The Shameless Hour

The Shameless Hour

by Sarina Bowen
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The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

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 nasty 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511976428
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 586,471
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Shameless Hour 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy and emotional new adult romance, 4th in the Ivy Years series is the story of Bella and Rafe. Bella is comfortable with her sexuality and has many male friends, though none that are really close after losing her heart to Graham who turned out to be gay. She's learned her lesson - one night hook ups are all that she's cut out for. Enter Rafe, the friendly, conservative young man who lives 2 floors down. When she finds him discouraged and alone after a relationship breakup, she thinks nothing about inviting him up for some fun. But after their one night together, it turns out that nothing about it is going to be simple. For Bella can't forget about Rafe and vice versa. Will he be able to show Bella that relationships can work and that he's the one she's been unknowingly waiting for all along? I loved this story for its uniqueness in the new adult genre. Sure, they both attend college together and there is the usual angst related to projects and deadlines and what the future will hold for them after school is out. But what really makes the story is the characters and their non-stereotypical actions. In this story Bella is the playgirl, the one who loves sex, isn't ashamed of it and is known for her wild reputation. She's a hook-up queen and everyone knows the score they can expect from her. In contrast, Rafe is the virgin, the good guy who for several reasons has decided that he's interested in sex so long as it's part of a committed relationship. When his plans blow up in his face with his suddenly ex-girlfriend, he's feeling pretty low and Bella doesn't have a hard time convincing him to spend the night with her. It's the after effect that is the problem. Because he doesn't see Bella the way everyone else does. He sees in her a fun, friendly, warmhearted, sexy woman, one that he's interested in pursuing a relationship with, not just a casual occasional hook-up. Both characters have a lot going for them, but Rafe really is the epitome of the nice guy hero, there for Bella when the going is easy or the going is tough. And the going does get tough, with some scenes that will bring the reader to tears as things happen to Bella that change her view of herself and her heretofore open personality. Rafe stands by her, encourages her and never judges her, something that Bella takes a while to appreciate before realizing the gift that he is giving her. The evolution of their relationship follows several twists and turns as the college year plays out, and though there are low points, there are high points too, leading to an eventual well deserved happy ending. I loved every minute of the ride. 5 stars for this touching and sexy story.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've loved each and every book in Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years series. Immediately upon finishing one, I begin chomping at the bit waiting for the next book to be released. 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.  If you've read any of the books in this series, you'll recognize Bella as the hockey team manager. You might even have some preconceived notions about her. She's a woman more than willing to embrace her sexuality and is used to being judged for it. She's been dealing with a number of issues lately, including finding out her best friend and the guy she was in love with, is gay. Unfortunately, life isn't done kicking Bella around – but she's damn sure gonna fight back. Can I tell you how much I loved Bella? She's a woman I would absolutely be friends with in real life. The thing that happens to Bella in this book is horrible and damn near broke my heart. (**Slight spoiler** just in case this is a trigger for you – she is not sexually assaulted as I feared.) Yes, she hid at first, but when she was ready to face the world again (with help from Rafe and her neighbor, Lianne) she came out swinging. Gods, I loved it. But, I'm not gonna tell you any more about that. You need to experience it all for yourself. Some of her scenes were tough to read because I hated seeing her in pain. But, I also knew she would fight and get through it. That's just the kind of woman she is. Rafe was a genuinely good guy. A soccer player (yum) who works in his family's restaurant in New York City, he's a hard worker and total family guy. He's concerned about others, sexy as hell and sweet as can be.  He was inexperienced and a little naive in some ways. But he was adorable. Oh, and did I mention how he would say phrases in Spanish during the sexy times? So. Freaking. Hot. Most of all, however, I respected how he treated Bella. He had feelings for her, knew she wasn't ready for a relationship, but was still a really good friend to her. He didn't push her hard or pursue her relentlessly. He was just there in her time of need, as a friend, and that made for a great base for things to grow between them.  I can't think of a more perfect match for Bella than Rafe. Sure it was a slightly unconventional pairing – the virgin guy with the more experienced woman (a trope which I thoroughly enjoy because role reversal!), the rich white girl with the not-so-rich Hispanic boy – but it worked perfectly. She pulled him out of his comfort zone and, really, he did the same to her. He was unwilling to do casual – after their initial night together, anyhow. Bella only does casual. He wanted more from her and she was interested in him, but wasn't ready to take a leap. I really liked how close they grew after their first night together. And, of course, I was shipping them hard because how could you not?  