Review: Him (Us #1) by Sarina Bowen

Monday, February 13
My rating:
4 Stars…

Turns out, straight man + gay man romance is my thing.

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Synopsis:

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.

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What I loved:

Quote…And I'm going to prove it to him. Show him how much I fucking love him, because I sure as shit can't tell him.


If you're not really into YA / College age romances, don't let these characters ages put you off - there was none of the teenybopper angst I've come to detest. These were mature, developed characters with words and feelings and proper shit happening in their lives. I adored all the people.

- Jamie with all his bright eyed, open amazingness. He was raised in a fun, chaotic, open family and he has so much to offer. No wonder Ryan was so in love with him forever. I'm in love with him, and I only knew him for 300 pages.

- Ryan and his damned near obsessive love for his best friend. He didn't always handle it as well as he should, but his devotion to his friend was sweet in so many ways.

- The raunch factor is gloriously strong in this one.

- And it's a really funny book. Quirky funny.

Quote…Like we're close even when he's twenty yards away. I wear a consciousness of him like a second skin.

Okay, that sounds a little creepy. A little too Silence of the Lambs. Sunshine and sexual confusion have gone to my head.


- And fuck-buddy Holly! What an amazing girl she was. I actually find myself hoping Holly gets a story, but I'm gonna go ahead and assume I'm barking up the wrong tree there. Still, she was awesome.

What I didn’t love:

- A few times I thought Ryan was too closed off to deserve Jamie. Like, Jamie is the one taking all the risks both publicly and privately, and Ryan takes none. Ever. Ryan was already gay - he doesn't have to come out all over again. It's not his family that have to learn all this new stuff about their son. Luckily, Ryan redeems himself a little bit in the end, but even then I didn't feel like he truly put himself out there to the extent that Jamie did.

Overall…

Quote…I'm telling you right now. Just in case we can ever get more than a summer. I love you, and I wish things were different."

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