Saturday, October 17, 2015

5 Stars for The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

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. There's something 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.

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What I thought about The Fifteenth Minute

The Fifteenth Minute is the story of DJ, former hockey player turned sports arena deejay and Lianne, Bella's next door neighbor we met in The Shameless Hour the previous book in the series (no need to worry about reading order -- this series works very well as standalones).

Lianne is a successful actress taking a break from her career for college.  Even though she's been in the spotlight, she's been sheltered from having a normal relationship with a regular guy. But she knows she feels a spark with DJ.   

DJ feels the spark too. I love that it took some time for them to connect physically, and there's a terrific party scene where Lianne gets to know DJ's roommates and friends. The buildup to the big moment had a few bumps in the road and that just make everything between these two so much hotter.  

But DJ has a serious problem that could keep him from having a real relationship with Lianne.  What I love most about this series is that each story looks at a compelling issue in a way that is sensitive and considers multiple viewpoints. The Fifteen Hour has does a fabulous job of showing the impact of the accusation through DJ and how his world view has changed because of it.  I absolutely loved the conversations he had with his parents and brother about this issue. My heart broke a little for DJ in these scenes.   

Lianne and DJ are just perfect together.  He treats her just right, and Lianne is just so adorable as she gets to see another side of life outside of the acting world.  I loved these two together, their love of music was just awesome, and the smattering of characters from previous books in the series was just the right amount of spice for this installment. 

I can't say enough about this series. It's one of the best New Adult series around and if you haven't read it yet and like NA -- what are you waiting for?

5 big beautiful stars!   

ARC provided for review.

The Shameless Hour is on sale for 99 cents.

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About the Author


Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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