Review: Him by Sarina Bowen

25686927They 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.

5 stars

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Does this sum it up for you guys? Serious awe worthy right now. So cute, hilarious, frustrating and wonderful. Odd and great combination wouldn’t you say? To me it was this time around. Bowen, why? Why you do this too me? Thank the book gods I have a second book to move onto my list, if I ever get time. So much to read so little time.

Either way as you all can obviously tell, this book was quite the impressive read for me. I’ve read a lot of M/M in fanfiction, but this is only my second in professional, published books and man am I loving it.

This book had some fantastic writing in it. For one, the hot scenes. Written brilliantly from the very beginning, the tension Bowen created between the two main characters was drool worthy. Through the roof, hot and heavy, sweet and satisfying, all you could ask for. Applauding Bowen again and again.
That’s not all that matters though, I think, I really did enjoy her writing style and choices. Having both perspectives made it all the better and was done really well. I find some writers attempt it and come of short somehow, didn’t experience that at all. It only made Wes and Jamie more real. Not that she struggled with that. There was no scrambling to understand my characters here, there was only the anticipation to get to know them more and experience there world’s. They were two very distinct people that fit each other perfectly for the romance and I feel Bowen’s writing style really allows for that to be done delightfully.

As for plot? Yes. This might have been more of a four star I suppose, but there was nothing wrong with it, everything fit so well, the development was clear and concise and hidden nicely into the story at the same time. It could be considered typical, what with the summer camp thing, but still had a very original feel to it that made me love it and want more with every chapter. As she developed the two characters, I just wanted more all the time.

Constantly stuck between these feelingsgif-adorable-adorbz-aww-cute-excited-happy-so-cute-gif581011995d621e9201e4c505508b900a0166ec

Talk about confusing huh? And sometimes these feelings were mixing together! Imagine that shit! Don’t bother! Read it and experience it instead of course, so much easier.

Bowen also touched on a serious subject in the sports world and in the world as a whole when it comes to gay relationships. People will be brutal no matter where you go and she teaches some very valuable lessons that many people should really live by. Some people will be assholes and you can’t change that. You simply have to adjust to it sometimes. It’s how you adjust that matters and this story, especially the ending, gives a positive outlook on what can come through with it. And in my books, any story that hands over deeper meanings is up there in points because that’s what reading should do. It should teach you something valuable, to keep with you in life. That’s the one theme that sticks with all my favourite books and Him has become one of them.

Obviously now I can say I loved the characters, obviously. Wes and Jamie were both great in their own ways and frustrating as well. It’s that moment where you want so badly for them to be happy and the author is just sitting back torturing and letting me stir for a bit before giving me what I want. And by the end I did get a great, romantic ending that left me making googoo faces and whining about it being cute to Michelle too. So go read peoples! Experience this cuteness!

Until next time,

Shayla

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