Book Review: Shameless

Shameless by Nina Lemay: 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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Shameless generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review.**

I’d like to start off by saying I think the cover for Shameless is amazing. It caught my interest immediately and after reading the blurb I jumped at the chance to read the forbidden love story between Hannah and Emmanuel. This New Adult Contemporary romance is well written with an interesting, forbidden-love plot full of angst, vulnerability, and emotion.

Shameless provided an enjoyable read for me. The writing proved to be a great asset though when I was thinking about the characters, neither of which wowed me. I didn’t feel connected to either of them and was waiting for a big moment where I really feel something towards either. However the delicacy in which they’re relationship was developed felt honest and real.

Hannah, forgetting all the stereotypes about strippers, is a naïve woman looking to pay her way through school in order to forge a new life. I respected the strength in her decisions, her ability to be confident enough in herself even when she wasn’t innately feeling it. At times her naivety got to be too much and I found myself skimming but more often than not I was okay with the character. Just not blow away or overly connected. Emmanuel’s character juxtaposed with her proved to be more worldly and experienced. His demeanor was sweet and tender with her allowing the relationship to progress in a very honest way. He wasn’t the solver of Hannah’s issues, which I liked because I found strength in her independence in her need to change herself for herself – Emmanuel was just the catalyst toward the end goal.

It’s a sweet love story that I definitely enjoyed. All the elements of a forbidden but grand love were there. I just never really felt into the characters enough to be fully invested. I seek a connection with main characters or at least their story. But if you like new adult and especially if you like the idea of a forbidden romance, try Shameless. The writing will draw you in and leave you satisfied you read it. I didn't not like it, I just didn't love it.

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