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The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4)

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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has
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Published April 12th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
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5 stars!

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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

You know books with that common troupe, where there is the sweet virginal heroine and the man-whore who sleeps around and changes their ways for her? Well, this book blows that stereotype away. I love that Sarina Bowen did that. She took a girl who sleeps around and pairs her with the sweetest virgin. I love that she isn’t afraid to take a story ‘there’ and write about difficult to read subjects. I loved Bella and Rafe’s story
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.75 stars!

“It’s hard to admit you’re just in someone’s periphery when you imagined you were closer to the center of their world.”

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Sarina Bowen just keeps getting better and better! The Shameless Hour is the story of Bella and Rafe. Bella is the free loving college senior and manager of the hockey team. She loves sex and isn't afraid to admit it. Rafe is a sophomore on the verge of losing his virginity to his girlfriend, until the break up on the same night of the sleep together plan. Be
Oct 19, 2015 Wendy'sThoughts rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen, The Ivy Years, Hockey, Romnce
4.5 Surviving and Flourishing With Conviction Stars * * * * 1/2
With all of the headway women have made in society, it still can boil down to men and their egos; their need to bully and continue sexual behavior unbecoming to any man when his actions are unwelcome. Young men, with too much power to weld over others trying to just fit in, can create environments of intimidation; causing compliance.... allowing things to happen when normal
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
4 stars!

In romance, it's not common to find a book with a virgin heroine and a hero who gets around. It's a common trope. One that Sarina Bowen has successfully subverted in this book.

Bella is the manager of the Harkness hockey team. She's gorgeous, charming and yes, she's got a reputation among the players as someone easy. Rafe is a soccer player and a virgin. When plans with his girlfriend fell through, he found himself in the company of Bella. That night, they hit it off right away but a lit
Perry ★Sisterhood Of The Traveling Book Boyfriends★
Rating clarification: 3.5 stars

I feel compelled to write at least one review for the Ivy Years series. I doubt I'll get around to writing reviews for the rest of the books seeing as I've read them all practically back to back. I'm that effing lazy. The only one I didn't read was the 2nd book (Bridger's) but I may get around to that one at some point.

In any case, this will be more like a compendium opinion. I've heard a LOT about Sarina Bowen in the last few months, and all of it pretty positiv
4 shameless stars

***ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Well, I’d like to start saying that Sarina Bowen did it again. I don’t know what is it about her books that make me hang to each and every word on the page, but she always does it!
Then, I’d like to ask "When does the next train, car, flight, whatever to Harkness leave?". Seriously, I need to get me one of these men ASAP.

Well, Bella is… completely different from every other female character you’ve seen. She’
Apr 25, 2015 Polly rated it it was ok
I'm trying to put together what didn't work for me but it's hard.
I didn't connect with Bella. At all. Just didn't like her. I can't enjoy the book when the main character is awful.
It wrapped up way too quick with tons of loose ends.
Duchess Nicole
Oct 25, 2015 Duchess Nicole marked it as no-no-no-not-for-me
As much as I've loved this series so far, this heroine just rubs me wrong. And at the risk of sounding like a slut-shamer, I just have issues with the girl who has slept with the entire hockey team, seems proud of it, and continues to do so. I think had she been less open and happy about it, I'd like her a little more. But there's something to be said for being respected by the guys you hang out with, and if you're the girl they all toss around from bed to bed, it's hard to believe they can ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 14, 2015 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-age
Favorite Quote: "I'm supposed to be writing a paper about female subjugation. But all I want is for someone to give me a good pounding."

Another outstanding book in the Ivy Years series. Our heroine is the high-spirited, energetic Bella who is the team manager of the Harkness hockey team and loves her job. And the players are all very fond of her. She has no qualms being in the locker room with half-naked men and can take the good-natured trash talking and give it right back. Not really sure what
loved this book! Sarina Bowen is a new author to me and this is the first book I have read in the Ivy Years Series. It is a standalone but now I am a huge fan so I plan to read the other books in this series.

