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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.
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Kindle Edition, 361 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.
Chuck Rezac Like many of Bowen and Kennedy's collaborations, it's so good you want more. But it stands on its own and is a complete story as written.

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Lisa
Jul 11, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review

See my review at Sinfully .



5 “Science has proven...” Stars!

“My weakness is him.”


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Him is a collaboration by authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. Both are new authors to me so I was a little unsure as to what to expect. Holy heck did I ever end up loving this book! This sweet and sexy story about two best friends turned out to be such a welcome surprise. I could not help but get wrapped up in this enchanting tale and see how things would work out between our two hockey stars.

“I don’t k
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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
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Christy
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 tal
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Him, HIM, HIIIIMMMMMMMM!!!

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

*crickets*

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
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Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
4 Stars!!

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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.
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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
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 of
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Jennifer Kyle
Jun 08, 2015 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, m-m-reads
3.75 ~ 4 Stars

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

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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 boxes)
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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
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S.M. West
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 and
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J *deep in the heart of Texas*
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
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
Jul 11, 2015 Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads by: Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4-4.5 Hot Hockey Stars

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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.

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Oh get up Self, I'm not complaining.

I.

Totally.

Dug


It.

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I lurve sports romance.

I lurve the friends to lovers shtick.

And I LURVE M/M.

So when you
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Gigi
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.

M/M fans REPRESENT!




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 Sherwo
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 didn't
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Mysza
Jun 08, 2015 Mysza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...


cause it was..
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


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

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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
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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
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Kathleen
Jul 29, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 and I lo
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Judith
Jul 28, 2015 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** LOVED IT !! ***



WES



JAMIE





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
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Sleepless Readmore
I didn’t get over it, but I got used to it.
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5 #PurpleSkittles and #CuddleWhores STARS

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


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


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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 this
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Natasha is a Book Junkie
FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED:

“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 p
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 HOT STARS

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!!

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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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wesley

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 personal

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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
5+ Perfect Friends-to-Lovers MM Stars!


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THIS
is why I love MM romance! HIM has the absolute perfect blend of everything I love about MM romance.

1- Strong, masculine, virile men
2- Friends-to-Lovers trope
3- Gay-for-You trope
4- Endearing secondary characters
5- Humor
6- Angsty tug of war regarding sexual orientation
7- STEAM


Need I say more? In a nutshell, Wes and Jamie have been friends since childhood. Both men are avid hockey players who attended a hockey camp in Lake Placid every summer... until on
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Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


♥ ♥ ♥ 4 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥



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“Want you,” I whisper.

Lately those two words define me.

“Have me,” he says.

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Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley use to be attatched to the hip. They met at a Hockey summer camp on Lake Placid as kids and became the best of friends. As they grew up, the closer they got. When they were both eighteen, they got a little drunk and they made a bet that changed their friendship. Next thi
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

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"My weakness is him."

Him, is a second chance romance/best friends to lovers story which I really enjoyed, it was so sweet but had enough going on which kept in me on my toes throughout.

Ryan 'Wes' Wesley and Jamie Canning have been friends since they were 13. Every year for 6 weeks in the summer, they attended a world-class hockey training camp together in Lake Placid, New York and were inseparable. Other than th
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)


2.5 stars. Here I come, M/M romance! After many YA, Him was my first encounter with adult GLBT love stories and I won't hide how curious I was to see if the characteristics that annoy the crap out of me in New Adult would be absent. Not really, unfortunately, but it was still easier for me to enjoy than our average slut-shaming, pure virgin meets hot guy love-story train wreck.

BUT.

Because obviously, there are buts, hence my rating.



Sadly, even free of slut-shaming, Him isn't exempt of the same
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Stacey is Sassy
Aug 06, 2015 Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing
Acceptance wins the goal...

I started this story with the knowledge that Him was popular, M/M, written by two very talented authors and was supposedly HOT!!! With limited experience reading M/M, I didn't have high expectations and I wasn't sure if it would float my boat.

IT WAS HOT!!!

By the half way point I'm starting to question why this was turning me on so much and analyzing what made it so sexy or sexier than M/f? Maybe it's because women analyze everything and are unsure about getting it rig
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Katy Loves Romance ❤️
4.5 SEXY accepting Loving Stars****
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I love M/M it's a favourite Genre of mine. Depending on the read that is and mix that with Friends to lover and Sports Romance... Tick. Tick. Tick we get a really enjoyable read that had me unable to put this book down.

Wes 'Ryan' has been in love with Jamie since he was 13. But after a night of pushing those boundaries and crossing that line Wes felt he pushed Jamie too far and ran for four years.
That is until their paths cross and Jamie decides he's going to
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Eda** # Dax Lahn's Golden Tigress  #

** 5+++ “My weakness is HIM.” STARS **

“You really do love me, huh?”

“ALWAYS HAVE. ALWAYS WILL.”

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You guys... THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT! ♥♥♥

I don't give a rats a** that it offered nothing new, or that it was pretty much like an M/M version of Elle Kennedy's other hockey romances.

I enjoyed every single line and every damn moment between Wes and Jamie. I appreciate that there was NO UNNECESSARILY DRAGGED OUT DRAMA. I appreciate THE SLOW BUILD-UP FOR ROMANCE. (At least for Jamie...) I appreciate THE
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Mo
Jul 29, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. Wes and Jamie.

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



I loved Jamie's family. Loud, boisterous, accepting. Wes on the other hand, had a shite family.


... I'm pretty sure that my dick is an equal opportunity player.



"That was so hot." he tells me.
Hot? Try scorching. blistering. A goddamn inferno.





Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

**7/19/2016 - I've missed Wes and Jamie, so I picked up the audiobook. I like having them in my car ;)



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***4.9 Stars***

My life has been chaotic for as long as I can remember, and I always dealt with it alone. My parents' criticism, my confusion over my sexuality. But for six weeks every summer, I didn't have to be alone. I had Jamie, my best friend, my rock.


How do I feel about this book?



Typically, I'm not one to read books as soon as they come ou
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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as th
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“My weakness is him.” 48 likes
“But here’s the thing about family, Ryan…blood doesn’t mean shit. You just need to surround yourself with people who do love you, and they become your family.” 42 likes
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