Series: The Ivy Years #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves wants someone else.
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.
A truly outstanding college age romance.
Thoughts on The Year We Fell Down
This book. This book made me emotional. Not just because it was a good story (it really, really was), but because it had all the elements that make me slide it onto my “NA done right” shelf. There aren’t many books on that shelf as of yet, so adding one to it makes me happy.
Things that worked: The romance. So sweet. So sexy at times. Just… so perfect for Corey and Hartley.
The circumstances that brought them together. *sniffle* As terrible as Corey’s accident was, I loved how she decided to push forward with her decision to go to college just so her parents could start moving forward with their own lives. Seriously, Corey’s accident was awful and I totally commend her for not falling into a black hole of despair after losing everything she held important.
The complete lack of embarrassment Hartley felt over, well, everything. Which led to the moment where things changed between the two of them. Also, I love when a guy makes an effort to share the things he loves doing with his lady friend. *snicker*
This book worked for me on a lot of levels. Corey and Hartley were pretty darn awesome and I am SO looking forward to seeing how the other couples come together to get their HEA. Bridger’s up next and I already want to pet him for the things that were mentioned here. Poor guy.