The Understatement of the Year

The Ivy Years

Book 3
Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years is my favorite New Adult series of all-time! -- Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author of The Deal 

"It's so well done that I just want to read it over and over again." - Mandi Schreiner of Smexy Books 

"Sarina Bowen serves up yet another gut-wrenching story that left me limp at the end with relief that these two found their happily ever after." - Amy Jo Cousins, author of Off Campus

"A beautiful love story about self-acceptance. I laughed, I swooned, and I shed a view tears. This is a must read." - Megan Erickson, author of Strong Signal 

"I gasped, I cried, I stayed up all night to finish. This book broke my heart in the best possible way." - Diana Peterfreund, author of the Secret Society Girl series.

"6+ Stars! I can honestly say that this is her best one yet." - Jenn Gaffney of Once Click Bliss

"This story was beautiful from start to finish." - Angie of Badass Book Reviews

Keywords: new adult, college romance, hockey, gay, MM romance, Ivy League, male/male romance, LGBTQ romance, gay romance, hockey team, coming out.

For fans of: Santino Hassel, Kindle Alexander, Elle Kennedy, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Lucy Lennox, Amy Lane, Leta Blake, Roan Parrish, Annabeth Albert, Ella Frank, TJ Klune, Riley Hart, NR Walker, Devon Mccormick, Eden Finley, Sloane Kennedy, Felice Stevens, Avon Gale, Alexis Hall, Heidi Cullinan, KJ Charles, Josh Lanyon, Cat Sebastian.

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Sep 4, 2014
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English
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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella,  the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe's help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can't be extinguished. 

“The Shameless hour is a gift to any girl or woman who’s ever been slut-shamed. It’s magnificent.”— Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy

“Gripping and deliciously steamy, The Shameless Hour will make you cry and swoon. Sarina Bowen is a master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more.”— Elle Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Just because she's famous doesn't mean she's happy...

Freshman 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's haunting his dark eyes, and she needs 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? Incredible.

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Three novellas, including all new Ivy Years fun!


BLONDE DATE: A nervous sorority girl, a mean fraternity prank and an adorkable basketball player with a heart of gold. Blonde Date follows Katie and Andy’s first blind date…


STUDLY PERIOD: One hunky hockey player with a language barrier. Plus one awkward English tutor with a big crush. Equals hot, hilarious trouble! Study Period follows Pepe and his tutor Josie.


YESTERDAY: It’s been seven years since John Rikker left his childhood home in Michigan. Surely that’s long enough to scar over the wounds he received there. Or is it? Can Rikker survive a visit with his parents? And can Graham let him do it alone?

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For fans of: Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Catherine Gayle, Avon Gale, Toni Aleo, Kristen Callihan, LJ Shen, Mona Kasten, Corinne Michaels, Jana Aston, Karina Halle, Meghan March, Jay Crownover, Anna Todd, Geneva Lee, Audrey Carlan, Jill Shalvis, Suzanne Brockmann, Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Sally Thorne, Penelope Sky, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Maisey Yates, Elle Kennedy, Lauren Blakely, Susan Mallery, Penny Reid, Julia Kent, Kelly Jamieson, Melanie Harlow, Carrie Ann Ryan, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Ryan, Kristen Callihan, Sarah Mayberry, Naima Simone, Nana Malone, Alisha Rai, Audrey Carlan, Meredith Wild, Sierra Simone, Anna Todd, JR Ward, Fern Michaels, Penelope Ward, Helena Hunting, Corrine Michaels.

Keywords: hockey romance, basketball romance, sports romance, sports, hockey, basketball, novellas, compendium, omnibus edition, ivy years, ivy league, college romance, uni romance, university romance, new adult romance, new adult, ivy years series, college series,

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves wants 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.

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"I absolutely loved it, and I can't wait to read the rest of her books." Colleen Hoover, bestselling author of Hopeless.


"I bought - and read - this entire series in a week. It is OMG-awesome-NA-at-its-finest." Tammara Webber, bestselling author of Easy.

 

"Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years is my favorite New Adult series of all-time!" Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author of The Deal

 

"This page-turner will have readers eagerly awaiting Bowen's next book." Publisher's Weekly

 

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Keywords: new adult, college, strong heroine, bad boy, Ivy League, hockey, disability, sports romance, athletes, friends to lovers, slow burn romance, college romance, Ivy Years, spinal cord injury, free romance, free ebook, first in series free, free series starter, love triangle. Hockey romance, college hockey, hockey players, new adult, NA romance.



For fans of: Sawyer Bennett, Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Sabrina Bowen, The Chase, The Deal, Game On, Briar U, Off Campus, The Hookup, Lexi Ryan, Jennifer Ryan, Dirty Reckless Love, Melissa Foster, Helen Hoang, The Goal, The Score, The Mistake, Going Under, Falling Hard, Pucked, Ruin, Rule, Jami Davenport, Lorelei James.

Could you give up the love of your life to save the child who depends on you?

I used to be like the other Harkness Hockey players, worrying only about the next game or the next party. But that all changed the day I became my little sister’s protector. Only by keeping Lucy hidden and acing my course load will we survive the year.

