Title
:  Us

Series:  Him

Authors:  Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Published:  March 8, 2016

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.

**Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup but that did not in any way influence this review!

Rating

Most books I read these days are focused on the build up to a relationship…the chase, if you will.  It’s rare that the reader gets to explore the relationship once it’s begun.  But this story lets us in behind the curtain, allowing us to see what happens when a couple moves forward to the next step.  It shows us that life can get messy, that nothing is perfect, and that even the most perfect couple can hit a rocky patch.  And I loved that!

I was very happy to be back in Wes and Jamie’s world.  I loved the first book and couldn’t wait to read about them again.  In this story, they find themselves having to deal with being apart due to their careers and, because of their own personal insecurities, they aren’t having the discussions they need to.  They find out the hard way that communication is key to a happy relationship.  As in real life, the lack of openness causes stress and confusion as they navigated waters that they weren’t familiar with.  My heart hurt for them and I wanted to simultaneously hug them and give them each a slap to the back of the head.  But, of course, that’s because I could see everything as it unfolded and Wes and Jamie could not.  There were so many emotions in this book and I found myself smiling on one page, worried the next and teary-eyed on the next.  I rooted hard for everything to work itself out and, through it all, I fell in love with these two over and over again.  Add to this the secondary characters who gave the story so much depth (especially my new love Blake…yes, I’ve already begged the authors to give him his own book) and it was everything I could have hoped for!

If you haven’t read the first book, Him, go do it now…there’s still time before Us is released in a couple of weeks.  Trust me, this is a great story that’s filled with humor, wonderful banter, sexy hockey players, all the feels, and a wonderful romance that will quickly become one of your favorites.  It’s definitely one of mine!

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