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The Shameless Hour

(The Ivy Years #4)

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,523 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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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ebook, 279 pages
Published April 12th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
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Christy
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-audios
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
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


TW - problematic asexual rep, erasure of bisexuality (with direct quotes from the book)

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Oh damn. That was messy. As romance novels go, Sarina Bowen's books sometimes please me enough (don't make me rage too much) because of the lack of slut-shaming and her sweet and kind male-leads. Yet it's the second time now (the first being with Fifteen Minutes) that I have to write a one-star review because some parts are so fucking offensive that they let me absolutely disgusted.

Why?

1) Prob
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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
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Wendy'sThoughts
Apr 12, 2015 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 Spoiler Free
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 normally these young men would never think to behave
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Geri Reads
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Perry ★TBBSisterhood Blog★
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
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Carissa
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s-2015
4.5 stars.

Bella is a Senior at Harkness University and Student manager for the men's hockey team. She keeps herself busy by being immersed in her psychology major, and between the hockey team's management and the players. Bella has fallen in love twice in her lifetime. Both times with people who were incapable of returning her love. She was only in their periphery while they were the Centre of her universe. Since her hit and miss, Bella has become promiscuous. Deciding that sexual relationships
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


I liked The Shameless Hour, but it's by far my least favorite in the series. IMO, the great duel narration carried the story (love the male narrator).

There were a few things that I loved about it. I adored the more experienced female MC, who took sex positive females to a new level in romance. I also liked the male virgin factor. What, I have a male virgin kink! I also liked the overall story, the plot-line I mean. I found it to be sweet and powerful.

However, I had issues.

For one, I think that
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Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: v-card, sports
3.5 ROUGH Stars

The Shameless Hour is my least favorite book in the series. Here’s the deal, I don’t like a slutty Heroine. I’ve never liked them. The complicated girls that use their bodies and lash out is just NOT my cuppa, BUT I have major love for the series and so I wanted to read this.

I love Sarina Bowen’s writing style and so I think why this book didn’t just bomb for me because of the way it was written.

I just didn’t like the plot.

Bella is a damaged slutty girl. She sleeps around and sh
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Polly
Apr 23, 2015 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.
Carol
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’
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Ezinwanyi
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
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namericanwordcat
The writing here is taut, the pacing spot on, the characterization wonderful, and the romance everything you will want.

The heroine has been around in early books of the series as a likable sexually confident woman. At te start of this book, she is hurting, Her crush loves someone else and a guy she was seeing has participated in a Frat tradition most foul.

The hero is hurting as well from a unexpected break up. He is kind, shy, and confident.

They have lots of heat and stumbles between them.

The
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Jacob Proffitt
This is fourth in a series but the characters and details aren't very interconnected. I skipped the third and I understand Bella was a largish presence there but I didn't feel the lack while reading this one.

I really wish I hadn't left this so long to review. I finished it over a week ago and while I remember much of what I liked, details are getting vague.

I liked pretty much everything about this story, starting with Bella. I loved how she owns her sexuality. I love how forthright she is about
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Auntee
Even though this heroine (Bella) was not your typical heroine, or one that I could totally relate to (let's face it--she was promiscuous, but should she be judged differently than a guy who sleeps around?) I really enjoyed her story and her growth. I absolutely adored her hero, Rafe, and patiently waited for them to realize that they were meant to be.

Parts of this story were really tough to read, and made me both sad and spitting mad. What happened to Bella should not happen to anyone--my heart
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I seriously might have a slight addiction problem to this author's writes.

I see her books and I'm all...


(substitute Sarina Bowen for Meryl)

And this was no different. Well, it was maybe a leetle different in that I was also looking at Rafe all


(substitute Rafe for Meryl)

Rafe is gold. Pure gold.

Case in point:

"You've got my attention now. But I was never giving up on you, belleza. I thought I needed a night to regroup. But I was always coming back for you. To try to win you over."




However... I've l
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Duchess Nicole
Oct 16, 2015 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 resp ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 21, 2014 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
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Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
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
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Talltree
Apr 16, 2015 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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Bev

I read this thinking that I'd hopefully get a little update on Rikker and Graham from The Understatement of the Year as I've just finished listening to the audio book for the 3rd time.

Of course, I didn't get much more info as this story was quite rightly about the hockey team manager who's had more men than I've had hot dinners, Bella. Bella, who lost Mikey Graham to Rikker, but at last found a Prince of her own, Rafe....and good for her. I liked the revenge taken upon one of frat houses, and t
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D.M.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweetie! Rafe is the perfect good guy. He speaks two languages (Spanish and American) which is always hot. He may not be a hockey player, but he is still drop dead gorgeous. Bella is the player in this book and the unattainable. She doesn't do relationships just friends with benefits.

After a rough night, Rafe finds himself in need of a friend. Bella is one of his dorm neighbours. She's charming, funny and a real beauty. After some sweet talking by Bella, they do the horizontal tango. It
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Annie
Jun 15, 2015 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.

At
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Bookphenomena (Kindling Micky)
This was a fanatasitc addition to the Ivy years series and I thoroughly enjoyed it but I am sad to say Sarina Bowen seriously offended my profession towards the end and has somewhat alienated me now (more about this towards the end of the review). I have to add I have rated ignoring this issue.

The book started a little awkwardly but it's worth reading on as I found myself absorbed fairly quickly. Bella and her story were a refreshing read, I am pretty sure this issue that occurs in real life, sl
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Sandra
I haven't read much M/F in the past few years and now read almost exclusively M/M. After reading book 3 in this series, The Understatement of the Year, I didn't have much of a choice but to continue with this series. Bella was fascinating and when I saw that she was getting a book, I knew I would be reading it. Lady parts be damned!

She didn't disappoint. I liked her strong sex-positive feminism and watching her and Rafe interact was an absolute joy. They had funny moments, they had sweet moment
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Meags
3.5 Stars

I don’t have much to say here. The Shameless Hour was a welcomed addition to this lovely series, but if I’m being honest I’ll admit that it was easily my least favourite book so far.

I could give all the stars to Bowen for writing an ideal-male character in Rafe - because let's be honest, he was dreamy as f*%k - but I constantly took issue with Bella’s behaviour and attitude, and even her treatment of Rafe on several occasions, which made me lose some of the high I had from the previous
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Reanell Tisdale
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, favorites
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
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Hollis
So, let's recap. We've had a story about disability, a story about pedophilia and all around terrible parenting, a third about being gay in the sports world and overcoming repressed sexuality, and now.. now we have one that deals with the fine line between owning your sexuality and being slut-shamed. Also starring a virgin male.

This right here? This is me bowing down to the awesome that is Bowen.

THE SHAMELESS HOUR was a solid enjoyable sexy read. We got to know Bella back in THE UNDERSTATEMENT O
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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
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Ami
Apr 20, 2015 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
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Other books in the series

The Ivy Years (6 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)
  • The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years, #5)
  • Extra Credit: Three Ivy Years Novellas (The Ivy Years, #6)
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