Bella was one of my favorite characters in earlier books, so I’m glad she got her own book. I feel like it’s rare to see such a sex-positive, confident, no apologies for being sexy kind of female character. Maybe I’m just reading the wrong books. It was great fun to see traditional romance tropes turned on their heads in The Shameless Hour.
Bella, manager of the men’s hockey team, likes to sleep around and she doesn’t really give a shit what anyone says about it. When she meets and hooks up with her virginal downstairs neighbor sparks fly, but said downstairs neighbor, Rafe, has a hard time dealing with their mind-blowing sex. Awkward, hot, soccer playing Rafe feels completely guilt stricken about his drunken hookup. Still, the two of them keep running into each other and slowly get pulled into each other’s worlds and are there for each other when they need it most.
It’s a sweet story, but there was a tad bit too much hand wringing for my taste. I felt like some of their problems could have just been solved with a little honestly. Still, definitely worth a read for the awesomeness of Bella and hotness of Rafe.
This will probably be my last book out of the series unless Bowen writes more. I’ve already read the description and reviews of The Fifteenth Minute and there’s no way I’m touching that book with a ten foot pole, much as I’ve loved Bowen’s other books.