Series: The Ivy Years #5
Published by Rennie Road Books on October 13, 2015
Genres: College, Friends to Lovers, New Adult
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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. Something's 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.
It’s no secret that I’m a Sarina Bowen fan. I think she writes beautiful books that fully engage you and make you believe you are part of the action. Her attention to detail without overdoing it is superb. It’s also no secret that I love the Ivy Years series and that I was looking forward to this book with high expectations. With that said, this book did not disappoint at all, it was great!
The Fifteenth Minute is the 5th book in the Ivy Years series, although I strongly recommend you read them all, this can totally be read as a standalone. This is the story of Lianne Chalice and Daniel (DJ) Trevi. We meet Lianne in “The Shameless Hour”, she’s Bella’s neighbor and good friend. She’s also a famous actress, widely known for playing the female lead character in a popular movie franchise based on a best-selling book series that has decided to take a break from acting and go to college. Think Harry Potter/Hermione/Emma Watson. Because of her career and upbringing Lianne didn’t really have a normal upbringing and thus she doesn’t have many friends, plus her popularity makes her an attraction at school and that automatically puts her in the social outcast category at Harkness. Because of that, she would rather stay in her room playing computer games and hacking. Lianne is such an amazing character though, she is so real. She’s smart, nerdy funny, dorky and beautiful. Except for the beautiful movie actress part, I can totally identity with her. I connected with her right away and was so happy Sarina did this character justice. And then we have Daniel/DJ. He’s beautiful, strong, loyal, simply swoony. He’s Leo Trevi’s (captain of the hockey team) brother, also a hockey player and the official DJ at Harkness hockey games. I instantly loved him too.
Lianne meets DJ through Bella and they instantly click. They have a lot in common including a shared passion for music. Lianne is super attracted to DJ and DJ treats Lianne like a normal person instead of a famous actress which is refreshing to her. He gets to know the real her and she got to be free for the first time in her life. Their relationship is effortless and beautiful, there’s no angst or unnecessary drama. However, there’s a few hurdles on their way. DJ has been accused of something he didn’t do and has been put on probation, making his future at Harkness uncertain. This also influences his relationship with Lianne.
The best part of this book is that there’s no unnecessary drama, all the conflicts are out in the open and the main characters actually discuss all issues like adults. That is definitely refreshing especially in NA books. As with all Ivy Years books, there’s this huge underlying social awareness theme and again is handled beautifully. From the moment I started it, I loved the book, loved the story and the characters and got hooked. This book has a little bit of everything, love, sexiness, comedy,HOCKEY, serious stuff…it’s simply NA done right. I totally recommend this one. And I really want a Leo and Georgia book, pretty please?
**An ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**