Title: The Fifteenth Minute
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #5
Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks
Rating: B

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.

One of the things that made me fall in love with this series was the way Sarina Bowen wrote her characters and their individual journey. Yes, this is NA romance but it’s also more than that.

Lianne Challice is a Hollywood actress who came to Harkness to shed the image Hollywood had bestowed upon her. Despite being a popular actress, Lianne struggled socially at Harkness. She didn’t really fit in anywhere. That is until she met Bella, who was the heroine of the previous book. Through Bella, Lianne’s social circle at Harkness started expanding. It was through Bella that she met Daniel “DJ” Trevi, a student at Harkness and part of the hockey crowd at their school. He’s also the team’s DJ during home games. They’re both attracted to each other but Daniel might not be in Harkness for long due some really unfair and heartbreaking circumstances.

This book is definitely on the sweet side. Not too much angst but the central conflict is very serious and it highlights Ms. Bowen’s strength of writing authentic characters who are undergoing some really difficult circumstances. The characters act like college kids and their issues fit their age group. That is not to say that the things they are going through are shallow or trivial. Nope. On the contrary, the conflict in book was very well done. I won’t spoil it for you but I applaud Sarina for handling these issues with depth and sensitivity. Which is why the ending was a bit of letdown. Don’t get me wrong the ending was okay in a sense that it made the problem go away for our main characters. But I would have preferred that the person responsible and Harkness pay for the way they treated Daniel.

Nevertheless, the book held my attention. I loved Lianne and Daniel’s geek out sessions. Their sexy times ain’t bad either. Overall, this was just the kind of NA romance book you’d pick up if you want something sweet, low-angst romance.