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The Shameless Hour

(The Ivy Years #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,711 ratings  ·  718 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
ebook, 279 pages
Published April 12th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
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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 s
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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


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.


1) Prob
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.
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
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
*on hiatus*
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
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
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
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
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
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports-nut
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.
Ambriehl Khalil
⭐️ [4/5 Stars] ⭐️

I’m slowly making my way through this series but honestly, none of them will beat Rikker and Graham’s for me. I was so excited to see them pop in and out of this one, I just love those boys so much.

This one was good and I really liked Bella. When I started this I was like ‘oh god no please don’t make this be that shitty trope where she gets knocked up’ so you have no idea how glad I was when it took a completely different direction. It was incredibly heartbreaking to see Bella g
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’
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
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
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.

Claudia Fosca Stahl
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five Shameless Stars

I loved Bella since we first met her in The Understatement of the Year. She is refreshing, confident, witty, and friendly. Since she is the student manager of the male hockey team, she is friends with most of the players, getting close and personal with some of them on occasion. She enjoys a healthy sex life, is not ashamed of it, and doesn’t really care what others say about her. So when she unknowingly seduces her tipsy virgin neighbor Rafe, she doesn’t understand why he is
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
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
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
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
Eva ☆
This book had high points, true, but in the end, it was only "Meh" on the scale of importance.

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

We have our character Bella who is very positive about sex, she has sex all the time with different guys and is not in the least embarrassed about it. I liked it even though I didn't identify with it. I think that more books have to be written like that, with characters who enjoy sex (a
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
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

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
Sarah Dorothea
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars! ⭐ Even if I did not love each and every book in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series, I quite liked this one. This time it was Bella’s book and I couldn’t have been happier. I suspected what I knew of her so far from observing her in her role as team manager for the last few books just barely scratched the surface of this woman. I was right. I loved her even more than I thought I would. And Rafe? What a swoony book boyfriend.

So here is what the romantic novel is about: For Bella,
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.

Bookphenomena (Micky)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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
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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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The Ivy Years (6 books)
  • The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)
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