The Year We Hid Away

The Year We Hid Away

by Sarina Bowen

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ISBN-13: 9780991068029
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 05/07/2014
Series: Ivy Years Series , #2
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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The Year We Hid Away 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Sarina Bowen hit my radar pretty recently. I saw a couple trusted blogs raving over The Year We Fell Down and decided it sounded like it would be right up my alley. And you know what? It was. I loved it. I was so excited to learn it would be part of a series and I began eagerly anticipating the release of the upcoming books.  The Year We Hid Away was wonderful. It tackled two difficult issues but did it with so much heart that I thought my own was going to burst in the process. Scarlet and Bridger were both brilliant and complex characters. They both had baggage and had been dealing with things no one should have to, let alone people their age, but rather than buckling under the pressure, they rose to the challenge and forged ahead. They were both hiding parts of their past, and in Bridger's case, present day situation, but the reader knew the story nearly from the beginning since this book was told in dual POV. The relationship between them developed slowly and naturally over time. It was real and heartwarming to watch them find a source of strength in each other. Scarlet's family situation is icky. It's pretty much ripped straight from the headlines of the Jerry Sandusky story out of Penn State. It made me nearly as uncomfortable in this book as it did in real life. It was real and realistic, horrifically so. I can't imagine the heartbreak that must come with the realization someone you trust is capable of committing such awful acts. It definitely had a huge impact on her life. Bridger's family situation was just sad. It about broke my heart. He stepped up on such a huge level. That alone made me fall in love with him.  There's not one single thing I could change about this book. It had some devastating moments, but the overall tone was hopeful. I felt the feels and cried the tears. I loved the sweet times and the sexy ones. Even the side characters added something special to this book. It's one I won't forget for a very long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sarina Bowen novel and it 1000000% won’t be my last. I fell in love with this novel and the characters almost immediately. I had no idea where the book would lead and loved every turn of the story. The characters’ chemistry was amazing. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I got so hooked on this novel that it actually tricked my brain MULTIPLE TIMES into thinking Bridger was real and that we were dating. It was the weirdest phenomenon but I loved it (but also really hated it). I can’t wait to read the other books in this series as well as the rest of Bowen’s works
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Singofrit More than 1 year ago
In the second installment of The Ivy Years, we get the story of Bridger, who is a character first seen in the first book and Scarlet, who is a new character. When we first met Bridger, he was quite the party animal, but now his partying days are over as he struggles to keep up with his studies, taking care of his sister in secret and maintaining 2 jobs. He has no time for girls, but when Scarlet enters his life, he makes time for her. It starts off with the two of them helping each other with their school work, but it develops into something much more. Scarlet is also hiding a secret that she fears will change the way Bridger sees her. Will the two of them make it or will their secrets tear them apart?
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
The Ivy Years series is an amazing New Adult collection touching on topical issues as well as providing a marvelously romantic and steamy story. Sarina Bowen tags every base in "The Year We Hid Away" with tears, laughs, romance and sizzle along with a ripped from the headlines storyline. The main characters are sympathetic and incredibly likable despite both of them having huge secrets that they are hiding not only from each other but from friends and strangers alike. Both secrets are huge and could have dire repercussions if they are discovered. Again, Ms. Bowen provides the reader with a vast tapestry of secondary characters and the backdrop of Harkness University. Also even though the Hero is a hockey player he has removed himself from the action of the rink - at least for the majority of the novel. "The Year We Hid Away" is the second book in the Ivy Years series and it is a stand alone novel, although its storyline runs parallel to the storyline in "The Understatement of the Year", the third book in the series. Pull out the tissues, you're going to need them. But Scarlet and Bridger's story is fantastic! I love the way Sarina Bowen gives her New Adult romances a slow build into the romance and the carefully orchestrated sex scenes. Ms. Bowen takes care in remembering that these main characters are not yet in their twenties and she does justice to the heroes in the respect and deference they give their inexperienced love interests - it really is exceptional. We are also gifted with a non-irritating child - HUZZAH! We are introduced to Lucy and Bridger in the first book of the series so I knew what I was getting into and even in a larger dose the young character is not overly saccharine nor "wise beyond her years" - just wonderfully portrayed. Because of the nature of "The Year We Hid Away" the circle of secondary characters is very small and there are two characters that do get their own novella "Blonde Date". All of the novels in the Ivy Years series give me a book hang-over - I hope to wake up and find myself back in college with the prospect of finding a strong handsome boy staring back at me with a smile in class. Those were the days. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1NJi5aV This novel was provided by the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Whereas the first in The Ivy Years series focused on two characters who were physically imperfect, in The Year We Hid Away Bridger and Scarlet are dealing with emotional scars. Anyone who has read The Year We Fell Down will remember Bridger as Hartley's best friend and a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. In this novel, Sabrina Bowen strips all the bravado away to reveal Bridger's soul to her readers. Bridger has taken on responsibilities beyond those usually expected of a 'brother'; putting his personal life on hold and his college place in jeopardy. Although Bridger is clearly breaking the rules, we can never condemn him because every action he takes is out of love for his sister. Scarlet too is making sacrifices, but she is doing so to protect herself from the shame and embarrassment caused by her parents. Scarlet is a much tougher character than Bridger, because of the drama within her family and the fact that cutting herself loose is the only way she can see to escape. Despite their circumstances, when Bridger and Scarlet meet, we immediately want their friendship to become something more, but understand their reasons for remaining uninvolved. I love the fact that initially the relationship between the two is innocent, with just a look or touch during study time and then it becomes HOT! The Year We Hid Away is written in a dual narrative, helping us to see the parts of their world they keep hidden. Sarina Bowen's writing is utterly addictive and emotional as both character's lives implode. I was so immersed in the story that I ignored the time and before I realized, it was 3am and I had reached the end. I have 3 more books by Sarina Bowen, which I am now very eager to read. The Ivy Years is a perfect series for any fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance. I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.