Us (Him, #2)by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy Published 08 Mar 2016
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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?
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?
Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.
"Us (Him, #2)" Reviews
A ver, a ver. Estoy algo confuso.
Sé que no es malo saltarse partes de una novela. En este caso (al igual que hice con Him), las partes en las que me hablan de estrategias de juego y demás... Mira, lo siento. Paso. Next. En esta segunda parte hay bastante drama en el mundo del deporte y eso me ha cansado un poquito.
Una cosa que no me ha gustado tanto respecto a la primera parte es que no ha habido tantas escenas sexuales. Es decir, quizá sí las haya habido, pero no con el mismo morbo que en la primera novela. Esta segunda es mucho más romántica, y por lo tanto, las autoras supongo que han querido bajarle el tono a las escenas de sexo.
Hay muchas partes en Us que no me han convencido, aunque haya habido otras en las que he sentido que me cogían el corazón y hacían con él lo que quisieran. Ay, el momento de Wes con Reggie al teléfono. ¡Y todo el tema de mantener la relación de Jamie y Wes en secreto ha sido lo que más me ha gustado de la novela!
He sentido mucho algunas de las escenas, como ya me pasó en el primer libro. En este caso, me ha flipado la madurez de los personajes y cómo han afrontado los problemas. Creo que las autoras han sido muy valientes de plantear ciertos problemas hacia el final de la novela, mostrando la crudeza de las relaciones. No sé, ha habido una parte muy humana en la novela.
Me ha hecho mucha ilusión encontrarme en las últimas páginas el anuncio de que hay otras dos novelas del universo de Sarina Bowen y Elle Kennedy, aunque no es la historia que yo esperaba, supongo que le daré una oportunidad. Ya os contaré!
FANFREAKINTASTIC!!!!!! Five made out of purple skittles stars!!
If you where a fan of Him (book #1) you will be absolutely blown away with Us (book#2)! Us has sexy, funny, well-written dialogue, and some of the most real life honesty that comes with forming a new life together.
Ryan and Jamie have a plan: make it through the first rookie season without anyone finding out Ryan is gay and that being roommates is not the proper description of their relationship. At the culmination of book one, this didn’t seem like such an obstacle. However, reality is always a bit different.
Constant separation and an unexpected illness combine to out our beautiful boys. What comes next is a series of wake up calls for each of them. I found a beauty in the messy business of real life. As much as these boys love each other, there is still underlying threads of insecurities and uneasiness when dealing with people on the outside of their relationship.
But have no fear! The uproariously funny banter and witty words by these two fabulous authors ring out over the drama to make US one hell of a read! Get it. Read it. Love it. I am off to acquire a collection of tiny hats!
5 STAR READ
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This is the continuation of Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley’s love story and is the sequel to Him. The authors did a terrific job showing the two living together, while struggling with keeping their relationship under wraps just for Wes’ rookie season with the pros. Jamie had decided to not pursue a professional hockey career but is working with a local teenage team.
”I promised Wes I’d keep up appearances at least until the end of his rookie season. Coming out now would only hurt his career, and I’d rather take a bath in a tub full of glass shards than be the one to cost Wes his dreams.”
Wes’ teammate Blake Riley was a bit of a cock block but turned out to be a fun and loyal character. (I hope he gets a book even though this is a mm series thus far.) He moves into their building and is the king of pop ins…
Other struggles are their individual insecurities, Jaime’s job, an illness and forces that put their relationship out in public before Wes is ready for it. Luckily it all played out well and had one adorable ending!
”It’s us. And it’s perfect. ”
In the second book in the Him Series, we revisit Ryan and Jamie as they try to maneuver their new relationship, Ryan’s new career, living in a new city and hiding their relationship.
I think what I loved most about this story was that the drama focused on their lives and the situation and not too much was tossed in for effect. There weren’t these huge outside elements that were put in as obstacles in their way. It was just life and the things they had to overcome.
