The Fifteenth Minute (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen
“The only time I feel like myself is when I am with you.”
First off, a HUGE thank you to Wendy who helped get me this arc. You ended my suffering!! Muah!
The fifth book in the Ivy Years series, this book can techincally be read as a standalone, but so many of the characters from the first four books appear that I highly recommend reading them in order. Plus they’re awesome so you should read them anyway.
The Fifteenth Minute is the story of Lianne and DJ. We met Lianne in the previous book, she is the Hollywood star roommate to Bella who spends most of her college life in class or shut in her dorm room playing video games. DJ is the well, DJ for the hockey team and brother of one of the players. The two have always had a mutual attraction between them, but Lianne is nowhere near brave enough to act on it.
After being together for many hockey team events, DJ finally asks out Lianne. But DJ has mistakes from his past coming back to haunt his future, and his days at Harkness are limited. Lianne is dealing with the agent from hell promoting her to due nude scenes and more uncomfortable things, but not supporting her endeavors to break out into new roles. Can these two break past their issues and come together?
I am so beyond thrilled that Lianne got her own book! The previous book she was so closed off from everyone around her, I’m glad she was able to make new friends and experience new things. DJ was the perfect guy for her, he was sweet without being cheesy, and he genuinely like Lianne for her as a person and not who she was on screen.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will say my heart went out to DJ in this book for the struggle he went through. It wasn’t an easy or fair situation that he was in but he handled it to the best of his abilities.
Lianne and DJ together were magic, low angst, no bullshit (at least in my opinion) and a huge helping of romance cheese free (my favorite!!). They supported each other the way couples should, they accepted the other for who they were and kept the drama to the minimum… what more could you want from an NA college romance?
Anyways, I adore Sarina Bowen and will read anything she writes. The Ivy Years series is one of the most addictive I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!
ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review