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The Shameless Hour

Series: Ivy Years, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

She's not looking for a hero. He's not looking for a hookup.

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.

©2015 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Rafe & Bella at Harkness

Great NA story with unexpected, thought provoking elements.
Only downside was the fact that the female narrator couldn't make up her mind on pronunciation of the male lead's name. She switched back and forth between Rayfe and Raff throughout the first 25% of the book, and again in later chapters, which was a bit distracting. Overall a great story, and a good listen.

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  • Misty
  • 08-05-17

Dios!

This is an emotional, real and sweet story about a girl who learns the hard way that behaviors have consequences and sometimes those consequences heavily outweigh the crime.

I had such a hard time listening to the trials that the main character, Bella, went through. The way she was treated was so painful for me to hear that I had to take a break a few times and just cry. I don't think it's sensationalized or extreme. I think college women go through similar things regularly and it broke my heart. But then in walks in Rafe and my heart was filled. His loyalty and patience and integrity overwhelmed me and sent me into sobs for entirely different reasons. This love story is unlike any other and completely worth the credit.

Saskia and Nick were shining stars as narrators. They completely brought this story to life and left me in awe with their character portrayals.

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  • Audiobookhoe
  • 13-04-17

A pretty good story

If you could sum up The Shameless Hour in three words, what would they be?

Loved Raf and at times I did like Bella but sometimes this book felt kinda white feminist-y. Because I listened to the audiobook I'm mostly judging my review based off the narration read to me. The narrators were pretty great aside from when they spoke words in spanish. I pretty much cringed every time they said words in spanish because they were spoken just like a person with 3rd grade knowledge of spanish. Speaking of the spanish, a lot of it was incorrectly written and since Raf was Dominican, I was sort of hoping for Dominican Spanish cuz I mean, they were from NYC, I can't imagine him speaking spanish all textbook like, but alas, the author didn't recruit any native spanish speakers otherwise she would have known that. Like I said, I loved Raf regardless of the lack of research she put in to make him authentically Dominicano. He was a virgin when he met Bella and he was so sweet and a nice change from the man-whores I read in books. He actually wanted a relationship and was there for Bella through the thick and thin.

I think my biggest disconnect was the fact that it took Bella and Raf so long to get together so it didn't really feel like a romance until the last 30%. They were literally just friends(not even friends with benefits) until the 70% mark. For that reason I put the book down several times because I was always waiting for something to happen between them and yet, nada! I will say that the book did a decent job at unveiling the ugliness of slut shaming but I think with Bella being a girl with few girlfriends, it sort of made her that type of girl who doesn't feel like she gets along with other girls. But I liked that Bella was a girl in charge of her own sexuality and wasn't a darn virgin like most girls in NA romances. I get so tired of the silly virgin. It was nice that the author switched the roles of the guy and the girl. The good boy and the bad girl. I wished I read more books with that combination.

So why a 3? Like I said the book was sort of white feminist-y at times. Here comes this working class Latin kid who is in awe of this pretty, blonde, rich white girl who pretty much has the world in her hands. And then she has a latina maid which Raf didn't even blink an eye at. It just made me uncomfortable to see all the PoC in this book aiding the white girl with her giving so little in return. Overall, I enjoyed it though. Not sure if I'd listen to the rest in the series though. I picked this one up because of the Latin hero and because there are no other PoC in the series, i'm not sure it would interest me.

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  • Brandi - Let's Read Romance
  • 06-07-17

Bella and Rafe are my favorite!

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I started my love affair with Sarina Bowen with The Understatement of the Year. She won me over with Graham and Rikker. I found my love for MM romance with this series and I love her for it. And I loved her writing so much that I started this series from the beginning.

I found myself wanting Bella's story. I wanted to know this fierce girl who didn't care what others thought of her. I wanted to know this hockey-loving girl who fell for a man who hid his sexuality from her. I wanted to know Bella.

Sarina Bowen did not disappoint me with Bella's story. I hurt for the girl, I loved the girl, and I loved watching her love Rafe. And what a pleasant surprise Rafe is. OMG. If there has ever been a sweeter, better guy I haven't met him yet. I don't even know how to describe him without giving his entire personality away--and I don't want to be spoiler-y. Just know Rafe is AMAZING. And you're gonna love him.

