Him by Sarina Bowen
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Reviewer: Larry / John
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Genre(s): m/m Gay Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 361 pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb: 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. 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.
Review: As teens turn the corner and become young men, they learn that everything is not always as it seems. Ryan Wesley is an upcoming hockey star about to enter the majors after a great run during college. He lifelong friend Jamie and he haven’t spoken in four long years due to something he did back then.
Now he has one last chance to fix that situation. If he can, he’ll recapture the friendship he lost. If not, – well he doesn’t want to go there. Jamie and Ryan worked at Elites summer hockey camp throughout high school. They were good counselors and best of friends. While in college, Jamie continued his summer program, Ryan didn’t. His life was too busy with sports and other compelling commitments.
To try and gain back the lost friendship, Ryan asks and is granted a coaching position at Elites for this one very important summer. He even asked to dorm with his former, hopefully best friend. This is a story of two men navigating life, learning about themselves, and their emotions. Jamie comes from northern California and is accustomed to a wide variety of life situations. Not so for Ryan, whose family is uber rich, ridiculously conservative, and most would say have their heads up their asses.
Bowen painted a good picture of both young men, their prejudices, feelings, and expectations. She also painted a great picture of people who don’t understand, don’t care, and have predetermined images of what is right and wrong. Jamie and Ryan find themselves in the middle of their own struggle for understanding as well as the parents of the students they coach. Without giving away too many spoilers, Jamie’s life takes a hard left turn bringing him face to face with his personal beliefs, the emotions of others, and those conservative parents.
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