As has been the case with the other books in this series, there's more than just romance, sexy times and drama to this book. I really liked so many of the secondary characters in this story. First and foremost, Bella's neighbor Lianne. She surprised me. I can't wait for more of her. I even liked Rafe's roommates, even if they were a bit crass and obnoxious at times. Bella's family makes an appearance and, honestly, I'm not a big fan. (But they did grow on me a bit.) Rafe's family, however, was wonderful. I enjoyed the scenes they were featured in. The Shameless Hour was a wonderful addition to the Ivy Years series. Each of the women in this series have kicked some serious butt and Bella was no exception. Rate was amazing. The romance was fantastic. The sexy times were off the chart hot (sexy phrases in Spanish!). The storyline was realistic and dealt with some heavy issues without ever feeling overwhelming. I went through ALL the emotions though. Parts had me laughing, others crying, others so angry I wanted to cause harm to those who harmed Bella. I'd give it more than five stars if I could.  Now the wait for Lianne's book begins. I can't wait to learn more of Bella's spunky starlet neighbor!  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was excellent. May have been my favorite in the series so far. Loved Rafe. Even though this is part of a series, it is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen Harkness men’s hockey team manager, Bella Hall, becomes a victim of a fraternity prank.  Her soccer player neighbor, Rafe Santiago, helps her through the aftermath. Bella is a great character.  She had a wonderful outlook on life and was free spirited.  My heart went out to her after what happened at Beta Rho.  No one should be treated the way she was. It was understandable how her ordeal made her feel and become antisocial.  On a positive note, she developed two great friends as a result of her misfortune, Rafe and Lianne.  When Bella becomes withdrawn, I love that Rafe and her hockey friends are persistent in getting her to go out and do not give up on her.   If you were to look up perfect boyfriend in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you would find Rafe.  Heck, I’m fairly certain he would also be listed under perfect son.  When he is available, the guy is always working in his mother’s restaurant.  Not to mention quoting chick flicks throughout the novel, because he watches them with his mom.  He is a great guy.  He loves his family.  He is an athlete.  He works hard at everything he does.  He is passionate and caring.  He is a great friend/boyfriend for Bella.  I cannot really find any faults in the guy.  Sure there may have been a couple of misunderstandings, but he is human. The characters showed a lot of growth throughout the story.  Especially Bella who had no idea what she wanted to do with her life after graduation and suffered greatly. The plot was realistic and meaningful.  Unfortunately, things like this happen in the real world.  Reading about Bella’s struggles was moving and inspirational.  I appreciate that she takes a stand.  She was very creative in her payback. Sarina Bowen is a gifted writer.  The Shameless Hour is a book I could not put down.  The story is full of emotion and obstacles.  I can’t wait for Lianne’s story. Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.  
SantanaBlair_TheBookNerd More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* Well folks, Sarina Bowen has done it again. I've made it no secret that I love this Ivy Series. Every time I walk into a book thinking that I know what to expect, I am wrong... and I love it!  We first met Bella in The Understatement Of The Year (Ivy Years #3). While it's not necessary to read that one before you read this one, I would highly recommend you do. I'll explain why, but first the basics:  On one hand you have Bella. Sassy manager of the hockey team. She has fun with the guys... and has a reputation because of it. While Rafe on the other hand, doesn't. Rafe is the nice guy neighbor who also happens to be a pretty sexy Dominican soccer player. He's also a virgin with a severe case of Catholic guilt after he spends the night with Bella. When Bella's feelings get hurt by his guilt driven actions, she avoids him, right up until he becomes her rock.  "People could say what they wanted about all the recreational sex I'd had. But I knew what love looked like."  Bella.  I am so happy that Bella got this book. From what we saw of her in Understatement, one might have guessed there was a definite back story there. But we got so much more than that. We get a deeper look into her feelings about the events of the previous book and along with that we get to see some of that back story I talked about, and when it continues into the present- I'm just going to come out and tell you, I teared up a few times on account of Bella. I'm going to leave it at that emotional reader confession.  "Whip it out, then. I'll mend it." These seven words... holy *expletive expletive* hotness. Who knew that word combination was such a turn on?! Even with all the other fantastical dialogue, when I sat down to write these words kept jumping to the forefront of my mind.  Rafe was like the dark horse of book boyfriends (Andy from Blonde Date got some serious competition in Rafe, shhhh!). I truly didn't see it coming and than wham! I was in love with him in under 15% of the book.   One thing I cannot forget to mention is my applause at the inclusion of the Dominican culture in this book. Not only was it well done, it felt very natural in the flow of the book. In my opinion it gave Rafe a distinct flavor in this series and added some great layers to his character.  Rafe happens to love vintage things as I mentioned.  As I thought about it more, I realized that vintage is not to be confused as being synonymous with used. No, vintage is something classic, fine, highly valued and usually has a story. Bella confidence comes to battle with her insecurity as she mistakes Rafe's guilt for him looking at her as if she is used goods... but in reality Rafe sees her classic beauty long before he knows her story. Then when he gets her story, he values her even more. The relationship they develop becomes as precious to him as the rarity he seeks out for himself.  To him Bella is vintage.  As always I love visiting the familiar characters from previous books, just as much as I fell for the new faces (I even kinda feel better about old faces I wasn't too happy with before). Sarina does such a great job at crafting all these great personalities that I walk away feeling like I just gained a bunch of new book besties.  I adored this story from start to finish and was left dying for the next book (as per my usual). I gave this one 5 STARS and a round of applause for this addition to this fantastical series. 
