ARC Review: Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Posted July 30, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

5 Stars


Released: July 28th 2015
Series: Him #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 276
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK!  I devoured it, literally.  I couldn’t get enough of this story.  The characters, the bit of drama, the romance.  Acckkk!  I absolutely loved these two.” ~ Under the Covers

After reading some m/m scenes in the Killer Instincts series by Elle Kennedy (and holly wow!!!!) I HAD to jump on this one as soon as I saw it was happening.  I have never read anything by Sarina Bowen before (and that’s about to change) but I was intrigued to see the dynamic of Elle writing with her.  I am always intrigued to see in what ways an author’s voice can change a bit with every different story they write.

But let’s to the meat of things, shall we? 🙂  For starters….. YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK!  I devoured it, literally.  I couldn’t get enough of this story.  The characters, the bit of drama, the romance.  Acckkk!  I absolutely loved these two.

So Jamie and Ryan were best buddies at hockey camp growing up.  They only saw each other during those summers but quickly became best friends.  As the years went by, the friendship developed into something stronger at least for one of them.  Now they are done with college and both of them have good possibilities of playing professional hockey and they are once again face to face with each other.  All those feelings come rushing back to the surface and you definitely want to be there to see those sparks fly!

If you’re scared about this being m/m and you haven’t dipped your reading toes into the genre then I would say this is the PERFECT place to start.  It’s such a sweet Gay-For-You romance, very character driven and it has such a wonderful story line.  You will easily fall for both of these guys and be rooting for their HEA desperately by the end of the story.

utc-top-pickNow let’s leave the sweet aside because this is also extremely HOT!  Like handle with care….hot!  You won’t be disappointed with the steam on this one.  I’ve read some hot m/m before but these ladies can do it well and with the best of them.  I sometimes find that some authors write m/m scenes as if they are just replacing a woman in that role.  This is not the case with this book.  Perfectly executed.

But ultimately, this is such a wonderful read for me because I just came to quickly care for Jamie as well as Ryan.  I was invested in both of their lives.  They are both dealing with different issues, coming to terms with where their lives are going.  Making tough decisions not only about their sexuality (since Jamie is straight up to this point), but also dealing with the people around them and the prejudice still felt in today’s society.  All around this is a wonderful story and I can’t recommend it enough.

Now when can we have the next one? 😀

Favorite Quotes:

We’re all just bags of charged atoms walking around bumping into each other.
My electrons went seriously haywire for his tonight, though.  Particles collided.

“You know, you’re a cocky bastard when you’re gay.”

“I’d let you do anything to me, Canning.”




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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 Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina 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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I’m looking forward to reading Him…Thanks for the great review Francesca

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I can’t wait to read this, it sounds so good.


Well then….. 😉


You have got to read Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series. Every book has made my top 10 for the year list. The third book is another m/m romance featuring college age hockey players, although the plot sounds pretty different from this one. My favorite is the most recent release, The Shameless Hour.

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I bought a few of her books and plan to fit them in between my review commitments. I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for the rec Jen!

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