Bella is a strong heroine and Rafe is totally swoon worthy. In this story, he is the virginal one and Bella is the one who enjoys sex and is not afraid to be the bold one. Hpw refreshing! The Shameless Hour is funny, sexy and heartbreaking all at once. Sarina takes some serious themes and i
Reanell Tisdale
Aug 03, 2016 Reanell Tisdale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audio
Gah!!!!!! 6 Belleza stars!! This was so much more than a 5 star read. Rafe went straight to the top of my book boyfriend list. I was gifted the audible version of TSH and listened while driving, and while I was at work. Holy. Shit. This book made me so hot. I messaged my co-bloggers and this was my message to them.

"Jesus. This book is making me horny as fuck at work. When he speaks Spanish to her while fucking her."

This book is so much more than a hot book. It has emotion, it has amazing charact
Jan 03, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, fiction
what was otherwise my favorite book in this particular series is getting a whopping 2 stars from me because of how terribly and inaccurately the subject of asexuality was handled. it's a shame that a series that seemed to embrace diversity had to sink this low. i'm probably going to take a long break before moving on to #5. SMH.
Annie D.
Oct 01, 2015 Annie D. rated it liked it
Like all the other books in this series, this one also felt a bit unfinished. There is no cliffhanger but I am left with questions at the end and it finished a bit abruptly. I'd like an epilogue there somewhere.
Now for the story itself.

**********************************SOME MILD SPOILERS*****************************************

I don't really like Bella. The character was written as a strong and independent woman but for me personally, she comes out as spoiled, angry and attention seeking kid.

Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

The Shameless Hour stars Bella, the Harkness College men’s hockey team manager. She’s a big part of The Understatement of the Year (as a former hook-up and friend of Graham’s), so definitely read that one before this one. Bella is a girl who loves sex and isn’t afraid to flirt or have fun with it, and it’s awesome. Rafe is a guy who lives in her dorm who secretly holds a torch for Bella, even though he has a girlfriend. After Rafe gets dumped, he ends up
May 21, 2015 Talltree rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-ya-na
3.5 stars!!

The book was :

Politically correct - had people of different races ( H was of Dominican origin), different sexual proclivities ( gay, bi, even an asexual character , which is not commonly shown) and different social classes

Relevant - dealt with slut-shaming, date-rape drugs, using the internet/social media to humiliate people( something like revenge porn) , STDs and other stuff that happens in colleges these days

However the romance was a let down, H was a beta a very nice guy and the
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5 STARS ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Ami rated it really liked it
Sarina Bowen was one of the new-to-me authors in 2014. I ended up enjoying her New Adult series (a genre that I have found difficult to completely fall in love with). Bella Hall stole my heart when this unapologetic fierce girl first appeared in book three, The Understatement of the Year. Since then, I wanted to read her story. I wanted to see her finding Happily Ever After. And I desperately wanted her man to be one solid who could stand tall beside her without drowning Bella's light.

And boy, d
Oct 20, 2015 Sonja rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I think I wanted to like this more than I did like it? Bella is my faaaaavorite and while I really enjoyed her and Rafe, there was a thing that irked me enough in this book to detract some points, and it has nothing to do with the main pairing.

I really felt like Sarina Bowen makes caricatures out of ESL characters. I can't speak for Rafe as well because I don't speak Spanish, but I do speak French, and the way she used French when Pepé spoke was RIDICULOUS. Native French speakers, ple
Michelle [Helen Geek]
05/25/2015 -- 5 Stars

Bella is one strong, confident young lady. She knows who she is and is completely comfortable in her skin .. then something happens. She questions herself.

Rafe, he is a "one in a lifetime" guy. He is strong, beautiful and sensual. He is perfect for Bella.

Together these two keep you on high alert. The sensual romance just jumps off the pages. These two have got to be one of my favorite couples and I haven't said that in a very long time.

I'll read this again and again. Ms. Bow
Sep 14, 2015 ItaPixie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

I loved this book,and this is not even a surprise because I'm so glad to have found this amazing author and her beautiful stories.
What is surprising is that Bella,our sexy feisty fierce heroine, almost topped my (really slim) favourite heroines list. I've enjoyed her character in the previous book "The Understatement of the year" but only in this one you can really understand and love her.
Rafael Rafe Santiago is too hot for words with his spanish talks but what makes this a wonderful hero is h

Oct 14, 2016 Haidoulina rated it really liked it
I liked this one.... I liked how Sarina Bowen took a stereotype, a girl who sleeps around, and turned it to something beautiful... Pretty much everyone calls Bella a slut only because she has the sexual behavior of a man.... And then she meets the most sweetest virgin... I loved Rafe and his behavior.... He's the best... I also liked Lianne and can't wait to read her story next....
Apr 30, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it
Loved, loved Rafe!!!

