Look at me, posting a book review in the middle of a Sunday!! I hope you all had (and are having) a great weekend!!
So I read The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen yesterday and I love this series so hard!! Check out my review below!
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.
MY RATING: 4 Beastly stars
I really enjoy how Sarina writes her stories! Her books are some of my favorite kinds of New Adult books. They aren’t cheesy and they are relateable!
With The Shameless Hour she gives us a heroine that is FIERCE but who also shows us her insecurities. A heroine that, if she was a man, would be so much beter accepted for the way she leads her life! Bella is very open about her sexuality and the fact she likes one-night stands and she doesn’t deny it. She is the student manager for the college’s hockey team. She is friends with all the guys, almost like she is one of them. She doesn’t care what the other girls and the players girlfriends think of her, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get hurt.
And then in the other side, Sarina gives us Rafe…A hero that is so swoon-worthy you just want to get inside your book and steal him for yourself!!! He is so completely nice, but without losing his sexy edge. He is an alpha all right, but without being a jerk.
A friend of mine said “he is Prince Charming minus the cheesy factors” , and I couldn’t agree more!!! He is hard-working (both in school and in his family’s business), considerate, HAWT, sexy, sweet and so nice!! I’m not used to actually like the nice ones and Rafe doesn’t have a drop of assholeness to him!!
He is there for Bella EVERY step of the way. And Bella frustrated me sometimes for not seeing it sooner. But then, I totally got why she was like that, specially after what happened to her when she was eighteen years old and more recently.
Bella and Rafe have a one-night stand after Rafe and his girlfriend break up (by the way, what was up with THAT girl???) and he doesn’t know how to deal with it, since he has never been to that kind of situation before. But Bella doesn’t know that and she ends up thinking Rafe is just another asshole. And she couldn’t be more wrong about him.
After somehting terrible happens to her and Rafe doens’t leave her side, helping her every time she needed she realizes he is actually a nice guy. They are in a group, alongside with his ex-girlfriend, for a school project and working togheter brings them even more closer.
Bella drifted away from all her other friends, because she is ashemed of what happened to her, even thought it wasn’t her fault at all. And Rafe becomes the person she most needed. He doesn’t let her be a recluse, he doesn’t let her feel sorry about herself. She also finally becomes friends with her neighbour, who is a famous Hollywood actress but is a recluse in fear of being recognized. Bella never really had many girlfriends, but the friendship with Lianne felt so natural for both of them. I loved how they bonded and I can’t wait for Sarina to write Lianne her own book!!!
Bella learns a lot from Rafe, as a Dominican boy in a college full of rich kids and not having had the most stellar of educations in highschool he has his own struggles to overcome. But he never complains and just work harder to accomplish whatever he has to accomplish. I LOVED Rafe’s family! Bella’s family not so much, but they redeem themselves…although I would have liked to see her bitchy sister apologize to her!
The story is so good, even though Bella frustrated me at times with how she handled what happened to her. But as I said before, I understand her and why she acted like that. The pace of the story was a bit sloww at times, but I really enjoyed it!
As all the previous books in the series, it deals with subjects that are very real, they could be happening to us if thy were not in the book. What happened to Bella (and worst) happens to a lot of girls in campuses all over the world and Sarina deals with it a realness that is refreshing. She doesn’t exaggerates it or make it lighter, but it isn’t something dense either. There is a real lightness to the way she does it. You can’t help being transported inside the book while reading them!!
Now, I can’t wait for the next book in the series!! I already miss them! I might re-read the first book in the series again (I’ve read it twice yet) and I love it!!