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    Engaging, Romantic, Sweet & Sexy

    4 Stars | Hot Steam Although I found the first in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series, THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN to be a bit too medical and heavy for my tastes, I absolutely adored HIM, the smashing New Adult M/M novel she recently co-authored with Elle Kennedy. So, with renewed optimism I decided to revisit Harkness College in THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE, and I’m so glad that I did! Engaging, romantic, sweet and sexy, THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE had me completely enthralled and swooning hard as my new favorite undergrad couple, Lianne and Daniel, struggled, stumbled and sizzled on their rocky path to love. Lianne could’t be more appealing. A pint-sized powerhouse of brains, talent, spirit and budding sensuality, her POV is a lively, hilarious and endearing treat. Her troubles, despite stemming from fame and fortune, are highly relatable. On campus, she’s simply a girl seeking happiness, freedom, acceptance and wishing for that cute dark-haired boy to notice her. (And oh my when he does!) And Daniel. Sigh… Hot, conflicted and so insanely licktastic! He’s a handsome mess that I wanted to shake, hug, defend and then devour over and over again. He spends a lot of the novel down on himself—unable to see a future in anything or anyone. But, when he does allow himself a little fun and gives in to the ever building heat and attraction to the one girl he can’t get out of his mind and heart, it is so, so good! In those unforgettable moments, primed and on the prowl, Daniel unleashes his dizzying charm, coveted attention and explosive skills on lucky Lianne who shines and sparkles right back at him. Their uncommon connection is as beautiful as it is powerful. I truly enjoyed this wonderful romance and look forward to going back and marathon-reading the rest of The Ivy Years series. I can’t wait to discover how all of Lianne and Daniel’s friends got together! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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    gobbled this book up

    I love everything Sarina Bowen has written. I think it has to do with how believable her characters are and how well she writes dialogue. There is nothing that pulls me out of a story faster than dialogue that sounds the way no person talks ever. Also, so much of NA fiction is just so trite and overdone, but Sarina Bowen explores important things that others do not (like the way colleges handle sexual harassment cases and the like) and her unique (and real) take on things that get melodramatic treatment in most NA fiction (like one of the main characters being a celebrity). Lianne and DJ's story was great; I just loved it and couldn't stop reading until the end. Highly recommend along with the whole series.
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    Oh what a tangled web

    I'm a huge a fan of this author, and I'm glad to say that this was another fabulous read. Her storytelling is a journey with really remarkable characters that deal with unusual situations, approached with a delicate hand. I love the different perspectives, her quirky sense of fun (music trivia and secret code playlists?) and the sense of hope I get when I finish the last page.
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    I enjoyed this addition to the series

    This story is part of the Ivy Years series (though easily read as a standalone) and features the romance between Lianne (a famous Hollywood star who just wants to be considered as another college student) and Daniel 'DJ', a student who spins tunes for the local hockey games and whose brother Leo plays on the college team. Daniel has a secret, one that keeps him at arms length from most people as he waits for some legal issues to be addressed. Getting involved with a cute, pint-sized movie star isn't part of his plan to fix up his life, but when she is clearly interested in him, he can't help but return her interest. They're both tired of their fifteen minutes of fame - can their relationship survive it? I liked this story, but I didn't love it. I've highly enjoyed previous stories in the series (The Year We Fell Down, The Understatement of the Year and Blonde Date are my personal favourites, and each can be read as a standalone). I liked both of the characters. Lianne comes across as an interesting combination of worldly and yet naive at the same time. She's been in the public eye for so long that having paparazzi stalking her doesn't phase her. But crushing on DJ and having him return that interest is another matter, as she hasn't had a 'normal' relationship with a guy due to her upbringing and stardom. DJ was also a great character, a young man who's dealing with a stressful situation, one that has taken over every aspect of his life and that affects all his decisions. Truth be told, his particular conflict just didn't appeal to me to read about. I don't want to give away any spoilers, and likely most readers won't feel the same as me. I think also combining that particular conflict with Lianne's own reasons for avoiding the spotlight made for a college story that just didn't seem very realistic. It's hard to articulate why, but when I think on the story, it seems like a lot of drama happening that kind of fizzled out at the end. The parts I really enjoyed were the musical ones, when DJ and Lianne either together or separately are playing the pieces for the hockey games - the choices of music and the scenes in general were very fun to read. DJ and Lianne definitely had chemistry together, and their love scenes are definitely steamy. They made a cute couple. Overall, an enjoyable read, and it was good to be back on campus again. 3.5 stars.

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