The Year We Fell Down, A Hockey Romance

The Year We Fell Down, A Hockey Romance

by Sarina Bowen

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149164103
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Series: Ivy Years Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 65,868
File size: 400 KB

About the Author

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont, where she lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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The Year We Fell Down, A Hockey Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Some people say that after a life-threatening event, they learn to enjoy life more. That they stop taking everything for granted. Sometimes I felt like punching those people. *** I am sitting here thinking back on all the books I've read, trying to remember if I ever read one that had the MC in a wheelchair. And nothing comes to mind. But I gotta say that Bowen has blown me away with this one and her amazing cast of characters and equally amazing storyline. Blown. Away. Gone. It is definitely one I will remember for a long time. *** "I just wish I could give you the original me. Not the broken one." *** Corey's character was such a refreshing one. And not just because she was in a wheel chair wither. Oh no. This chick can hold her own and still have a moment to have a mini pity party. And that is what makes her so great. She isn't one thing or the other. She isn't a super beotch, cursing the world for losing her ability to walk again, and she isn't catatonic depressed for the same reason either. She goes on with the crap she was dealt with and makes the most of it. And to me that was what made this story believable. Then there was Hartley. That boy was adorable and way too charming for his own good. I loved him when he was with Corey and was fuming at the author for giving him a hateful, high maintenance girlfriend that wasn't worth his time. But honestly, where would the story be without a little competition, right? It made things interesting and in the end things come together. And understanding dawns on the reader and you're like 'oh yeah, I see why now.' And my absolute favorite part of the story is the blooming relationship between Corey and Hartley. It is probably one of the best relationships I have read in quite some time. It grew and it blossomed and it thrived. It wasn't instantaneous (though those are fine too, at times). But it was something in the making. And I give mad props to Bowen for doing a superb job at writing it. This book was a delight to read, had me snorting with laughter, and even tearing up towards the end. I am most definitely looking forward to the next book, THE YEAR WE HID AWAY, and anything else this author produces. There is something about her writing that pulls you and has you wanting to stick around, not wanting the book to end. So with that...5 Amazing Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So Corey had a really rough year. She was an All-American star hockey player who suffered a career ending injury. And by career ending, I mean partial paralysis. So she heads out to college - a thousand miles from home - in order to gain some independence and get some distance from her well-meaning, but over bearing parents. Enter Adam. Adam has broken his leg in two places doing something stupid while drunk. Ergo, he lives across the hall from her in the other disabled access room. They hit it off right away. Small glitch. He has a rich, spoiled girlfriend. True, he can barely tolerate her, but she is still his girlfriend and he loves the status she brings him. And that's where this book loses me. There's a lot of objectifying going on in this book. Corey loves Adam for his hot body. Presumably there are other reasons, but she focuses on that the most. Adam loves Stacia for her status and the way she makes him feel - successful. And quite frankly, when he switches from Stacia to Corey, it's more of the same. He loves Corey because she makes him feel like a man. Full disclosure - I find it very hard to enjoy a book that starts a relationship with cheating - and this one is no exception. Adam's excuse is especially flimsy in that he cheats b/c Stacia stood him up. So somehow, we as the reader is supposed to cheer for a man who is willing to cheat on his girlfriend b/c she's inconsiderate. Ok. How about being a man and tying up lose ends before starting on the next one. Anyway, it was all too shallow. Overall, it was an easy read. Nice style which gave us both Corey and Adam's point of view, but the writing style and the premise were probably the only good parts of the book. Oh, and maybe Dana, Corey's roommate. She was pretty cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great love story plus some coming of age things that are healthy to know. I would definitely recommend!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book. This story felt so real it invites you right in. The characters felt like they could be friends of mine. Corey is sweet, smart, beautiful, strong and has a heart of gold with a strength for forgiveness. She had the normal life of a teenager until one little accident during a hockey game changed her life and her future forever. Then she goes to college and meets her neighbor Adam who is trying to recover from a broken leg. He's absolutely gorgeous, kind, sweet, and extremely caring. And when they meet the chemistry is off the charts HOT. I felt such a heart wrenching connection to Corey that everytime she cried I cried right along with her. And on the rare occasion that she got pissed off I was internally screaming with her. The sad part is that alot of this story is true to form. There are unfortunately some really stupid people out there when it comes to disabled people. I would know since I am a stroke survivor. Sometimes I feel invisible and other times I feel like I'm on display just like Corely did. But Adam is such a wonderful man that he sees her. Truely sees her deep down to hr soul and he loves what he sees. I highly revommend this book to everyone. You will definitely not he sorry. This is both a heart wrenching and heart warming story sure to warm you from the inside out.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book just touches your heart and this was one of those books for me. The story line was original, the characters endearing and the writing captivating. I was hooked from the very first sentence and had to read it non-stop until I finished ... It gave me everything I was from a contemporary ... Especially a HEA! Best of all there are more in the series!!! YAHOO!
VickieVL More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Literally I stayed up way past a reasonable hour to finish this book and I don't regret my choice at all. Coming from a hockey fanatic point of view, this book was perfect. It had just the right amount of hockey stuff mixed with the absolute perfect amount of romance/cute stuff. I LOVED IT. Literally this book has been on my mind all day. It seriously won't disappoint you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that this included a strong girl who happened to have a disability. Seemed a little rushed at the end, but also didnt leave you wth two main charactets apart for a long time for no reason. Worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a GREAT story with a fabulous heroine. I hope that Corey and Hartley are in the next book, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an engaging story of love. It was wonderful to have a character who has a disability and is open and honest about her challenges. Kudos to having Hartley be open minded to see beyond her limitations and love Corey for herself. Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. Great characters and well written!
Amy_S More than 1 year ago
I loved the story of Corey and Adam. Corey is a great character who knows perseverance and Adam is just the guy to see how amazing she is, I have already read this book twice I loved it so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be a tearjerker. A story about a girl in a wheelchair sounds like it should be. But it was far from it. She was which a strong relatable character. And he was fun. It made for a fun read that I could put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story and charactors. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved Callahan and Hartley story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story with humor and grace and realistically flawed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This amazing start to a 5* series begins with Corey starting college and moving in with her roommate. She meets her neighbor, Adam Hartley, who lives across the hall. Hartley played hockey with her older brother, and treats her like a little sister for most of the semester. Since they are both disabled for the time being, she is in a wheelchair and he has crutches for now, they share meals and such together. They get to know one another and become good friends. Is that all there is? Corey cannot help but fall for her friend who she has so much in common with. He is just so attractive and fun. Hartley, bless him, does not suspect a thing. He lovingly refers to them together as the "gimps" and takes it all in stride. When it all changes, can Corey be the priority? I found this story to be so terrific! Fun, inspirational, and hot. This is a keeper for the shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, and the story. Read it in one night! Just purchased the 2nd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the story. Already bought next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This read was great, characters were great, and the author draws you in. I couldn't put it down.
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