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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  49,309 ratings  ·  6,288 reviews
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. No
ebook, 360 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
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Philippa Lodge No, but it has much the same feel, especially like Bowen's Understatement of the Year.…moreNo, but it has much the same feel, especially like Bowen's Understatement of the Year.(less)
Chiara he does not, and I don't think they are planning on writing one for him either.
he does not, and I don't think they are planning on writing one for him either.

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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Fine, I'll admit it: I was wary going in.

Sometimes when a book is so hyped up, it falls short of expectations. Plus, the authors write mainly M/F, and I did not want a Chicks with Dicks repeat.

Thankfully, what I got was Hockey Players with Dicks.

I approve.

Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning are CRAZY HAWT together, and the sex scenes are through the roof scorching.

Jamie figures out he's bi, not just gay for Ryan, which I appreciated (I'm not a fan of GFY, as it mostly strikes me as false).

The alt
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Easily one of my favorite books from this year. Easily. And raise your hand if you are surprised??


This book was aaaammmmmaaaazzziiiinnnggg!

I started listening to this book on a road trip with one of my friends, and let me tell you, that car got STEAMY. This book is HOT, and when I got home from the trip, I spent the next five hours listening so I could hear how it ended!

The audio for this book was really, really excellent, and a good audiobook always bumps u
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-audio
4.5 stars!

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Him is one of those books I waited for FOREVER to read, and now that I have…. I’m over here kicking myself for waiting so long! This one was SO GOOD! I loved Wes and Jamie!!

Wes and Jamie went to the same hockey camp every summer throughout their teenage years. They became best friends and had a great relationship. Something happened Wes’s last year of camp, and the two lost touch. That 'something' being that Wes started to develop feelings for Jamie and it terrified him so he quit
This was the first MM romance I have ever read and it blew me away. I have read it 7 times so far and I will definitely keep on rereading it.
I absolutely love Wes and Jamie.

Re-read 3/2018
Re-read 1/2020: No matter how many times I reread this, it always gives me the same feelings. One of my favourite books with one of my favourite couples ever.
Re-read 1/2021: Listened to the audiobook. 5 stars
Re-read 3/2022
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
4-4.5 Hot Hockey Stars


Well check you out Elle Kennedy, getting all M/M up in here.

And I have never personally read anything by Sabrina Bowen, but perhaps I shall do so now.

Quite honestly though, if you took Elle Kennedy's The Deal, mixed it up with Riley Hart's Collide, gave them some skates, and threw them on a hockey rink, you'd have this book.


Oh get up Self, I'm not complaining.






I lurve sports romance.

I lurve the friends to lovers shtick.


So whe
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


This was such an adorable feel good story! “Him” was a friends to lovers, GFY story that made me smile or grin more times that I can count. It was sweet, it was sexy, it was simply a fantastic read! Honestly I’m not really a sports romance fan, but I didn’t care about this aspect in this case since this book it’s written by two authors I really enjoy.

Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley used to be best friends. They used to spend together six weeks every summer at a hockey camp on Lake Placid.
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

4.5 stars! I really enjoyed it. No time to write a review.

Wes’ rating: 4.5 stars
Jamie’s rating: 4 stars
Sexual tension rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Plot rating: 4.5 stars
Dialogue rating: 4 stars
Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars
Story ending rating: N/A
Overall rating: 4.5 stars

Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Maybe later.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

Thanks for f
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
RE-READ 11/10/2016 ! Audio version.

➦I always suggest this book to those who haven't read any M/M before but I've never even bothered to write a review for this awesome read.

➦I'll be honest, a year ago I was very apprehensive to try M/M myself. But Only 10% into this story I knew I could never go back. When it's done well, like in this book here, it can be oh so thoroughly enjoyable.

➦So I thought a re-read was in order and I'm very pleased to report that the book was just as great for me the se
Geri Reads
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

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Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning are best of friends especially during the summer months they spend on Lake Placid where the two of them are enrolled in a summer hockey program. Despite seeing each other for only two months out of the year, they've bonded and considered each other best of friends.

On their last summer there before going off to college, something happened which caused Wes to end their friendship leaving Jamie confused as to why. Fast-forward to four years later and both
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, m-m-f-f-reads
3.75 ~ 4 Stars

”They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?”


