Review! Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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.

I seriously can’t get enough of these two guys! Wes and Jamie are one of the best couples ever and just like the first book, Him, I wasn’t able to put this one down and read it pretty much straight through. Of course, now I’m a little sad that I’m done but it still can’t wipe the grin off my face as I think back on how much I loved this book, actually both of these books! This book seriously tugged at my heart over and over as Wes and Jamie had to deal with some very difficult situations but my heart also rejoiced time and again at the amazing support that emerged for these two. The first book went easy on us in terms of angst, I think the authors were just saving it all up for this one because this story is loaded with it! But it’s so worth it in the end! I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this series, Wes and Jamie hold a special place in my heart and I’m so glad I had the chance to take this journey with them.

…why does everything in my life have to be a secret? I fucking long for the day when I can proudly introduce Jamie Canning as my boyfriend.

It’s been several months since Ryan “Wes” Wesley and Jamie Canning started their relationship. Being with Jamie is a dream come true for Wes, aside from hockey, it’s the only thing he’s ever wanted. Jamie is still new to being with a man but he’s accepted this side of his sexuality and is more in love than ever with his boyfriend and best friend, Wes. They’re also both living their professional dreams with Wes having a record-breaking rookie season in the NHL and Jamie coaching a youth hockey team. The fact that they get to come home to one another at night? Icing on the cake. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows because they’ve agreed to keep their relationship a secret at least until the end of Wes’ first season in order to avoid the media frenzy that’ll surely ensue and to avoid overshadowing Wes’ accomplishments on the ice. Having to hide such a big part of themselves, combined with the stress of Wes’ traveling and problems at Jamie’s job puts a big strain on their relationship. As things start to unravel, will their love be enough to overcome the adversity they face?

I don’t know how to make things better. I love this guy, I really do. But I didn’t anticipate how hard this would be.

God, this book did a number on my heart! By the time I finished Him, I was so invested in Wes and Jamie’s relationship so to see them struggle so much really hurt! A lot of their troubles stemmed from the crappy situation they were in, I was so upset by the unfairness of their circumstances. It has to be so hard to have to hide away such a big part of yourself simply because some people might find it wrong or dirty. It’s sad that there’s still so much close-mindedness in the world and that people have to live in fear simply because of who they love. But I loved so much that there were so many people in their lives that stood by them and didn’t care what these two did in their private time. They needed that acceptance so much and I’m not going to lie, my eyes got misty on more than one occasion at the love so many people showed these guys. Not all of their problems came from external sources, though, there was a big communication breakdown between these two and it really sucked. For two guys who were so open and talked about anything and everything, seeing them so off kilter broke my heart.

“I trust who I am with Jamie. He’s known me since I was a pimply thirteen-year-old when we used to argue about video games. He doesn’t see me as Toronto’s rookie forward. He doesn’t care about my scoring average. I don’t try to impress him.”

But don’t fret, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The passion and intense bond between these two still shone through and this book was still ridiculously hot. There was also plenty of humor and great banter, especially with the addition of Wes’ teammates. I’m sure most people would agree that Blake was a standout character in this book! At first he simultaneously annoyed and humored me, but he quickly grew on me and I fell in love with his character! I was insanely happy to see that the recently released book, Good Boy, features him. Because not only do we get more Blake but we also get more Jamie and Wes! I can’t even wait to laugh my way through that one! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Jamie’s stellar family in this review. Talk about a wonderful group of people, their love and acceptance of Wes really warmed my heart and I love how they supported their relationship.

Overall, I thought this was a stellar follow up to the much beloved Him and I am so glad to see that we don’t have to completely say goodbye just yet, the gang lives on in the WAGS spinoff series and I’m so excited about that!

The way I feel about Ryan Wesley… it’s something I thought existed only in the movies. He’s my other half. We complement each other in more ways than I can count. When he’s in the same room, I’m focused on him, and when he’s gone I walk around missing him.

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