Mini Reviews: The Studying Hours & The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

The Studying Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.


He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…


I accidentally started reading this series with the third book instead of the first. I loved The Learning Hours, so I decided to go back and start at the beginning of the series.

Oz Osborne was a huge douche. His thoughts were all about women, their bodies, and what he could do with them. I didn’t think there could be a nice guy under all that frat house mentality, but luckily there was. All it took was meeting the right woman to turn him around. Uptight Jameson was the perfect woman for the job. She made Oz work for a relationship with her. I loved every moment of that.

The Studying Hours wasn’t quite as good as The Learning Hours, but I still really enjoyed it. There was even a big twist that shocked me. I didn’t see it coming, and I liked the direction it moved the story. Overall, The Studying Hours was a great college romance.

The Failing Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag, #2
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an a**hole.

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most a**holes don’t.

Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.

He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.

So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.

Oh, boy. Zeke Daniels was a guy with extreme anger issues. He had built up so many walls around himself. Zeke wasn’t nice to anyone…Until Violet. Heck, he wasn’t even nice to her that often. Somehow, Violet saw the best in Zeke. That made Zeke attempt to be a better person. Without her, I would have chucked this book across the room.

The Failing Hours was a frustrating but good read. I loved how much both characters developed in this story, and how they became whole from each other’s love.

My overall thoughts on this series? It was a fun read. The How to Date a Douchebag series gets better with each new book. (#3 is my favorite book so far!) I can’t wait to see what’s next!

6 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Studying Hours & The Failing Hours by Sara Ney”

  1. I haven’t heard of this series, but sounds like fun! I’d definitely have to mentally prep myself for these douchey heroes though. I like that we see changes in them! But omg haha what’s going on in that cover for the first book. I want to pull his shirt down!

    1. Thank you!
      I agree. I hate reading out of order. This series it didn’t really matter, though. Luckily.

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