Us (Him #2)

 

Updated after Audio Book
4.5 Stars
Soooooooo, I’m in love. Yep, I’m in love with the narrators (Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton) for this series. This was a book that I struggled with when I first read it. I didn’t understand why there was all this “unnecessary” drama. I know, I know. *smh* I’m sure your thinking suck it up buttercup. You would be right. I’m bumping up my star rating after listening to this while driving over the past 2 weeks. I’ve apparently matured in my thinking since the beginning of this year when I first read this. I realize now that sometimes you gain a better appreciation for the characters to see how they react to each other when life’s not perfect. It doesn’t mean I want all my books to have a second title full of shit storms; Just that I can appreciate the growth that comes from them.

Great job narrators!!
Great job Wesmie!!
I love you Blakey!!

 

Original Review:
3.5 stars
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Ok, that may be a tad dramatic. But the sentiment remains. I really struggled with this book. Before I give the low down I want to provide a warning… I was very hesitant to read this. Typically, I stay far away from series that keep the same MCs when the previous book(s) end in HEAs. I feel tricked. I left off one book thinking everything was rainbows and unicorns and then wait for it…it’s not…WTF? Drama for dramas sake isn’t all that appealing to me. I think in this case, it was the way to introduce Blake. Why couldn’t there have been a novella introducing Blake without 350 pages of Drama with a capital D? Max Monroe, author of the Billionaire series does a decent job of using a novella to set the stage for the next book. Alright, I’ll stop this bitchfest and move on to the book.

I LOVE Jamie and Wes. Well, I LOVED them hard in the first book. Jamie got on my nerves in this book. I thought they had such a great relationship and then it all went to hell in this one. Lack of communicating aside, the hang ups about coats, unpacked bags, money, helping when sick, etc… *bangs head on kindle* it was all too much. Then there were other moments where I was smiling like a cheeseball because it was like the “old” Jamie and Wes returned and all was right with the world.

Let’s talk about Blake. BLAKE!!!!!! *lights shine down from heaven* I seriously loved him. I would have been totally on board with some Blake/Wes/Jamie hot guy lovin’… ok, probably not. But I have a new book boyfriend and this time I have a chance because he likes girl parts.

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It’s probably best I stop pining after Wes anyway. Blake provided awesome comedic relief in the midst of the shitstorm. He was also an amazing friend to both guys and smoothed the transition a little for Wes’ coming out.

On one hand I felt like I needed a freakin’ gold star for making it through that drama. On the other, I loved the moments where they were actually themselves without all the crap. ANDDDD… we got Blake. I’m not sure if I would recommend this book. I’ll reassess after I read Blakes book. I can’t imagine it can go bad with “Blakeisms” like “The best defense is a great offense” when eating sheep.

*mic drop*

Riptide

4 Stars

Wow!! I really enjoyed this book. It’s the latest book in The Boys of Bellamy series and my favorite by this author. The other books in this series have been pretty hit or miss for me and I was absolutely surprised by this one. It had a different feel to it than the pervious three. We got the college experience in the first half while also getting a maturity and depth as they left college, started adulting and reconnected at a wedding. Side note: I wouldn’t consider this a standalone. It’s loaded with characters and situations from the previous books.

Andy and Drew were secondary characters in the other books. Especially book one because they were roommates with Max and Finn. I was curious about their story and really glad that they got a chance to have it told. Drew and Andy are best friends, college roommates and lovers without the label. What started as a silly first kiss led to many firsts between Drew and straight Andy. But, feelings start to grow and Andy realizes that maybe he isn’t quite as straight as he once believed. Do they talk about their feelings? Nope.

“It was easier to exist in this uncomfortable limbo, left wondering and hoping and waiting, rather than risk losing someone who’d become Andy’s entire world.”

This lack of communication leads to the classic misunderstanding about where they stand in the non-relationship and it isn’t until graduation that they realize both men had felt the same. Unfortunately, they are out of time. Drew heads to Chicago for a job and Andy stays at Bellamy for his MBA.

Fast forward two years and they are at a wedding. Without dates. Their reconnection is sweet, sexy, and emotional as they pour two years worth of longing into seeing each other again. Buuuuut, they both still live in different cities. The night of the wedding sets the stage for them to become friends again and step by step they find their way back. The journey has emotional highs and lows. I was cheering them on with every step, all the way to their HEA.

Drew is a classic introvert which made me automatically connect with him. I could see myself in him as he struggled with conversations, being the center of attention, etc… He had a core group of friends with Andy being the best of them all. Andy was the exact opposite and was able to pull Drew out of himself with his contagious personality. He also had a childish streak which annoyed me on occasion. He felt everything so deeply whether it was the highest of highs or lowest of lows. Andy had a darker side and Drew was the calm in his storms. They also had great chemistry and their connection deepened with each “hook-up.”

I appreciated being able to connect with the characters in both stages of life. There was a definite progression of maturity and confidence, individually and between them as a couple. The secondary characters took a piece of my heart too. Noel and Drew’s dad each had a quirkiness to them that I loved. They weren’t cookie cutter characters and I totally adored them and gained greater understanding of each MC through these men.

Definitely recommended to fans that have read the other books in this series.

Copy provided for honest review.

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