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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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  • 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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  • Cyndi
  • 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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  • 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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  • Brandi-Lets 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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  • lynnb
  • 18-06-18

great book

love the ivy series and this one was awesome.
the narrators are really great also they give it a new life.

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  • annie
  • 05-06-18

OH MY BELLA!! SHE GOT HER SELF A REAL MAN!!!

I loved this one too!! I did NOT like the slut shaming! I did NOT like the drugging! But I loved the story and I love Bella and Rav! This series has been a real pleasure...I needed it! Sarina is going on my fave author list...and I highly recommend this whole series and this author highly!!

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  • Barb Robinson
  • 17-04-18

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Love this series. The narrator's are awesome . They do accents well. Love. Hearing from previous characters.

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  • Lovinghotbooks1
  • 17-03-18

A strong independent women

I liked this book about a women that’s self confident and a guy with some insecurities. Bella and Rafe’s story was intriguing and sweet.

This is what I liked:
* Good storyline
* Characters that is realistic and NOT flawless which makes them real for me as a reader.
* No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
* Lots of dialogues
* Sweet and burning hot love scenes
* Both main characters are on a journey to evolve in to adulthood which isn’t a easy task. I think the author described it very good.

This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
I have this as a audio book in addition to ebook and the narrator is good.

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  • Meran Rhodes
  • 08-12-17

A Swing And A Miss

This book had so much potential and for the sake of some sex scenes the potential was squandered. I don't mind some steam but with Raff's desire to respect women and Bella's whole ordeal the suped up sexy times between them the last 2 hours or so of the book really dragged it down and that bummed me out. Bowen had a great thing going and to pander to the masses with a few easily cut scenes she ruined it in my opinion which is sad. I still really like The Understatement of the Year and because of that book am most likely, and a bit despite myself, going to continue reading this series.

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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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No