Author ~ Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Published ~ 8th March 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M 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.
Us is a collaboration by authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and is the sequel to their book Him. I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of when authors extend the story about the same characters beyond one book. The subsequent book (or books) usually end up having a lot of unnecessary drama. While I did end up enjoying the first book a little more than this one I do think that both authors have managed to create a sweet and sexy continuing story about two best friends turned lovers. I could not help but get wrapped up in this enchanting tale and see how things would work out between our two protagonists who had just begun their journey down the rocky road of love.
This sequel starts off shortly after book one ends. Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley are now living together in Toronto. Wes is having a successful rookie season in the NHL and Jamie is employed coaching hockey. Despite the fact that both men are very much together and very in love, they have decided to keep their relationship under wraps until Wes’ rookie season is over and he has proved himself on the team. While Jamie does understand the reason for keeping their relationship in the closet, it is nonetheless difficult to keep what he shares with Wes a well-guarded secret. Add in the stresses that come from both men traveling a lot, not being able to go out as a couple and also having one of Wes’ teammates move into the same building where they live and… well…. things are getting hard for Wes and Jamie.
This story is told in alternating POVs and both Jamie and Wes continue to be such endearing characters. The simplicity of what they feel for one another is so beautiful and raw. However, even with such a strong connection and feelings for each other, can both men handle the hardships that come with keeping their relationship a secret? And, when their lies begin to unravel can Wes and Jamie survive and make it through to the other side?
I really did enjoy diving right back into Jamie and Wes’ story. Their love for one another is so apparent and it really did transcend off the pages. Plus, you once again copious amounts of sexy times that will definitely leave you fanning all your special parts! With all this being said there was some added drama and plot devices that I did not think were necessary. However, that is just my simple opinion. Did this book work for me? Absolutely. Was a sequel absolutely necessary? I am still on the fence about that one.
All in all, Us was a beautifully written story that was steamy, fun and tender-hearted. With two captivating protagonists that captured my heart right from their initial introduction in the first book, how could I not fall in love with their love story? I definitely recommend this duet of books!
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.
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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.