{Effie Reviews} Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Posted January 27, 2017 by Effie in Reviews / 4 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #2
Published on March 8th, 2016
by Rennie Road Books
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Him, Him, The Deal

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.

4.5 Stars


Those two belong together like ice cream and chocolate. So yes, I LOVED Us which continues after Ryan and Jamie finally live together. Ryan is having the best rookie season in the NHL and Jamie got a job as a hockey coach. And as the story progresses we get to see how  their day-to-day life is. Including the ups and downs of their relationship.

I have to admit, that usually contemporary sequels end up being disappointing because there always seems to bee too much drama. But that wasn’t the case with Us. Yes, Ryan and Jamie go through several ups and downs. Their relationship problems were relatable in a sense, that you could picture yourself and your partner going through what they did. It felt real and there were times I was yelling at the pages and telling them that it’ll all be all right.

I had feels!

And I don’t often get feels, but these men are special to me and I love them so much. They’re perfect for one another and damn it all, they deserve each other.

Character wise, we see growth in both Ryan and Jamie. And I adored the fact that we got to see how frustrated Jamie could get during the entire book with everything. From his job to hiding his relationship with Ryan and when he’s sick. And trust me, he doesn’t like being sick, at all. Poor Ryan, he took the brunt on that one.

When it comes to Ryan, I got to see a softer and more vulnerable side to him, that I didn’t see very often in Him. You can feel how deep some of the scars about his sexuality go. He’s my precious munchkins and I want to bundle him up and never let him go again.

There’s one other character I would like to highlight. And that Blake. He’s Ryan’s teammate and just all around adorable. He’s has this open and goofy atitude towards everyone. And yes, he could be annoying, but on the other hand he was so friendly and approachable. The kind of guy that immediately makes friends, wherever he goes. I liked him a lot.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading more about Jamie and Ryan and how their relationship grew and unfolded on the pages. Not to mention the hotness sprinkled in here and there. Despite it being more for the adults among, I really hope more people will give these 2 books a fair chance when they’re diving into the m/m world. The writing is really good and the story is just wonderful.

All the gooey, fuzzy and hot feels.


About Elle Kennedy

A USA Today bestselling 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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4 responses to “{Effie Reviews} Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

    • Effie

      I really did! I think Him being the first book does give it a little edge over Us, but all in all they’re both great books. XD

  1. Yep! Nailed this review! I loved Us too, it was almost as good as Him. I loved how we got to see Jamie struggle more and Wes being able to take care of him. I loved that they showed that there isn’t a HEA at the end of a book, but just more work.

    Do you plan to read Good Boy, which is Blake’s story? (I loved Blake too!)

    • Effie

      YES!!!! Their whole relationship is so real, it’s why I loved it so much. There’s no unnecessary drama like in a lot of other romance books.

      And I haven’t actually thought about reading Good Boy, but now I think I should since I really liked Blake. I’ll see about getting a copy soon. XD

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