The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2)
Publication date: June 1st 2014
Genres: new adult, romance, college sport
She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.
Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.
It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.
Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.
The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.
3.5 🌟 🌟 🌟
First read of 2018, it fell into my hands January 1st. I knew this author from her books with Elle Kennedy (Him/Us, WAGs). The Year We Hid Away is the 2nd book in the series, even though I haven’t read the first one I didn’t miss anything. I’m going to divide my review in two:
Romance: both of them share a couple of classes and start going to the library. It’s a very ‘normal or common’ beginning for a relationship. The development it’s a bit fast but with their lives taking over it was to be expected. No big problems about love and relationships.
Drama: way too much. It was the reason I spent half a night reading. Each of them has really serious problems. The book deals with many big topics (Rape, foster care, drugs, death, etc. I don’t want to make spoilers) in just 272 pages.
The main characters are very similar: strong, selfless, don’t like asking for help, with their head over their shoulders.
To sum up, good story that gets lost behind all that drama. I recommend this author, even though this wasn’t one of my favorites Him/Us are such good books and the WAGs series too.
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.
In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.