The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years, #5)

The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years, #5)

by Sarina Bowen

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BN ID: 2940152288124
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Ivy Years Series , #5
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,597
File size: 598 KB

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The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years, #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BellaLove_BookBabesUnite More than 1 year ago
5000 Stars! I loved every minute. Sarina Bowen is one of my "drop everything" authors. I will always drop everything to read her latest book!!! I LOVED so much about this book! ~Lianne - What a great female lead!!! Yes, she's a successful, wealthy, gorgeous movie star. BUT she's also socially awkward, self conscious, and she really just wants to find her place in the world, just like a regular person. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to relate to this character, but I was so, SO wrong. I loved that she was a gamer! ~ DJ - he really stole my heart. I couldn't believe what this boy was going through. He was being put through the ringer, with his future hanging by a thread and he was trying to deal the best way possible. And in this mess, he meets Lianne and they connect. ~ Alternating POV - my favorite! ~ The writing. I am blown away each and every time by Sarina Bowen. I love that she pulls these huge, impacting, ugly issues out in the open. And makes you look at them. And consider them. And realize that these things happen. But she does it in a way that also brings light, fun and sexy into the story so that it isn't too painful. It's an ENJOYABLE read. But because you see what the characters go through, you feel this...BOND with them. Ugh. I am not a writer, so forgive my inability to express just how talented I think she is. ~ Chemistry - WHEW!! I love the chemistry between Lianne and DJ. ~ The gang. Yes, this could be read as a stand alone. But why the heck would you want to miss out on all the fantastic books that came before it???? I love that we get so much of Bella and Graham and some new characters too. I NEED a book for Georgia and Trevi AND Hosanna needs a book too. My highlights: "And all at once, I understand that Lianne does not, in fact, exist on some higher plan. Celebrity or not, she feels the sting of rejection the same way anyone would. Even if it comes from the likes of me." "DJ is a different brand of sexy. And it's a brand I like a lot. I could be a very loyal customer of his brand." "Happiness is being wrapped into a kiss." "Is it because I'm socially awkward? Is it because I'm fun sized?" "Then he kisses me as if he's just invented kissing and wants to give me a thorough demonstration of how it's done." "This is how it feels to get just what you need when you didn't even know you needed it." Bottom line: super awesome favorite book. Read it. One click now!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best of the series. Absolutely LOVED DJ's character. Great story line-----true story line. Lived the ending. Hope to see a book with Hosanna and O'Hane. YOU ROCK SARINA
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
Full review and more available at: ***** My Thoughts: Earlier this summer, I discovered the great Sarina Bowen through the suggestion of a friend. Little did I know that that innocent suggestion would lead to the discovery of my absolute favorite New Adult contemporary series of all time. Through four novels and a novella now, Sarina Bowen has completely blown away the doors of convention and proved to myself and the entire bookish community as a whole what she can do. With so many incredible stories under her belt, could The Fifteenth Minute life up to the hype? Heck yes it did. And then some. I have been pumped for this read since it was announced some time ago. After finishing The Shameless Hour, I was really excited to hear more about Bella's room mate Lianne. The teenage Hollywood heartthrob trying to live a normal existence in the halls of Harkness. How normal can life be when seemingly everyone knows your face and whole life story thanks to paparazzi swarming your life each day? When Lianne meets and falls for former hockey-player-turned-disc-jockey Daniel (aka DJ), her life takes a change for the better. While Daniel may be falling for Lianne, he's got some demons of his own to face. With a harsh punishment on his shoulders for a crime he didn't commit, can Daniel fight his demons and find a way to prove to Harkness he's not the guy they say he is? I have to say that when it came to the specific plot of this one, I was thoroughly impressed. Each of these novels stands out and speaks to me in ways I cannot imagine. As of this novel, Sarina has really brought nearly each and every college type issue to light that you can think of. This installment really saw the introduction of one social group I really was hoping Sarina touched upon, I only wish it were more. I won't say which in an effort to avoid spoilers, but readers will certainly understand after devouring this read. As with each novel, Bowen knocked it out of the park in terms of her characters and their development. I've yet to see another author even come close to interpreting the life and times of a new adult in the twenty-first century as Bowen has done. Both DJ and Lianne were extremely believable and extremely fun to read about. Their inner conflicts were realistic and their resolutions were written to perfection. Aside from them there really weren't too many new characters in this one as Bowen had introduced nearly all of them previously. The biggest new additions to the story came from the side of Lianne and her Hollywood life, which really opened my eyes to thought of what NA life is like for members of that class and society. With the pedestal that we place the Hollywood elite upon, it's hard to imagine they face the same issues are we do, but they are human as well. Can I just say that I wish I had gone to Harkness College? What a fun place to be? The classical architecture, the house divisions, the amount of school spirit and campus pride? Yeah. I can definitely get behind that. I said this earlier, but I believe that Sarina Bowen has written the perfect college setting within Harkness. It's so awesome! I really got the feel that I, too, was attending classes next to these characters! Talk about reader immersion! In addition to Harkness, this novel sees the setting change up a bit when the reader travels to New York City a couple of times for Lianne's Hollywood l
