by Nina Lemay
Publication date: August 18th 2014
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Ebook provided by author in
exchange for an honest review
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.
Shameless drew me in after reading the first couple lines of the synopsis. I was in the mood for something gritty and the blurb promised me exactly that. Did it deliver? Yes and no.
Hannah ran away from her past, leaving the states and living in Montreal. She’s an art student, but what we learn about her first is that she’s a stripper. She’s got to pay for school somehow, right? She doesn’t paint a pretty picture of life as an exotic dancer, and the situation felt real. I believed everything she told me. She seemed torn about what she should really be doing with her life. She fought hard not to give into the temptation of quitting school to spend her life stripping, something that happens to so many dancers. Hannah thinks she’s got everything under control, until a man she meets at the club ends up being one of her professors for the new term.
The beginning of Shameless hooked me right away with the description of Hannah’s lifestyle. She seemed like an easy character to relate to at first. For the most part this was a decent book about forbidden love. The pacing was fluid and there was enough drama and snark to keep me turning pages. It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be, though, and after a while Hannah got on my nerves. I was a bit disappointed by the “plot twist” as well. Hannah’s professor, Emmanuel.. he wasn’t really anything special. He was pleasant, sure, but he needed to be more than that for me to fall for him.
There were some really good parts and then some not-so-good parts to this story. Overall, I would say Shameless lands somewhere between okay and good. Will I read more by this author? Probably. There’s certainly room for growth, but isn’t that the case for everyone? We all evolve and so does our craft, whatever it may be.
~About the Author~
Nina 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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