The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4)
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 ...more
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 ...more
“It’s hard to admit you’re just in someone’s periphery when you imagined you were closer to the center of their world.”
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
***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’ ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
Now for the story itself.
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
And boy, d ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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.
AND THE NEXT BOOK CONTAINS HERMIONE GRANGER AS T ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Full review to come...
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.
NEW IN 2016: T ...more