Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Audiobook Review - Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Narrated by Teddy Hamilton & Jacob Morgan
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Date Read: April 27, 2019
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
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

Yeah, this was good.  I am so glad that I finally got around to reading it.  I have seen so many glowing reviews for this series for the past couple of years but for one reason or another, I never made it a priority.  Once I got started with this one, I didn't want to stop listening and fell in love with both Jamie and Wes before I even knew what was happening.  I really enjoyed my time with this audiobook.

What is it that just seems to make romance and hockey go together?  Jamie and Wes are college level hockey players at the start of this story but they have known each other for a long time from their years at hockey camp.  I really liked the fact that they had a history together and it was fun to piece together what exactly happened during their teen years.  These two were best friends until they weren't but it was obvious how much they missed each other.

Jamie and Wes were such great characters.  I really liked both of them immensely from the start of the story and my love with them grew as the story progressed.  They were both really good people and I loved watching them deal with everyone in their lives.  They were very careful with each other especially at the start because neither one wanted to mess up their relationship again.  These two were just so much better together and watching them figure things out was a joy.

Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan did a fabulous job with this story.  The story is told from alternating points of view and each of the narrators read their character's chapters.  I just thought that they were able to bring these two to life.  I felt so many emotions in their reading and wanted to listen for hours at a time.  I think that these narrators were able to take a great story to the next level and I think my decision to listen to this story was the right one.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I don't read a lot of MM romance but I found a lot of magic in Jamie and Wes's love story.  It was just wonderful to watch this pair fall for each other and I cannot wait to listen to the rest of their story!

The Series
Book #1 - Him
Book #2 - Us
About the Authors

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

Sarina Bowen's Links:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Elle Kennedy's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

11 comments:

  1. Yes glad you read and enjoy this one. I really loved it.

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  2. This is one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. The book that was a four when I read it was bumped up to a five when these two brought it to life. So glad you finally got around to it, and that you enjoyed it!

    Great review.

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  3. sounds like audio is the way to go with this series
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  4. I really enjoy Elle Kennedy novels so I confess that I'm curious about this one as well

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  5. I haven't read this author yet but this does sound good.

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  6. i do not think I have tried either of them

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  7. I thought this was a cutie and it overcame my usual dislike of NA, too.

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  8. I don't read much M/M but I've heard this is a good one. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  9. I love this book so much, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! I really hope you love Us just as much as Him. Hockey and romance really DOES go well together.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I really need to read more of this genre and this series sounds like a fun one to start with.

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  11. I am glad you were able to read this one and love it. It is making me so happy to see you delving into the m/m romance genre. I don't read too many sports reads and I need to try more of them. I am noting down these authors as ones to try!

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