Book: Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

 

Genre: MM Contemporary Romance

Title: Us

Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Release Date: 8 March 2016

Previous Book in Series: Him

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Summary: 

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?

What I Liked:

This book has a lot of angst, but it’s my favorite type of angst: hurt/comfort!!!  Without revealing too much of the plot, Jaime and Wes have to deal with some major illness/injury business, which is one of my favorite romance tropes ever, especially when it leads to secret relationship reveals.

This book also handles the difficulties of being a professional athlete in a relationship very well.  With Wes constantly traveling for away games and Jamie sometimes having to travel for his coaching gig, it’s not easy to find time together.  Add on top of that the whole secret gay relationship thing?  I can definitely understand why it would take a while to work all of the kinks out of the relationship.  All of the little bumps in the road make the relationship feel so real and wonderful.

What I Didn’t:

This book has a lot of angst, so if that’s not your thing, you probably won’t like this book very much.  There’s angst due to distance, illness, depression and/or messed up body chemistry, and, of course, coming-out angst.  The only thing that I was truly ‘meh’ on in this book was that Jess/Blake storyline that wasn’t explored at ALL!  And Blake is pretty annoying.  Like, I don’t hate him because there are definitely people like him out in the world, but I could NEVER be friends with someone like that.

Overall:

This was such a great continuation of Wes and Jamie’s story.  I liked that sweet it was and obviously in love they still are, but they have some very real problems to work through.  I loved all the hurt/comfort stuff, even if it did get a little angst heavy at times, but the relationship reveal was handled very well.  It looks like there will be a third book in the series, and I hope that the focus stays on Jamie and Wes with just a bit of Jess and Blake on the side.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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