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 neighbour 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 emphasised loving thy neighbour—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 levelled 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.
So after joining The Locker Room Group on facebook I came across Sarina Bowen's Ivy Series and devoured them. I absolutely loved them. So when I was given an ARC for The Shameless Hour I was incredibly excited and stoked - squealing may or may not have been involved.
I absolutely loved this book. I loved how we had a virgin-hero, and a 'promiscious' heroine. The switch-up was refreshing and a welcome change. Bella wasn't ashamed of herself and her enjoyment of sex which was refreshing compared to some NA blushing virgins we read about. And Rafe, the virgin-hero was just adorable - he didn't do no-strings, he preferred being in committed relationships due to his upbringing.
However, circumstances pull these two together and they have sex. No-strings sex. And Rafe is mortified and embarrassed of his behaviour, thus acts hideously in the morning.
After contracting an STI from a frat-boy, Bella is humiliated, and its put all over the internet. Completely humiliated she drops her position as the assistant hockey coach and starts skipping classes. Rafe, sharing a class, starts pulling Bella out of her funk.
I loved the relationship between these two. They slept together not really knowing each other, but then slowly became friends. The friends-to-lovers was adorable. Bella has sworn off men, but can't help but notice Rafe. And Rafe only has eyes for Bella.
This book was such an incredibly sweet, adorable read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am so grateful that I was gifted an ARC.