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    Out of the park

    This is the 2nd book in the HIM series. This book should be read in order. In order for the reader to have complete understanding of the story and/or the series please read in order intended by the author(s). The story continues almost a year later. We are back into Jamie and Wes working with their hockey teams. Jamie coaching, and Wes playing on the NHL team. Happy and together, but are they? Wes feels the pressure put on him by his parents to keep his lifestyle a secret. He asks Jamie to stay in the closet and keep his secret. They live a very sheltered and quiet life, where they do not feel like going out with their friends. Jamie is starting to feel the pressure of keeping the secret. He wants the world to know this man is his. He would prefer to shout it everywhere anyone would hear. Will it tear them apart if he voices his concerns? This book was just as good, if not better than the original. I do not say this lightly. I am literally blown away with the impact of such a strong love story. This is a relationship we should all aspire to have at home. Hopefully, the authors let us revisit this series often. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
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    10,000 STARS!!!

    I just spent the entire day with Jamie and Wes. I didn't think I could love them any more than I did when I read Him. Jamie's road of self discovery was so fun to read about in that book. Us brings us on their journey of being a couple during Wes's rookie season in the NHL. Wes wants to prove that he is a good hockey player before he becomes the poster child for gay hockey players. He asks Jamie for just 1 season before they come out. So they are in the closet. Living together. This is so much harder than they thought it would be. My heart. Oh my heart had a work out during this book. While Him was a light, fun, sexy read, this book (while also funny and sexy) definitely pulled on my heart strings more. I wanted to dive in and protect my boys from all the stupid people in the world. Things I loved about this book: ~ The writing. It always amazes me when two authors write a book. It seems like it might be choppy or that you could tell where one author left off and the other began. But Elle and Sarina have it down. I love each author's writing and together it's just magic. I will read any book they write. Individual. Separate. Whatever. ~ Unpredictable plot. I thought I knew what was going to happen but they threw a couple of curve balls at me. I really appreciate it when authors do that. I read so much that sometimes books tend to blur in my mind. But I won't confuse Wes and Jamie's story with any one else!! ~Wes and Jamie. These two main characters are so easy to fall in love with. ~ The banter. The texting. The skyping. The chemistry. GAH! ~ Secondary characters. I LOVE Blake. At first I was so totally annoyed by him popping in and ruining the ONE place that Wes and Jamie can show each other affection. But, you just can't help but love him. And his mother, for that matter. She was hilarious at the games with her choice of words. LOL. ~ Jamie's family. I love his mom. Just love her. I just want to hug her. I'm so glad Wes and Jamie have Jamie's family to support them. ~ The ending!!!!! I love the ending. I'm so proud of these boys. I love watching them grow throughout the book and become better people. Things I did not love about this book: nothing. I can't think of one thing I would change about it!!! #MDISH #Howhardisit? Bottom line: READ THIS BOOK!!! But start with Him!!!
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    Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

    Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy successfully follow-up Him with their second book in the series Us. I fell in love with Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning in the first book. I could not wait to hear more of their story. I was not disappointed. Us takes place in Toronto, where Ryan is the star rookie. Jamie has taken a job coaching a junior hockey team. The two are living together but keeping their relationship a secret. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. I love Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning. Ryan understandably feels the needs to hide his sexuality during his first year in the NHL. It ends up testing the two, and they need to overcome multiple obstacles. Jamie experiences some doubts in his pursuit of being a good coach. Their characters are well developed. They continue to grow. I love Jamie’s family; Wes’ family, not so much. I did like the Wesley chauffeur though. I like the introduction of Blake Riley; he became an annoyingly good friend to the couple. The book had a lot of humorous scenes. I found all the incidences involving Ryan’s lime-green checker shirt amusing, especially the occurrence at the end of the book. Not to mention, Wes’ and Jamie’s text photos, the boys are pretty creative. Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are a fabulous writing duo. I love their style. The book has a great flow. The plot was believable and heartfelt. I would love to see this series continue or to develop into a spin off series. Both Him and Us are books I loved so much I would re-read. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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    Emotional but brilliant

    I'm not normally one for getting emotional when reading, but this book had me on the edge of my seat. I was almost crying reading it at one point. It also made me realise how lucky I am to be engaged to the man of my dreams with nothing to keep hidden. Definitely recommend this book and the others in the series.
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    what happens after the happy ending?

    Jamie and Wes are together but not. They live together, but they are not 'out' as a gay couple as Wes is now in his first year as an NHL player and determined to not rock the boat over being the first openly gay professional player in his rookie year. He and Jamie have agreed that they'll keep things on the down low for this first year. Jamie is having a hard time with this. He's coaching some younger players, not in the major leagues anymore, and kind of getting tired of being the man at home while Wes is off traveling and being in the public spotlight. And as a result he's spiraling down into depression. Wes's hockey teammate Blake has moved into their building and it's a struggle to keep their relationship hidden. When push comes to shove, Jamie and Wes are going to have to decide whether there are just too many obstacles against them to let them live their lives they way they really want to. Unlike the more lighthearted and humorous HIM (which had its serious moments but gave an overall uplifting impression), US takes a much more emotional and serious turn (albeit still with some humorous parts) as Jamie's depression and Wes's constant stress over keeping his sexual orientation out of the limelight wear on the couple. There was a point mid-way through the story that I thought things were finally turning a corner, only to discover that they hadn't hit bottom yet. They still have that attraction between them, and there are some sexy love scenes, but they are tinged with the knowledge that all is not right with their world, and it's going to take some major compromises and healing to make things better. Rest assured, we do get a happy ending, one reached with a sigh of relief that things will finally be okay between them. The bright spot is their friend Blake, who at first I found quite annoying but he gradually grew on me, and he's the one who provides the comic relief in a sometimes bleak story. My overall impression is that this is an example of how much hard work can sometimes go on in the background to keep a couple together once the bloom of first lust and love has faded. I enjoyed seeing some of Wes's teammates, and I'm definitely interested in more stories with them, but I'll be glad to let Jamie and Wes have some alone time together at last. 3.5 stars.
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