Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy #BookReview
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Where Him was a giddy, tangled ball of friendship, crazy boys on the brink of manhood, sexual awakenings, wicked humor, and kickass hockey, Us steps into the more complicated landscape of long-term relationship dynamics, the perils of stardom as a closeted gay couple, and sadder emotions like loneliness and depression.
Now we’re a couple, and we’ve forgotten how to have a conversation. It’s like we’re making small talk about the weather.
Oh there’s still kickass hockey and wicked humor, but the tone is heavier. My heart went out to both Wes and Jamie in this story. Jamie really goes through some dark times and all Wes wants is to fix him, to give him everything. The emotional arc of the story is well constructed and feels real enough to kick start your pulse and squeeze your 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.” Except with my ability to deep-throat. But we won’t talk about that on prime time.
There are a few standout supporting characters too: Blake, for one. Wes’s teammate has energy and personality to burn. This guy is exhausting, annoying, and adorable, probably the strangest combination of descriptors I’ve ever given a character. Kinda want to know him in person. 🙂
“I have a sex look?” I ask instead.
“Yeah. Your eyes go a little out of focus, and your tongue hangs out a little.”
I snort into his armpit. “Sounds sexy.”
Wes and Jamie’s story just makes my heart sing. I first felt it with Him and I feel it again now with Us. Authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have magicked up the perfect combination of gritty honesty, boyish humor, and selfless love in these two characters (and all their supporting cast), and once again I’m sad to see their story end. I just want to move in with these two! Mmmm, now there’s an idea. *wink*
There’s an old quote my mother once painted on a ceramic platter. Love is friendship set on fire. I get it now.
And here’s another one: Pssst, authors! Give Blake a story!! The stage is set so nicely, after all.
“Aw,” Blake grabs his own chest. “Any time, rookie. And hey—love the new chair. I might have to get one of those for myself. Oh! Miss? Yoo-hoo!” Blake has spotted the nurse, and now he drops the phone and gallops after her.
If you loved Him, picking up Us is an easy win. If you haven’t read Him yet, you are seriously missing out! Check out my review of Him, the 2015 GraveTells Book of the Year, here then pick up your copy of this must-read sequel at your favorite bookseller!
Find Us online at GoodReads | Amazon* (pre-order link coming soon)