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.
I will admit I was a little apprehensive about starting The Shameless Hour. I didn’t like Bella in the previous book so I wasn’t sure that I would like a book about her. I didn’t like her because she was a tad bit bitchy toward Rikker and Graham when she found out they were together and while I can understand why, she never told Graham how she felt before then. It had absolutely nothing to do with her reputation, let me make that clear; I have nothing against a female who loves sex. I hate the double standard that a girl is a slut but a guy is a stud if they hook up a lot or love sex. But what happens to Bella made me want to cry because no one should ever be made to feel like she did, and no one ever deserves to have what happened to her.
Bella has a reputation for being with the hockey players of the team she is the student manager for. While she may love to sleep with them if they are in a relationship she doesn’t mess with them. She’s not the slut that everyone wants to accuse her of being. She has been hurt a couple of times in the past so she has her reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship. Bella is tough on the outside but on the inside she hurts like everyone else does. When she and Rafe spend the night together, she doesn’t understand why he in a sense avoids her afterwards. But when something happens to her, something I would never even wish on my worst enemy, and trust me people I can be a vindictive bitch when someone hurts me, I had tears in my eyes for her.
Rafe isn’t honest with Bella over his virgin status, and while I can see why it upset him to lose it like he did, he had liked Bella for a long time. Rafe is the type of guy Bella needs in her life, not because of his limited sexual experience, but because he see her as more than a girl to hook up with, he sees her as a friends and the person he could love. I will admit the fact that he was a virgin made me like him even more, don’t get me wrong I love me some manwhores but an athlete who isn’t dipping his dick into every hole he comes across is a wonderful change.
The Shameless Hour is the fourth book in the Ivy Years series and it was just as good as the rest. Sarina Bowen has the ability to teach us all these little lessons, like not judging others, and the way she does it doesn’t come across as a lecture. She works them into her stories beautifully. While I have been out of college for, well let’s not say the exact amount okay, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have lessons to learn still. I said it before and I will say it again, Sarina Bowen is cemented on my favorite author list, add this series to your TBR list, you won’t regret it.