Author: Nina Lemay
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published On: August 18th 2014
Source: Received for a blog tour via Itching For Books
My Rating: 5 Stars
Girls like me don’t get happy endings. I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student? But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret. He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on. The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class. This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.
Hannah is a student in Montreal who is paying for college by stripping every night at a local club. Honestly, I was a bit wary about where this book was going to go when it started, especially since the book is contemporary romance and it focuses more on the characters and relationships than it does on a specific plot. Which is kind of the point, except Shameless surprised me in the end when unexpected problems arise and put Hannah in a situation that seemed impossible to get out of- unscathed anyway.
I LOVED how Hannah resolves her problems and moves on with her life. It was inspiring and empowering and I was so thrilled with the ending! It was perfect!
Hannah has a negative outlook on life, and she’s sarcastic and bitter about nearly everything. You’d think reading from her perspective would be depressing or annoying, but it wasn’t. It was refreshing and entertaining, sometimes, scary accurate. But she wasn’t always accurate with her assumptions. She had her own false judgements of the world based on a few actions made by bad people. She thinks the worst of people, including Emmanuel.
Emmanuel is sweet, romantic, and he is SUCH a gentleman. He meets Hannah at her strip club, but he’s not really there of his own will, and after turning down the already paid-for lap dance from Hannah, they have an unexpected conversation. After that, they can’t stay away from each other, even after they find out he’s going to be teaching one of her classes.
Their relationship was romantic and sweet, even with the problems they faced. And it was very believable too! Nothing felt forced, and every interaction felt real and authentic. Their relationship made my heart melt (and break) several times!
“I love you and I respect you, your resilience, your strength, your independence. And I will gladly follow you wherever you choose to go, as long as you want me to.” Emmanuel to Hannah, Shameless by Nina Lemay
Also, can I just say that I was so PROUD of Hannah by the end of the book. I think she handled everything extremely well. This book definitely sends out a positive message for women and it’s amazing.
This book was SO cute and I was pulled right away, up until the last page. I did not want to let their world go, and dragged my kindle with me through out my daily routine to get back to the story as soon as I could! It takes a lot for a book to break my heart and make me feel all better in the same day!
Should you read it? Definitely! Especially if you like NA contemporary romances! Although, if you are not fan of swearing (in French mostly) and sex scenes (somewhat descriptive), you might want to find something else.
about Nina Lemay