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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

ARC Review! Us By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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.
Us. That one word can mean so many to so many people. Us can mean you and me, a relationship, a family, a friendship, a team. For this review, Us is not only the title of the book but means all of those I just described in the previous sentence. Us is the follow up book to Him and yes I highly recommend you read Him just to fully understand the connection between Jamie and Wes. Trust me, Him is one you won’t want to miss.

Us starts off about five or six months after Him ends. Wes is in the NHL and Jamie is a hockey coach. They live together and this should be one of the happiest times of their relationship, but the stress of keeping their relationship a secret is starting to slowly put a wedge in their relationship. They both love each other fiercely but sometimes love can’t keep a strained relationship together.

Jamie and Wes both have their own issues going on, sadly they don’t communicate at that is one factor that is chipping away at their relationship. The other being that a teammate of Wes’ moves into the same building as them and sort of bulldozes his way into their lives, that teammate doesn’t know that they are more than just roommates but neither Jamie or Wes mention it.

This book shows the struggles of not only a m/m relationship but a relationship in general. If there is no communication between those in the relationship, even the most sexual chemistry won’t keep them together. I had tears in my eyes more than once while reading Us, the angst, the unknown is heart wrenching. Jamie and Wes are soul mates but can they stay together throughout the obstacles that continue to be in their way?

Whether you are a fan of m/m romances or not, both Him and Us reminds us all that relationships are not always easy. They take work, there are good times and bad, there are friends who support you and those who may turn their backs, but as long as you and your partner/spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend are willing to not only fight but admit when something has caused a problem that relationship has the upper hand in repairing, strengthening and making that relationship unbreakable.

I don’t know if these authors plan on doing more books about Wes and Jamie, if they did I would read them all, or any of the other players but I hope they do. I love the way these authors are able to write such an emotional and moving book, but are able to do it without any disruption of the flow of the book. Us is one of my favorite reads so far this year and I can’t wait for the rest of you to read more about Jamie and Wes.

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