The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen: Review

The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen: ReviewThe Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
on April 12, 2015
Genres: New Adult

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.

Alexis says…

There aren’t many heroines that I absolutely fall in love with. But OyMG…Bella is flipping amazing on so many levels.  She made me smile throughout the book and honestly she was the reason I loved this book so much!  Sarina Bowen’s  The Ivy Years series keeps getting better in my opinion!

You may remember Bella from the other books in the series as the hockey manager. Sure she got around with the hockey team…but she makes no excuses for it. She loves sex and has no qualms about it. I’m going to put it out there and just say that I have a mega girl crush on Bella. She just is fabulous. End of story.

The Shameless Hour touches on many different subjects but public shaming is the heart of this book.  I don’t want to get into specifics and giveaway anything away, but what Bella goes through is absolutely horrific and I’m not really sure how she came out of it so intact. Thankfully, she has Rafe who literally is her savior. Rafe is her sexy neighbor who she meets on literally the worst day of his college career.  Together they forge a bond which only grows stronger until Rafe saves her from utter humiliation.

I really liked how Sarina broached what would be such a dark theme and yet it had a serious tone but didn’t make the book all doom and gloom.  There was a lesson laced into such an enjoyable book.  I also loved the relationship that bloomed between Rafe and Bella.  He was exactly the guy to catch Bella when she fell. She is such a strong chick that it took a certain someone to be “that guy” that could obtain the unobtainable.  And honestly, I may need to get my husband a bit more fluent in Spanish after reading all the sexy things that came out of his mouth.  Also, the relationship between Bella and her neighbor Lianne was fabulous. Those two were so different yet were perfect as friends. Plus, they make a pretty kick-ass team when it comes to dishing out revenge!

If you love New Adult, the Ivy Series is one of my favorites. I think you definitely need to check this one out!


About Sarina Bowen

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

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.