes. How he was more freaked out that he wasn't freaked out. It was so cute. These two were obviously meant for each other and love is love. Jamie has a wonderful family and I loved watching them go from just hooking up to figuring stuff out and really starting to fall for each other. It was interesting seeing how Jamie saw the world through rose-colored glasses and how he started to understand Wes and where he was coming from once they experienced the outside world. They were really cute together and I really enjoyed reading their story. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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