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The Ivy Years / Brooklyn Bruisers - Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen built one hell of an imaginary College where the main characters of her series The Ivy Years live and study. They all have one thing in common - They LOVE Hockey and most of them play or used to play. 

I love all her characters, each is unique in his/her own way and bring a story that is much more than the usual "coming of age" we read in New Adult series. But while the issues are more interesting / difficult / heart breaking the general feel of the series, both in the characters and the plot line is positive which I really enjoyed. It wasn't dark and gloomy it always felt, to me, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel where all your friends or family are happy to be of aid even while others / problems (try to) stand in your way. 

Just a side note - Except for the 3rd installment being M/M, the others novels in the series are M/F.  

The series continues with a SPIN-OFF, it's somewhere  between New Adult and Contemporary Romance, the characters being a little bit older and not in college. The series centers on the NHL team "Brooklyn Bruisers", each book tells the HEA of one of the players, the first one being two characters we've met in the Ivy Years. 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! 

The Ivy Years Books:
1. The Year We Fell Down [Corey Callahan & Adam Hartely] 
    (Published 24 March 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
2. The Year We Hid Away [Scarlet Crowley/Shannon Ellison & Bridger McCaulley]  
    (Published 1 June 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
2.5 Blonde Date [Katie Vichery & Andrew Baschnagel] 
    (Published 6 July 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3. The Understatement of the Year [Michael Graham & John Rikker] 
    (Published 29 September 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
4. The Shameless Hour [Bella Hall & Rafael Santiago] 
    (Published 14 April 2015) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5. The Fifteenth Minute [Lianne Challice & Daniel "DJ" Trevi]   
    (Published 13 October 2015) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Brooklyn Bruisers Books:
1. Rookie Move [Leonardo "Leo" Trevi & Georgia Worthington
    (Published 6 September 2016) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
2. Hard Hitter [Patrick O'Doul & Ariana "Ari" Bettini] 
    (Published 3 January 2017) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3. Pipe Dreams [Mike Beacon & Lauren Williams] 
    (To be Published 2 May 2017)

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