In Review: The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen

Posted October 19, 2015 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) by Sarina BowenThe Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #5
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 294 pages
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My rating:

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.


in review my thoughts

I’ve been waiting for Lianne’s story since I realized how freaking awesome she was during the Shameless Hour. Let me tell you – I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. It was great to get into her head, learn more about her life and her insecurities, and watch her take her own shot at love.

I loved Lianne before starting this book and throughout it, my affection for her only grew stronger. I enjoyed that she was a contradiction – beautiful, famous actress on the outside and shy, kinda nerdy gamer chick on the inside. I love atypical characters. She was kind of awkward at times, which I found endearing, and I loved her spunk. It was wonderful to watch her come into her own during this book.

DJ was adorable. He was so sweet and thoughtful, but still sexy as could be. (Hello, perfect guy?) I hated what he was going through and how it affected him. No one deserves to have to deal with what he did. Through it all though, he was a wonderful guy. I loved watching him in his element when he was DJing and, of course, with Lianne. They had great chemistry from the start and I really enjoyed watching things grow between them – and how they each grew as a result of what was happening between them. I was also pleased with how DJ (eventually) handled the truth of his situation where Lianne was concerned.

One of the things I love best about this series – besides everything, of course – is the how the characters are all intertwined. This means that, with each new book, not only do I come to love a couple new characters but I get to catch up with my favorites from earlier in the series. And, you know, since I have a tough time giving up characters I love once I’ve finished their book(s), this is a perfect situation to me. Win-win!

The Fifteenth Minute was sexy, sweet and had plenty of feels. It was everything I wanted and a great addition to The Ivy Years series. I can’t wait to see who’s up next!

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


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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