The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen {Beth’s Review}

Posted 6 April, 2016 by Beth / 2 Comments

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen {Beth’s Review}The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1) by Sarina Bowen
Series: Ivy Years #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 268
Format: eBook, Kindle
Source: Gifted

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.
What now?

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.

I couldn’t put this one down!

Thoughts on The Year We Fell Down

This is the first book in the Ivy Years series and this will not be the last book I read in this series. My friend bought me this book and has been hounding telling me to read it for a couple weeks, so I decided to pick it up last night. And then I read it in about 4 hours total.

This book overall is very sweet. The two previous books I read by Sarina Bowen were steamy and delicious. You know those books that you just can’t read in public? Well, she writes those types of books.

But this was new territory for me when it comes to her books. Sure there were some sex scenes, but this was truly a story of two people coming together and falling in love.

In Bowen fashion, hockey was a big plot point in this book. Although both characters don’t play during the duration, they are entwined together through the sport and love of the game. As a huge sports lover and as someone that found my other half through sports, this book felt like it was written for me.

The representation of disabled characters was written perfectly as well. It’s a touchy subject having a character that is paraplegic, but Bowen wrote it perfectly. Nothing in this book felt too wild or too safe. It was the perfect mixture of both.

Hockey fan or not, once you sit down with this book, you won’t be getting up for a while. Grab some snacks, put your feet up, and enjoy the great first book in a promising series!


Filed under: ESR: 10, New Adult, Review: Beth,


2 Responses to “The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen {Beth’s Review}”

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I loved this book too! Sarina Bowen is a fabulous writer and I think this whole series is amazing. Great review!

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