Blog Tour Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay

September 26, 2014 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Reviews 6

Title: Shameless
Author: Nina Lemay
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Standalone
Published On: August 18th 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 227
Format: e-Book
Source: Received for a blog tour via Itching For Books
My Rating: 5 Stars


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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.

This Book is recommended for mature readers (17+)

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the plot

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!

the characters

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.

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about Nina Lemay

Author Nina LemayNina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult…well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.





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About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

6 Responses to “Blog Tour Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay”

    • Jessica

      Honestly, I have really WEIRD taste in books, but thanks for the compliment. This book really handled the stripping thing very well, I though. It didn’t glorify it or make it seem like something amazing, which it’s not. That’s not to say that it’s shameful, either, or embarrassing. Plus, the way it came across was very empowering, so I think the stripping aspect wasn’t eye-roll worthy, so I’m glad it caught your interest. And yess! Standalones are way too hard to find these days! Thanks for commenting and I’m SO sorry it took me like five years to reply!

  1. Jessica

    I really like this concept about an unusual girl in high school, and while I was not in such extreme circumstances as the main character, I ended up being the weird girl when I was younger- ok, well I’ll always be the weird go, methinks. Maybe I’ll give this one a try, although I usually refrain from reading about HS drama- this doesn’t seem like that typical type of crap.
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    • Jessica

      The setting isn’t in high school, actually. It’s set in a university in Montreal, but I can understand the confusion. I wouldn’t really consider the drama to be HS drama, since it was a bit more mature than that, in my opinion, although I do agree that HS drama is annoying. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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