Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in book review / 18 comments

Review: Shameless by Nina LemayShameless by Nina Lemay
Publisher: Self-Published on August 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 227
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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.

At A Glance

The characters did not wow me but I loved the concept.

The Good

Read this book for the stripper story, because that’s what makes it. Obviously, the concept interested me a lot. I don’t see stripping as degrading and cheap, I see it as empowering and lucrative, but that could just be me. I loved seeing Hannah’s POV on the subject. She really seemed to cover most of the aspects of stripping: the nasty parts, the boring parts, and the money.

The writing was good and the relationships felt real. The taboo relationship of a student/stripper dating her professor/customer was intriguing and it was well done. I liked the side drama and even the disgusting parts that made me cringe. You really couldn’t help but feel bad for Hannah and hope she could dig herself out of her many messes. Emmanuel was a great distraction and influence on her, even if they fought a lot. Together, they shinned.

Shameless is the kind of book that I didn’t want to put down. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that I loved riding on.

The Bad

Hannah was a little too immature, naïve, and whiney. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed her as a character for the most part, but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at a lot of her decision making. Like a fine wine, she just needs to age a bit.

Emmanuel was not as complex or heart-throby as I hoped. He was a plain nice guy, for the most part, and that was it. Nothing more.

The Snuggly

The romance was great because it felt authentic. Their loving moments, their fights, and their hang-ups all made sense. We get a good amount of sex scenes that felt realistic but were also hot.

Final Thoughts

I would definitely recommend this book. Even though the characters as individuals could have been better developed, I still loved the story and could barely put this book down. Recommended.


“I’m ready to embody the cliché of the stripper-paying-for-her-education.”


“We may want it now, but we’ll both regret it. We didn’t start out as equals. It didn’t start well, and it’s not going to end well”. 


Stripping was logical for me. One fall day last year I just bought some cheap high heels and a bra-and-panties set from the discount rack at the lingerie outlet and showed up at my first club. I didn’t get coerced into it, there was no moral dilemma, no lying awake at night being tormented by my downfall. It was, in a way, unavoidable.

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18 Responses to “Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay”

  1. Manisha

    Sounds like a novel you wouldn’t mind reading for one time. I think it will be interesting to see the two faces of Hannah collide.
    The cover page is lovely!

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    Cue I’m In Love With a Stripper!!!

    It is an intriguing premise for a love story, so forbidding and with all the assumed stereotypes, I think the author proved it wrong? Oh love, sweet, sweet love, you’ll find it even on those sticky poles…

    • Jennifer Bielman

      At first, I didn’t think the author was going to prove the stereotypes wrong, and maybe she didn’t do it perfectly, but it was good in the end.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I don’t know that I feel any particular way about stripping in general. It’s just a person’s decision. I know I could never be brave enough to do that. I’m glad you enjoyed this one for the most part! Great review 😀

  4. Giselle

    Awesome review, Jennifer! I was also intrigued by the stripper aspect of this story. And the whole student/teacher romance is a forbidden love story I can’t ever get enough of no matter how taboo t might be haha. Well ok not if the girl is like 14 and he’s an old fart but you know what I mean >.<

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, this was a whole lot of forbidden and that’s what made it so great.

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