REVIEW: US by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted March 14, 2016 by MeliMel in Book Love, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review, Reviews / 0 Comments

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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.

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♥ ♥ ♥ 3.75 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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‘But I chose happiness over other people’s skewed opinions and cruel judgments. I chose Wes.
But now I have to hide that choice. I have to pretend that Ryan Wesley isn’t my soulmate.’

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This book starts pretty much where Him left off. Wes got signed to a Canadian Hockey team, so being a rookie, he wants to make a name for himself based on his skills. He wants to steer clear from the spotlight for any other reason which is why he wants to keep his personal life private, at least for a few months. But keeping their relationship a secret proves to be very difficult for them. Wes is off on the road often to play with his team, while Jamie is at home coaching teenagers in hockey. The distance takes a toll on them. Jamie wants to spend more time with Wes, but he can’t do that outside of their home if they don’t want everyone to know about them. Their relationship is barely hanging on a thread and it seems like any moment it will fall apart completely.

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“You belong with me.”

HIs silvery eyes suddenly look damp. “I love you, Canning.”

“Love you too, Wesley.”

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I really enjoyed the first book Him, I just couldn’t get enough of Wes and Jamie. I loved their friends-to-lovers story. I was hoping that in Us things would be better for these two. I also thought that a lot of the people close to them would know about their relationship like some of Wes’ teammates, but that wasn’t the case. The chemistry between them was still very much present, but the hiding definitely put a damper on things for me. I understood Wes’ reasons for it, however I didn’t agree completely with him. I also wish they could have communicated better what they were feeling. Because of their miscommunications the angst in this book added a lot of drama and tension between them. I was so upset by it. I just wanted to them talk it out so bad but they kept holding everything in or just plainly avoiding one another. I didn’t feel the whole Jamie getting sick either. I felt like it added way too much drama which really wasn’t necessary. It felt like it didn’t really flow with the rest of the story.

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‘My entire world is reduced to him. My best friend. My lover.’

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I did love that for the most part, they still had that connection despite not communicating. Their sexual attraction was still very much prevalent which was great. Those sex scenes had plenty of steam which I loved. I also really surprisingly loved Blake. He annoyed the hell out of in the beginning but he really grew on me. I loved how supportive he was and I ended up really loving his obnoxious persona. I was very happy to see that Jamie’s family made an appearance because I really loved them in the first book. Overall, I did like this book even though I didn’t love it as much as I did the first. I think the drama in this book took too much of the story. There were some scenes that were humourous, sweet, and romantic in this book, I just would have liked more of Wes and Jamie together. Still, it was a good book.

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