Published on: March 24th 2014
Published by: Rennie Road Books
Series: The Ivy Years #1
Genre: NA Romance
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The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.
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.
Oh wow did I love this book! It’s been on my TBR for what seems like FOREVER and now I have read it I can’t believe it took me so long to read it! It was exactly what I wanted, right from the first page and it just got more and more perfect the further into the book I got.
I love a good friends to lovers type love story and this one was PERFECT. Corey and Adam made such a great pairing, they had the banter and the understanding and they just fit so well. It’s a slow burning romance with a whole load of unsurity of ‘does he or doesn’t he like me’ and then every little interaction is supercharged, just like real life! There is no insta-love to be scared of and the whole pacing in terms of their friendship and romance just fit the book and the characters perfectly.
“The thing is, we’re all fragile. It’s just that most of our friends are lucky enough not to know it yet.”
Ok, so lets get this bit out of the way: yes, Adam has a girlfriend. But be assured, from someone who hates love triangles and absolutely loves this book, you have nothing to worry about with this book! It doesn’t feel like love-triangle material in the slightest because: firstly his girlfriend is never actually there (instead she is studying in some other country), secondly she is a complete idiot and feels more like a trophy girlfriend then anything and thirdly we know right from the beginning of the book that she is completely wrong for him and they really shouldn’t be together anyway! It felt more like the “girlfriend” was more of a way for Adam to actually grow as a character and realise what he wanted for his life, rather then someone to get in the way of him and Corey.
“Have I ever told you that you’re beautiful?”
“Any time I offer you food.”
“Exactly. Gimme that.”
I loved Corey, literally from page one I wanted to be her best friend. She is such a strong and likeable character who even though she is going through a totally awful time has an amazing personality that you just can’t stop reading. She is still adjusting to this new way of life and is reminded every single day that he dreams for the future have been completely destroyed, but she just gets on with it. One of my favourite females in YA literature of all time.
Adam was another totally loveable character, who yes was kind of useless when it came to figuring out how he actually felt, but he got their eventually so we will let him off. He was fun and totally cheeky and flirty and well just totally swoon-worthy. Plus he had to be one of the most kindhearted and caring guys I’ve read about in a long time.
“Thank you for that selfless act of research on my behalf.”
This was a totally unique story for me, because I don’t know about you but I have never read a romance in which one person is in a wheelchair and the other on crutches. It is a completely out of the box idea and I also really liked that it was based around sport, even though neither of the two characters could actually play due to their injuries/disabilities. I felt like being in very similar situations helped to bring the two together and made their friendship so solid that a romance was then the only way it could go.
“I just wish I could give you the original me. Not the broken one.”
I loved Corey and Adam’s story and the backdrop to it: the college and the secondary characters were all perfect. I literally could not stop smiling the entire way through this book as this book developed into more then I could have hoped for. I am so excited to read the rest of this series, and get tho know all the other characters a little better too!
Re-Readability: Yes Yes Yes!!!
I would recommend this book to fans of: college romances, friends to lovers, unique romances, ‘healing’ romances, romances involving injuries/disabilities.