Him (Him #1), by Sarina Bowen, and Elle Kennedy

5 Acceptance is all it takes stars!!


Him (Him, #1)

ebook, 360 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
Original Title
1942444079 (ISBN13: 9781942444077)
Edition Language


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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.



My Review…

Friends to lovers is probably one of my favorite HEA’s, and this one is amazing. I had a hard time deciding which character I liked more between Wes and Ryan.  These two have such a rich history together which makes this book more appealing.  They grew up together, helping to mold each other into the people they are today.  Of course, they had a falling out before college and haven’t talked in a couple years, but that tension is what makes the book all the better.

Wes is of course out with his sexuality and his team in college backs him up with it and I loved that about this book.  When he ends up running into Jamie, that’s when things take an interesting turn.  Wes on the outside looks like a badass, but as we all know these characters usually are the most complicated.  He keeps everything bottled up which made him hard to read for everyone around him including Jamie.  I enjoyed his carefree attitude and how well he did coaching the kids at summer camp.  His patience with Jamie though while he’s trying to figure out whether he wants to go forward with this “relationship” is kind of amazing.

Jamie is totally adorable, and sweet.  He was that swoon worthy character everyone loves. He is having a heck of a time in this book though, he is beyond conflicted with what to do in his future career and with Wes.  His family is so cute though, with the weekly calls, and constant support even if it’s in the form of constant teasing.  I think Jamie is ultimate boyfriend material and I cannot fault him for much in this book, except for maybe the fact that he might just open up a little to late.

I could not even handle the fact that Jamie’s family totally adopts Wes, that whole scene almost made me cry. Then the mug scene had to happen, and I almost lost it completely.  I thought they couldn’t top that scene and then the tattoo happened.  I know there is a follow up book to HIM so I am so excited to get started on US…


About the Author…

Sarina BowenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30+ books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She’s the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She’s the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
Are you looking for a friends-to-lovers story or maybe even a secret baby book? You can read a list of Sarina’s books broken out by trope and style.
Need to know what’s coming next ? Get all the latest news on Sarina’s website, and sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss a book or a deal.


Elle KennedyA 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 currently writes 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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