The Year We Fell Down

The Year We Fell Down

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The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has 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 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 that does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721343720
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: Ivy Years Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at

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The Year We Fell Down 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cdeedrick More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much. Loved gutsy Corey and her spunk. A very inspirational and moving look at a disability overcome by love and sometimes dark humor.
BigBookTheory More than 1 year ago
I LOVED reading this well-written story. I loved the romance, the banter, the friendship and when Corey discovers Hartley has a girlfriend, I felt the same Ugh!ness I am sure she felt. I was quickly invested in their relationship and it was a very uplifting and inspiring story. Recommended.
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Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
I discovered this author when it was recommended and offered free as 1st in series. It was an absolute gem to find. I love emotional reads where the main characters have some issue to overcome. Hartley broke his leg and was having to sit out this years hockey season while Corey, a former hockey player, was having to face life in a wheelchair and crutches. The meet and develop a strong friendship which turns romantic. There was a lot of interaction between all characters which keeps it interesting. I would love to read more on how their lives have progressed and look forward to reading more from this author. An absolute 5 star book.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This delightful new adult romance is the story of Corey and Adam. Both injured in accidents though Corey's is a permanent condition, they end up in the 'gimp' section of their college dorm, neighbours across the hall, forming an alliance and friendship that becomes more as they spend time together. Can they open up to each other and believe that a future between them is a real possibility, or will insecurities and other relationships keep them apart? I loved this story! The author has done a fantastic job of getting into the mindset of not just a young adult, but also one who has suffered a damaging injury, in this case Corey. She is portrayed as a determined, stubborn, feisty young woman with the normal insecurities of a twenty something woman on the inside - her fears and insecurities about her physical appearance magnified by her disability. She wants people to see beyond her wheelchair to the woman inside it and goes out of her way to prove to others and herself that her disability won't hold her back. Adam is a handsome, fun, friendly sort who is attracted to Corey by her attitude as much as her looks. Though he has a girlfriend when he meets Corey, Stacia is opposite in character and is really just eye-candy for him - he is using her to fit in with her high profile society life as much as she is using him for his hockey standing and good looks. Their relationship is superficial, a fact that Adam realizes the more he spends time with Corey. But Corey isn't willing to be a second string, and her determination to forget her crush on Adam when Stacia returns from a European trip is admirable and heartwarming to read. She's not going to waste her time on someone who isn't all-in with her and that's one of the many things that make her character so attractive to the reader. Although this story has some of the angst and emotion expected in a new adult story, it wasn't overwhelming or depressing and Corey's injury is treated in a realistic light, as something she must deal with but one she has shed enough tears over and isn't going to let drive her life. Adam also has emotional parts to his past that play a part in the story and explain his desire to be in a relationship with someone like Stacia. Together over the course of the story they grow in their relationship with each other and also in maturity, as their year at college plays out. There are other secondary characters who play important roles in the story, friends and family that add to the dynamics and make for an enjoyable and entertaining read. Overall I found this story to be funny, emotional, and romantic, with love scenes that are tender and sexy, engaging characters, an intriguing plot and one that kept me up late reading into the night! 5 Fabulous stars!
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
My biggest issue with the majority of New Adult Contemporary Romances is that the main characters are physically perfect; thin and beautiful with great hair and skin. In The Year We Fell Down we have not one, but two, physically impaired protagonists, and though Hartley's is only temporary, the intention is there. Sarina Bowen ensures that despite Corey's disability we view her with no prejudice; she is still attending college and trying to participate in student life as much as she is able to. Corey has a warm personality and because she is honest about her fears we are able to empathise with here. The Year We Fell Down is not a story in which a couple meet and immediately know that they are destined to be together, although Corey does admit an initial attraction. The romantic relationship between Hartley and Corey develops from a genuine friendship and trust for the other person. They are brought together by their mutual 'gimp' status and their shared humour for the situation. The comments they frequently make show a real understanding of their position by Sarina Bowen, and in doing so we appreciate the difficulties faced by them both. Hartley is desperately flawed but so lovable and Sarina Bowen helps us to appreciate his insecurities, although there are many of his actions I would kick him for! The Year We Fell Down is not only about the friendship between Corey and Hartley, but that which they share with the people around them. Both sets of friends, (with the exception of Stacia!), are supportive, loyal and eager to encourage Corey and Hartley's pairing. I especially loved Bridger, who is a character I am excited to discover more about in book two of The Ivy Years. Sarina Bowen could have handled the issue of disability differently and written about two characters who are self-pitying, but she has struck a perfect balance between the time Corey and Hartley spend dwelling on the parts of their lives they miss, (obviously this is more true in Corey's case), enjoying the present and being positive about the future. The Year We Fell Down is truly a beautiful story in which we are able to fully engage with the emotions of the characters and the various events of their lives. This is an ideal choice for all fans of New Adult contemporary romances but make sure you have plenty of time to complete the book in one sitting! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.