I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.
Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at http://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears
Also, the Gravity series.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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