Tuesday, July 28, 2015

REVIEWS & BOOK BLITZ: Him 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, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


4.5 SEXY accepting Loving Stars


I love M/M it's a favourite Genre of mine. Depending on the read that is and mix that with Friends to Lover and Sports Romance... ✅ We get a really enjoyable read that had me unable to put this book down.

Wes 'Ryan' has been in love with Jamie since he was 13. But after a night of pushing those boundaries and crossing that line Wes felt he pushed Jamie too far and ran for four years.
That is until their paths cross and Jamie decides he's going to find out how things pan out and go Lake Placid for 6 weeks of summer camp. He gets 6 weeks to spend time with his old best friend because frankly he misses him, and although Wes may feel guilty Jamie most definitely doesn't want him to feel like that. He wanted that path for himself and not because he was pushed into it.


They are both drafted to work in the NFL after their 6 weeks which is approaching fast at other sides of the pond. So although this is a romance there is also an amount of where their future is leading Independently. What and where they want to be and yes that includes each other and how they fit into each others lives or not?

This book is about acceptance and Best Buds falling for their other half...

It was Sexy, HOT and Intimate......

Wes is easy going and takes things in his stride yet he also keeps a lot close to his chest because of the family he was brought into. There is a good amount of finding ones self IMO in this GORGEOUS read. I LOVED Ryan he was my kind of guy he really loves easily, yet I suppose he is unable to accept what is in front of him or more like be upfront about his feelings. He though doesn't know how to put himself on the line because he doesn't want to hurt himself nor Jamie.


Jamie is the straight one yet is he? Jamie has a very accepting and loving family and that speaks wonders about the kind of person he is and he WANTS Wes and not only for the summer but for the long haul.


What I loved
I loved the writing style, I haven't read anything by either of these authors. Yeh I really need to read the DEAL 'especially'. I'm kicking my ASS right now for not doing this sooner, because I sure as hell Loved this gradual journey of acceptance, LOVE, SEXYNESS 'oh my' it had it all Friendship!!!

Friends to lovers as I say is a favourite read of mine because there's that connection you feel instantly. You get the FEELS and I most definitely FELT while reading this...


Top Recommendation from Katy if you love M/M, friends to lovers and sports sexy romances. Then this is your up-next read.

Our mouths fit together so perfectly. Every time we kiss, I fall even more in love with him, and it has nothing to do with sex or lust. It's him. His closeness and his scent and the way he soothes me.
ARC gifted via the author in exchange for an honest review
4 "Purple Skittles" Stars

Well this was my first full-on foray into M/M. I’d dabbled before with other stories where it was a side story and had liked it. Now I get the allure…there's something that's almost naughty or sinful about it in a delightfully delicious way! And it's scorching HOT!!


I’m a big fan of Elle Kennedy, found and fell for her with her Off Campus series, and have never read a Sarina Bowen book before – I’ll be rectifying that STAT. This was a really great, fast, sexy read and the writing style was easy, engaging and seamless; would never have guessed it was co-authored.

We have two hot college hockey players, Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley (aka Wes), who were best friends throughout their high school years at Hockey summer camp. But they haven't spoken to each other for four years because of what happened their last night together and now they must face each other.


Wes has loved Jamie since he was 13 and while he knows they can't have more because Jamie is straight, Wes misses his friend and wants to make amends.

"Canning can't give me what I want, but I still can't stop myself from wanting it. I want whatever I can get - a conversation, a joke gift, a smile, anything. I might not be able to have the steak, but fuck I, I'm fine with some scraps."

The story moves quickly as these two reconnect, work through their past and also come to realize a few things about each other. While there was a lot of sweet and hot sex scenes...

there wasn't a lot of angst or drama. There was one little blip but it didn't last for long. I'm not all for dramas sake but would have wanted a bit more of a struggle.


Needless to day, this was a great read and would recommend those who love M/M or either of these authors, or for that matter, if you're feeling adventurous and want to try something new, I say go for it!!

Now that the cherry's been popped...

I'll be looking to expand my horizons and am open to suggestions!!

***An advance reading copy of Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.***

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.

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Elle Kennedy
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journa 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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