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.
Jen and Roxie’s Review
Wes and Jamie. God, gotta love those two. Their love story was one for the record books. We fell and we fell hard. When we heard we were getting more of their story from Sarina and Elle, we were happy dancing and couldn’t wait to dive in.
Us picks up right where Him left off. Wes and Jamie love each other, their jobs and spend every moment they can together. Still keeping their relationship a secret is a daunting task, but one they’ve both come to accept. They’re waiting for the right time in Wes’s career to let the world know that they belong to each other.
As they move into the next phase of their relationship, things get complicated. With Wes constantly on the road and a new neighbor in their building, finding time alone is next to impossible.
“It’s fucking hard, okay? He’s not home half the time, and when he is home, all we do is hide. We hide in our condo, we hide from the press, we just fucking hide. And I’m sick of it…”
A wedge is created and communication is lost creating a slew of problems for Wes and Jamie. We see a different depth to these characters and feel all the heartache and roadblocks they face.
Can these two work through their issues and find their happily ever after? Can they make it through a world that can’t accept who they are?
As much as we loved Him, we had hoped we’d love Us just as much. Although we really enjoyed the continuation of Wes and Jamie’s story, there were a few things that didn’t work for us. The writing was fantastic and the chemistry between these two was hotter than ever. We only wish the conflict was a little more believable and that their lines of communication weren’t so flawed. There were times where we just wanted to smack the two of them and yell, “Talk to each other!!”
Overall we enjoyed Us and will definitely continue to one-click Sarina and Elle’s books! If you love M/M, this is a great story.
At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.
Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.
“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.
“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.
And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.
And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.
He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”
“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.
“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”
Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.
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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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 currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!