The Shameless Hour
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
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 ...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
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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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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.
***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
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
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.
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 ...more
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
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 ...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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
And boy, d ...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
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
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 hi
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