Book Review – The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

Posted February 9, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 8 Comments

How to Date a Douchebag - The Failing Hours by Sara NeyGenres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: January 31, 2017
Pages: 322
POV: Dual first person POV
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 STARS
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Wow.. I unarguably love this book. If you are the fans of New Adult romance, this book (the series) should be your next read. I highly recommend this book and the series for those who love bad, broken boys, yet incredibly handsome and popular. If you love this kind of story, you can skip my review and go purchase the book instead (the series even better). This book is book 2 in How to Date a Douchebag Series where each book features a different couple in the interconnected stories. I suggest you read the first book first before jumping into this one, but you can definitely skip it and start with this one since each book can be read standalone.

How is it about? The story is about Zeke Daniels, one of the most popular and handsome boys in the campus. He is a wrestling athlete along with her best friends and a very good and popular at it, not to mention among the ladies as well. However, he is also the most complicated boy, moody and obnoxious and seems to hate everyone around him. His fear of failing to have a good grade forces him to get a tutor for his essay. His tutor is a girl who is his total opposite, Violet. She is very shy, quiet, and innocent. At times, she looks like she is afraid of him and it entertains and bores him at the same time.

An event then forces them to meet regularly, get to know each other, and become friends. However, it is not an easy one. HE is NOT making it EASY. He is broken beyond belief.

”My friends call me merciless; they claim cold blood runs through my veins, that I’m impossible to get close to. But I like it that way; I like creating distance. No one needs me, and I need them even less. Happiness is a myth.” 

He is the king of douchebags. You know I love bad boys (yes, my guilty pleasure), but even “I” (a self-proclaimed bad boy fan) have a boundary. He is WAY TOO MUCH. He has no filters, brutally honest and doesn’t feel guilty to voice his opinions even though he is aware (or not at times) that his words are hurting everyone around him. He seems to have no guilt, no shame, no feelings. Nothing. He is brutal on how he treats everyone. OMG, he got me on my nerves whenever he opened his mouth. I had to consistently stop a few times to take a little break, “Oh NO, he didn’t say THAT!”, “What?” So, you get a picture. He is not a good friend material, let alone a boyfriend one, definitely not by a long shot.

“My parents must have known from the beginning that I was going to be a sinner—that’s why it sounds like they named me after two books of the Bible. Lord knows I’m no saint.”

Violet may be a shy, quiet, inexperienced girl, but she is mature beyond belief and mentally stronger than she realizes. She has been an orphaned almost her whole life, but choosing to live her life without whining. She is a loving and hard-working girl. She is the kind of girl who chooses to see the good in everyone and everything. Hence, she puts up with him.

“Act casual, I remind myself, he is just a guy… An insensitive guy. Intimidating. Cold. Callous. Complicated. The moodiest, broodiest, douchebaggiest guy I have ever met.”

“He swears too much. He isn’t nice. He isn’t sweet. He isn’t kind. Or generous with words. Or affection.”

… we’re opposites in every way that counts.”

They could not have been more different, but by some miracles, they get along; mostly with the efforts on her part. And he is trying to be good to her. And when a bad boy like him TRYING to be good, it is PRICELESS. I loved it. Miss Sara Ney couldn’t have written better. A big praise for her. She writes wonderfully; turning an unredeemable, unforgivable boy, to be a very loving, funny, boyfriend material, yet still unbelievably broken. He is far from perfect but my God, he is trying so hard, it’s adorable. Because of his nature, every simple nice thing he does has me swoon. I fell head over heels with him–him being broken and all.

“I’ve never given much thought to what I wanted in a girlfriend, because I’ve never had any intention of having one. Dating. Being in a relationship.”

Once we get to know him and her (their secrets), the more special this story will be. Have I mentioned that they have the best friends a human being could ask for? The friendships portrayed in this story are one of my favorites; Those bring humor in the mostly very intense situation.

This quote below is what sums up the whole story.

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall. “

I’ll let you in on a little secret (or lack thereof), I love this one a little bit more than the previous book. 😉 Maybe because he is SO broken that makes him lovable. 😉 I know some of you are even rolling your eyes now. But anyway, I cannot recommend this story enough. A beautifully written slow-burn romance by an author I’ve just discovered. I’m definitely looking forward to this author’s next projects and hopefully, there are many to come.


Series Reading Order:

How to Date a Douchebag - The Studying Hours by Sara Ney How to Date a Douchebag - The Failing Hours by Sara Ney How to Date a Douchebag - The Learning Hours by Sara Ney


For more recommendation:

GBB Ultimate List of Book Recommendations

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