Welcome to the big, bad, broad series overview review of series that may be the whole series, or parts of a series, but at least two books of the series? Yay!
Him series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
So this was a super adorable and sexy (yes, it was both!) NA/hockey/LGBTQ+ romance series. I’ve read Elle Kennedy before, Him was my first Sarina Bowen but right away I knew it wouldn’t be my last. Him was my first M/M romance and I just adored Jamie Canning and Wes (aka Ryan Wesley).
Jamie Canning was my first crush and my first love. But he was never mine to have.
It’s a sweet second chance at friendship and romance as Jamie and Wes were best friends as kids but grew apart until fate threw them back together. The story is told from both their POVs. The interesting thing is Wes is open gay, while Jamie is supposedly straight/is figuring out his sexuality still. Good news is there’s pretty little angst about that. If anything it’s the evil miscommunication monster that wreaks havoc more than anything. I loved watching them both figure out how to make this relationship work.
Also, there is a lot of sexy time. Like smoking hot. Be prepared to blush a little.
Us is the sequel. I usually hate reading a second book about the same couple (because c’mon they already got their happy ending!) but I caved and read this because Kennedy and Bowen joined forces again to start a new series that features Wes’ teammate Blake, who makes his debut in Us.
Anyway, it was actually quite nice to see Jamie and Wes again! While I didn’t love this quite as much, I still adore those two boys. In Us, it focus more on the after of the happily ever after. Wes is in the NHL with a crazy schedule that leaves little time for Jamie while Jamie is struggling with his work as a goalie coach. On top of that, they need to try to keep their relationship on the down low. Getting through these struggles definitely made them a better and stronger couple than ever. And don’t you worry too much, there was still plenty of cute moments. And hot sexy moments.
The way I feel about Ryan Wesley…it’s something I thought existed only in the movies. He’s my other half. We complement each other in more ways than I can count. When he’s in the same room, I’m focused on him, and when he’s gone I walk around missing him.
Oh let’s talk about Blake. I can’t believe this guy. He was such an obnoxious guy who seemed clueless to social cues and yet he totally turned out to be the best kind of friend you could ever have. I was definitely excited to see ,ore of him in Good Boy!
Overall, this was a fantastic series from two great authors who gave me characters that I totally fell for. With a big dose of sexy and adorable, and a dash of hockey love to top of Him, this is a series definitely worth checking out. The Kenndey/Bowen collaborations are fantastic and I’m happily hopping onto this bandwagon.Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #1
Published by Rennie Road Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Us (Him, #2) by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
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.
Series: Him #2
Published by Rennie Road Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
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