Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Posted April 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features, Reviews | 8 Comments

Each week, I’ll be writing a review for an oldie but goodie that I’ve read through again to see if these books are holding up for me. I’m a different person than I was when I read these books, older and wiser (at least I hope) so I’m curious to see if books that I used to love can stand the test of time.

Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina BowenThe Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #1
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on March 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-stars
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He's way out of Corey's league.

Also, he's taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the "gimp ghetto" of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They're just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she's falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won't, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness—one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.

When Sarina Bowen put these books on Kindle Unlimited, I had no plans to re-read them but I kept seeing this series mentioned everywhere so when I left my kindle at home one day, I downloaded these books onto my Kindle Library and read them on my computer at work. I have no regrets either because I absolutely adored my re-read of this series. Sarina Bowen tackles such heavy themes in each of these books and just like the last time I read these books, I loved them.

It had been such a long time since I read this book and with each reading, my love for both Adam Hartley and Corey Callahan grows and grows. Sarina Bowen does such a good job of writing young love and she handles the immaturity and growth between her New Adult characters so well. I hang on every word, every single time and it was no different this go around.

Corey Callahan starts her freshman year in college in a wheelchair. A really bad accident cut her playing days short and she’s got to work really hard to get back on her feet again. All of her plans for college are out and she’s trying to make the most of it but it’s hard and when she meets Adam Hartley, who is injured himself and living in the dorm across the hall, things get a lot harder for her because of course she develops a crush on him and of course he’s already got a girlfriend.

Adam Hartley is on the injured list and can’t play hockey until he’s all healed up. He’s on crutches and getting around is hard so he’s parked in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall and he strikes up a friendship with his wheelchair-bound neighbor, Callahan. There’s a lot of things he can’t do these days so spending time with Corey keeps his spirits high. The more time that they spend together, the closer they get and before Hartley knows what’s what, he’s got a decision to make. Stay with his girlfriend or lose out on Callahan.

There’s a lot going on in this book. Both Corey and Hartley are working through their own personal issues so this book was heavy on character development, which I’m always down for. On top of them trying to figure out how to maneuver around campus and just get around town, they’re also falling for each other. Callahan falls first and she’s rocking that unrequited crush pretty hard for a long time. So long, in fact, that I wanted to strangle Hartley for taking so long to make up his damn mind. I still thought that he took entirely too long to break up with his girlfriend but in the end, I still loved the hell out of him. I loved the hell out of both of these characters and was super thrilled that they finally got their happy ending in the end.

Sarina Bowen writes college romances so well and I think I’ll be reading these books over and over again because I love them that much. They’re not perfect but they’re still pretty freaking awesome. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend them.

Final Grade

4.25 out of 5

The Ivy Years Series


four-stars


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Book Boyfriend of the Week: Nate Kattenberger

Posted February 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

This week’s book boyfriend is Nate Kattenberger, the richest nerd in the Brooklyn Bruiser’s world. He’s got a giant crush on his assistant so he banishes her from Manhattan to Brooklyn so that she can run his hockey team and he can keep his ardent desire for her a secret.

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Nate KattenbergerBrooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #4
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on February 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 298
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You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It's what friends do. But what friends don't do is rip off each others' clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she's avoiding me. She says we're too different, and it can never happen again. So why can't we keep our hands off each other?

Nate and Becca have been working together almost from the very beginning. Nate was off-limits when Becca first came to work for him and they have become really close friends. Becca was there for Nate when he needed a friend (not an assistant) and she’s become one of the most important people in his life. I really enjoyed seeing him trying to hide his feelings from her and everyone else that they work with.

Everything worthwhile is complicated.

He wasn’t fooling anyone though. Nate and Becca coming together was complicated because of the fact that they work together. They both had reservations about coming out about how they feel about each other but it was so much fun seeing Nate let himself be in love with his assistant.

“My life is constant noise. Meetings and obligations and two thousand employees. It’s great, but it’s loud. When you kiss me, everything goes quiet. That’s the only time I can forget everyone else.” I roll to the side and put my lips right beside her ear. “And when I’m inside you, we’re all that matters. I crave it so much.”

*swoon*

Nate was the bomb. If you haven’t read his book, fix that because a rich nerd is what you’ve been missing in your life.

Here’s what Nate looks like in my head.

Buy the Book


Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
February 12, 2018
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Until next week…enjoy!


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Week in Review (76)

Posted January 23, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

It’s been a pretty hectic past couple of weeks for me so the blog has taken a back seat (are you guys surprised)? I haven’t really been able to get into a rhythm on my blog hops, commenting and just out and out blogging. I’m trying but I’m not as successful as I hoped I would be. I’m working on it though, I promise.

As for what I’ve been up to lately, basketball. Luke’s basketball season has started so on top of both Meghan and then Brenna and Kenna’s basketball schedules, I’ve added Luke’s to that too. So my weekends are weeknights are spent at the gym watching my kids play basketball. So far, everyone is playing well. Meghan couldn’t hit the side of a barn last week but she contributes in other ways when her shot isn’t falling. Brenna has found her shot and is shooting a lot more confidently these days and I’m glad for her. Makenna is just good. Like Meghan, she contributes in different ways every game and she’s always fun to watch but my favorite so far is Luke.

Luke is in his third season of basketball right now and he’s got so much confidence going into this season. He handles the ball well and he’s shooting a lot more and he’s going up for boards too. You can tell he’s going to have the very best parts of both of his sister’s game and I just know that he’s going to be fun to watch for many, many years to come. I can’t wait! Too bad his team sucks and they’re 0-2. First week, Luke’s team didn’t score any buckets so the score was like 25-0 and then last week, the final score was 2-15. We’re getting better and better every week. Yay.

Now…on to the books.

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (76)Man Hands by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands Series #1
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on December 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 180
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

This book has been on my kindle for a couple of months now and I kept meaning to read it but never got around to it. I’m so glad to finally be jumping in. I’ll be starting this today on my lunch break and I’m stoked.

What I Read

Beyond Scandal & Desire (Sins for All Seasons #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 4.75 out of 5
West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo | 3.5 out of 5
Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the last couple of weeks are Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath, Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross and The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke. All of those books are such enjoyable reads with fantastic characters and stories that you won’t be able to help yourself from falling in love with. So much goodness between those three books.

My least favorite read is Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee. The female protagonist in that book pissed me off from beginning to end and I wanted to strangle her for what she thought was okay and all of the shit that she pulled in this book. From accepting a scholarship that she didn’t need in the first place to her revenge plan. Ugh. Just freaking ugh.

What I Reviewed

Complicated by Kristen Ashley (Joint review with Holly) | 4 out of 5
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
Throwback Thursday: She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (75)
Throwback Thursday (25)
Book Boyfriend of the Week: Dax Vaughn from Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Throwback Thursday (26)
Book Boyfriend of the Week: Jackson Kane from Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

What I Got

Nothing this week…or last week either. Maybe next week.

What I Got for Review

On Hart’s Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young
The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones that Got Away #2) by Roni Loren
The Highlander’s Promise (Highlanders #6) by Lynsay Sands

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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