I loved the first book. I loved how hot the whole straight-to-gay thing worked. It was hot. It still had feeling, but it wasn’t two adults in a relationship. It was two young men navigating new feelings. Us was all about grown men, living adult lives and having to make hard decisions. Having faith when giving up seems easiest. I think Us ends up being my favorite of these two books. I loved the passion that Jamie and Ryan had for one another. I loved Blake as a character. He was fantastic and I am really happy that in the bonus story we are getting for these two, that he’ll have his own special part.
A job well done. I loved book one and I am in love with book two. A must read for fans of m/m or even a romance reader who is looking to try out one.
When I found out that there was going to be a sequel to Him—one of my favorite books ever—I was freaking ECSTATIC!
And this one delivered in many similar ways, there were still sweet and light moments mixed in with the angsty and heartbreaking ones. The sex was just as steamy and overall it was such a pleasure to read.
That being said, there were a few things that didn't work for me.
Jamie. *sigh* I didn't like him all that much in this book. And this might sound weird, but it wasn't because of who he was but rather how the authors wrote him. I don't know if this will make any sense, but he didn't feel like the same Jamie from the first novel—which would be fine if it felt like he naturally developed into the person in this novel, but it didn't. To me it felt like the author's wanted to create this tension and used Jamie to do it. Specifically [spoilers removed]. It felt very forced and honestly did nothing to endear me to his character.
I loathe when any man around me gets sick. If it's a cold they act like they're dying of the plague, but if it's something serious they brush it off because nothing should be able to affect big, strong men such as themselves. *eye roll* I seriously hate it. So I had very little sympathy for Jamie here.
Especially because I LOVE Wes so damn much.
He was honestly my favorite part of this novel. I loved how he handled everything, he was very mature about it and I really felt how much he loved Jamie and how much it killed him to have to keep his relationship a secret. My heart broke for him so many times and I've never wanted to give a character a hug more than him.
I also know that many people dislike the miscommunication that can occur in novels, and I agree—it can get annoying, especially if it causes years of distance between two characters. But like in the first novel, I felt that it worked. Their miscommunication seemed very realistic and the worries and insecurities felt like that of a couple in the closet, dealing with distance and fame, and simply struggling with a step forward in their relationship. Unlike the other plot device, this one felt genuine and I enjoyed reading through these struggles.
Did I feel like this novel was entirely necessary? Honestly, no. I believe a novella would have been much more appropriate. But I don't regret reading it, there were still plenty of parts I liked and I can't wait for the continuation of this series.
I had some reservations about Blake in the beginning. I was very distrustful about his intentions, but I ended up loving him. He had great energy and his easygoing personality was a lot of fun to read. I can't wait to get my hands on his and Jess' story :) <3
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I still want more*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
I so wish we had gotten more. This book is so sad, yet adorable and I want more.
New Rating - 3 stars.
I have never felt as raw as I feel right now. I’ve just discovered that falling in love has a dark side. When you’re mad at the love of your life, it’s impossible to feel joy.
My heart still feels for Jamie. Depression is a fucker. Poor Wes though, it can't be easy feeling so helpless. The story is still interesting, I still love Jamie and Wes (Jamie the most; he just speaks to my heart more) and I still wish we get more of those two. Two books aren't enough...
New Rating - 3.5 stars.
First read review:
Awww this was adorable, yet heartbreaking. When Jamie Canning (23) got sick, I got scared, when he got depressed, I really worried because I really felt it. My heart ached for Ryan Wesley (23) who was trying everything he could to help, but still felt helpless. Though a bit of the chemistry and connection, along with a little of the spark it had in Him fell away in this book, the story and its characters where still awesome. I adore Ryan's team, specially Blake. Overall, it was a good ending for the couple and I was quite happy with the outcome.
Love is friendship set in fire.
Quick basic facts:
Genre: - (New Adult) Contemporary Romance (M/M)
Series: - Series, Book Two
Love triangle? - [spoilers removed]
Cheating? - [spoilers removed]
HEA? - [spoilers removed]
Favorite character? - Both of the main two characters.
Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Yes.
Would I recommend this book/series? - Yes.
Will I read this again in the future? - No. (It was a yes, obviously...^^)
Rating - 3 stars.