For What It's Worth

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years, #2.5) by Sarina Bowen


22444651A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

Goodreads | Source: Kindle freebie (Amazon)

Review:
Great freebie NA novella. I was impressed at how much story and emotion Bowen was able to pack in.

After becoming a victim of a horrible prank by her ex, Katie’s self-confidence is shaken to it’s core. Unfortunately, as a sorority girl, she can’t slink off and hide until the whole thing blows over. Nor does she want to.

Katie and adorable, nerdy Andy were a perfect match and I’m so glad that she was able to appreciate what a great person he was so quickly even though he was so different from the type of guy she usually dated. They were awkward, sexy  and totally believable together despite how seemingly different they were from each other.

Katie realized what’s really important to her and it’s not popularity or the having the *right* boyfriend. I also loved how she grew as a character but she didn’t change who she was. She was rattled but not broken.

Andy – well he was just wonderful. Totally my kind of guy. Nerdy, sweet, willing to stand up for those he cares about. *sigh*

The epilogue was a bit unique and a really nice touch.

23 comments:

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    1. It's a good one. I'm still thinking about tit.

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  2. I love how you described Katie—what a great find! Strong character development is a pivotal element for me, and you just can't beat a good epilogue. Nerdy guys are my kyptonite as well, Karen. Sounds like these two were perfect for each other!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. She's pretty awesome! It was a different kind of epilogue - can't really say much without spoiling.

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  3. Nerdy guys freaking rock! It is going to take a nerd to knock me off my feet!

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  4. Does sound like it uses emotions right in the pages it has

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  5. Sounds like a cute read with a great message:)

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  6. Oh this looks great. LOVE that quote. Yea, this sounds like something I would totally enjoy!

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    1. I think you would like it Melissa. Short but really good.

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  7. Oh that sounds good! I'd not heard of her before. Thanks for the intro :D

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    1. This series is really good too. One of the better NA out there.

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  8. This sounds so cute! Maybe I'll request it -- all the books I've been reading lately have been making me cranky...
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I think it's still free on Amazon. it has your slightly unlikable heroine :-)

      What is making you cranky? I haven't been reading AT ALL. gasp!

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  9. LOVE that quote! I agree with Jen, all the books I'm reading lately are making me cranky lol

    I wish I had a kindle to get this one =/ sounds good.

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    1. Miss Cranky Pants. I'll be cranky in a week or so - when I start reading again lol

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  10. That's a great quote! Yay for free books, even novellas. But especially novellas that pack in the emotion. :)

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    1. I've become kind of obsessed with free novellas lately. They've been really really good! & FREE lol

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  11. I'm kind of addicted to your blog, I find amazing reads through your blog! Amazing review, I'm glad this is free lol! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections
    Hardcover Copy of Betrayed Giveaway!

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  12. A freebie winner, that's great! I admit that I'm awful at picking up novellas, but I really should try more of them. It's nice to get a book finished quickly, especially lately. Wonderful review!

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  13. This sounds really sweet, and I'm a big fan of the good guy, so it's nice to see a book that focuses on him and not a typical bad boy

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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