July 31, 2015

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ~ FMR REVIEW

AUTHORS: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2015


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 absolutely LOVED this story and could not put it down!!! It was funny, sexy, and sweet!!!

Wes and Jamie were childhood best friends, until one night changed everything. After four years of not speaking, they are reunited from the one thing that brought them together...hockey. Truths are told, secrets are revealed, all leading to one epic love story. 

I could not tell that two authors wrote this story. It was put together so flawlessly and so well written. There are several flashback scenes, but they were so well written that I didn't get lost of what was happening. I needed those flashback scenes to help bring the story full circle. 

I instantly fell in love with the characters. I love reading about their struggles within themselves and battling those who don't accept the gay community. And reading the character conquer those struggles was rewarding. It was more than just a love story, it touched on topics our society still faces today and I like seeing that. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book and I really hope these two authors collaborate on another book in the future because they did a fabulous job!!!


Him was my first venture into the M/M genre and I was a little worried  how I would feel about not having a female lead to connect with.  Turns out I was worried about nothing, Him blew me away.  This story was impeccably written.  It was suspenseful, romantic, humorous, beautiful, challenging, and brought out all the emotions.

The cover is what originally grabbed my attention.  Pair that with two authors I know can deliver a story full of romance and humor I knew I had to read this book.  It also didn't hurt that it's about two sexy as hell hockey players.

Wes and Jamie were both beautifully written.  With the story alternating between their pov's you get to see how each of them feels and reacts to the challenges they faced as they navigated their feelings for each other.  Both characters were easy to connect with and even easier to love.  I felt more of a connection to them than a lot of female characters I've read recently.

I loved how they both experienced acceptance and ignorance as their relationship became known and how the people around them reacted.  There were a lot of secondary characters in this book.  Some only played a small role while others had a major impact on Wes and Jamie.  But each one added to the story without overshadowing them.

I loved everything about this book and can't wait to see what these authors bring us in the future.


Holy Hot Hockey Players! I LOVED this book! The characters pulled me in and kept me hooked. I loved the difference in their backgrounds. All the smack talk between Jamie and his family kept me laughing. There are humorous pranks between Jamie and Ryan too. The humor balances out the drama and angst of the story. There are so many differences in the way that Jamie and Ryan were raised. It makes their relationship that much sweeter. Ryan has not had the best upbringing and his parents made me cringe. I wanted to cry for the little boy inside him begging for his parents to love him. Jamie on the other hand, had a wonderful childhood and his family has always been there for him.

Ryan and Jamie’s relationship was truly wonderful to watch unfold. The author did an amazing job with these two. They are truly great men. Ryan could have let his parents make him into an uncaring person, but he rises above that. It was beautiful to see these two discovering themselves and each other.



If you ever want to experience a m/m read this is the book to one~click. I could not put this book down...Hook, Line and Sinker! Hands down the best M/M book I have read. 

Wes and Jamie's story is about two best friends who become so much more. We learn why Wes lost contact with Jamie after all these years, now reunited and lots to catch up on. 
The supporting characters add to the brilliance of the story.

Take the journey with the boys, you will not be disappointed, both Authors come together to give us one epic story with lots of feels, laughter and sexy times. 

5 Stars 

MEET Sarina Bowen:

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.


MEET Elle Kennedy:

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 B.A. 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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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