ARC Review: Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Title: Us

Series: Him, #2

Authors: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

5 / 5 Stars

Back in July, I read an ARC of HimIt was the first M/M romance I had ever read. At the time, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew I loved both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s novels. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Wes and Jamie and their love story. There was just something about two strong men falling for each other, especially when it was based on an amazing friendship. I was excited to find out the authors were going to be releasing a follow up novel. I jumped on the chance to read an ARC of Us, the continuation of Wes and Jamie’s story.

In Us, Jamie has moved in with Wes in Toronto. Wes’ rookie year is in full swing and Jamie is coaching kids’ hockey. Everything is going smoothly in their new relationship except for the fact they are hiding it from the world. Jamie loves Wes, but the secrecy and long away games are taking a toll on their relationship. He’s not used to having to hide his relationships. To make matters worse, Wes’ teammate moves in above them and likes to stop by unannounced. Jamie and Wes will have to decide what’s more important: their relationship or Wes’ budding career.

I absolutely loved how Us continued Wes and Jamie’s love affair from where it ended in Him. This time, instead of dealing with falling in love and exploring their sexuality, they were dealing with the ramifications of hiding their relationship from the public. Neither of them wanted to ruin Wes’ new career, but the affects of hiding their relationship wore on both of them. They wanted to be able to declare their love for each other.

It was especially hard on Jamie, who felt isolated in his new city of Toronto, Canada. He didn’t have the built in support system Wes had with his team. Jamie didn’t want to have to lie or pretend around people. It caused him to push away potential friends, like his new co-workers. He started to have to deal with the resentment this created between him and Wes. The weather change also had a big affect on the Californian’s disposition.

Wes may have had instant friends in his team, but he also struggled with hiding his relationship with Jamie. Jamie was “just his roommate” and Wes felt like he couldn’t talk about him around his teammates. He was afraid of blowing their cover. Wes wanted to be able to keep his career and his boyfriend, but he was starting to worry it wouldn’t be possible.

While life was tougher for Jamie and Wes in Us, it wasn’t just filled with angst. Jamie and Wes still had their fun and sweet moments. Their banter with each other continued to be funny. I loved their connection with each other and what they were willing to do for their relationship.

Us was a really great story about a young, gay couple trying to maneuver through the world of love, professional sports and fame. Now, I just need Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy to write a story for Wes and Jamie’s new neighbor/teammate Blake! I loved that guy so much!

**I received an electronic ARC of Us in exchange for an honest review.



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