This full review is also posted on my blog - Ellie Reads Fiction

The Ivy Years is hands down my favourite NA series at the moment. I loved all the books so far but the first one, The Year We Fell Down stands on its own for me.

Book 4, the Shameless hour, tells the story of Bella who is the student manager of the hockey team whose players have been the main characters in the previous books. She had a very central role in The Understatement of the Year, which I'd recommend to be
Jill Myles
May 19, 2015 Jill Myles rated it it was amazing

So this one has sat on my kindle for a bit because she's an auto buy for me, but a friend said she didn't like it as much as the first three books. SOB. So I avoided, and then in a drought of new adult, decided to read it anyhow. Immediately. Sucked. In. Sarina's writing is so terrific, I was just immediately back at Harkness and in love with the characters.

The hero in this one wasn't a hockey hunk (WTF AMIRITE?) but a hot Dominican soccer player. I'll allow that one
Apr 15, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it


(I really just like the way Sarina Bowen deals with characters and horrible events in their lives. They actually DEAL with them and don't let the event define them the way that happens in so much new adult writing. That's not to say that everyone should just pick up themselves up by their bootstraps and get over traumatic events, but wallowing in them the way that often happens isn't healthy either. Anyway. I just really like Sarina Bowen.

Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
This book challenged some stereotypes and prejudices I have about women. I do want to be less judgmental of women and more respectful even if the choices aren't ones that I'd make for myself.

Bella (before): Just a common groupie. Everyone has a turn on that ride.

Bella (now): Independent, confident, unafraid.

I enjoyed the story between Rafe and Bella because it was cool having the guy be the clumsy and inexperienced one. Rafe was very sweet and sure about what he wanted. It was always somethi
Oct 09, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it
There aren't many heroines that I absolutely fall in love with. But OyMG...Bella is flipping amazing on so many levels. She made me smile throughout the book and honestly she was the reason I loved this book so much! Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years series keeps getting better in my opinion!

You may remember Bella from the other books in the series as the hockey manager. Sure she got around with the hockey team...but she makes no excuses for it. She loves sex and has no qualms about it. I'm going to
This series has sucked me in. I just can't stop reading Sarina Bowen.

The Shameless Hour was so emotional for me. I just...FELT everything.

Bella is a happy go lucky, sexy college girl. She doesn't do relationships. But she is very comfortable with the idea of casual sex.

Rafe, on the other hand, is a virgin. He was brought up to be respectful and responsible. But at 20 years old, he is ready to take the next step with his girlfriend. This is a unique spin on things. I'm used to the hero being a
Camila, the opinionated Catruler

The treatment of slut-shaming in this book is surprisigly good. It's not every day that we see a character like Bella, who is sexually liberal and a different brand than the classic feminine, as the lead. Bowen really does take the unusual promps and make them justice.

And Rafe is one of those rare-as-unicorns guys who is sweet and partially innocent without becoming naive or simply foolish. Plus, he's an Hispanic guy whose whole plot is not about how he is in fact Hispanic. I do wish there h
Amy Cousins
It's no secret that I'm a Sarina Bowen fangirl, back since we were in a box set together with HarlequinE and her Coming in from the Cold just hooked me. Then I started reading the Ivy Years books, and I was just blown away. The Shameless Hour is a terrific addition to the series.

There were parts of this story where I was flinching with worry and stress for Bella. The Shameless Hour is heartbreaking and sweet and funny, all at once. Rafe is my hero. I love him and his entire family. And Bella...B
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I've enjoyed this series, for the most part. And I've certainly blown through it at breakneck speed. However, I found this novel to be, by far, the weakest in the series. The writing wasn't strong... the storyline was overflowing with stereotypes... and don't even get me started on the heroine. I had absolutely no problem with her lifestyle. However, I DID have a problem with her bitchiness. The hero, Rafe, was the only highlight of this novel for me.

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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US.

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The Ivy Years (5 books)
  • The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)
  • The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years, #2)
  • The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years, #3)
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