Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review & Blitz: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

Title: The Learning Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: How to Date a Douchebag (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Inkslinger
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisHe's not a douchebag; but that doesn't stop his friends from turning him into one.


So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who's going to break our roommate's cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can't even spell. And the texts I've been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I'm not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.


One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can't bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she's not the girl for me. But my friends won't let up--they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: GIRLS DON'T WANT ME. 

Especially her.

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog. 

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Sometimes opposites do attract...

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Rhett isn't into the party scene. He has to keep himself in shape for wrestling so drinking every week is out of the question. Plus, he doesn't consider himself to be the kind of guy that girls flock to for weekend flings. He's never even had a steady girlfriend. He knows his looks aren't winning him any prizes and he's come to terms with being alone. His cruel friends, on the other hand, see his hermit status as a problem.

Enter the flyers. You can see from the blurb that Rhett's phone number is essentially pimped out to the entire campus, making for some rather interesting text and photo responses from women willing to take on his case, for charity purposes of course. However, one girl does it with no real intention of following through with the random hook-up. Yeah, it's a pretty crappy thing to toy with someone like that.

Laurel had already dismissed Rhett as an ugly guy, who is way out of her league, before the flyers have even gone up. Yet, she has no problem joining in to text him when dared to. What starts off as a joke becomes a challenge as she tries to win his attention. Along the way, she finds that there may be more to the man than she initially thought and he might be just the kind of guy she's been looking for.

To be honest, I really disliked Laurel for the first half of the book. She was narcissistic and selfish. Her inner dialogue made me roll my eyes so many times. And the relationship she has with her cousin was equally ridiculous. Alex got my nerves throughout the entire book. I did grow to like Laurel but it wasn't necessarily easy to do so.

I think the opposite happened for Rhett. I liked him at the beginning and sympathized with him when his so-called friends started misbehaving. I wanted him to get the girl and overcome the hazing. Somewhere along the way though, his naivete began to annoy me. How clueless could one person be? In his case, to the point where it wasn't even realistic. Being inexperienced is one thing, but not being able to see painfully obvious things?

Despite the main characters having some really annoying traits, I did begin to root for them early on. The texting scenes were cute and made me chuckle a few times. The sex scenes, once they began, were steamy and highly entertaining. I found the pair to balance each other out in a way that felt natural. Only Rhett's naive moments felt forced. Even the way Laurel gradually started to see Rhett in a new light was believable to me. In the end, I enjoyed the book but it wasn't an easy road to get there.

In closing... 
I haven't read the first two books in the series and I may not. I think this one book stands out because of Rhett being a nicer guy than the others. Four suns!

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