Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Release Day Reviews: US by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


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 sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.


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.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Us-Him-Book-Sarina-Bowen-ebook/dp/B01C4LE5EO/?tag=sarinabowen-20
I-tunes: http://apple.co/1RZSP7F

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

US is the sequel to HIM and needs to be read in order, and really if you haven't read HIM, please do yourself a favor and do so? You won't regret it! 

When Jamie decided to take the coaching job in Toronto and move in with Wes, he thought things would be easier, even if he was aware they would need to hide the nature of their relationship for a while. However, as time goes by and his job isn't exactly what he expected and he's isolated from almost everyone he knows, including Wes since he has to travel a lot with his team, he starts feeling off. Add an illness that just doesn't want to go away and meds that mess with his head, and it is going to be a bumpy ride. 

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I have to admit I have a weakness for Wes, and he's my favorite in both books, but I love Jamie, too, even if I wanted to strangle him sometimes. I am well aware it wasn't quite his fault, but my heart was breaking for Wes and well, I just couldn't help myself. Anyway, I wasn't quite sure what to expect after HIM, I wasn't sure Sarina and Elle could top or equal what that book was for me, but you know what? They did. This was a different kind of book from the first, still fun, but angstier, and with a lot of heart. A fantastic collaboration that tugged at my heartstrings and made me fall further in love with this couple. 

Definitely recommendable!

5 Heartbreaking Stars!!!
5 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

We get to revisit Wes and Jamie a few months after the end of "Him", but things aren't going so smoothly. Work for Jamie isn't exactly as fun as what he thought it would be. He feels lonely and isolated when Wes is away, and even when Wes is home they still have to hide their relationship. This is putting a strain on their relationship.

I adored Wes and Jamie in "Him", so I was so excited to when I saw the authors were writing this book, and I couldn't wait to dig in. Elle and Sarina's writing flows so seamlessly, you'd never guess this book is a collaboration. I couldn't tell where one person's writing began and the other's ended. The authors managed to recapture the chemistry and love Wes and Janie have for each other. They took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, breaking my heart and then putting it back together again in the sweetest way. They made me snort laugh, thank god my dog was the only one to witness that!!

The book was well written, and flowed well. I not only loved the main characters, but I adored Blake, although I wanted to strangle him at first, he lent a much needed comic relief to the story.

This was an amazing follow-up, that I couldn't put down. Highly recommended!!

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