Dirty Talker

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


“My weakness is him.”

Him, is a second chance romance/best friends to lovers story which I really enjoyed, it was so sweet but had enough going on which kept in me on my toes throughout.

Ryan ‘Wes’ Wesley and Jamie Canning have been friends since they were 13. Every year for 6 weeks in the summer, they attended a world-class hockey training camp together in Lake Placid, New York and were inseparable. Other than this, their communication was limited to text messages and the sending back and forth of prank packages.

When were 18, they made a bet with each other and the consequences of which abruptly end their close friendship.

Fast forward 4 years and Wes finds himself crossing paths once again with Jamie whilst on the hockey circuit. He has always felt guilty that he cut contact with his best friend and decides to man up and try and make amends. First off, he needs to tell Jamie that he’s gay.

Jamie (who is straight) has always wondered why Wes ended their friendship and although he feels like he should be angry, once he sees Wes again it’s as though they had never been apart and after a few awkward moments they soon revert back to their easy and comfortable camaraderie.

When they come full circle and find themselves as room-mates once again at hockey camp, this time as coaches, it’s not long before we are treated to some extremely steamy and emotional moments.

“I’ll give him every fucking part of myself, serve it to him like a feast at a banquet. Jamie Canning has no idea the kind of power he has over me.”

I have been in a bit of a m/m slump for a while now, so this was a surprisingly pleasant read for me. It had just enough drama to keep me going and I really loved the way that Jamie’s realisation of his bisexuality was handled. He loved Wes, first as a friend and then when he realised that he loved him romantically, he stood up to the plate and did what he felt was right.

Wes on the other hand was insecure, but he wasn’t shy in coming forward and he had a lot of love to give.

Already a current fan of Elle Kennedy, I will definitely be checking out more of Sarina Bowen’s works.

This is a Standalone M/M Romance told in alternating POV’s.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Authors

Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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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