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

Title: Blonde Date
Ivy Years
Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 
July 6, 2014
Personal Collection
New Adult
Pages: 96
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Rating: 3 Stars!

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.


I’ve read Sarina’s books that she wrote with Elle Kennedy and loved them, but never read any of Sarina’s solo work. I’ve had The Ivy Years sitting on my Kindle for a long time now, and since this is the year I’m really trying to make a dent in books that have been hanging around for a while, I decided to give one of them a try. And not surprisingly, I enjoyed this short novella featuring Andrew and Katie.

Andrew is a lanky, tall, awkward basketball player and Katie is the popular, sorority blonde freshman that everyone has their eye on. The only problem with that is that Katie has found herself with a string of jerky ex boyfriends. So at her friend’s suggestion she decides to go out with the “nice guy.” Andrew has harbored a secret crush on Katie since she first walked into their shared art history class, and he’s taken about when she calls to ask him to be her date to a sorority thing she has going on.

I really loved the banter between these two characters, and thought the beginning of their relationship was really cute. Andrew was instantly protective of Katie, and as the night went on, Katie was able to be more and more of herself with him. Obviously with this being a novella, there wasn’t a lot of story build up or relationship drama which is to be expected. And honestly, I wish I would have read this after reading the first two books in these series, but honestly I didn’t realize where this book fit into the whole book order until after I was finished. I think for me, that probably would have made a difference and I would have connected to these characters just a bit more.

Overall though, I enjoyed this short novella from Sarina Bowen, and I’m excited to finish this series. It’s been a long time since I’ve read any New Adult, so I’m looking forward to seeing how these books play out!

Rating 3 Stars

About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30+ books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She’s the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She’s the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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