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    Bold and beautiful Bella shines & meets her match!

    You'd think I'd be used to the fact I devour Sarina Bowen's books. It doesn't matter if she's writing heterosexual romances or m/m romances, I'm guaranteed an amazing story and always want more when the book ends. I loved getting to know Bella better and if Rafe was a real person, I would totally try to steal him away. I don't know who I loved more, Rafe or Bella. Lets just call it a tie. I loved Bella for her boldness and her willingness to take risks. I loved her for being unapologetic about who she was. I hated the fact others put her down for it. I loved Rafe for knowing what he wanted and sticking to it. I loved him for the care and consideration he had for his family and friends. I loved him for being upstanding and honorable, not just for Bella, but for everyone around him too. I also loved the fact Rafe was the virgin and why he had remained one for so long. I also loved how he was patient with Bella in all matters. They were opposites but yet perfectly matched for each other. One reason I loved this book was because all of the issues Rafe and Bella faced and how they were handled. These are issues that are currently pressing and I have a feeling always will be. I hated what happened to Bella. It made my blood boil, especially when she was not at fault and was doing the right thing. I completely understood and empathized with her reaction to everything, but it sucked seeing her brought low like that. I would've preferred her to be the warrior I expected her to be from experience, but then again everyone reacts differently when notoriety is thrust on them the way it was on her. However, I supported her 100% with how she chose to get those who wronged her back. I loved how all of her friends supported her, including Lianne an unlikely ally, Rikker, Graham, Trevi, Hartley, Corey, and others from the hockey team. It wasn't just in getting revenge, but trying to draw her out of the funk she was in. The best books are ones I enjoy reading and then have the hardest time figuring out how to convey why I loved them so much. With The Shameless Hour, it's been a struggle to find the words. In fact it's been that way for the entire The Ivy Years Series. Each book has been better than the last and I always look forward to seeing how Sarina Bowen will surprise me with the next story. I'm really hoping to read more about Bella and Rafe. I wouldn't mind reading another book about them.
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    another winner

    I have read all of Sarina Bowen's books, and every time I end up staying up way too late to finish reading. This was no exception. I loved this story; I love that Bella got her story and that she gets a guy like Rafe. Sarina Bowen consistently delivers books that are many notches above average especially compared to most new adult fiction (fantastic writing/story/characters/dialogue - I love a writer who can do good, believable dialogue!). I also love that SB explores important issues without making them trite or beating you over the head with them (here, it's the double standard around promiscuity between men and women and the slut-shaming that some women endure). Also, keep your eye out for a cameo from someone from Blonde Date, the lovely novella in this series - you might be surprised who it is! Now I can't wait to read whatever is next (sounds like it might be Lianne's story - yay).
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    Challenging

    It wasn't the writing that was challenging : that's consistently fluid, descriptive and evocative. Rather, the challenges lied in the situation Bella found herself and the examination of my own preconceptions and perceptions. Thanks for the challenge!
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