Blonde Date (The Ivy Years)

Blonde Date (The Ivy Years)

by Sarina Bowen

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BN ID: 2940046322514
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Series: Ivy Years Series
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 103,597
File size: 363 KB

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Blonde Date (The Ivy Years 2.5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## So cute. This was a sweet, very quick read (apprx 100 pgs). Andy was adorable. This book was obviously geared toward a much younger audience than me, but I still enjoyed it. Nice job.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
You may remember Blonde Katie (Scarlet's roommate) and Andy (Bridger's neighbor) from the last book, THE YEAR WE HID AWAY. But if you have yet to read the first 2 books, no fear! This little gem doesn't really give anything away or spoil anything for you if you haven't. But I wholeheartedly recommend all the books that are out in this series. You may remember Blonde Katie (Scarlet's roommate) and Andy (Bridger's neighbor) from the last book, THE YEAR WE HID AWAY. But if you have yet to read the first 2 books, no fear! This little gem doesn't really give anything away or spoil anything for you if you haven't. But I wholeheartedly recommend all the books that are out in this series. Anyhooo, I inhaled this little morsel of goodness in just a short period of time. And loved every second of it. I adored the romance that started building, albeit rather slowly at first, only to burst near the end. It was so sweet and hot at the same time. I think Andy was my favorite in this one. Only because he was a nervous wreck wanting everything to be so perfect for Katie. It was too adorable! This author does another amazing job at giving us a read that keeps us glued to the pages and the need to finish and find out what happens with these fun loving characters. One of the best things about this novella is that it didn’t feel like one. It didn’t seemed rushed or missing something crucial like some do. It was actually very well written and I don’t think she could have done it any better than how it turned out. I would, however, love to see more of Katie and Andy in some future books. Only because they were just so darn cute. And with that little part at the end, makes me wonder if the author has something in mind for Dash. Hmmmm? Well there you have review that almost wasn't. (Pregnancy brain had me delete the book when I first got it. So I had to go groveling back to the author for another copy.) But, love, be smitten!
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
What was a couple of throw away sentences in "The Year We Hid Away" became an completely enchanting and sweet novella that I never wanted to put down. This endearing bonus to the Ivy Years series takes place during Scarlet and Bridger's book featuring one of her "the Katies" roommates - specifically "Blonde Katie" and Bridger's basketball player dorm neighbor Andy. The couple are complete opposites, Blonde Katie is a social butterfly - sorority girl who usually dates football players and fraternity guys. Andy is shy and doesn't date much and though an athlete he is on the Harkness' dismal basketball team who has a less that stellar winning record. The characters are as richly drawn as the ones in the full novels and their maturity and emotional development is ample considering the abbreviated novella length with which Sarina Bowen has to work. "Blonde Date" also packs an enormous amount of adorable wooing and delightful attraction and sizzling sexy heat in a limited word count. And she does it marvelously. Andy Baschnagel is one of the best heroes in the Ivy Years series, he is completely different than the preceding Hockey playing heroes of the first two novels. Andy is uncertain but so kind, sweet, and patient with Katie he melts your heart. Katie came across in "The Year We Hid Away" as rather shallow and frivolous but in the end she did show some compassion and depth for Scarlet. "Blonde Date"'s ending also intriguing in that the epilogue is from an unexpected Point of View - Sarina Bowen shows what a brilliant strategist she is because the pay off occurs deep within a future book in Ivy Years series. This is a New Adult series worth investing your time in - it falls into a "Book Hangover" category for me. And those are quite atypical for me. To read the entire review please visit: This novella is from my personal bookshelf, which means I bought it, therefore it is a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet.
