Title: The Coaching Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Series: How to Date A Douchebag # 4- Is a standalone.
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: February 5th, 2018
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THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.
Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.
Wrong on both counts.
ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.
A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.
Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.
And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.
Before I begin, please note I will not be posting any major spoilers to The Coaching Hours, so some of my review may be vague at times. It’s for your benefit, I swear! 🙂
This is a different review for me to write, because I both loved and disliked this book. Yeah, I know, I’m a strange one. 😛 First of all, I loved the first 70% of this book, so lets focus on that first. It was witty, adorably awkward, and filled with sizzling sexual tension.
Elliot is the kind of hero that doesn’t seem to be in books too often anymore. He’s the nice guy, the one who will take care of you when you drink too much, and let you pick the show- no matter what- type. I really liked his character. I thought he was perfect without being perfect, and wasn’t annoying sweet either. He had some dirty thoughts, trust me. I thought he really made this book.
His relationship with Anabelle is a slow burn. They are strangers, then roommates, then friends. It happens slowly, and feels very natural. While there is a instant attraction between them, the tension between them is one that builds up over time. But don’t worry, there are plenty of aww moments and a whole bunch of “almost” moments. I was smiling, laughing and swooning.
For a while.
I just could not get into the last 30%. All the build up and happy feels I had inside from the beginning were disappearing, and not enough happened at the end to bring them back. There IS a HEA, please don’t worry! I just felt like due to some situations, Anabelle and Elliot lost the connection. I didn’t feel the chemistry anymore. It just felt like you were supposed to be rooting for those two, instead of doing it naturally. The whole thing felt rushed and out of sorts, and to me didn’t match how wonderful the beginning was.
I also never fully grew to love Anabelle. There was something about her character that was a little annoying. I couldn’t get a good feel of her. I don’t want to say too much about her character to give things away, but she wasn’t my favorite leading lady.
So, there you have it. I hope that everyone else doesn’t have the same problems I did, and love it 100%! It is worth a read. 🙂