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 so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.
Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.
Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.
I’m stingy with my 5 Stars ratings. I rarely give a book the highest rating, especially in NA genre. So it speaks volumes that I wholeheartedly give The Shameless Hour 5 Stars. Probably I was just in the right mood for this book. I don’t know. But I absolutely loved it!
I don’t actually want to write a full-length review. I don’t want to take apart this story and analyze every aspect.
I loved Bella. This courageous outspoken girl who embrace her sexuality.
I adored Rafe, who respected Bella and was so sweet and caring. He won me with his devotion to his family and his wiliness to have a serious relationship.
I swooned over romance. Sarina Bowen broke NA stereotypes here and wrote a love-story where the hero was a virgin and the heroine was experienced. It gave me all good feelings.
I enjoyed meeting Rafe’s family. I love books that are not all romance, but are also about family. And I enjoyed spending time with Rafe’s big and loving family.
The author touched in this book such important topics as slut shaming, bulling and sexual abuse.
The Shameless Hour is my favorite book in The Ivy Years series so far and I highly recommend it.