Miss Riki’s Review:
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading this book. It came highly recommended and was billed as a New Adult romance with taboo themes, so naturally I was intrigued.
From the very first page, I was absolutely hooked by this dark, gritty romance. Hannah is not your typical stripper, with a different body type and a past that keeps threatening to catch up to her, but I loved her voice. She’s cynical and guarded, yet naïve and willing to try new things. I loved the conflicting nature of her personality and fell hook, line, and sinker for her backstory. What I loved most about Hannah was how she makes a total transformation from start to finish in this novel. I love it when an author takes a character on a journey and that character shows growth, and Hannah absolutely does. A lot of that is in fact due to the romance….
Speaking of romance, I’m all for a hot teacher-student love story, and man, was this one ever steamy. Emmanuel is equal parts smoldering and sweet, and I loved he and Hannah together. Their chemistry is undeniable, and I loved how fully they fell for one another, almost to the point of obsession. Despite being a taboo aspect, the teacher-student dynamic was really well done. There’s all of the natural classroom tension and drama, backed up with the forbidden passion that flares up in the bedroom.
Overall, the story has a very dark feel to it, with some very frightening moments for Hannah, as well as a little blackmail. Hannah’s job as a stripper was bound to catch up to her in a very closed-minded academic world, but she manages to find a way to spin it in her favor. Despite an overall ominous tone, the book ends with a light of hope, which I think was really necessary given the gravity of the subject matter.
I highly recommend Shameless. It’s one of the most gripping and creative New Adult romances I’ve read in a while.
Interview With Nina Lemay:
Describe yourself in five words.
Not good at describing myself. (Oh wait, that WAS five words! Hah!)
What is the best piece of advice have you ever received in your writing career?
Keep going. And don’t think of your books as babies.
What was your favorite part of writing SHAMELESS?
Surprisingly, the research was super fun. I hadn’t come up with the idea at random, it was born after I read several Tumblr posts on the subject. So I had an interest in it to begin with, which helped. And after that, I wrote a character sheet for Hannah, good ol’ D&D style, and she just came alive. From there on it was easy!
DREAM CAST: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from SHAMELESS?
For Emmanuel, I’ll go with Quebecois actor Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge. (It’s pure accident that we share part of a last name! Not like I want to have his babies or anything. Pfft. That’s preposterous! 😉
For Hannah, I’d say Rooney Mara. She has that beautiful-but-imperfect, vulnerable look about her that makes me think of Hannah.
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about SHAMELESS?
Most places in the book are based on real places around Montreal, cafes, restaurants, and yes, strip clubs. I live in Montreal so knowing the city really helped.
E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?
Both! I know that ebooks are the future but I still love to curl up with a nice, heavy, leafy hardcover.
What’s Next: What are you working on now?
Many things! There’s another teacher-student novel, but with a Shocking!Twist! (bwahahaha!) and a romantic suspense novel. I’ll be announcing them and adding them to Goodreads sometime soon.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I want to thank you guys for taking a chance on me. My writing path was thorny, and all those who encouraged me to continue in any small way (be it a comment or a nice review or letting me crash their blog for a day… 😉 I’m so grateful to you, you have no idea. This is why I’m a writer. This is why I couldn’t stop writing even if I tried.