Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Uncategorized

Review: The Studying Hours – Sara Ney (How to Date a Douchebag #1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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…



The Studying Hours is a fun, over-the-top introduction to the How to Date a Douchebag series. It features the handsome but oh-so-arrogant hero (and douchebag in question), Oz, and the studious, take-no-cr@p heroine, Jameson (aka James); two characters, who at first glance, appear to be complete opposites. However, when a bet brings these two people together, both realise there might just be more than meets the eye with one another.

This was my first ever book by Ney and I immediately fell in love with her outlandish, sarcastic, and hilarious writing style. I loved that she genuinely made Oz a douchebag but allowed him enough redemption to appeal as the hero. Likewise with James, she is often mistaken for being a bit of a prude due to her conservative exterior (she adores a buttoned cardigan and pearl necklace combo); but anyone who takes the time to get to know her will quickly see she’s so much more than her clothing. She takes her education seriously but also loves to shred down the slopes on her snowboard, and always has a smartass comment at the ready!

Ney continually kept me entertained in this book, and two additional re-reads later, I still feel the same. This story and it’s characters are a definite comfort read and I can see myself re-reading this story again and again in the future. Absolutely love this book!

P.S. the ‘sports’ part of this sports romance is collegiate wrestling which isn’t a common sport where I’m from nor is it something I’ve read much about so I loved getting a glimpse of it in this series.

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