You'll get to see some of your hockey favorites--including Graham and Rikker--and you'll meet some new characters too. New characters that you'll want to get to know a bit better. Here's to hoping this series continues beyond book 5!

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 12-11-16

Great Series!

Love this book and this entire series! I wasn't expecting Bella's book to be so serious but it was perfect. Bella and Rafe make perfect sense to me. They are so opposite but that is what works for them. This book hot a lot of emotions for me. Sarina Bowen has moved up to a must buy author for me. If you haven't tried her books yet, you really should!

Really great narration too.

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  • Julie
  • 14-09-19

I’m a big fan of Sarina Bowen but...

I love Sarina Bowen. HIM (co-written with Elle Kennedy) is one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve read and listened to most of her books multiple times each. She’s fabulous.
This one was good, cute in places and pretty serious in others. The way she played with the traditional gender stereotypes was very clever and refreshing. I think the narration was what knocked it from 4 stars to 3 for me. Overall, it was good and I completed it because I wanted to listen to the entire series but I have no desire to listen again. It’d probably be better to read than listen to this one. I’m pretty anxious to listen to Leann’s story. Sarina is an outstanding author. I know I’ll enjoy the next book. :)

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 05-08-18

Great story to listen to/read.

This is book 4 (but a stand-alone) in The Ivy Years series. Bella is a minor character in the previous books in the series and so I already loved her bubbly personality before I read this novel. We know she was unlucky in love before this book. What we don’t know is how stoic she is under the weight of an even greater loss. I loved reading about Bella as a woman with great depth and strength – strength that she needed to draw upon to deal with horrible circumstances in her life. Thankfully, she met swoonworthy Rafe who genuinely earned the title of “hero” in this novel. Their love story was enjoyable to read.

Further, I enjoyed this book because it bravely touched on serious topics often avoided in other novels where characters have numerous serial sexual experiences with seemingly no health or social consequences. In reality, the consequences can be frightening on more than one level. I thought these issues were handled well in this novel. You just have to be careful at all times!

I read and listened to this on Kindle and Audible. The narrators, Saskia Maarleveld and Nick Podehl (swoon!) are wonderful here – I loved their voice characterisations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-16

Too Degrassi

Really. The heroine needed to be used by her brother-in-law, get an std, AND get roofied. If she had to go through all that I'd have liked more kickassery and less cowering in the wake of it all. She just gave up all of the things she loved without a fight for 95% of the book and never really fought to get them back even then. Just grr!

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  • SIMARA
  • 03-02-20

Didn’t connect to this story

I tried to connect to this story but couldn’t. Bella wasn’t very likable. I don’t like to listen about people sleeping around for sport.
Narration: every time Saskia Maarleveld mispronounced the work “belleza” I died a little. It’s pronounces beh-yeh-sah And that word was used a million times. So frustrating.

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  • Angela G.
  • 27-01-20

Opposites but perfectly matched

Rafe has always done what's respectable, and responsible. Going to school, playing soccer, working in between classes and even back home at the family restaurant.
Bella could never be accused of being the good girl and she was never apologetic about it, owning her place in as manager of the men's hockey team.
An unlikely event leads Rafe to do something he regrets, but it's just another day for Bella. Their second encounter finds Bella in a bad way and Rafe is there to help. But the circumstance rocks Bellas world and it's going to take more that one night to set thinks right again, if that's even possible.

The issues addressed in this story are real, and unfortunately "mis-" handled in much the same way at first. This series has been a surprising and ever evolving world built with a traditional college backdrop. It has touched on real life issues of coming of age newly minted adults facing challenges for the first time.
The narrators used throughout the series were well chosen and fit the characters well.
I recommend each and every one of these books and their accompanying audiobooks.

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  • Emi & Cami
  • 22-01-20

Great

I love Sarina Bowen’s books and this is not an exception, Bella is a wonderful character and this is a wonderful story for her.
As an immigrant and someone that has spent a lot of time among other immigrants (international students) from different countries, I can say I’ve never heard anyone talk mixing both languages, we don’t throw just words in Spanish in the middle of a conversation, and French Canadians don’t just randomly say words in French. We have accents and it’s obvious that English is our second language but bilingual people can separate languages when having conversations. An other problem with this is that the narrators mispronounce the words in Spanish.
In any case I really loved this story and will listen again.