Singofrit More than 1 year ago
The fifth Ivy Years book brings together DJ and Lianne, both of whom were introduced in the previous book in the series. Although DJ is more than interested in Lianne, he's keeping a secret from her that prevents the two of them from being together. When DJ finally reveals what he has been hiding, will Lianne be understanding or will it be the end of their relationship? This book raises the issue of false accusations and all of the ramifications of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Dj! Loved Lianne and Dj together. If you've read the previous Harkness novels, definitely buy it
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Lianne's story since I realized how freaking awesome she was during the Shameless Hour. Let me tell you – I wasn't the least bit disappointed. It was great to get into her head, learn more about her life and her insecurities, and watch her take her own shot at love. I loved Lianne before starting this book and throughout it, my affection for her only grew stronger. I enjoyed that she was a contradiction – beautiful, famous actress on the outside and shy, kinda nerdy gamer chick on the inside. I love atypical characters. She was kind of awkward at times, which I found endearing, and I loved her spunk. It was wonderful to watch her come into her own during this book. DJ was adorable. He was so sweet and thoughtful, but still sexy as could be. (Hello, perfect guy?) I hated what he was going through and how it affected him. No one deserves to have to deal with what he did. Through it all though, he was a wonderful guy. I loved watching him in his element when he was DJing and, of course, with Lianne. They had great chemistry from the start and I really enjoyed watching things grow between them – and how they each grew as a result of what was happening between them. I was also pleased with how DJ (eventually) handled the truth of his situation where Lianne was concerned. One of the things I love best about this series – besides everything, of course – is the how the characters are all intertwined. This means that, with each new book, not only do I come to love a couple new characters but I get to catch up with my favorites from earlier in the series. And, you know, since I have a tough time giving up characters I love once I've finished their book(s), this is a perfect situation to me. Win-win! The Fifteenth Minute was sexy, sweet and had plenty of feels. It was everything I wanted and a great addition to The Ivy Years series. I can't wait to see who's up next! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4 Stars | Hot Steam Although I found the first in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series, THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN to be a bit too medical and heavy for my tastes, I absolutely adored HIM, the smashing New Adult M/M novel she recently co-authored with Elle Kennedy. So, with renewed optimism I decided to revisit Harkness College in THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE, and I’m so glad that I did! Engaging, romantic, sweet and sexy, THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE had me completely enthralled and swooning hard as my new favorite undergrad couple, Lianne and Daniel, struggled, stumbled and sizzled on their rocky path to love. Lianne could’t be more appealing. A pint-sized powerhouse of brains, talent, spirit and budding sensuality, her POV is a lively, hilarious and endearing treat. Her troubles, despite stemming from fame and fortune, are highly relatable. On campus, she’s simply a girl seeking happiness, freedom, acceptance and wishing for that cute dark-haired boy to notice her. (And oh my when he does!) And Daniel. Sigh… Hot, conflicted and so insanely licktastic! He’s a handsome mess that I wanted to shake, hug, defend and then devour over and over again. He spends a lot of the novel down on himself—unable to see a future in anything or anyone. But, when he does allow himself a little fun and gives in to the ever building heat and attraction to the one girl he can’t get out of his mind and heart, it is so, so good! In those unforgettable moments, primed and on the prowl, Daniel unleashes his dizzying charm, coveted attention and explosive skills on lucky Lianne who shines and sparkles right back at him. Their uncommon connection is as beautiful as it is powerful. I truly enjoyed this wonderful romance and look forward to going back and marathon-reading the rest of The Ivy Years series. I can’t wait to discover how all of Lianne and Daniel’s friends got together! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
Fabulous Cute Flirting to Spicy Romance to Trusting Relationship with Superb handling of a Topical Social Issue To read the entire review please visit: I adore Sarina Bowen's novels because while she is weaving a beautiful romance with totally engaging characters she is also tackling a broader social issue in a delicate yet thought provoking way. "The Fifteenth Minute" is a New Adult romance novel with a message and heart and heat. The main characters of Lianne and DJ are not your typical lithesome and towering heroine and hero, she is extremely petite and he is average sized in a world of sizable university hockey players. Also, refreshing is that Lianne is a gaming aficionado that can do some sweet programming. The characters, being after all "college kids", do nothing but grow in almost every chapter. And the main conflict that is thrown mainly at the feet of the hero, is extremely topical and polarizing and Ms. Bowen handles that masterfully. Lianne's and Daniel's romance begins like a tentative dance - attraction, lust, friendship, and heat. Their relationship grows from adorable flirting to complete trust and giving - it becomes a really beautiful relationship. The heat factor is robust - they are young and in college. The character growth, as I am coming to find with all of the Sarina Bowen novels I've read, off the charts "giant steps". "The Fifteen Minute" has humor, tension, conflict, spice, and good old fashioned romance! This novel was provided by the Publisher for a honest review.
