The Year We Fell Down

The Ivy Years

Book 1
Rennie Road Books
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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.

"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.

Keywords: new adult, college, Ivy League, hockey, disability, sports romance, free romance, free ebook, first in series free, free series starter.

For fans of: Colleen Hoover, Elle Kennedy, Kristen Callihan, Cora Carmack, Tammara Webber, Tijan, Toni Aleo.

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Lark Wainright used to be fearless. She led her life as a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her last overseas adventure was one too many. She’s safe now, but her family is still consumed with worry and her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps into her little car and heads to Vermont. But her night terrors don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm. He’s good with animals, and he’s good with his hands. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for more than farm labor.

Praise for the True North series:

“Utterly fantastic. Well-written romance that runs the full gamut of emotions. Oh, and did I mention steamy? This series has it all. ” — Red Hot & Blue Reads

“I’m crazy about this series. In love with Jude and Sophie, the Shipley’s, just the whole family dynamic. EVERYTHING IS WOW.” — Angie's Dreamy Reads

“A world that pulled me in and had me wishing I could read all day!” — Shh Mom’s Reading

“5-stars, Top Pick! This story will break your heart and stitch it back together again.” — Harlequin Junkie

“Another fantastic book by Sarina Bowen! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” — The Book Hookup

"Smart, funny and super sexy, Bittersweet is full of the kind of writing that makes Sarina Bowen one of my favorite author crushes." —Author Sarah Mayberry

For fans of: Meghan March, Lauren Blakely, Vi Keeland, Melanie Harlow, Corrine Michaels, Kendall Ryan, Penny Reid, Zoe York.

Keywords: virgin hero, survivors, cult members, kidnapping, contemporary romance, PTSD, Vermont, coming of age.

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Publisher
Rennie Road Books
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Published on
Mar 24, 2014
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Pages
268
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ISBN
9780991068012
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
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This content is DRM protected.
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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.

"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

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.

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, Ivy League.

For fans of: Santino Hassel, Colleen Hoover, Kindle Alexander, Elle Kennedy, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson

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