In Review: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) by Sarina Bowen

Posted August 7, 2014 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) by Sarina BowenBlonde Date by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #2.5
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: July 10, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 109 pages
How I got it: From the author
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A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. 

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

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In Review My Thoughts

After the slight tease of Katie and Andy’s night in The Year We Hid Away, I couldn’t wait to find out what *really* happened on their date. And let me tell you, it was a sweet and hot night and I loved every single minute of it.

We meet Katie in The Year We Hid Away and I thought I had her pegged right away. She was the ditzy party girl who always had a guy in the picture. I kinda assumed she was just at college to get the obligatory degree before marrying a rich guy and that she would spend the rest of her life getting taken care of. Well, you know what they say about assumptions, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. She was intelligent, but insecure. She was definitely a product of her upbringing. She’s made mistakes and she tends to beat herself up over them. It’s part of what makes her real and likable.

I absolutely loved-loved-LOVED Andy. He’s an athlete, but he was a bit nerdy and pretty quiet. He’s not the guy you would picture someone like Katie with, but he was the perfect guy for her to turn to in her moment of need. Of course, he’s had a crush on Katie since he first saw her in class, so he was more than happy to help her out. I couldn’t help but root for this guy. He was just so damn charming.

Katie and Andy’s night had a little bit of everything. There was drama and awkwardness because of the situation they were put in, humor and banner that just made me sit with a goofy grin on my face as I read, and sexy, swoony moments that were absolute perfection. These two were great together! I definitely hope we see more of them in the upcoming novels in the Ivy Years series.

Novellas are a tricky thing to master, particularly when they’re part of a series but follow new characters. Sarina Bowen knocked it out of the park. Blonde Date is nothing short of brilliant. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt complete (though, you know, I wouldn’t be opposed to more from Katie and Andrew, but not because it was needed… because I’m greedy) and it was the perfect length. This lady has definitely landed a spot high on my auto-buy author list with this series. I have a total case of grabby hands for The Understatement of the Year, the next book in this series and a M/M romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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3 responses to “In Review: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) by Sarina Bowen

  1. This sounds like an interesting and original series. I like it when character turns out to be different then I expected or when I make assumptions about them and they turn to be wrong. And I enjoy some drama and awkwardness in my books, sounds like I need to check out this series soon!