I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series as well as Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series and so a collaboration by these two authors made me actually squeal out loud. Now for the iffy area for me is that the genre for this book is mm. The truth is, I have actually only read two others books in this genre. One of them being Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year which I absolutely loved (felt it clicked all my boxe
Candy M.
3 2 “highly unpopular opinion” stars ⭐

Edit: rating adjusted because I keep disliking this more as time passes.

This is one of those classics (of the MM genre, at least) that everyone and their aunties have read by now. So saying it’s beloved by many would be quite an understatement.

With that being said...

This is gonna be me after dropping this 3 2 star review.


Before everyone goes secure their pitchforks, I must clarify this was shaping up to earn 4 stars for the first two hu
S.M. West
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "Purple Skittles" STARS

Well this was my first full-on foray into M/M. I’d dabbled before with other stories where it was a side story and had liked it. Now I get the allure…there's something that's almost naughty or sinful about it in a delightfully delicious way! And it's scorching HOT!!

I’m a big fan of Elle Kennedy, found and fell for her with her Off Campus series, and have never read a Sarina Bowen book before – I’ll be rectifying that STAT. This was a really great, fast, sexy read a
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** LOVED IT !! ***



Jamie and Wes formed a strong friendship from a young age when they started going to Hockey Camp every summer.
One night when they were 18 they had a bet....
The outcome of the bet was an estranged friendship for 4 years.
They meet again when their teams are playing at a National Hockey Championship...

Wes is gay and while he is not ashamed of his sexuality he doesn't flaunt it.As for Jamie,he is convinced he is straight.
Their reunion is a little strained at first but they
Yes, I did just read this book for the third time; no, you can't judge me.

Original review:
Here are two things you should know about me: I love hockey and I love a good romance. This book had both of those things. I also love a book that involves romance that is slightly forbidden which this one was. I mean two guys who are both hockey players is controversial for some people and they keep their relationship hidden from people so I would say it's pretty forbidden. This is also my first time readi
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4 Stars

When I found out Elle Kennedy was writing an MM...

She's about the only MF I read these days! And while I was not as familiar with Sarina Bowen (I did read book 1 of the Ivy League series) I knew her stuff wasn't quite as steamy as Elle's. SO...of course I said a little prayer. Please don't be too YA!

And I was worried for nothing! This one had some really nice steam! I read a lot of MM, so I can't say this one wowed me as far as MMs go. To me it read a lot like Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mm, standalone
“Jamie Canning was my first crush and my first love. But he was never mine to have.”

Be still, my beating heart… It doesn’t happen every day that two authors you love decide to write a book together, so this collaboration had me bouncing off the walls from the moment I got word of it, but this story, this sexy, fun, enchanting story was all I hoped it would be, and so much more. A wonderful testament of both these authors’ extraordinary talents, this is a story that pulled me in from
Him is nominated for Best Romance in the 2015 GoodReads book awards! Vote here. The only other M/M book nominated is Roan Parrish as best debut author. You can vote of Roan's In the Middle of Somewhere here.


It is ridiculous, absolutely fucking ridiculous, how much I loved this book. I am a tried and true hockey fan and root for my home team The Minnesota Wild and root for any and all M/M hockey romances. My favorites being Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy, Home Ice by Kate She
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Stars

Jamie Canning was my first crush and my first love. But he was never mine to have.

So let's see here; we have friends-to-lovers, second chance romance and GFY all mixed in with sizzling chemistry and humor. If that's not enough to justify my 5 star rating, I dunno what is. Maybe I haven't read an MM in a while, maybe I was exactly in the mood for a feel good and sexy MM romance? Whatever the reason may be, I loved this book to pieces. There was not one part of it I read where I
Wendys Wycked Words
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I first read this book in 2015...and I was blown away. It was definitely one of the best mm books I read that year, and considering how many times I have re-read this one... it still is.

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When I finished it the first time, I wrote a small review for it, but since I have re-read this book multiple times since, ... I figured it deserved more from me. So here goes....

Wes Ryan and Jamie Canning have been best camp buddies for 6 years. Each year, since the age of 12/13 they spend 6 weeks together at "L
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
"We're all just bags of charged atoms walking around bumping into each other. My electrons went seriously haywire for his tonight, though. Particles collided."

That was just excellent combination of humour, fun, steam, friendship, bromance and love. Did I mention it was hot?
"Hot? Try scorching. Blistering. A goddamn inferno."
Damn right it was! Light, sweet, a bit emotional and drama free reading. Perfect book for summer if you enjoy MM romance. Highly recommend!