Singofrit More than 1 year ago
The fourth Ivy Years book brings us the story of Bella. When we first met Bella, life was pretty good for her, but after the disappointment she went through over Graham, she is not quite herself, and then something awful happens to her and she hits rock bottom. With the help of her new love interest Rafe and her neighbour Lianne, she manages not only to overcome what happened to her, but to also get her own brand of revenge. It's refreshing to see a sexually liberated female character as being strong and independent and having the male love interest admire her for who she is instead of thinking the worst of her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series I love each one even more than the last. Rafe and Bella are really sweet. Opposites that fit well. Definitely buy it
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
You have to fall head-over-heads with Rafe!!! Sexy, sweet, caring, romantic ... The perfect hero and savior. The banter between him and Bella is perfect.
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xxBianca More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS! The sheer genius of this author’s work never ceases to amaze me. Typically when  I read I tend to highlight my kindle. But not this time. I was fully immersed in this story. This is what this author does. She puts you in her stories with her characters. She absolutely breaks the mold of the cookie cutter NA stories. Reading her work is quite refreshing. And this was no different with The Shameless Hour. Bella Hall works for her college hockey team. Different right? A girl with a bunch of guys all the time. She is fun, spunky, sexy, and knows what she wants when it comes to men. Sex. And she's not shy about it. Thank you to the author for empowering Bella. Not demeaning her because of what she enjoys. Regardless of what Bella wants, something is missing. And she is slowly finding that out. When she hooks up with her hot virgin neighbor soccer player, Rafe Santiago, it’s intense. It wasn’t supposed to happen, but circumstances brought them together. Rafe doesn’t do one night stands and Bella doesn’t do relationships. Where does that leave them? In a place neither one could have ever imagined. Rafe. Where can I find one of him? I am not even kidding. He is the must understanding, selfless hero I’ve ever met.  He is loyal. And he loves Bella without caution. His desire for her is magnetic. Powerful.  He doesn't see what other guys think they know about her. He simply sees HER and her heart. Oh and did I mention he is gorgeous? I love that we get to watch their relationship and feelings slowly develop for each other. They become each other’s missing piece. While feisty and strong, Bella always felt a void. Until Rafe. He filled that space in her heart and her life.  The Shameless Hour was such an amazing read. It tackles relevant issues college students face today. It had such a realness factor. What I love the most about this author’s work is that she absolutely shatters the norm. She puts diversity in her books. And I don’t just mean ethnicity or race. She brilliantly proves the point that we need more diversity in the literary world. She incorporates every race, ethnicity, religion. disability, sexual orientation, etc in her writing and characters. Her stories attests to the fact that there is beauty in being “different”. THAT is what makes this cruel world a better place.  Her writing truly reflects the world we live in today. Overall, The Shameless Hour is a must read. The writing will consume you. The characters will find a place in your heart as you find a piece of yourself in Rafe and Bella. This story made me laugh, I gripped my kindle, and I found it to be very thought provoking. This story had so much heart. It was EVERYTHING I need in a story and more. And I hope we continue to get a glimpse into the lives of Rafe and Bella as the series continues.
csingh More than 1 year ago
You'd think I'd be used to the fact I devour Sarina Bowen's books.  It doesn't matter if she's writing heterosexual romances or m/m romances, I'm guaranteed an amazing story and always want more when the book ends.  I loved getting to know Bella better and if Rafe was a real person, I would totally try to steal him away.  I don't know who I loved more, Rafe or Bella.  Lets just call it a tie.  I loved Bella for her boldness and her willingness to take risks.  I loved her for being unapologetic about who she was.  I hated the fact others put her down for it. I loved Rafe for knowing what he wanted and sticking to it.  I loved him for the care and consideration he had for his family and friends.  I loved him for being upstanding and honorable, not just for Bella, but for everyone around him too. I also loved the fact Rafe was the virgin and why he had remained one for so long.  I also loved how he was patient with Bella in all matters. They were opposites but yet perfectly matched for each other. One reason I loved this book was because all of the issues Rafe and Bella faced and how they were handled. These are issues that are currently pressing and I have a feeling always will be. I hated what happened to Bella.  It made my blood boil, especially when she was not at fault and was doing the right thing. I completely understood and empathized with her reaction to everything, but it sucked seeing her brought low like that.  I would've preferred her to be the warrior I expected her to be from experience, but then again everyone reacts differently when notoriety is thrust on them the way it was on her. However, I supported her 100% with how she chose to get those who wronged her back.  I loved how all of her friends supported her, including Lianne an unlikely ally, Rikker, Graham, Trevi, Hartley, Corey, and others from the hockey team. It wasn't just in getting revenge, but trying to draw her out of the funk she was in. The best books are ones I enjoy reading and then have the hardest time figuring out how to convey why I loved them so much.  With The Shameless Hour, it's been a struggle to find the words.  In fact it's been that way for the entire The Ivy Years Series. Each book has been better than the last and I always look forward to seeing how Sarina Bowen will surprise me with the next story. I'm really hoping to read more about Bella and Rafe.  I wouldn't mind reading another book about them.