The Shameless Hour

The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: April 12, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

As Harkness men’s hockey team manager, it’s Bella’s job to take care of the hockey players. She knows she does her job well–maybe a little too well in some people’s eyes. It’s no secret she has spent time out of practice with some of the players. Bella’s not embarrassed, though. Sex is something she likes. She’s good at it and she has no desire to complicate things with a relationship. So, why does a one night stand with her hot neighbor, Rafe, make her second guess herself?

Rafe always thought he would lose his virginity to someone he loved. His teen mother and strict Catholic upbringing had him waiting for the right time and person. Rafe never thought he’d lose his virginity in a drunken hook-up with his sexy neighbor. He can’t help but feel guilty about their one-night stand.

Then, Rafe comes to Bella’s aid when she needs it the most. Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help but she has no choice but accept it — and maybe him as well.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series. Ms. Bowen has a way of taking issues or problems facing today’s young adults and weaving amazing stories around them. I always end a book in this series feeling like I’ve either learned something new or gained a different insight than I had before.

The Shameless Hour had the same effect on me. It was way more than just another New Adult romance. It dealt with a very relevant issue in today’s American society: slut shaming. I felt Ms. Bowen did an amazing job tackling this particular issue. Through Bella, Ms. Bowen put slut shaming in terms readers could identify with.

I also liked how Rafe’s thoughts and feelings around his virginity were addressed. It’s very rare in book to have a male virgin in their late teens or early twenties. It was a refreshing point of view.

Not only did I like the messages and information The Shameless Hour was delivering, but I loved the romance and chemistry between Bella and Rafe. There was a sweetness between them that was adorable.

I would highly recommend the entire The Ivy Years series, including The Shameless Hour. Sarina Bowen’s writing is excellent, the stories are full of fun and sweet moments, and I always end up learning something new.

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ARC Review: This Is One Moment

 This Is One Moment by Mila Gray

Publication Date: September 10, 2015

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Synopsis:

Didi’s always wanted a romance like her parents have, a romance worthy of the movies. She wants the fairytale. Didi thinks she’s found it with Hollywood heartthrob, Zac Ridgemont. He’s everything Didi thinks a man should be.

But then, while completing an internship at a military hospital, she meets Noel Walker. Walker’s wounds aren’t just on the outside, they’re on the inside as well. He’s frustrated as hell and all Didi wants is to be able to help him. Well, help him and jump his bones.

Didi knows she can’t fall for a patient. It would ruin her future career. But she can’t seem to put enough distance between herself and Walker. There’s just something about him that makes her willing to push her boundaries.

Just when Didi and Walker are beginning to act on their feelings for each other, their lives are twisted out of control. It leaves them both wondering whether their relationship is worth fighting for.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This Is One Moment had me from the prologue. I had to know how it fit into the story. I would say it drove me continue reading, but that’s not true. The entire story is what drove me to continue reading. I loved it. It was fast-paced and deep.

While Didi’s quest for true love was sweet, it was Walker’s struggles that poked at my heart. He was dealing with so much. I hurt for him. I loved the interactions he had with Sanchez, Jose and Callum. And, of course, Walker and Didi were beyond hot.

This Is One Moment would have been a 5 star book for me had it not been for a couple of scenes toward the end of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but Didi’s actions made me a little sick. They showed an immaturity I didn’t see from her in the rest of the book. In the end, her actions didn’t seem to matter but I think the book would have been better without them.

Overall, I found This Is One Moment to be an extremely moving book about a veteran recovering from war and finding strength to move on–and love. I loved it and hope other NA readers will as well.

**I received a digital copy of This Is One Moment from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Falling From The Sky

Falling From The Sky (Gravity #2) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: August 26, 2015

Note: Falling From The Sky is part of the Unconditional Anthology. Sarina Bowen will be donating her proceeds from the sale of this collection to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Synopsis:

Doctor Callie Anders doesn’t take risks — especially where her heart is concerned. She’s been burned once and she’s not about to take that risk again. That’s why she’s keeping her distance from the incredibly handsome athlete that has shown up in her emergency room.

Freestyle snowboarder Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus had it all until an accident caused his world to fall apart. Now, he’s stuck in a wheel chair wondering if he’ll ever get back what he lost. The only bright spot in his life is a certain sexy doctor.

When the opportunity to run a new therapy department arises, Callie finds herself in constant contact with the one man that makes her want to take risks. She’s going to have a hard time keeping things professional with the hunky participant who’s determined to make her his.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Falling From The Sky was an incredible love story! Watching uptight Callie slowly lose herself in “Hazardous” Hank was so much fun. And Hank. Oh, Hank. I couldn’t help but feel for his losses. But I loved the way he fought back and ended up embracing his new life.

My favorite part of this story, though; was the way Sarina Bowen spotlighted issues that wheelchair bound men (and women) face daily. She did it with such care and compassion. I honestly felt like I was learning something along with getting a great love story.

Now, if you’ve read The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen, you’re probably saying, “Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t she already write a story about a girl in a wheelchair?” Yes, she did. While some of the same issues were dealt with, the story was completely different and new. If you liked The Year We Fell Down, you’ll like Falling From The Sky, too. But don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re rereading the same story.

If you’re a contemporary romance reader, I would highly suggest reading Falling From The Sky by Sarina Bowen. It’s the second book in the Gravity series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. There are some references to the characters from Coming In From The Cold, but you don’t have to read it to enjoy book 2. I can’t wait to read Shooting For The Stars!

**I received an ARC of Falling From The Sky in exchange for an honest review.

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