Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday! This week Angela recommends:
Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Who else was crazy excited to hear this writing duo announce a follow-up to Him? I absolutely adored Wes and Jamie’s love story. Partly because friends to lovers happens to be one of my favorite tropes, but also because both of these authors brought their A game when writing it. But even though this couple had a definite HEA and were left in a good place, I did wonder how their relationship was withstanding all the outside pressures.
At the end of Him, Jamie had moved to Toronto to be with Wes and had decided to take a job coaching. Wes was in his rookie year in the NHL and because he wanted to prove himself before news of his homosexuality came out, the couple had decided to keep their relationship quiet. As we all know, secrets can be the demise of even the strongest of love affairs. Jamie and Wes are deeply in love, but the constant need to hide their relationship status is starting to grate on Jamie. After a while, other things also begin to be problems, like money and time away from each other. They don’t go out with friends, Wes doesn’t have any real contact with his family while Jamie’s family is all the way in California. So it’s just them, pretending to be nothing but roommates and old friends, keeping to themselves. Then something happens that throws what they really mean to each other in the media spotlight.
There is a lot of drama and angst in this sequel. Maybe a different kind of drama and angst than the first book, but there was definitely lots of it. There is still an intense level of sexytimes and heartwarming scenes between the two liberally sprinkled among all the worry and tense moments, but oh man, my heart just broke for each of these guys at different times. Wes more so than Jamie, if I’m being completely honest.
I love, love, loved the secondary characters. And especially loved that Wes’s teammates were there for him and Jamie, even going so far as to make a wonderful show of support at the end. Will we be seeing any of these guys again? I sure hope so.
All in all, this was an excellent follow-up to a fantastic book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed these authors decide to collaborate again in the future.