The Fifteenth Minute
Book 5, The Ivy Years - The Ivy Years #5
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Just because she’s famous doesn’t mean she’s happy.
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 haunting in his dark eyes makes her need 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? Unbelievable.
Love this addition to the series!
Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors to write young adult, college aged books. The latest addition to the series is as well done as any of the other books. She has never not knocked one out of the park with me. The Fifteenth Minute is book 5 in the Ivy Years series. In this book, we meet Daniel Trevi, better known as DJ. DJ gets his nickname from doing the music during his brother's and the women's hockey games. But there are other issues with DJ that make him the way he is. Lianne Challice is an actress trying her best to fly as under the radar as she can. But she cannot help but be attracted to DJ, who knows who she is, but begins to fall for her because of what she is on the inside. Will DJ ever be able to confide in Lianne or will Lianne's acting career interfere? So much happens during the course of this book that it would be impossible to cover it all, nor would I give it all away. Read this book to find out what happens to these two!!
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.**
In one word? AMAZING!!!!
I loved it so so so much!
Lianne Challice, poor thing…
Wait a minute! Isn’t she like an actress just like Hermione from Harry Potter?
And doesn’t she make like, I don’t know, millions each time a movie is released?
Doesn’t she have fans all over the world?
Doesn’t she hang out with famous singers and actors from Hollywood? She even has a selfie with Bono. WITH BONO for Christ sake!!!
Yes, she is all that and she has all that. She is, however, a shy, introvert young woman who just want to be something else other than Princess Vendi.
We want to believe that, because Lianne is famous, she is the most awesome person on earth and has everything she wants
She’s just a normal person: she has her insecurities, she feels lonely most of the time (unless she’s playing video-games), she is shy and she believes the guy she likes would never give her the time of the day. To summarize: she’s just like you and me.
DJ is amazing (just like all the other Sarina’s male characters)! He’s sweet and funny and charming and, because he’s not like his brother, he believes that everybody only sees him as “Travis’ little brother”. Well, personally, I haven’t met the older Trevi (arham), but the younger one is my favorite (so far). He’s just the right amount of cocky with a hint of insecurity, which makes him so charming…
Ok, I loved this one!
DJ and Lianne’s story is really good. And this comes from somebody that has read the other books from The Ivy Years and has loved each and every one of them. The only thing I don’t dare saying is that this one is my all-time favorite because, well, they all are and it wouldn’t be fair to the other books of this series…
Well, I loved Lianne’s attitude. Despite the fact that DJ was doing his best to keep her at arm’s length, she kept coming back (and not in a stalkish, kind of creepy way) and didn’t give up! I also loved the fact that DJ is a… well, DJ, and Sarina chose amazing songs that made this story complete, just like a perfect soundtrack (one that we could play while reading their story).
They were so sweet together. A kind of sweetness I’ve only seen in Blonde Date…
“Listen, I’m worried about one thing.” I put my free hand on his cheek. “If you play any more games, isn’t there a pad you could put over your dimples?” I put my thumb right there in its favorite place, feeling his evening whiskers tickle my finger. “Don’t hurt the dimple.”
My letter to the author:
Please please please write about the other Trevi brother. I really enjoyed DJ, but I’m pretty sure that Leo’s story will be heartbreaking/heartwarming as well.
Please please please pretty please!
Your biggest fan!