The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@SarinaBowen)

After reading the first book in The Ivy Years series, I had to pick up the second book because I just loved Bridger! He was such a great guy to read about!
The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years, #2)
Title: The Year We Hid Away
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 26th 2014

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She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.
Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he’s housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it’s only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

Scarlet Crowley is the only freshman at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. Her name is as new as the shiny student ID it’s printed on. The only way to survive college will be to conceal her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she's falling for.

Bridget and Scarlet 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.

After reading The Year We Fell Down, I knew I had to continue the series because I absolutely loved Sarina Bowen’s writing style and her character building. In The Year We Hid Away, it features Bridger, Hartley’s bestfriend in the first book, and Scarlett, a new character with a massive family issue.

I fell for Bridger in the previous book and I loved getting to know him more in his own book. He’s such a sweet guy, considering his past, and he’s stepped up this year and taken on more than what most people his age are willing to do. Scarlett was eager to leave home with what has been going on at home. She’s lonely and wants to move past her family’s drama. I loved seeing her sprout wings and grow, doing normal things that people her age usually do.

However, both character’s have difficult family issues that continue to arise. Bridger had no intention of falling for anyone and starting a relationship, but he soon realised it was inevitable. His feelings for Scarlett were deep and she turned out to be someone he could count on in hard times. After meeting Scarlett’s mother and seeing what she ran from allowed me to understand Scarlett better. She had it hard with her family but there were many more secrets that she uncovered.

Both Scarlett and Bridger’s individual journey’s were difficult; they had a lot of demons to face and found it hard to accept help from others. I liked seeing the trust grow between them and how comfortable they became with one another. The way that Sarina Bowen wove this story together was not easy and she touched on some delicate issues that no person should ever have to go through. I enjoyed how the story tied up, even though it seemed too perfect that everything fell into place, it was sweet to see both Bridger and Scarlett get exactly what they needed. 

I enjoyed seeing Scarlett through Bridger's eyes. He was a sweet, caring guy!

Scarlet was shy. Her idea of a “come hither” look was to study me out of the corner of her hazel eyes. And then her cheeks would flush, and she’d look away. But when I pulled her into my lap and kissed her neck, she melted like warm butter. And when I laid her back on the bed, she reached for me, kissing me as though she was dying of thirst, and I was the last drink on earth.

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Sarina BowenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

Other reviews featuring Sarina Bowen
The Ivy Years series
The Year We Fell Down #1

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