Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Fifteenth Minute (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen - ARC Review

Released: 13th October 2015.
Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel "DJ" Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. There's something haunting his dark eyes and she needs to know more.

DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

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Reviewed: October 2015.

Prior to starting The Fifteenth Minute I had only read the authors co-written book Him, so I wasn't particularly familiar with Sarina Bowen's work, I have to say, seeing as I devoured The Fifteenth Minute and have already started back at The Year We Fell Down, I don't think I'll be a stranger to the author again.

When Lianne starts university life is supposed to get better, more normal, college friends, parties, blending in with the crowd... being the teen superstar actress for the Princess Vindi series has meant that Lianne has always stood out, to be fangirled on college campus would of been expected but to be shunned for being the heroine of a multi million dollar paranormal franchise was certainly not what she was prepared for.

Despite Lianne's fame and fortune she's not exempt from college crushes on the hot boys, Daniel 'DJ' Trevi is sexy in ways Lianne should be used to after growing up on film sets, and yet he leaves her with butterflies in her tummy and nervous in ways she didn't expect. Lianne has been hoping for another opportunity to speak with DJ, so when the opportunity presents itself she refuses to let it go to waste.

On paper things look perfect, Lianne likes DJ, he seems to be sending all the right signals, but Lianne is terrified of putting herself out there after years of abandonment issues and until recently people she could truly count as friends, and Daniel is hiding something, his life is falling apart and he's busy just trying to hold it all together, the timing couldn't be worse, but he's never met a girl like Lianne, and he can't quite believe his luck that the Lianne Challice is even looking his way.

The Fifteenth Minute is hilarious, lots of great moments that leave you giggling, there's steamy swooniness and a bucket load of moments that meant that I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, this isn't just a college romance, this is a story about finding somewhere to just be when you've always felt like an outcast, it's about having what you thought was the perfect life until you're thrown a curve ball that's like a nightmare you wish you could wake up from, it's about finding someone who makes it easier to be yourself, someone who embraces you for all your quirks, and celebrates all of those things that you're self conscious of. Every word of this story made me thirty for more, it made me desperate for the rest of the characters in the Ivy Years series, I want to learn all their quirks and find out who there were before The Fifteenth Minute, there's times when I pick up a stand alone book in a series and I may like it or even love it, but I don't always have the desperate need to read the rest of the series like I did here, Ms Bowen definitely has herself a new fan with this fun, feisty, heartfelt, sexy series about an elite college hockey team and their friends.



About Sarina Bowen:

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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