on March 20th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?
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.
Yet ANOTHER fantastic read from a “new” author that has been sitting in my TBR (To Be Read list). Finding new authors to LOVE is so exciting, there is nothing like picking up that book and falling into a story.
I am so excited that Sarina Bowen has more to this series (even though they are stand alones).
In The Year We Fell Down, we first meet Corey “Callahan” as she is moving into her new college dorm at Harkness University, attempting to continue on the path that she had set for herself prior to her accident. A hockey accident that left her paralyzed from the knee down on one side and the hip down on the other. Moving into a handicapped dorm, she never expected the only other room to be occupied by a sexy, fun, super sweet and TAKEN college hockey player down on his own luck with a broken leg.
Leaning on each other for company while trying to maneuver disappointments over their injuries they fast become close friends. Corey is trying to adjust to her new life in a wheelchair- she is a strong, dependable heroine that refuses to let her accident get the best of her. Adam is unfortunately involved with someone who is shallow, uncaring and spoiled. His family and friends can not seem to understand why he stays with her- but yet he does.
As their stories unfold their friendship grows into something more, and I found it so nice to have that extra something that did not include instalove although there was definitely insta-attraction. While at times I wanted to reach out and smack Adam, I quickly understood his reasoning behind some of his actions. The pace of this story kept me engaged without ever feeling like I wanted to scan pages. Their love story was unique and the fresh spin of how they got there was welcome.