How To Date A Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney
Narrated by Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown
New Adult Romantic Comedy. First in a series of related standalones.
I am not normally a New Adult fan. Since my son is that age it’s kind of awkward. But The Douchebag Series by Sara Ney is loved by so many people I trust, so when it came out on audible I jumped at the chance to listen. I’m so glad I did! How To Date A Douchebag: The Studying Hours was fun and sweet and not as angsty as expected.
“Sweetheart, Oz is a nickname. Haven’t you googled me yet?”
Amused blue eyes roll. “I’m sure you google yourself enough for the both of us.”
Shit, she’s right. I do google myself a lot.
Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osbourne is the cocky, arrogant big man on campus because he is the champion, award winning wrestler. He’s hot, has a dirty mouth, and he’s a total manwhoring douchebag.
Jameson Clarke spends her free time studying in the library. With cardigans in every color of the rainbow and a pair of pearls, she may like like a quiet little conservative nerd, but you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.
When Oz’s friends bet him $500 he can’t get a kiss from Jameson he is shot down like a missile, making him even more determined. Nobody says no to Oz! I loved James’s solution! She is snarky and sarcastic and just what a douche like Oz needs.
Though not a lot happened in this and it’s not even a unique trope, there was something different about this book. It was a really fun read, and I love snarky banter! The couple became friends and study partners first and I loved watching the friendship develop.
I had one major problem which probably only exists in the audiobook. Oz has dreams/nightmares. The thing is, in the book, they are probably italicized so you know it’s not really happening. Well in an audiobook there is no way to convey this, so for a good hour of the book, I thought that James was sleeping with Oz’s roommate because I didn’t realize he dreamed it.
I loved the chapter headings! They were hysterical!
“Hey Mr. Impatient, how about you go down a water slide while it isn’t wet. Maybe then you will understand why foreplay is so important.” ~ Chapter Header
- Witty and fun.
- Jameson was snarky and smart, Oz is smarter than he lets on and was way sweeter than he lets on.
- The chapter headings.
- Fun banter.
- Low angst.
- Slow burn.
- Something unique in a popular theme.
- I assume this is an audiobook only issue, but it totally confused me. Oz had dreams, which in the book are probably italicized, but in the audiobook I didn’t realize it was a dream and it changed the story for me until I had to go back an hour when I realized I was all wrong thinking James did something she didn’t.
- I felt we needed backstories for both characters.
- The ending was a little rushed.
Both narrators were great and perfect for the characters. My only issue is outlined above under dislikes.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4 Heat, 4.5 Narration
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Books 2 & 3 Have $1.99 Audible Upgrades and can stand alone