For real
Ali Goodwin
Sep 09, 2022 rated it liked it
3.75 stars! Such a cute and spicy mm romance!! I always love books by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. My only complaint is that the book is a bit wattpady and the book is veryyyy spicy but other than that I loved it.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating Wes ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating Jamie ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 4.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars

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This is another read that I might have missed out on if I had not read so many of my friends fantastic reviews. THANK YOU MY FRIENDS because I
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I loved the story line about two boys who became best friends while at hockey training camp and that one them secretly loved the other. It was a long road before they finally got together a
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Forth re-read: 29.04.2021
It's been a while since I've read Jamie and Wes's story. I've missed them, I have. However, I've been struggling with concentration today and my eyes has been hurting me. On top of that, I'm working on my exams and I have no motivation. I thought perhaps J & W could get me up again, but sadly I just couldn't enjoy it as much as they deserve. So because of that, I won't change the rating.

Third re-read: 18.08.2019
Wes and Jamie is just awesome together. I adore thei
Sleepless Readmore
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t get over it, but I got used to it.
5 #PurpleSkittles and #CuddleWhores STARS

Jamie and Ryan .. ♥

I just pled guilty to assholery
in the first degree and practically
molestation. And he's worried
about a few texts.


It's too late to get away from it all
I'm done with running so I give in to you ..►♫


You know actual character names
from Sex and the City? Shit,
if you hadn't told me you were gay,
I would've figured it out just now.

So this was my first M/M romance novel .. am I ever glad it was th
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, sports

Him is book one in the Him duet by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. While I have read several books by Elle Kennedy, this is my very first involving Sarina. Why oh why did I wait so long to read this because OH…MY…GOSH!!! I am in love!

Jamie Canning is twenty two years old and is about to graduate from Ranier and Ryan Wesley is about to graduate from Northern Mass. Both are hockey stars for their respective colleges. These two met when they were around twelve years old at an Elite summer Hockey cam
Now, this was 350 pages of some glorious shit. It’s my new obsession and I did not want it to end.

I fell in love with it pretty quickly. As soon as I started listening to the audiobook I knew I had the possibility of a new favourite in my hands. Ears. And I was right. Everything about this worked for me.

You can’t help but fall in love with Wes and Jamie. Their friendship-turned-more had all the right elements it needed to create a beautiful romance; the pining, the yearning, the angst of having

This review is long overdue. My life is a giant mess right now. Anyway, here goes...

Him is one of the few books with a combination of friends-to-lovers, unrequited love, and gay-for-you tropes that I truly and immensely enjoyed.

During the first chapters, the authors did a marvelous job of piquing my curiosity by slowly putting together the pieces of Wesley and Jamie’s fallout in the past, at the same time building these two characters up which allowed me to establish which side of the person

Mila ♡ (Semi-hiatus)
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Number of times reread: unknown (lost count)- November 2022

I will probably never stop rereading this series. Wesmie warms my heart even after my billionth reread🥰.


Third reread on GR but its probably more I lost count😂-March 2022

still a 5++++++ star read

"This guy…goddamn it, this guy. I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want Canning. The way I crave Canning." -Ryan "Wes" Wesley

"I wasn’t exaggerating before. I’m addicted to Ryan Wesley. And right n
I have to admit I was really afraid to read this book. Hyped or extremely anticipated books tend to disappoint. After Try the one-word title stirred up bad memories and made me even more suspicious. So whenever I finished a book and browsed my Kindle for another read, I always skipped Him. And it was a mistake, because it is PERFECT.

The story has the perfect amount of emotion, angst, humor and sex.

Perfect plot and structure; for example the story of their friendship told in flashbacks is positio
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

I adored this book!!Such a sweet,funny and hot story!!I was so excited when I saw that Elle Kennedy has a new book and it's a M/M!!I immediately put it on my list!I haven't read a book before of Sarina Bowen so she is a new author to me!They should write more books together!!!They are doing an amazing combination!!


Wes and Jamie are hockey childhood friends,but due to an unfortunate situation they lost touch!Now after years they meet again and they can't ignore each others...Wes is in
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Sarina Bowen is the twenty-time USA Today bestselling author of three dozen books, including: the True North series, and Brooklyn Hockey. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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