#SexiestScene “Understatement of the Year” by Sarina Bowen


My musings…

It should not come as any type of surprise that I would feature Sarina Bowen’s novel again on my blog.  I am an ultimate fangirl of her as an author; her writing is perfection, her characters are lovable, and her themes are resounding.  I have read and own every single book that she has published, and there is not one book that I haven’t loved.  So, it would make sense that my very first venture into the genre of MM would be at the hands of one of my all-time favorite authors, and, boy, was it one of the best decisions I have every made.  Rikker and Graham completely stole my heart, and I just fell in love with them.

Honestly, what makes the sex in The Understatement of the Year so hot is everything behind the act.  The vulnerability, potential heartbreak, the connection between the two just sucks you into the story, and Sarina Bowen has this wonderful way of writing that just makes empathize with her characters.  When I read this book over a year ago, I remember just feeling every single emotion these two boys felt, and this bled into their sex scenes.  Whenever these boys were on the same page together their sexual chemistry tangible.  To this day, I love Rikker and Graham as much as I ever did, and I selfishly never wanted the series to end because I just wanted to catch glimpses of them together as the years progressed.  I will still secretly hope Sarina Bowen will be inspired one day to give us another book for them or at least a novella.  I need more of their love and steaminess, really just more of them!

These characters and their story make you forget that this is a MM book.  I know that doesn’t make sense, but it becomes a story about two people who, just like any other couple, are trying to find a way to be together when the world is trying to tear them apart.  Sarina Bowen crafts such a fantastic story that the reader can only focus on the love in the book between the two characters, and this love only makes Rikker and Graham a perfect 10 on the Rikker scale!

Continue reading for a short excerpt, synopsis, and more.


“‘Strip.’ He pulled his shirt over his head.  A second later, he yanked his jeans down, leaving absolutely nothing but miles of golden skin and a jutting erection.

Holy shit. Graham wanted to get naked with me, and I was going to let him.  And it was going to end badly.  I knew that already. The fact that Graham and I always ended badly was fucking written in the stars somewhere.

But did that stop me? Nope. When it came to Graham, I could never keep my head on straight.

And all the thinking I was doing meant that I wasn’t moving fast enough for Graham.  So he came after me.  He dragged my jeans down off my legs, even yanking my socks off with them.  I watched my underwear follow in his hands.

And then we were skin to skin.  He was on top again, devouring me.  His dick scraped against mine, hard and ambitious.  I began to feel greedy.  At this rate, the whole encounter was going to reach its inevitable conclusion in the next couple of minutes.  That wasn’t okay with me. If I was going to make a mistake, I wanted to make it good.

With a palm against Graham’s shoulder, I gave him a shove, rolling him to his side. His body felt so fucking good against mine. ‘Slow down,’ I urged, rubbing his sculpted pecs with my hand.

‘Can’t,’ he said simply, leaning for my mouth.

We kissed again, softer this time. Trailing a hand down his body, I took us both in hand, pumping my palm against our parallel shafts.  Graham gave a deep bellow of a groan.  And just the sound alone took me to the edge.

Make sure you buy this book to continue reading.  Trust, me it gets much better!!!


What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual orientation from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

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About the Author:

sarinabowenSarina 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. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.

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.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com

Happy reading,

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