But then I meet Scarlet, who sees me as more than just a star athlete or a party boy. I fall hard for her. But darkness follows Scarlet, too. When her past comes to light, so does a horrible truth: I can’t save everyone. But I’ll never stop trying.

If you love a strong hero, a fierce heroine and the ivy-covered glamour of college life, dive right in to The Year We Hid Away.

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"I not only bought this book and devoured it, I bought - and read - this entire NA series (The Ivy Years) in a WEEK. It is OMG-awesome-NA-at-its-finest." -- Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy 

Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years is my favorite New Adult series of all-time! -- Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author of The Deal 

"This one is done so, so well." --USA Today

"I've read this multiple times now, and I cry each and every time.." --Holly of BookBinge

"The Year We Hid Away was right up my alley and definitely one of a few New Adult books that I've read recently that truly resonates." --Kati for Dear Author

"Another beautiful, compelling, captivating story from Sarina Bowen, and I cannot wait to see what she does next!" --Jenn Gaffney of One Click Bliss

"I've yet to read a plot like this beautiful, unique love story. Ms. Bowen flawlessly made me a believer in her work." --TeriLyn S. of She Reads New Adult

"THE YEAR WE HID AWAY IS another awe-inspiring book from an uber talented author. I am so terribly glad I happened upon her. I will be waiting (im)patiently for her next book." --Mandy Anderson of I Read Indie

I just love a book that grabs hold and won't let go, which is exactly what THE YEAR WE HID AWAY did. --Romance Between the Sheets

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For fans of: Penny Reid, Sara Ney, Elle Kennedy, Kristen Callihan, Monica Murphy, Kendall Ryan, Julia Kent, Cora Carmack.

Keywords: sports romance, hockey, Ivy League, new adult, college, secrets and lies, college hockey.

 A weekend of passionate sex with a master White Tiger changes the course of Hiru's life forever...

 

Since a terrible car accident killed the love of his life and cut short his career as a champion martial artist, Hiru has lived a quiet dutiful life. When his best friend and co-worker, Koji, finds love and happiness...with a man...and leaves the firm to pursue a new life, Hiru envies Koji’s newfound healing and happiness. He also misses Koji so much he begins to suspect that maybe his difficulty recovering has another, more hidden source. He goes to stay at the White Tiger, Tokyo's most luxurious love-hotel for gay men to be massaged, caressed and...more by Quan Chan, one of Koji's incredibly handsome fellow White Tigers. But then, the unexpected happens…

 

Quan Chan is still nursing a broken heart when he's asked to attend to Koji's friend Hiru. So he's completely unprepared for his sudden intense attraction to Hiru's boyish good looks and incredible brawny physique. Hiru is like a human supply of catnip to the White Tiger inside him. All Quan Chan wants to do is purr and rub up against the other man. In spite of the temptation that awaits him back in Shanghai, Quan Chan spends an incredible weekend with Hiru, an encounter that launches him into ecstasy for the first time in what feels like forever. However, when circumstances force Quan Chan back to Shanghai without the promise of return, the connection between him and Hiru proves stronger than a simple weekend of pleasurable exploration and Quan Chan finds himself suspended between Hiru and Wu Li, the most alluring and sensuous young man in Shanghai, a Golden Dragon, said to launch a man into bliss by a mere glance. Back in Tokyo, Hiru feels Quan Chan slipping away from him. All he can do is follow his heart and hope it's not too late...

The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella,  the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe's help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can't be extinguished. 

“The Shameless hour is a gift to any girl or woman who’s ever been slut-shamed. It’s magnificent.”— Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy

“Gripping and deliciously steamy, The Shameless Hour will make you cry and swoon. Sarina Bowen is a master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more.”— Elle Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Enjoy a FREE taste of the Ivy Years Series!

A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

The Ivy Years is:

#0 Blonde Date

#1 The Year We Fell Down

#2 The Year We Hid Away

#3 The Understatement of the Year

#4 The Shameless Hour

#5 The Fifteenth Minute

#6 Extra Credit

“Blonde Date is nothing short of brilliant.” — Kimberly Faye Reads

“I loved the preceding Ivy Series books but this novella has just become my favorite.” — Booknerdian World

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Keywords: free romance, free sports romance, free new adult, romance, college romance, sports romance, college, basketball, free novella, sororities, fraternities, humorous romance, New Adult, short reads, adorkable, nerd hero, nerd culture, fraternity prank, protective hero, free read, holiday romance, free new adult romance, free read, free sports, free college romance, free rom com.

 They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?


Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—
can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


"I read HIM in one sitting--it's so, so good! If I had to pick two authors who I'd have team up, it would be Bowen and Kennedy" -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover
  
"HIM is my favorite read of 2015!  Hot, sexy, romantic, funny, and full of heart. I LOVED Jamie and Wes!" -- NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

 "The way that Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy spun the tale of these two men falling and staying in love was absolutely timeless and beautifully real." 
--Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author


Keywords: MM, male/male, hockey romance, hockey mm, sports romance, contemporary romance.For fans of: Alexis Hall, Roan Parrish, Avon Gayle, Riley Hart, Ella Frank, Lucy Lennox, Devon McCormack, Kindle Alexander, NR Walker, Damon Suede

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