Us (Him, #2) by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #2
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Point-of-View: Alternating First
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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?
It was difficult and a long road before Wes and Jamie found their happiness together. Now Jamie is coaching teens and Wes is in the NHL and they’ve been living in Canada. Unfortunately, they’ve been living in secrecy and it’s beginning to wear on their relationship. Wes just wants to get through his rookie season before he comes out but Jamie starts to fear that there will be another reason, then another, then another and Wes will end up staying in the closet. This thinking pulls Jamie farther away from Wes and it puts a big strain on their relationship. On top of that, one of Wes’s teammates moves into the same building and starts to come over…a lot and that means that Wes and Jamie have to act like roommates, not lovers.
When Jamie becomes ill everything explodes and soon everything Wes and Jamie were planning falls to the wayside. Jamie starts to think that the relationship will never be what it once was and thinks that maybe that’s not such a bad idea.
Sigh Such a good book. It was good but sad as well and my heart hurt for everything that Wes and Jamie were going through. Wes was really trying his damndest to make everyone, including himself, happy but it just wasn’t working out like he thought it would. He just wanted to be with Jamie and make his home and life with him but things kept happening that would pull them away from each other. I really felt bad for both of the men as I was with Wes and just wanted them to be happy together.
The writing sucked me in and I didn’t put the book down, once I started reading, until I was done – it ws that good. I don’t know if there are more stories in the future for Wes and Jamie but if not full length novels I’d love to see some novellas about them – maybe just slices of life stories. I love them too much to never read about them again. 🙂
Rating: 4 out of 5