It’s destined to be one of my favorite book series ever … and it can be yours today!
by: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: Him, #2
Genre: New Adult, M/M Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Release Date: March 8th
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 noisiest 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 sexy times, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.
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At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.
Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.
“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.
“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.
And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.
And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.
He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”
“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.
“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”
Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.
Us by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are no words … and there aren’t enough stars in any rating system to express how much I adore this series. I am rarely without words, but I love these books and their characters so much it’s almost painful to try and write a review that does the series justice. Him, book 1, rocked my world. I knew Us would be great – it couldn’t be anything but, given its talented authors and beautiful storyline. But I have to say it went so far beyond my expectations I was left with a book hangover and couldn’t start another book for days. In the meantime, I read the series again. And then again. It raises the bar on the genre to a dizzying height.
How do you improve on the love affair that began in Him (#1 in the series)? You take two soulmates who love each other, and put them in the most challenging situation possible: a demanding life, full of media scrutiny, long road trips, and all too brief stolen moments, and add the pressure of success; then cover it in a thin veil of secrecy. You mix in two passionate, obstinate, idealistic young men – and take away the one thing that’s always bonded them, even before they became a couple – easy, open, straightforward communication. In their misguided efforts to keep their relationship on a pedestal – each young man chooses to face his inner demons and his external conflicts alone. Unspoken feelings simmer, confusion moves in, and resentment slowly grows. It’s relationship cancer, and it takes its toll. Eventually, it all boils over – in the worst possible way.
They know they belong together, but at what cost? Brace yourself – it’s not easy, but it’s so, so worth it. So grab a few tissues, and have faith in these two beautiful souls. Once you take this emotional journey with them, you will only love them more. Their connection to each other wavers from time to time, but when it’s good … it’s more than good. It’s perfect. It will leave you feeling like your heart just might burst.
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are popular, bestselling sports romance authors in their own right, and I love everything they’ve published separately. But together they make living, breathing, absolutely unforgettable stories – bordering on literary magic; and I hope there will be many, many more love stories such as this in their future. I’ve grown to love Jamie and Wes, but also their teammates, friends, and the Canning Clan. I certainly hope there’s a sequel — ok, more than one — yet to come. I’m just not ready to say goodbye.
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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, hotties on hockey skates, skinny-dipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.
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About the Authors
Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
The Ivy Years is her college hockey series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See http://www.sarinabowen.com/TheIvyYears for updates.
HIM is a bestselling sexy, sporty hockey LGBT novel co-written with Elle Kennedy.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com – where you can also subscribe to her newsletter, or find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance 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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