US (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy * Release Day * Review * Excerpt * Signed PB Giveaway

Posted March 8, 2016 by Yesi in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Excerpt, Extras, Giveaways / 3 Comments



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 noisiest 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.


Yesi’s Thoughts

“Love is friendship set on fire.”  

Highly anticipated is a huge understatement! You can’t even imagine my excitement when I heard that one of my absolute favorite books from 2015 was a getting a sequel. HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy ROCKED my world last year and Wes and Jamie became one of my favorite couples. If you have yet to read it or are reluctant because it is M/M, please give it a try, I promise, you will LOVE it. Okay, back to this new release… US hits Kindles, Nooks, iPads, etc… everywhere TODAY and if you are like me, you will want to open it up and devour it.

Often, with sequels that follow up 5 star first books, the expectations are impossibly high and I think I set that up in my mind unfairly. After reading US pretty much in one sitting, I knew that I still LOVED Wes and Jamie more than ever but I was left a bit of a hollow heart and I am not sure if that came from it not being as “good” as the first book or if it came from this being the end (I think). After a few days of processing it and thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that I really did love it and that it was great book when judged alone. It is almost impossible for you not to fall head over heels for these two incredible men all over again. Elle and Sarina do an amazing job in continuing their story. It is hot, it is crazy sexy, it is angsty, and it’s even a little bit terrifying for a while when all seems lost between these two. What happens after…?

I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed back in Wes and Jamie’s world and while the angst had me on pins and needles, I just couldn’t get enough. Read it, savor it, and enjoy the beautiful journey.


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At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.

Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.

“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.

“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.

And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.

And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.

He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”

“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.

“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.

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We are giving away a SIGNED paperback copy of HIM (signed by both authors)

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About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Signet Eclipse, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

7737308Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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