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This delightful romantic novella is the story of how Katie and Andy meet. Katie made a mistake trusting an ex-boyfriend and discovered that he used her to fulfill a pledge prank. Knowing he'll be at her sorority house to help with Christmas preparations, she turns to a friend to help her get a date for the evening, protection from the cruel barbs she expects to be thrown her way. When Andy, a geeky but fun basketball player nervously shows up to escort her for the evening, Katie can't help but contrast the difference between him and her usual go-to guys - and in the process discovers that sometimes what we think we want isn't really what we want at all. I absolutely adored this story! Katie is a warm and generous young woman who is devastated at having been used in a cruel sexual prank. I admired her determination to show up at the sorority house party even knowing that she would probably be the butt of cruel jokes and laughs. She's used to being the eye-candy in the sorority/frat house environment but her beauty runs more than skin deep. Andy was delightful as a somewhat insecure, tall and lanky basketball player who can't believe his luck in getting to escort such a beautiful young woman to a party. He knows that his looks alone aren't going to seal the deal but his warm, friendly personality and ability to see beyond Katie's outward beauty to the sensitive side underneath endear him to her. Andy is willing to stand up for her and do whatever she needs to feel comfortable at this party, and that goes a long way towards cementing Katie's feelings that Andy might be the type of man she is looking for after all. The attraction between them is sweet and sexy and the resulting steamy scenes between them are full of tenderness and humour as well as passion. Andy was the perfect beta male hero and in a genre that is dominated (literally) with alpha males, it was such a pleasure to read about the average ordinary guy getting the beautiful girl. Overall this was a sweet and delightful read, with the romance developing between Katie and Andy putting a smile on my face. Definitely going in the top 10 pile! 5 delightful stars!
SantanaBlair_TheBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I read this entire novella with a smile on my face. We first met Katie and Andy in Bowen's second book The Year We Hid Away, and we got a tiny glimpse of the premise of this novella in there as well, but I am so happy we got a bit more of them. I loved both of the preceding Ivy Series books but this novella has just became my favorite. Andy is the sweetest as he helps Katie deal with her embarrassment all while struggling with his own confidence issues, while we get to watch Katie come to terms with who she is and what she wants versus the expectations put upon her by others. I reread the story about three times already loving every bit of it just a little bit more each time. I WANT MORE Katie and Andy! *fingers crossed*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story,but WAY to short!!!!!
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
For a short story it was terrific!! Fell in love with Andy in the previous book but fell even harder in this one!! I absolutely love Sarina Bowen's writing, her words just flow together so smoothly!!!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
After the slight tease of Katie and Andy's night in The Year We Hid Away, I couldn't wait to find out what *really* happened on their date. And let me tell you, it was a sweet and hot night and I loved every single minute of it.  We meet Katie in The Year We Hid Away and I thought I had her pegged right away. She was the ditzy party girl who always had a guy in the picture. I kinda assumed she was just at college to get the obligatory degree before marrying a rich guy and that she would spend the rest of her life getting taken care of. Well, you know what they say about assumptions, right? I couldn't have been more wrong. She was intelligent, but insecure. She was definitely a product of her upbringing. She's made mistakes and she tends to beat herself up over them. It's part of what makes her real and likable.  I absolutely loved-loved-LOVED Andy. He's an athlete, but he was a bit nerdy and pretty quiet. He's not the guy you would picture someone like Katie with, but he was the perfect guy for her to turn to in her moment of need. Of course, he's had a crush on Katie since he first saw her in class, so he was more than happy to help her out. I couldn't help but root for this guy. He was just so damn charming.  Katie and Andy's night had a little bit of everything. There was drama and awkwardness because of the situation they were put in, humor and banner that just made me sit with a goofy grin on my face as I read, and sexy, swoony moments that were absolute perfection. These two were great together! I definitely hope we see more of them in the upcoming novels in the Ivy Years series.  Novellas are a tricky thing to master, particularly when they're part of a series but follow new characters. Sarina Bowen knocked it out of the park. Blonde Date is nothing short of brilliant. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt complete (though, you know, I wouldn't be opposed to more from Katie and Andrew, but not because it was needed... because I'm greedy) and it was the perfect length. This lady has definitely landed a spot high on my auto-buy author list with this series. I have a total case of grabby hands for The Understatement of the Year, the next book in this series and a M/M romance.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hysterical! Funniest sex scene, ever.