Book Review – The Studying Hours (How To Date A Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney

Posted February 7, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 7 Comments

How to Date a Douchebag - The Studying Hours by Sara NeyGenres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: September 13, 2016
Pages: 307
POV: Dual first person POV
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 STARS
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I enjoyed this book so much. It is a new adult, college romance that reminds me of my first book-love, Beautiful Disaster (still loving it now), and my current favorite, the Off-Campus series. The hero reminds me a little bit of Travis. If you haven’t known yet, Travis is one of my favorite heroes. I love bad boys, players, popular boys that fall in love with the girls that are not their types, especially when the girls do not want to do anything with them. Yep, my favorite kind of stories. Still until now. I don’t know when I will be bored with these kinds of stories. Definitely not in the near future.

What is the story about?

It starts with a bet that Oz (Sebastian Osborn)–an extremely good-looking, super smart, popular in sport, and campus popular player–accidentally makes with his friends. When he and his friends are in the library to find his friend’s tutor, Violet, they think it is Jameson (yes, it’s her real name). One simple act that is meant only to ask if she is the tutor (Violet) that he is looking for turns to a nasty bet because of her indifferent toward him and all his (popular) friends.

His friends bet him a good amount of money that he cannot turn down since he is not rich. He needs the money, so he accepts the challenge. The challenge is to kiss her. That’s how their story starts. She hates him but he is challenged by her. They then became good friends. She turns out to be very different than most girls he has been with, and she finds out that he is more than what appears on the outside.

What do I love about this book? I usually love when the entire story is written from the heroine’s point of view, but having been able to read both of Oz’s and Jameson’s point of views was surprisingly entertaining, especially because his thoughts are HILLARIOUS. OMG, I could not stop laughing. How fun is it to be able to read the king of bad boy’s thoughts? The king of douchebags. And their banters were refreshing, fun, and funny.

Oz: … If you said ‘Oz, get in your car and come climb through my bedroom window’, I would do it without hesitating.
Jameson: My bedroom is on the second story…
Oz: Exactly.
Jameson: LOL what else would you do?
Oz: The better question is, what wouldn’t I do?

Aside from the hilarious moments, I love the writing. The writing is fantastic. I was hooked from the first page, which is rare. It always excites me big time whenever I discover a new great author. Sara Ney has a way to make me immersed in the story. In addition to the writing, the story has emotional moments despite having light angst. Several parts even managed to make me REALLY emotional. The moments that I always look for in a book. The special ones. And I got it. It was great.

One thing that bothered me, though,—I meant what REALLY bothered me—was the ending. It was too rushed. With the amazing plot, great banters between the main characters, along with fantastic writing, I was hoping it was going to end with a BANG! I was hoping something SPECIAL, instead, I was left feeling, “Huh? Really? That’s it?” What a disappointing ending that ends such an entertaining, refreshing, beautiful love story.

However, this is still a good read and I highly recommend it for those who love New Adult, college, friends-to-lovers, comedy romance. The good news is that book 2, The Failing Hours, has just been released and It is about Zeke, Oz’s friend! When Oz is the king of douchebags, Zeke is the KING of the kings. I’m curious about him. What has he been hiding? What are his secrets that have made him the way he is now? I have a feeling his story is going to be great. So excited!


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


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