Book Review- How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney


Title: The Failing Hours

Author: Sara Ney

Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2

Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 4.5 Stars

Release Date: January 31st, 2017


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.


Have you ever had a Drumstick ice cream cone? You start off eating the chocolate shell, covered with peanuts and you think it can’t get any better than this. Then you get to the cone, lined with chocolate and ice cream that has caramel in it and think, okay, it really can’t get any better than this. But then, at the very end you find a solid piece of chocolate and you realize it did get better and better as you went along.

That’s exactly what it’s like to read The Failing Hours.

The ultimate slow burn, this book tugs at the heart strings, is filled with unexpected swoony moments, and pretty much defines what sexual tension is all about. No joke, there were times my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest from the anticipation.  Every page was better than the last and I wanted to savor every second of it. The characters, the dialogue, the writing- SO, SO GOOD.

Zeke Daniels is an ass. You might not even like him at right, but I promise by the end you will be in love with him. The man will annoy you at times, but he will also make you laugh and blush like no other. He isn’t one of those jerks that transform into someone new and shiny by the fourth chapter. He legit has a journey through the entire book and even though at times you want to strangle him, you’re rooting for him every step of the way. And let me just say, Zeke is all male. I don’t know how Sara Ney manages to write male characters so well, but wow, does he feel authentic.

Violet DeLuca is the exact opposite of Zeke. She’s sweet, kind and smiles more than once a day. The thing I liked most about Violet is she is as intelligent as she is beautiful. She’s quirky and fun. I love how she sticks by Zeke’s side when he has his douchebag moments, yet she isn’t afraid to stick up for herself. She’s considerate, but not a push over.

And the two of them together? WOW. Holy chemistry. At times I was tempted to go stand outside in the 20* weather. As I mentioned it is a slow burn. The build this unlikely friendship, one that warms your chest. And some of the things Zeke does for Violet…. all I will say is, DAMN! The buildup is a delicious torture- almost to the point where you can’t take it anymore. But when it happens, it’s like mixing vinegar and baking soda; the ultimate eruption.

There were also some great secondary characters and story lines. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’m going to be vague on that. But I will say every character had a strong voice and was very well written. You also get to see the gang from The Studying Hours– but don’t worry, if you haven’t read that one, The Failing Hours can be read as a standalone.

You don’t want to miss this book. If you love romance, you will love it even more when it comes from a guy you’d never expect it from. 🙂

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