Reading about relationships trying to survive after the first rush of passion can be hit or miss. Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy hit it out of the park with Us. I loved seeing Jamie and Wes trying to make life work together in spite of all the obstacles which come at a new relationship while people are trying to fit themselves together for the first time. I loved how natural and real things felt while I was reading their story's continuing adventures.
Jamie was a guy I'd never imagine having to deal with depression only why shouldn't he? Depression isn't something isolated to only specific people. I've been clinically depressed most of my life regardless of my circumstances. It's not unfair to say a guy who wound up in a hospital twice in a row after having never really been sick a day in his life would feel down about it. He about broke my heart with how worthless he was feeling while he was trying to get better.
I know those feels. Being sick sucks.
Wes did break my heart a little with his casual dismissal of his father's callousness and his undying love for Jamie who he simply could not fix when he was sick. I understood his helplessness all too well. The people we love shouldn't ever get sick. We should be able to do it for them. It'd be easier that way. I loved his interviews and his attempts to bond with his team. I was so thrilled with how things fell together for him in the end so he was proven wrong about how awful it'd be to be "The First Out NHL Player" since sometimes? I just want a happy ending even if it's not totally realistic.
I feel as if Jamie and Wes are getting that forever-happy-ending which I was worried they wouldn't manage. It's been a great ride and I can't wait to read more in their universe even if their story is told at this point. I'd recommend this duet to anyone who loves a good romance, friends-to-lovers, or people who like a little realism in their fiction since life can be messy but it's the messy parts which often make it the most beautiful.