The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen: Review

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen: ReviewThe Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
on October 13, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

Alexis says…

You may remember Lianne as Bella’s roommate from The Shameless Hour.  In The Fifteenth Minute she gets her own story with DJ, aptly named as he’s the hockey team’s…DJ.

Lianne is a bit sheltered, which isn’t that hard to imagine as she’s the lead character of a huge movie franchise and has been home-schooled for the majority of her childhood. As an undercover hacker and video gamer she is a bit socially awkward to say the least. That is part of why I enjoyed her so much in The Shameless Hour, she was a bit of a mystery.  DJ is the first guy to really catch her eye.  Unfortunately, he has a bit of trouble happening in his life and doesn’t want to open himself up to a relationship at the moment.  But he can’t really stay away from Lianne.

I really was excited for this story. But…to be quite honest, I was a bit let down. I think my hopes were a bit too high and some of the things I really liked about Lianne weren’t really showcased in this book. She’s this incredible hacker (I pictured her as this really cute Lisbeth Salander) in the last book but you don’t really see any of that in this one.  Considering the troubles that are plaguing DJ (no spoilers here) you’d think she’d have been able to get more information on the situation.  Also, I felt like there relationship should’ve progressed a bit more and their feelings could have been a bit more outwardly discussed. You can tell that these two felt deeply for each other but I just wished it was talked about more.  Also, I think that the lead-up to the big reveal ended up a bit anti-climactic once it was finally over.

But in exchange for my issues above, DJ and Lianne were very cute with each other. They connected on a music, level-mainly 80’s and 90’s hits. Lianne also made DJ more secure in my opinion and helped him see that what happened to him was not really his fault.  DJ was the first person besides Bella to really see Lianne for who she was, just a normal freshman girl looking to be accepted.

Like all the other books in the series…I enjoyed it but it wasn’t my favorite.




About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from 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.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.