SantanaBlair_TheBookNerd More than 1 year ago
This series is the one that keeps on giving me books to rave about... The Fifteenth Minute not only lives up to its five star predecessors... it brings some serious competition to the game. If you're familiar with the Ivy Series then you'll love this book as an addition. If you're a newcomer to the series, have no fear, The Fifteenth Minute stands perfectly as a standalone. Lianne Challice has one of the most recognizable faces on the campus of Harkness College. Her popularity on the film screens however comes with the price of sacrificing friendships and anything remotely close to the normal college experience. Despite the challenge, she's determined to get out more and DJ is certainly an incentive. DJ wants to get know the girl Lianne and not the mega star that others refuse to see past. Unfortunately for him it's all the wrong time for him to try to start anything with her when everything else in his life seems to be coming to an end. This story is funny and witty and so dang heartwarming I couldn't get enough. I read it through without stopping and when I came to the end... I went back to the beginning and read it again. So far I've read the book three times (yes three) and I can officially say that it is a favorite of mine. Sarina has a gift. Everytime I read one of the Ivy Series books I feel like I am transported to the campus, surrounded by the great cast of characters she has supplied. Her characters feel like actual college students, they have fun but they also deal with real issues. But even with the serious conversations that color some of the emotional drama, it never overwhelms the fact that this is indeed a love story. Lianne was fantastically awkward and completely stole my heart. And DJ... DJ. DJ. Can I have DJ? Can we just label him as one of my most favorite book boyfriends of all time. He's undercover sexy in a series that's given us a lot of yummy hockey players and he steals my heart from the beginning of the story. It's not the looks or even the banter (which is phenomenal) but it's the way he feels about Lianne... the way he sees her, especially when she doesn't think he does... that swells my heart. I could go on and on but I won't because I want you to go and get this book like right now... I'm giving it a huge 5 Stars... a book boyfriend nomination AND a book bestie nomination. *ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review*
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This story is part of the Ivy Years series (though easily read as a standalone) and features the romance between Lianne (a famous Hollywood star who just wants to be considered as another college student) and Daniel 'DJ', a student who spins tunes for the local hockey games and whose brother Leo plays on the college team. Daniel has a secret, one that keeps him at arms length from most people as he waits for some legal issues to be addressed. Getting involved with a cute, pint-sized movie star isn't part of his plan to fix up his life, but when she is clearly interested in him, he can't help but return her interest. They're both tired of their fifteen minutes of fame - can their relationship survive it? I liked this story, but I didn't love it. I've highly enjoyed previous stories in the series (The Year We Fell Down, The Understatement of the Year and Blonde Date are my personal favourites, and each can be read as a standalone). I liked both of the characters. Lianne comes across as an interesting combination of worldly and yet naive at the same time. She's been in the public eye for so long that having paparazzi stalking her doesn't phase her. But crushing on DJ and having him return that interest is another matter, as she hasn't had a 'normal' relationship with a guy due to her upbringing and stardom. DJ was also a great character, a young man who's dealing with a stressful situation, one that has taken over every aspect of his life and that affects all his decisions. Truth be told, his particular conflict just didn't appeal to me to read about. I don't want to give away any spoilers, and likely most readers won't feel the same as me. I think also combining that particular conflict with Lianne's own reasons for avoiding the spotlight made for a college story that just didn't seem very realistic. It's hard to articulate why, but when I think on the story, it seems like a lot of drama happening that kind of fizzled out at the end. The parts I really enjoyed were the musical ones, when DJ and Lianne either together or separately are playing the pieces for the hockey games - the choices of music and the scenes in general were very fun to read. DJ and Lianne definitely had chemistry together, and their love scenes are definitely steamy. They made a cute couple. Overall, an enjoyable read, and it was good to be back on campus again. 3.5 stars.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen Freshman/actress Lianne Challice attends Harkness College in hopes of becoming a normal college student. She meets the DJ of the hockey team, Daniel "DJ" Trevi, and becomes smitten. Unfortunately, DJ is having some issues that may force him to leave Harkness. I loved The Fifteenth Minute. Once again, Sarina Bowen did a fantastic job writing a successful plot with a sensitive topic. My heart went out to DJ. I enjoyed hearing a story from the perspective of someone that was wrongly accused of a crime. This is something that happened in real life. No one in cases like these, comes out the winner. Daniel is a great guy, and it was unfortunate that he had to go through what he did. I am glad that he meets Lianne. They are good for one another. Lianne is a likeable character. I felt bad that she was disliked by many people because she is famous. I had respect for the people like Bella and DJ who got to know her and gave her a chance at a real friendship, something Lianne did not have many of in her life. She is a sweet person, especially considering her background. I love the music selection for the hockey games. I am the team manager for my son’s travel hockey team, and it gave me some great suggestions for songs to play during a game. I had to laugh because the “old” songs were popular when I was in college and yes, they are old. The Fifteenth Minute can be read as a standalone, but I think the reader would appreciate the secondary characters more having read about them in previous books. Sarina Bowen’s character development is outstanding. I love Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years. They are believable stories with tons of substance. I cannot wait for the next story. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.