SHAMELESS by Nina Lemay
~New Adult Contemporary Romance -- recommended for mature readers~
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.
Summary: (No spoilers)
Hannah is a stripper with a harsh view of the world. Granted, it's a warranted view, but still sad. She's got pink hair. Let me reiterate PINK HAIR. Which, as you all *should* know my favorite color in the world is pink, and I wish I could pull off pink hair. So instantly I loved Hannah, and the author for writing that.
Anyway, she's a student in art school on Montreal (which I've also been there, and it's so beautiful). She gets into a sticky situation after a night of dancing, she runs into one of her customers AT SCHOOL.
I found myself getting sad and mad and anxious along with Hannah. The descriptions of her stripping life, and her life while working with art were all wonderful.
BUT folks, don't think you're going to guess the end. I love twists, and I love when I don't see something coming. Let's just say I didn't see it coming!
I loved this book.
I'm obsessed with flawed and broken characters. It's pretty much all I write, and it's by far my preference for reading. The feelings are raw and I felt them along with Hannah.
The visual description are amazing and I felt like I was in Montreal.
The surprises totally made my gasp OUT LOUD. I'm such an embarrassing reader, I'm not even kidding. I laugh out loud, I've cried, and I make weird reactionary faces. I should never read in public, but I always do. I'm glad I finished this one at home though, because I was freaking out!
My overall reaction was LOVE. Love for Hannah. Love for her broken-ness (yup). Love for the ending - which I am SO glad I loved the ending. Love for the whooooooole thing!
Yes. Yes! YES! I've already been telling people to read it, and I will keep doing recommending. It's on my favorite list now :) After I finished I put on my short reviews on amazon and goodreads that if I can only recumbent one book this year it would be SHAMELESS. And that's seriously saying something folks, because my book came out this year too...
This teaser says SO WELL how much I love this book and why: