The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Harkness men’s hockey team manager, Bella Hall, becomes a victim of a fraternity prank. Her soccer player neighbor, Rafe Santiago, helps her through the aftermath.
Bella is a great character. She had a wonderful outlook on life and was free spirited. My heart went out to her after what happened at Beta Rho. No one should be treated the way she was. It was understandable how her ordeal made her feel and become antisocial. On a positive note, she developed two great friends as a result of her misfortune, Rafe and Lianne. When Bella becomes withdrawn, I love that Rafe and her hockey friends are persistent in getting her to go out and do not give up on her.
If you were to look up perfect boyfriend in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you would find Rafe. Heck, I’m fairly certain he would also be listed under perfect son. When he is available, the guy is always working in his mother’s restaurant. Not to mention quoting chick flicks throughout the novel, because he watches them with his mom. He is a great guy. He loves his family. He is an athlete. He works hard at everything he does. He is passionate and caring. He is a great friend/boyfriend for Bella. I cannot really find any faults in the guy. Sure there may have been a couple of misunderstandings, but he is human.
The characters showed a lot of growth throughout the story. Especially Bella who had no idea what she wanted to do with her life after graduation and suffered greatly.
The plot was realistic and meaningful. Unfortunately, things like this happen in the real world. Reading about Bella’s struggles was moving and inspirational. I appreciate that she takes a stand. She was very creative in her payback.
Sarina Bowen is a gifted writer. The Shameless Hour is a book I could not put down. The story is full of emotion and obstacles. I can’t wait for Lianne’s story.
Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Rennie Road Books (first published April 12th 2015)
edition language: English
series: The Ivy Years #4
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