Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ~ Book Review by Teresa

businessman working on laptop in black suitTitle: Us

Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: Shannon Lumetta

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/08/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance

Blurb:

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.

My View:

It is rare that I get to read a series back to back. I was fortunate to be able to read Us right after Him and was able to experience the whole arc of the story without pause. Us starts us off several months after the end of Him, but it jumps us back into Jamie and Wes’s world and I loved it.

While Us is much angstier in tone (is that even a word?) it still had the love and support I expected from these two. Jamie is suffering from keeping their relationship in the closet and they are both finding their ways in this relationship. There is depression and a lack of communication that brings things down, but I loved that they are able to fight their way through with the help of great friends and family.

Homophobia rears its ugly head but it is dealt with in a supportive manner. The whole tone of the book in regards to Wes’s coming out is perhaps rosier than what would really happen but it is an outcome I hope would be possible in today’s society.

In the end, I was tremendously happy. I sailed through the book and couldn’t put it down. I would love to see more of this couple or other M/M romance books from these authors!

Links

Us on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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