Title: The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years, #4)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23346876-the-shameless-hour
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.
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Lately, I have been reading a lot of hockey theme books, all thanks to The Boss Lady, Grace. I’m not complaining at all. I will admit, that I am not a huge hockey fan, I’ve watched many games here and there, especially if the New York Rangers are in the playoffs (side note, they are in the playoff, woot woot). I am more a baseball aficionado, but my affinity for hockey is growing exponentially. I read and loved Ms. Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year (we meet Bella here) so when I heard there will be a book regarding Bella, I had to request it immediately.
Bella is a Senior at Harkness University. She’s the ultimate free spirit with a healthy sexual appetite that she is not ashamed of, she is a huge hockey fan, so much so that she is the manager for Harkness’ hockey team. She has no desire for any type of relationships since the two she has had in the past, has left her with just hooking up and keep it moving. If you read The Understatement of the Year, you will understand, plus if you haven’t, the author explains without any gaps. She is also extremely funny “I’m supposed to be writing a paper about female subjugation. But all I want is for someone to give me a good pounding.”
Rafe, sophomore at Harkness, and a hot soccer player to boot. He comes from a loving, hardworking Dominican family. He is what male characters in a good book are made of. Following an unfortunate break up, he lands in Bella’s room for comfort. Rafe a traditional kind of guy, something you do not necessarily see often. He wants a relationship, but he knows he will not have one with Bella, she’s obvious about her wants. So Rafe becomes friends with Bella.
The books takes a serious turn. Bella was a victim a horrible fraternity prank, she was trying to do the right then, and instead she is a big campus joke around school. What I loved most about Bella, was her confidence and her “I don’t give a crap what people think or say about me” attitude, until she became a bit withdrawn. Rafe and Lianne (although not friends at the beginning, she became an integral character in the book) they notice something up with Bella, she’s not going to hockey practice and keeping to herself. Throughout Rafe is there for Bella and although she tries to keep him at bay, she cannot help but have deep rooted feelings for him. Their love story although, slow at first, was so sweet and heartwarming.
Some readers may have an issue with Bella and her free spirit ways, but I didn’t. I feel if a woman is confident in herself and her sexuality then good for her. My heart did break for her at times. Rafe is definitely on the top of my BBF list for 2015. He is very swoon worthy. “You”, be whispered, pausing to tough his tongue to my earlobe, “will always be the sexiest girl I have ever known.”
I really enjoyed this book. I am adding Ms. Bowen’s books to my ever growing TBR list.
*An ARC was provided for an honest review.
I held her a little closer as we danced. The band had no vocalist, but I could hear Louis Armstrong’s voice in my head. Give me… a kiss to build a dream on. “I’ve always loved this song,” I confessed.
“Wait, really?” Bella stood up taller so she could look me in the eye. “Have you listened to the lyrics? The guy gets a single kiss, and he basically says that it’s enough — he’s just going to fantasize about it for the rest of his life. I mean… what a rip.”
I bit back a smile. “It’s romantic.”
“It’s unsatisfying,” she countered. “Here, I’ll show you.” Before I knew what was happening, Bella came closer. Her silky thumb stroked once across my cheekbone. Then she stood up on her toes and kissed me.
The first press of her sweet lips against mine stopped my breathing. Though you couldn’t have paid me to resist her. Sheer instinct made me lean into that kiss with my entire being.
Bella’s mouth melted onto mine, and a needy little sound issued from the back of her throat. Heaven. I deepened the kiss, and our tongues touched once. She tasted of red wine and desire. An electric pulse traveled the length of my body. Unbidden, my hands pulled her closer, my fingers in her hair…
The sound of applause brought me back to earth with a thunk. The song had ended, and the band segued into some kind of swing tune. Bella and I broke apart on a gasp. For a second we just stared at each other. “See?” she said eventually.
But I didn’t have the faintest recollection of the point she’d been trying to make. “What?”
Amusement tickled her features. “Never mind. I hear my wine glass calling me.” She tugged on my hand.
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.) Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.
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The giveaway is open internationally and ends 05/03/2015.
• (1) An Ivy Years Notebook (It’s super cute)
• (1) eBook box set of Ivy Years #1-3
• (1) Signed paperback of The Year We Fell Down